Earth Clinic readers tell us that 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is one of their favorite methods for quickly curing a sore throat. Sore throats are particularly common during winter and cold weather, but a sore throat can appear any time of the year. Whenever a sore throat strikes, people want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Learn about the benefits of using hydrogen peroxide to cure your sore throat.
Here’s what Shawn wrote to us about how he relieved his painful sore throat with hydrogen peroxide.
Posted by Shawn: Hydrogen Peroxide: My throat has hurt for 2 days now and it feels like it’s getting worse. I am on an antibiotic for sinus infection, but I have NEVER had such a sore throat. My DR. recommended throat spray which works for about 2 mins… ibubrofen, nope, cough drops, nope. I just found this remedy and actually have it in the house. I felt instantly better, still hurts but I will continue to gargle with it. It even says it on the bottle for oral rinse.
Here’s another post from Martha explaining how she uses hydrogen peroxide as a gargle.
Posted by Martha: The best way to completely heal a sore throat quick is with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. The regular brand from any store in the brown bottle. Just brush teeth and mouth and as far back throat as comfortably possible, then gargle about a capful or one tablespoon or even dilute it with a bit of water.
Beware of the fizz as your throat, tongue and gums are stripped of all the bad stuff! It will most likely make you gag from all the funk! Rinse and do it again! You will be amazed at the almost immediate relief! Since it is a natural remedy, you can do several times a day as needed but honestly one or two applications should do the trick! It’s amazing that something so common and cheap can do such an amazing job! Best and cheapest cure out there!
What Causes a Sore Throat?
A sore throat is painful swelling or irritation in the throat that can be caused by a number of different things. Sore throats are often triggered by the common cold or a viral infection; however, laryngitis, mono, mumps, the flu and bacterial infections such as strep throat can also cause a sore throat. Other possible causes include infection or inflammation of the tonsils, irritation due to environmental factors such as smoke and allergies.
Does Hydrogen Peroxide Actually Help a Sore Throat?
No matter the cause of your sore throat, hydrogen peroxide can help. A natural remedy, hydrogen peroxide is safe and effective for treating sore throats.
How Does It Work?
Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful germ fighting agent. When you use it to gargle, it kills off germs in the throat and the mouth that are causing the irritation. Likewise, hydrogen peroxide helps to eliminate inflammation, relieving pain.
How Do I Gargle with Hydrogen Peroxide?
- First, you have to create a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide (brown bottle from the pharmacy) with 4 tablespoons of water. Some people use mouthwash instead to disguise the taste.
- Use this solution to gargle several times a day.
Is It Safe?
As with any remedy, you must take care when using hydrogen peroxide as a treatment option. Be sure to dilute the hydrogen peroxide, and do not swallow even the diluted solution. You may want to cleanse the mouth with several gargles of fresh water following treatment as well.
Treating a sore throat can be difficult; however, with this natural remedy, you can treat your ailment safely, naturally, and quickly. Give this natural remedy a try, and let us know how it works for you.