Gargling to treat a sore throat

Gargles made with warm water and salt, baking soda, vinegar, chamomile or arnica are excellent for relieving an inflamed throat because they have a bactericidal, antimicrobial and disinfectant action, helping to eliminate microorganisms that can aggravate inflammation.
In addition to this, they also help complement the treatment for sore throat, which can be done with anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed by the doctor, such as Ibuprofen or Nimesulide. Teas and juices can also serve as home remedies, see some teas and juices for a sore throat.
Gargling to treat a sore throat. See how to gargle some solutions to soothe a sore throat below:


Warm water and salt

Add 1 tablespoon of salt in 1 glass of warm water and mix well until the salt is diluted. Then you should gargle for as long as possible, then spitting out the water. Repeat the procedure 2 more times.
Chamomile tea

Add 2 teaspoons of chamomile leaves and flowers to 1 cup of boiling water, and keep in a covered container for at least 10 minutes. Strain and then gargle for as long as possible, spitting out the tea and repeating twice more. It is recommended to make a new tea every time you go to gargle.

Baking soda

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water, mix well until the baking soda is completely dissolved. Take a drink, gargle as long as possible and spit, repeating 2 times in a row.

Apple cider vinegar

Add 4 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 tablespoons of water in 1 cup, gargle for as long as possible and then spit out the solution.



Peppermint tea

Peppermint is a medicinal plant that contains menthol, a substance with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help alleviate a sore throat, as well as helping to treat a possible infection.

To use this gargle, you need to make a peppermint tea by adding 1 tablespoon of leaves with 1 cup of boiling water. Then let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes and when it is warm, use the tea to gargle throughout the day.
Arnica tea

Place 1 teaspoon of dried arnica leaves in 1 cup of boiling water and cover for at least 10 minutes. Strain and gargle for as long as possible, then spitting out the tea. Repeat 2 more times.
When and who can do them

The gargling we indicate here should be performed at least 2 times a day, as long as the symptom persists. If you notice that you have pus in the throat, it may be more difficult to gargle and in this case the ingestion of antibiotics is the most recommended, always under medical guidance.


Children under 6 years of age may not be able to gargle correctly, running the risk of swallowing the solution, thus increasing discomfort, so it is not recommended for children under 5 years of age. Elderly and people with difficulty swallowing may also have this difficulty, so gargling is contraindicated for them.

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