by Cari Cole
There can be so many reasons for a sore throat that sometimes it’s hard to tell what exactly brought it on. Here are some of the causes:
The most commonly known cause of a sore throat is a viral or bacterial infection. This is usually accompanied by yellow or green mucous. Another viral infection is laryngitis.
Here are some of the often overlooked causes:
One of the most common and most overlooked cause of a sore throat is dehydration. When the throat is dry it is sore and scratchy and can even mimic a more serious sore throat if the person never drinks water.
Sometimes sore throats are brought on by stress and tension alone. I can’t tell you how often I have massaged away a sore throat.
Often sore throats are the result of allergies or an allergic reaction.
Occasionally sore throats are the result of candidiasis commonly known as “Candida” which is an overabundance of yeast. To find out more about this, read “The Yeast Connection” by William S. Crook, M.D.
Occasionally a sore throat is brought on by extreme tension in the throat muscles, tongue and jaw. Not uncommon for people who have voice problems.
Remedies for minor Sore throats:
- Water ~ minor sore throats are often the result of dehydration. Drink 8 glasses a day.
- Self-massage or a professional massage with a body worker who knows how to release the throat.
- Young Living Essential Oils ~ Frankincense, Valor (YL Blend), Raven (YL Blend), Eucalyptus, Lavender.
- Throat coat tea
- Coldcalm by Boiron (homeopathic remedy) If your sore throat comes from a cold
- Zinc lozenges If your sore throat comes from a cold
- Thayers throat spray (or a moisturizing throat spray)
- Watermelon and/or melon of any kind.
- Sunbreeze balm
- Sunrider foods
Best of luck and we hope we have contributed to your vocal health!