(Natural News) Unlike sore throats that are caused by bacteria or viruses, sore throats due to allergies may become a chronic symptom. Thankfully, you can treat allergy-related sore throats with effective and natural cures.
Natural cures for an allergy-related sore throat
If you’re suffering from a sore throat caused by an allergy, it’s better to try natural remedies since most drugs are linked to negative side effects that will only aggravate your condition.
The remedies below can help ease a sore throat caused by allergy symptoms.
Drink eucalyptus tea
Eucalyptus herbal tea, which is made from the leaves of the Australian eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) tree, can treat a sore throat in two ways. First, being a natural astringent, it can help shrink swollen tissue in your throat. Second, it can naturally reduce inflammation.
The Australian eucalyptus tree – which is also called the blue gum tree or the fever tree – produces long, leathery grey-greenish leaves. When making tea, use crushed eucalyptus leaves instead of the essential oil. Eucalyptus tea has a pale green color and a strong woody or pine-like scent. (Related: Yet another highly effective herb for sore throats: Icelandic moss is full of nutrients and has been used for eons.)
You can buy eucalyptus tea bags or loose leaf tea in many grocery stores, health markets, or online. Follow the instructions for tea preparation provided on the box.
Alternatively, you can also prepare eucalyptus tea at home. Always make tea using eucalyptus leaves. Using the essential (volatile) oil may have negative side effects.
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How to prepare eucalyptus leaf tea
- Use one dried eucalyptus leaf (about a teaspoon) to make the tea. Add the crushed leaf to an eight-ounce teacup.
- Heat water to around 90-95 C (194-205 F). If you don’t have a temperature-controlled teapot, bring water to a boil, then let it sit for a minute to let the water cool slightly.
- Pour six ounces of water over the tea leaves. Let the tea leaves steep for as long as desired, up to about 10 minutes.
- While the tea is steeping, breathe in the eucalyptus vapors. Strain the tea to remove the loose leaves before drinking.
Add honey to the eucalyptus tea if you prefer a sweet drink. The honey can also help ease your sore throat.
Use a HEPA filter
Most of the time, your allergies are triggered by allergens such as dander or pollen in the air. To ease your sore throat, use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This kind of filter can help eliminate at least 98 percent of all allergens in the area that they cover.
Before you buy a HEPA filter, look at its clean air delivery rate (CADR). If the number is at least two-thirds of your room’s square footage, the filter will help get rid of allergens that trigger your symptoms. You can also use vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters to keep your home clean.
Use a welcome mat
Welcome mats aren’t just decorative, they can also prevent irritants from entering your house or office. Whenever someone enters your home, they might have irritants like dust mites, mold, pesticides, pollen, or wood smoke stuck to their shoes.
Use a welcome mat outside your front door to encourage people to wipe their shoes. Alternatively, you can ask them to leave their shoes at the door before they enter your house.
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