Can sore throat be cured without using antibiotics?
Gargle with medicinal plant remedies to treat sore throat
We can use preparations with antibacterial medicinal plants that act as natural antibiotics to treat sore throat. Among the plants with these properties we have, for example:
- Peppermint: (Mentha x piperita) (Gargle with the liquid resulting from the decoction of 30 g. of dried plant per liter of water
- Lavender (Lavandula officinalis, lavandula latifolia) (Gargling made with the infusion of a tablespoon of dried flowers per glass of water)
- Arnica (Arnica montana) Mouth rinses with the liquid resulting from the infusion of a teaspoon of dried plant per cup of water. Dilute 20 drops of arnica tincture in a glass of water and rinse your mouth. (Do not swallow the liquid)
- Elder: (Sambucus nigra) It has more than 30 antibacterial principles (Gargling with the infusion of 20 gr. Of dried flowers in a liter of water.)
- Papaya (Carica papaya) Papain constitutes a disintegrating component of proteins, so it is a bactericidal principle (gargles made with papaya juice)
Tannins are very efficient against sore throat
Tannins perform a very adequate anti-inflammatory function to reduce swelling in irritated areas. On the other hand, being very astringent, they are also capable of creating drier media, which hinders bacterial development. Hence, plants rich in tannins are used for the treatment of sore throat. Among all of them we have, for example:
- Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) Used externally, the astringent properties of this plant are good to treat sore throats, angina, mouth sores, inflammation of the gums, etc. (Decoction for ¼ hour of 5 tablespoons of dry leaves per liter of water. Let stand 15 minutes more. Gargle or rinse with the resulting liquid)
- Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) In external use, tannins have astringent and antibacterial properties, making them ideal for treating inflammations caused by infectious processes. The juice of the fruits of this plant, used in the form of gargles, is very suitable for the treatment of angina, pharyngitis, mouth sores, etc.
- Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Very rich in tannins and flavonoids (Decoction of a tablespoon of bark per liter of water for 10 minutes. Gargle with the liquid resulting from this decoction)
- Holm oak (Quercus ilex) (gargling with the decoction of dry bark)
- Walnut (Juglans regia) (10% infusion of dried leaves in a liter of water. Gargling)
- Blackberry: (Rubus fruticosus) (Decoction of two tablespoons of dry leaves per liter of water for 10 minutes. Gargle with the liquid resulting from the decoction)
- Golden seal (Hydrastis canadensis) (Gargles with the resulting liquid of 1 teaspoon of dried plant per glass of water)
Mucilages for sore throat
Mucilages are a type of fiber that swells in contact with the liquid so that it forms a gelatinous paste which, placed on top of an irritated area, is capable of softening and mitigating pain.
Applying plants with mucilage to the sore throat is one of the best ways to combat sore throat irritation. Among the plants that we can use, we have the following:
- Flax (Linum usitatissium) (Infusion in cold water of 5 gr of dry seeds per cup of water overnight.)
- Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) Gargle with the liquid resulting from a 10-minute decoction a handful of dried root in a liter of water.
Anti-inflammatories and sedatives for sore throat
Among the plants that can provide these defects we have, for example:
- Linden: (Tilia sp) (Gargling with the liquid resulting from the infusion of a teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water)
- Violet: (Viola odorata) The infusion of dried flowers will help to deflate the tonsils and reduce throat irritation. (Gargle with the infusion of a tablespoon of dried flowers per cup of water)
More information on natural antibiotics
6 April, 2020