gargles, sprays, and inhalations are often ordered for sore throats and colds.
Adults may use washes, gargles, or sprays of solutions of sodium borate or of sodium bicarbonate.
As a rule the gargles do not aid in the cure of the disease, though they contribute to the comfort of the patient.
The medico was called in, who prescribed bleeding and gargles and removal from the confined air of the prison.
He practised all sorts of amiable deceptions upon his patients,—making them take medicine in salad and gargles in beer.
Some remedies may be applied directly to the throat by gargles, and to the nose and throat by sprays.
gargles of potassium chlorate, or potassium chlorate with sumac, exert a soothing influence upon the congested tonsils.
1520s, from Middle French gargouiller "to gurgle, bubble" (14c.), from Old French gargole "throat, waterspout," perhaps from garg-, imitative of throat sounds, + *goule, dialect word for "mouth," from Latin gula "throat." Related: Gargled; gargling. The earlier, native, form of the word was Middle English gargarize (early 15c.).
1650s, from gargle (v.).
gargle gar·gle (gär'gəl)
v. gar·gled, gar·gling, gar·gles
To force exhaled air through a liquid held in the back of the mouth, with the head tilted back, in order to cleanse or medicate the mouth or throat. n.
A medicated fluid used for gargling. Also called throatwash.
A drink, esp of liquor (1864+)
To drain and flush the radiator of a truck (1930s+ Truckers)