Gargling salt water is one of the fastest and easiest home remedies to treat a painful or irritating sore throat.
When we investigated the salt water gargle as a treatment option, we discovered that it offers relief and also speeds healing. While some may consider a salt water gargle to be an old “folk remedy,” salt water and many similar home cures are actually the most effective treatments..
How Does It Work?
A salt water gargle serves as a saline rinse for the throat and mouth. It rinses the bacteria from the throat, which helps speed healing. The salt also helps relieve inflammation in the throat, so it offers immediate relief.
How Do I Gargle?
To gargle with salt water, you first need to create the saline solution. Mix 3 teaspoons of sea salt (or regular salt) into 2 cups of warm water until it dissolves. Then, gargle with the mixture, spitting out and repeating several times. You can repeat this process as many as 2 to 3 times a day as needed.
Continue reading to learn how Earth Clinic readers used the salt water gargle to cure their sore throats!