Welcome to July.
I’ve started July with a painful throat and earache on the left side of my head.
Truly Amazing, I’ve managed to get through all the winter months without picking up any kind of virus or bacteria. Yet, here we are in the summer months ….with a throat and ear that feels like it’s going to explode anytime soon.
Before being introduced to Essential Oils, I would have resorted to taking OTC (over the counter medicines), to alleviate symptoms causing a sore throat. As we all know, these don’t come without their side effects, and also resulting in adding to our everyday toxic load.
Let’s explore the reasons leading to sore throats
A sore throat is a common problem, which is generally the result of an infection caused by a virus or bacteria. Although the pain involved with a sore throat usually goes away by itself without complications in adults, it is important to know when to seek medical intervention.
What Causes Sore Throat?
As noted above, a sore throat can be caused by both viral and bacterial infections. Keeping that in mind, here is some more information on the top 3 causes of a sore throat:
1. Viral infection
Most sore throats are brought on by a viral infection. Someone suffering from flu or colds is likely to have a sore throat. A viral infection cannot be treated with antibiotics; the only way to get rid of this condition is to have plenty of rest supported by other natural therapies that will slowly alleviate the symptoms.
2. Bacterial infection
A bacterial infection may also cause a sore throat. Bacterium like streptococcus pyogenes, diphtheria and pertussis are generally the root cause of a sore throat.
3. Environmental factors
Not all sore throats infections are viral or bacterial in nature. If you are sensitive to mould, animal dander, pollen or other irritants, exposure to these allergens may trigger the accumulation of extra mucus in the throat, which later leads to a sore throat.
How Long Can A Sore Throat Last?
If a viral infection is the reason behind your problem of sore throat, expect it to last for at least 5-7 days. Infections that are bacterial in nature can be cured in 3-4 days. If you are on a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids, you can get rid of a sore throat quicker with the use of a good essential oil treatment.
When Is The Right Time To See A Doctor?
Most sore throats do not require medical attention. However, get in touch with your doctor if the problem is persistent and if you’ve any of the following symptoms:
- Joint pain
- Trouble swallowing
- High fever
- Lump in the throat
- Bloody mucous
- Hoarseness that lasts for over two weeks
Can Essential Oils Cure Sore Throat?
Essential oils are amazingly beneficial for treating a sore throat as they not only help to alleviate the associated pain, but also battle the root cause of the ailment.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of essential oils are very effective in combating a sore throat and preventing one altogether.
With that said, here are some of the essential oils that will guarantee sustainable results when it comes to getting rid of a sore throat:
8 Best Essential Oils For A Sore Throat
Peppermint oil is widely used to treat upper respiratory tract diseases, such as cold, cough, sinusitis and inflammation of the throat including conditions like pharyngitis. It is also used for problems of the digestive system including nausea, vomiting, heartburn, IBS, spasms of the GI tract, morning sickness, diarrhoea and gastric problems.
In addition, the menthol content in peppermint offers a relaxing and refreshing effect that is comforting both mentally and physically. Research demonstrates that the decongestant, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of the essential oil of peppermint can easily alleviate the problem of sore throat.
Lemon essential oil is widely used to stimulate lymphatic drainage, making it one of the best oils that can cleanse toxins in the body.
Lemon oil that is derived from the citrus rind is excellent for a sore throat, since it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties along with high Vitamin C content increases the salivation to keep the throat wet.
Nowadays, I see the essential oil of Eucalyptus included in almost every over the counter product that is designed to relieve cold and cough. The reason why this oil is so important is; is its ability to boost immunity, provide antioxidant protection and regulate the respiratory movement.
The presence of Eucalyptol makes the essential oil of Eucalyptus beneficial for good health. Eucalyptol is an organic compound that has prevalent medical effects. No surprise that this is one of the best oils you can use for ailments like a sore throat.
Oregano is one of the excellent oils to counter the symptoms of a sore throat. Its antifungal and antiviral properties can even help your body deal with parasitic infections. Moreover, the most surprising of all is the fact that the antimicrobial activity of this oil is not reduced even when the oil is exposed to heat or boiling water.
This is an hot oil, I highly advocate putting this oil in a veggie capsule when ingesting.
The essential oil of clove is useful in stimulating the immune system. A strong immune system can be an invaluable asset when it comes to preventing sore throat. The antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of this oil are responsible for all the health benefits that comes with it.
Mere chewing of the clove bud can help relieve a sore throat. The antiviral properties and the ability of this oil to cleanse the blood makes it even more useful for problems like sore throat.
Hyssop was used in ancient times as a cleansing herb in holy places and temples. In ancient Greece, Hyssop was highly valued for its ability to reduce the inflammation of the throat and other parts of the upper respiratory tract.
With an extended history of medicinal use, the essential oil of this magic herb can kill bacteria and battle any kind of infection. If your sore throat is bacterial or viral in nature, essential oil of hyssop will prove to be a fantastic choice.
Thyme oil is one of the strongest known antioxidants and antimicrobial agents. This oil has been used as a herbal medicine since ancient times. In addition, Thyme is known to strengthen the immune system of the body, which in turn prevents problems like sore throat.
With a sweet and woody odour, the essential oil of juniper is excellent when it comes to relieving inflammation in the throat and upper respiratory tract. For the same reason, I consider this oil as one of the finest natural remedies for sore throats and respiratory infections.
Studies conducted on this oil validate that this oil contains more than 87 different compounds of active ingredients responsible for its antibacterial and antifungal effects.