A sore throat can cause varying degrees of discomfort for your senior loved one, along with difficulty speaking and swallowing. Left untreated, a sore throat may interfere with eating, hydrating, or sleeping. El Dorado senior care professionals discuss natural remedies that can help alleviate sore throat symptoms in seniors.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine one tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey with a cup of warm water or prepare a gargle using two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of warm water and encourage your loved one to use it at least once daily. The acidic nature of the vinegar acts as a potent antimicrobial.
2. Cayenne Pepper Drink
Combine ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water. Stir to dissolve and give to your loved one. Cayenne pepper contains a substance that interferes with pain signals transmitted to the brain.
3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has been used as an alternative medicine for centuries. Tea made from the herb is calming and soothing. The herb can also stimulate your loved one’s immune system. Your loved one can also inhale the steam created by hot water and chamomile for symptomatic relief. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and also acts as a natural astringent.
Honey has long been used for internal ailments and topical wounds. Whether taken by the spoonful or mixed into hot tea, the antimicrobial properties of the sweet thick liquid can be helpful in relieving your loved one’s sore throat symptoms. When consumed before bedtime, honey can also quiet his or her cough, sometimes better than OTC cough suppressants.
The menthol in peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Spraying a solution containing the oil into your loved one’s mouth can help calm coughs and thin mucus.
6. Salt Water
Simply add ½ teaspoon of table salt to a glass of warm water and ask your loved one to gargle with it for effective relief. Many bacteria and viruses do not tolerate the salty solution. Salt water solutions can also reduce redness and swelling.
For more tips on natural home remedies such as these, get in touch with Home Care Assistance, a trusted name in elder in-home care. We offer live-in and respite care El Dorado seniors can rely on for help with daily tasks such as medication reminders, meal preparation, and light housekeeping. In addition, we also provide specialized Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care. Call (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 to learn more and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.