Most people never really think about how important their voice is until their throat begins to hurt. If your senior loved one has a sore throat, there are some home remedies that may help alleviate the discomfort. Pawleys Island elder home care experts have put together a list of 6 ways your loved one can soothe his or her sore throat.
1. Gargle with Salt Water
Gargling with salt water may stop your loved one’s throat from hurting because the salt in the water helps shrink swollen cells. Encourage your loved one to give salt water a try by putting 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 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 you might want to combine it with a tablespoon of honey in 8 ounces of warm water. Though it will likely not taste very good, many people swear this sore throat cure is the most effective.
3. Use Steam
Steam can help relieve a sore throat. Your loved one can boil some water in a pan, cover his or her head with a towel, and breathe in the vapors or just sit in a steamy hot bathroom.
4. Drink Licorice Root Tea
Licorice root tea is easy to make by combining some licorice root with cloves in a cup of hot water. Have your loved one drink it while it is still warm.
5. Suck on a Clove
Have your loved one pop a whole clove in his or her mouth and suck on it until it becomes soft. Then, encourage him or her to chew on it like it was a piece of gum.
6. Drink Water
Many seniors do not drink enough water, and some find having some water helps their throats feel better. Try to encourage your loved one to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
If the sore throat becomes worse or is not gone in a few days, make sure your loved one sees a doctor. If you’d like additional information regarding natural treatments for common senior ailments, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer part-time and 24-hour care in Pawleys Island, and our dedicated caregivers can assist with meal prep, grocery shopping, medication reminders, and much more. For more information and to schedule a free consultation with a Care Manager, please call (843) 353-3105 today.