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6 Natural Ways for an Elderly Person to Soothe a Sore Throat

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 9:00 am on

Cold and flu season is upon us, and many seniors may be developing sore throats. If your elderly loved one has a sore throat, Santa Rosa elder care experts suggest you encourage him or her to try one of these 6 natural remedies. 

1. Use Chamomile in Many Forms

This herb has a long history of being used for sore throats, and it can be effective in several different forms. Inhaling the steam from a mixture of hot water and chamomile was found to reduce throat soreness in a 2010 study by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D. Sipping chamomile tea may also help seniors reduce throat soreness.

2. Drink Warm Tea 

Drinking any kind of warm tea can help reduce soreness and dryness because all varieties of green, black, and white tea contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Add honey to your loved one’s tea instead of sugar to further increase its soothing powers. 

3. Suck on Peppermint Candies

Sucking on hard candy encourages saliva production and eases a sore throat. Peppermint is particularly effective because it contains menthol, which can slightly numb your loved one’s throat and thin mucus buildup. 

4. Consume Honey Regularly

This tasty natural remedy can be extremely effective. Honey contains antibacterial and moisturizing properties that can help your loved one’s wounds heal quicker. It also suppresses coughing so the throat does not get sorer. 

5. Make a Slippery Elm Mixture

An elm bark may not be easy to find, but it creates a slippery substance that coats and soothes raw surfaces. Mix powdered bark with hot water and have your senior loved one sip it slowly.

6. Gargle with Salt Water

Stir ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and give it to your loved one to gargle with. Not only can this mixture ease pain, but according to a 2005 study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, it also helps decrease overall illness by removing bacteria from the tonsils and throat.

A natural remedy may be an effective treatment option for your loved one. For more information on natural treatments for minor illnesses, get in touch with Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can offer or prepare natural remedies such as these for your loved one, in addition to assisting with daily tasks like personal grooming, meal prep, and transportation to medical appointments. We also provide in-home care services such as stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s home care Santa Rosa seniors can count on. Learn more by calling (707) 843.4368 and scheduling a free consultation with a friendly Care Manager today.