Gargling warm water with salt, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, vinegar, chamomile or arnica is a great way to treat a sore throat because these ingredients have bactericidal, antimicrobial and disinfectant action, helping to eliminate microorganisms responsible for a possible infection.
And in addition, they also help to supplement the treatment for sore throat, which is usually done with anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed by a doctor, such as Ibuprofen or Nimesulide. Teas and juices can also serve as home remedies, so check out some teas and juices for sore throat.
Here's how to prepare each one of the gargling options:
1. Warm water with salt gargle
To prepare this gargle, you should add one tablespoon of salt to a glass of warm water and mix well until the salt dissolves. Then take a big sip and gargle the mixture as long as you can, then spit it out. Repeat the process 2 more times.
2. Chamomile gargle
Chamomile is great because of it's proprieties so you can add 2 teaspoons of chamomile flowers and leaves to a cup of boiling water and maintain the cup covered for at least 10 minutes. Strain and gargle for as long as you can, then spit out the tea and repeat 2 more times. It is recommended you do a new batch each time you want to gargle.
3. Baking soda gargle
Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water and stir well until the baking soda is completely dissolved. Take a sip, do a gargle for as long as you can and then spit, repeating 2 times in a row.
4. Vinegar gargle
Put 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup of warm water and do a gargle for as long as you can, and then spit out the solution.
5. Hydrogen peroxide
This gargle is done with 2 tablespoons of volume 10 hydrogen peroxide that should be added to 1 glass of water and then stirred well until the solution is well diluted. Then gargle for 60 seconds, spit and repeat 2 more times.
This mixture should not be swallowed and should not be used for too days in a row, as it can affect the color of your teeth, leaving them stained. This solution should be avoided by children, since they can ingest the hydrogen peroxide, which can cause complications to their internal organs.
6. Arnica gargle
Add 1 teaspoon of dried arnica leaves in 1 cup of boiling water and leave covered for at least 10 minutes. Strain and gargle for as long as you can, spitting the tea after each gargle. Repeat 2 more times.
When and who can do these gargles
The gargles we suggest above should be done at least 2 times a day, as long as the symptoms persist. If you notice that you have pus in your throat it may be more difficult to gargle, and in that case, taking antibiotics is advised.
Children under 6 years of age may not be able to gargle properly and there is a risk of swallowing the solution, which may increase discomfort and therefore is not recommended for children under 5 years of age, elderly and people with difficulty swallowing may also have difficulty in gargling, so it is not recommended for them.