The first indications of sore throat are cold or flu. You can treat it at home. People have made use of essential oil for sore throat since time immemorial. Here we see the oils and the best methods of using them.
Difference between strep throat and sore throat
The sore scratchy feeling in the throat occurs when you catch a cold. This sore throat does not persist and will disappear when you take medicines for your cold infection. Cold occurs due to viral or bacterial infection. You will show the usual cold symptoms like running nose, cough and fever. You might also have sneezing and mild body aches.
Strep throat occurs when you are infected by the streptococcus bacteria. The symptoms will last for more than two days and is more severe.
Treatment for sore throat
Cold medication does not include antibiotics. Decongestants such as essential oils and nasal decongestants are helpful to open blocked nostrils. Nasal sprays or medicines like ibuprofen and acetaminophen help for those in pain. Never ever give aspirin to children as this could lead to Reye’s syndrome or sometimes causes death.
Essential oil treatment
What makes these oils different
Chamomile oil: Aromatherapy envisages the use of alongside other diffusing oils like rose and lavender. It helps fight swelling and inflammation and fights cancer too. Alpha-bisabolol, apigenin, herniarin together with chamazulene form the major chemicals of chamomile. They help treat ailments like muscle spasms, hay fever, gastrointestinal turmoil, insomnia, and ulcer. It demonstrates calming effect.
Lavender oil: Like chamomile, lavender fights inflammation and swelling. It is used as fragrance giver in bath products. You can find balms, cosmetics, and perfumes that contain lavender. As an essential oil, it has been in use since World War I. It helps improve sleep quality. Linalylacetate together with linalool induces calming quality.
Orange oil: Many domestic as well as industrial preparations utilize orange oil as its flavoring agent. Medically too, it proves useful due to its myriad utility value.
You can find it in used in these products:
- Anti-Aging Creams
- Room Fresheners
- Chocolates Beverages
The main chemicals are neral, linalool, sabinene, alpha pinene, limonene and geranial.
Thyme oil: Primarily used in hair and skin products, thyme oil finds use in home remedies as also aromatherapy. It repels insects which makes people use them as an insecticide. Carvacrol suppresses inflammation. Thyme oil used to fight insomnia, alleviate fatigue, eliminate bad odor and ease anxiety. You will find these chemicals too –thymol, alphaterpinene, betapinene, Alphathujone and borneol.
Peppermint oil: Usefulness of peppermint oil extends to that of a fragrance agent in bath products and a flavoring agent in food items. You can find it as either a lotion or a cream. It helps people who have these signs:
- Symptoms Of Heartburn
- Morning Sickness
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Muscle Pain
Menthone and menthol are the major constituents. It helps reduce muscle spasms.
Eucalyptus: You find eucalyptus oil in liniments, rubs, creams and mouth freshener. It fights inflammation and bacteria. It is also antispasmodic. It helps people with respiratory problems, intestinal germs, treat wounds, muscle pain, diabetes and skin care. However, too much eucalyptus oil will become toxic.
Lemongrass: Resource for uplifting energy, lemongrass oil helps improve skin tone.
- Improve digestion
- Relaxes tendons
- Soothes muscles
It blends well with other essential oils like geranium, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and cypress oils.
Methods used in treating throat problems
Gargle: Take warm water in a glass. Add myrrh oil. Gargle for 2 minutes.
Oral medicine: OTC medication like Coricidin, benzocaine mucous membrane, Nite Time Cold-Flu Relief Oral and Nite-Time oral is freely available. Antibiotics will be prescribed if infection is diagnosed as strep throat.
Topical application: Make a mixture with oils you like or use a cream as base to prepare the application for your chest or throat. Base cream must be mild. Oil can be jojoba or coconut oil.
Chest/ throat rub: If your cold persists, apply Vicks Vaporub. You can relieve congestion of mucous membrane and throat this way. People use combination of oils too such as those of peppermint, tea tree, oregano and sage. Carrier oils or cream is used to mix.
Bath: To a tubful of warm water add a few drops of special oil. Breathe in the vapors when you have the bath.
Throat swab (orange-oil): Take a q-tip and clean the throat. Before you swab, use orange or chamomile oil to immerse the cotton pod.
Mouthwash (sage/lavender): Prepare a mouthwash using preferred essential oil mixed with salt. Gargle once every four hours until you retire.
Massages with chamomile or thyme: Knead entire throat with mixes like thyme and chamomile oil. Add lemon or ginger to mixture if you prefer.
Tackling Throat Infections with Herbs or Spices
Hyssop: Having a distinctive nature of fighting bacteria and infection, Hyssop is used as stimulant or tonic, nervine or hypertensive, diuretic or digestive substance. It rids excess mucous formation, relieves cold, alleviates symptoms of bronchitis, influenza and asthma.
Oregano: Fights bacteria very effectively and so oregano oil finds use in preserving food and treating bacterial infections.
Oregano has thymol, pinene, borneol, terpinene, carvacrol, caryophyllene and linalool. Many balms that clear phlegm have this.
Clove: From olden times people used clove in a variety of ways. It provides stimulating action and helps clear blood impurities.
People use it to treat cough, relieve headaches, treat asthma and alleviate toothaches. Clove contains many minerals like sodium and iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. It also has vitamin C and A. Many skin care products and medical preparations have this. It boosts the immune system.
Usually, sore throat becomes all right within two days. However, for strep throat, symptoms may last a few days longer. Use OTC medication and if the symptoms do not alleviate within one week, consult your medical practitioner.