Gargles of warm water and baking soda are ideal to relieve and soothe a sore throat, and the discomfort that we may feel in the mouth. Find out how to make them at home.

The gargle or gargles, depending on the main ingredient with which the water is accompanied, are particularly useful and suitable for certain health problems and discomfort, noting especially if sore throat . An example is found in the gargle of water and salt, which carried out with warm water are adequate to alleviate the discomfort that we may feel in the throat when we have colds or flu.

On the other hand, another of the traditional remedies that have been commonly used in case of a sore throat is bicarbonate or sodium, and gargles of water and sodium bicarbonate.

What is baking soda?

Sodium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate is a white powder that we can find in a totally natural way as a mineral, or it can be artificially manufactured in an industrial way. It consists of a solid crystalline compound which is soluble in water, with a slightly alkaline taste.

It is commonly used in the kitchen for the preparation of certain desserts, in the production of bread (when it is combined with acidic compounds as a leavening additive), or in the production of carbonated beverages due to its ability to release carbon dioxide.

However, from a medicinal point of view, it has traditionally been used as a digestive as it is anti-acid and helps in case of gas, to combat gastro-esophageal reflux, to combat excess acids, as an alkalinize when mixed with lemon and as a cleanser.

How to prepare a gargle of warm water and baking soda:

To make the water and baking soda gargles, you only need the equivalent of a cup of water and a teaspoon of baking soda.

What do you need? Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (brown size)

Steps to make the water and baking soda gargle

  1. Put the equivalent of a cup of water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Just before the water starts to boil, remove from the heat, and put the hot water in a glass or mug.
  3. When the water is slightly warmer, add the teaspoon of baking soda, and mix well.

How to gargle the water and baking soda:

If you have a sore throat, gargles with warm water and baking soda are useful to relieve discomfort and soothe the pain.

You just have to put a little warm water and sodium bicarbonate in your mouth and gargle, trying to bring this water to the throat area but avoiding swallowing it, keeping the gargle for 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat until the water runs out. Likewise, it is advisable to repeat several times a day.


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