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From honey and lemon to gargling salt water, there are many natural remedies we use to soothe a sore throat.
Now, research suggests there could be a new remedy to ease your pain and rasping voice – moss.
Moss - Plant - Europe - Benefits - Cetraria
Specifically, it is Icelandic moss, which is similar to the plant that grows throughout Europe, that has such benefits. Also known as Cetraria islandica, it is rich in many minerals - calcium, iodine, potassium, phosphorus - and various vitamins.
Crucially, all of these have soothing and protective properties for the throat's mucous membrane – the 'squishy' lining of the mouth and throat. Icelandic Moss also contains mucilage – a thick, sticky substance that helps to soothe by coating a sore throat.
Plant - Pain - Stop - Germs - Multiplying
The plant helps to reduce pain and stop germs multiplying, according to research. Experts also believe it is safer than paracetamol which can be 'problematic' and raise the risk of kidney, liver and heart damage in children.
In folk medicine, the medicinal plant has been used since the 17th century, predominantly for respiratory and lung disorders.
Trials - Benefit
Trials proving its benefit
A randomised placebo-controlled trial of 61 patients found that Icelandic Moss in lozenge form reduced symptoms including a dry, sore throat and sore hoarseness.
Studies - Effects - Ingredient - Sore - Throats
And studies show that its effects are even greater when combined with another natural ingredient used to treat sore throats and dry coughs – mallow.
Also known as Althaea officinalis, this plant's leaves and flowers also contain mucilage, which coat the tissues lining the mouth and throat like a balm.
Result - Centuries - Irritation - Sore - Throat
As a result, it has been used for centuries to treat irritation a sore, dry throat.
Mallow extract: The benefits
Research - Mallow - Root - Extract - Frequency
Research has also found Mallow's root extract can also significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of a cough – as much as the medicine codeine.
In fact, so effective are mallow's medical properties, it is listed in...
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