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6 Ways to Naturally Soothe a Sore Throat

By Manpreet Dhalla, 9:00 am on

Most people never really think about how many times they swallow until their throats begin to hurt. If this is the case with a senior in your life, then there are some home remedies that Ft. Lauderdale elderly care professionals can recommend.

1. Gargle with Salt Water

You have probably heard it all your life, but gargling with salt water can help your senior loved one’s throat to stop hurting. The salt in the water helps to shrink swollen cells. Go ahead and encourage your senior to give it a try by putting 1/2 teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water.

2. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

Your loved one will probably protest if you tell him or her to drink straight apple cider vinegar, so remember to combine it with a tablespoon of honey and eight ounces of warm water. While it will not taste very good, many people swear that this is the best way to alleviate sore throat.

3. Steam

Some Ft. Lauderdale hourly home care professionals believe that steam can help relieve a sore throat. The senior can boil some water in a pan, cover his or her head with a towel and breath in the vapors or sit in a steamy hot bathroom to get the alleviating perks of steam. 

4. Drink Licorice Root Tea

Licorice root tea is easy to make by combining some with cloves in a cup of hot water. Then, have the senior drink it while it is still warm. It’s not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, so to speak, but it gets the job done.

5. Suck on a Clove

Have your elderly loved one pop a whole clove in his or her mouth and suck on it until it becomes soft. Then, encourage your loved one to chew on it like it is a piece of gum. 

6. Drink Water

Many seniors do not drink enough water anyway, and some seniors find that taking a drink of water really helps their throat feel better. Try to encourage your senior loved one to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. 

If the sore throat becomes worse or is not gone in a couple of days, then make sure that your senior loved one sees a doctor. To learn more ways to alleviate sore throat and other common aches and pains at home, call Home Care Assistance. In addition to helping seniors age in place, we specialize in premier Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke care Ft. Lauderdale families trust to boost elderly wellbeing. Call (954) 909-0370 today or go online to learn more about our services and how they benefit seniors.

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