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Gargling Therapy

Updated on November 24, 2009

Gargling is an easy and inexpensive therapy that can be followed in our regular life. It is performed by rinsing warm salt water, antibiotic solution or vegetable oils like sunflower or sesame inside our mouth for at least 5 to 10 minutes and then spitting it. It helps us keeping our good health killing germs inside our mouth. It is understood by health experts that disease causing germs initially make our mouth as their breeding ground and later enter into our body to make serious health problems. Whenever we follow this kind of preventive therapy for at least two days a week, we can get reduced chances of getting infected by germs and in addition we can easily get freshness in our breath.

Most commonly used things for Gargling

Salt Water, Lemon Water, Lemon Juice and Honey, Black Tea, Antibiotic Solution, Pomegranate Juice, Sunflower and Sesame Oils are some of the things that can be used for gargling. Either early morning or evening can be preferred to follow this therapy. You can also get particular health experience even with weekly twice gargling using your favorite gargles.

Health Benefits that can be obtained from Gargling

In cold seasons many people may be suffering from sore throat. Viruses are causing severe throat pain and any antibiotics can not be successfully administered to overcome the problem immediately. We can easily get relief from sore throat if we gargle warm salt water solution (1 tsp full of common salt and 250 ml warm water) for about 5 to 10 minutes. Not only will that help to get rid of sore throat and also help get relief from nasal congestion, running nose and sneezing. Aside from getting relief from sore throat we can use the salt solution as a bad breath remedy which is a common health problem among many people.

We can prefer vegetable oils like sesame or sunflower for regular gargling as a preventive measure against cold and other infectious diseases. People having teeth and gum problems can follow gargling using antibiotic solutions.

But, one important thing here is that you should be very careful when you choose things for gargling. Some of them may get you allergic problems. For instance if we select sesame oil, the odour of the thing may cause allergic problem to some people.

Some Branded Antiseptic Solutions that can be used for Gargling

Apart from natural gargles we can also find in the market some antiseptic solutions that can be used as gargles. Most of them are helpful to come out dental problems and bad breath.

Listerine is an antiseptic solution used for gargling purposes. It contains menthol, thymol, methyl salicylate, and eucalypto and ethanol. Thymol found in this solution works as as antiseptic and menthol as anesthetic. Methyl salicylate works as cleaning agent and where as ethanol used to dissolve all these things. This is one of the popular gargles in US which is used to overcome bad breath and dental problems.

Corsodyl is another antiseptic solution used as gargle or mouthwash to cure gum diseases, bad breath and gingivitis. It contains a chemical called Chlorhexidine.

Eludril is another type of antibacterial mouthwash or gargle which will be helpful to cure many dental problems including gum inflammations. It can be also used as an effective gargle for reducing mouth ulcers.


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    ratnaveera 8 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear prasadjain and HealthTip, Thank you both for visiting this Hub and leaving your nice comments.

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    HealthTip 8 years ago

    Nice lil hub my friend, liked it !

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    Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 8 years ago from Tumkur

    Yes,this is a very common hometherapy in india. i too do it whenever i get some throat problem.

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    ratnaveera 8 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Tatjana-Mihaela, Thank you very much for coming here and putting your nice comments. I believe in Gargling therapy. Because it helps me to prevent cold and other health problems economically.

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    Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

    Great Hub, gargling is really useful, especially to kill excess of Strepto and Staphilococcus in mouth and troat. You said it all in your Hub.

    BTW, sage - tea is great for gargling, this is my favorite antiviral and antibacterial "gargling remedy!

    Thumbs up.