Gargling with Salt Water: 5 Benefits for a Sore Throat

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Gargling with salt water is an age-old household remedy for sore throats and colds. But what are the benefits and how exactly does gargling with salt water help a sore throat? We’ve got answers and household recipes right here in this guide.

The Benefits of Gargling with Salt Water for a Sore Throat

Gargling with salt water isn’t just Grandma’s cherished household remedy to help with a sore throat. It does indeed help a sore throat by providing symptomatic relief as well as preventative benefits. Plus, this household remedy has absolutely no side effects. And it’s not just your Grandma who holds it dear – ENTs swear by it, too.

Gargling with salt water helps combat cold and flu symptoms such nasal congestion, clears your respiratory tract and can even reduce the chances of developing related infections. These and additional benefits of gargling salt water have been cited in numerous recent studies on the topic.

So How Exactly Does Gargling with Salt Water Help a Sore Throat?

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The benefits of gargling salt water aren’t limited to symptom relief of a sore throat alone.
  • Salt works like a water magnet: When you have a sore throat, salt water gargles help extract excess liquids from infected tissue in the throat area – in essence you’re practically washing the virus out.
  • Gargling salt water helps a sore throat by removing mucus build-up in the nasal cavity and respiratory tract. This rids your body of potential allergens, bacteria and fungal spores.
  • A randomized comparative study conducted in 2005 concluded that subjects that gargled salt water were able to prevent upper respiratory infections. In comparison to the control group, 40% fewer were affected by respiratory infections.
  • Further studies have also confirmed that gargling with salt water does help sore throats.
  • Another study found that it can help to prevent feverish illnesses.

Gargling with salt water helps treat the following illnesses and their symptoms:

  • cold symptoms such as a sore throat
  • inflammation in the areas of the mouth and/or throat
  • irritation in the mouth and/or throat regions due to allergens (hay fever, dust allergies, etc.)
  • inflammation and irritation of the upper respiratory passages and sinuses

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Gargling with Salt Water: The Recipe and Use

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This salt water gargle for getting rid of your sore throat is ready in just minutes.

This salt water gargle recipe for a sore throat is as simple as can be and probably one of the cheapest home remedies out there: All you’ll need is clean tap water and table salt.

For the salt water mix you’ll need the following ingredients in the ratios listed below:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tbsp. of salt

Salt Water Gargle for Sore Throats: The Recipe

  1. The water you use should mirror your body temperature. Warm it up briefly if needed.
  2. Mix in the salt until fully dissolved.

How to Gargle with Salt Water

  1. Give the water a quick check to make sure it’s not too hot (check first with your wrist as not to scald yourself).
  2. Take a swig, lean your head back and gargle the water in the back of your throat for around 30 seconds. Try your best to have the water reach all regions of your throat while trying not to swallow the water.
  3. Spit, rinse.

Ideally, repeat two to three times daily as needed. However, you can repeat this process up to once every two to three hours depending on the severity of your symptoms. Gargling salt water does indeed help with a sore throat and alleviate other cold and flu symptoms.

If your throat ache or congestion doesn’t let up slightly after a reasonable amount of time using this salt water gargling remedy, feel free to check out our guide on Natural Home Remedies for Colds: 6 Easy Recipes for more cold and flu-fighting household hacks.

Important note: You’ve tried multiple natural home remedies to no avail? Whenever you feel like there may be something more serious present than usual cold symptoms, please do not hesitate to go to the doctor.

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This article was translated from German to English by Evan Binford. You can view the original here: Salzwasser gurgeln: Ein Hausmittel gegen Halsschmerzen.

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