Like blinking, we never notice how much we swallow until we start paying attention to it.
Most sore throats are caused by a viral infection, such as a cold or flu. It’s important to know that in this case, antibiotics won’t help. Fortunately, there is a little-known trick that can help ease the pain away. It takes practically no time, but the benefits are amazing.
Chomp Those Cloves
Although a sore throat can be extremely unpleasant, don’t worry. As Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, associate at Harvard Medical School says: “For most sore throats, you probably don’t need to see a doctor. You can treat it with over-the-counter remedies, take time off from work, and rest.”
In the traditional Chinese medicine, cloves have been used for centuries to help ease the pain in the mouth (toothaches and sore throats). Dentists have known for ages that cloves have a strong pain killing effect.
Why? Because of eugenol – a primary substance found in cloves. According to a study on eugenol which appeared in the “Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research”, this organic substance has numerous properties, such as:
- Strong antibacterial and antifungal
- Anesthetic and anti-inflammatory
- Insect repellent
The ultimate sore throat chewable remedy
Here’s an easy to chew remedy for those hard to swallow situations:
YOU WILL NEED: Several whole cloves and a glass of water (which is optional, but you should be drinking fluids anyway).
WHAT TO DO: Simple and easy, as always. Pop a clove or two into your mouth. Suck on it until it becomes soft. Chew it as if it were gum. Don’t worry if you swallow them afterward – it’s not harmful.
A WORD OF ADVICE: do not substitute clove oil for whole cloves. This can make your stomach upset.
So, next time a sore throat bothers you, be sure to remember this quick and natural remedy!