Some of the sore throat remedies shared by individuals who tried home relief methods
Joe: I know it sounds stupid but the little bottle of squeezable lemon juice that you can get from the grocery store helps me the best. you have to let it just shoot back in your throat don’t even swallow, i know its hard at first cause you really want to swallow it yourself but you cant. Do this like 3 times and your throat shouldn’t hurt at all. It really helps
Karen: TCP Just do what it say’s on the bottle (dilute it) was advised by an elite athlete !
After using it twice my sore throat has gone,i,m still using it just to be on the safe side,might not taste nice but just hold your nose and gargle,Hope it works for you
John: Simply gargle with warm salt water, it worked immediately for me. Its very inexpensive too.
Sira: Using your back molars chew 2 asprin, one on either side of your mouth and let the aspirin slowly dissolve in your throat. Helps receive pain associated with sore throats and swollen glands. Make sure its aspirin
Govie: I have found that salt and vinegar chips and hot milk with honey really help with sore throats 🙂
Greg: If you feel that you might have a sore throat and flu coming along; don’t wait to the last minute and try this. Look for a herbal tea that has echinacea, lemon, peppermint in it. Now once you have soaked the water with the tea bag you want to add one to two teaspoons of honey, and mix till it dissolves. They next thing to add is some lemon into the tea(if you only have lemon juice that will work and only put two squirts in.) cut lemon and half and then the half into another half. squeeze the lemon juice into the tea and make sure to mix it in well. The tea won’t be that pleasing with the lemon, but it helps(you don’t have to put lemon, if you don’t want to.) You can use through out the day, and at night have a tea of NeoCitran. You will be sure to get rid of what is coming, or get better faster.
Martha: Eat as much as you can of a raw onion; It sounds weird and deff does not taste good; but it works! I usually have about 4 penny sized amounts, it soothes my throat instantly!
Crush 2 aspirin and add them to warm salt water, and gargle.
Hireth: Sore throat remedy!!!!!!this one works immediately
ITS A TEA!!!!!!
I found green tea and blueberry pomegranate tea bags. I decided to combine these for extra antibiotics and taste.
HOW TO MAKE:
-boil or heat up water and add green tea and blueberry pomegranate tea bags(optional)
-stir up and add some sugar and lots of honey
-add about 3 dashes of ground ginger
-even add some mint(optional)
-a little bit of lemon juice(help with mucus)
-add 2 dashes of salt
Drink hot or even over ice (ice not while suffering even with cold)
Now let us know sore throat more closely.
It’s scratchy, tender and swollen, and you dread the simple task of swallowing. But you must swallow, and when you do, you brace yourself for the unavoidable pain.
If you’ve got a sore throat, you’re in good company; everybody gets them, and 40 million people trek to the doctor’s office for treatment every year.
The mechanics of a sore throat are pretty simple. It’s an inflammation of the pharynx, which is the tube that extends from the back of the mouth to the esophagus. The leading causes of your discomfort are:
Viral infections, like colds or the flu. Often accompanied by fever, achy muscles and runny nose, viral infections can’t be cured, but their symptoms can be treated. A sore throat from a viral source will generally disappear on its own within several days.
Bacterial infection, especially from streptococcal bacteria (strep throat). Symptoms are much like those of a viral infection but may be more severe and long lasting. Often a bacterial infection is accompanied by headache, stomachache and swollen glands in the neck. A strep infection is generally treated with antibiotics because permanent heart or kidney damage can result. Culturing the bacteria is the only way a doctor can determine the cause of the sore throat.
While those are the primary reasons for a sore throat, there are others, including:
- Acid reflux
- Dry air, especially at night when you may sleep with your mouth open
- Mouth breathing
- Throat abuse: singing, shouting, coughing
- Polyps or cancer
- Infected tonsils
- Food allergy
A sore throat can be a minor but annoying ailment, or it can be a symptom of a serious illness. Causes range from a stuffy nose or a cold to strep throat, a bacterial throat infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes. Since untreated strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever and scarlet fever, it’s important to get medical help as early as possible into the illness. Along with producing severe soreness in your gullet, strep throat may be accompanied by fever, body aches and pains and malaise.
1: Keep Your Nasal Passages Clear
Doctors agree that two of the most common causes of sore-throat pain are postnasal drip and a dry throat that results from sleeping with your mouth open when your nasal passages are blocked.
Decongestants, especially those containing pseudoephedrine (read package labels), may be helpful in stopping the flow; follow package directions carefully. Using saline nasal spray can help make breathing easier promptly though temporarily, and it’s probably worth investing in a humidifier to run in your bedroom at night.
2: Rest and Take It Easy
Common sense dictates staying in bed or at least resting when a sore throat’s got you down. Taking it easy leaves more energy to fight the infection. If your sore throat doesn’t require medical attention, rest will help get you back on the road to recovery.
Gargle raspberry tea. Raspberry leaf tea can make a great gargle. (To make, pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 teaspoons dried leaves. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain. Allow to cool.) If you also have a fever, the gargle can be used as a fever-reducing drink, too. Do not drink any liquid you have used as a gargle.
Gargle with sage. This curative herb is a great sore-throat gargle. Mix 1 teaspoon in 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain. Add 1 teaspoon each cider vinegar and honey, then gargle four times a day.
Gargle with turmeric. Try this gargle to calm a cranky throat. Mix together 1 cup hot water, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gargle with the mixture twice a day. If you’re not good with the gargle, mix 1/2 teaspoon turmeric in 1 cup hot milk and drink. Turmeric stains clothing, so be careful when mixing and gargling.
Gargle with warm saltwater. If you can gargle without gagging, make a saline solution by adding 1/2 teaspoon salt to a cup of very warm water. Yes, when your mother told you to gargle with saltwater, she knew what she was talking about. It cuts phlegm and reduces inflammation. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup warm water, and gargle every three to four hours.
Gargle with Listerine. Another good gargling fluid is Listerine mouthwash. If you share the product with anyone else in your household, don’t drink straight from the bottle; instead, pour a small amount into a cup (and don’t share that, either).
This sore throat cure is found in several different remedies. Some doctors still swear that it is surprisingly palatable and works wonders. (Do not give it — or any other honey-containing food or beverage — to children under two years of age. Honey can carry a bacterium that can cause a kind of food poisoning called infant botulism and may also cause allergic reactions in very young children.)
1 tablespoon honey, any kind
1 tablespoon vinegar, preferably apple-cider vinegar
8 ounces hot water
Mix all the ingredients together in a mug and sip slowly (but don’t let it get cold). Use as often as desired.
For gargling: You’ll need 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, and 1 cup warm water. Dissolve the salt in the vinegar, then mix in the water. Gargle every 15 minutes as necessary.
5: Make a Horseradish Cocktail
Try this Russian sore-throat cure. Combine 1 tablespoon pure horseradish or horseradish root with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon ground cloves. Mix in a glass of warm water and drink slowly.
6: Use Citrus
Sip lemon juice. Mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice in 1 cup warm water and sip away.
Drink lime juice. Combine 1 spoonful with a spoonful of honey and take as often as needed for a sore throat.
Plain old aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can do wonders for sore-throat pain. However, aspirin shouldn’t be given to children under the age of 19 because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a potentially fatal condition. Pregnant and nursing women should check with their doctor before taking any medication. For a list of precautions to take when using over-the-counter analgesics, click here.
8: Eat a Juice Bar
Juice bars are cold and soothing to a hot throat. Don’t suck, though. Sucking may irritate the throat even more. Simply let small pieces melt in your mouth.
9: Drink Hot Liquids
Especially if you’re not good at gargling, drink hot fluids, such as coffee, tea or hot lemonade. Coating the tissue in your throat with warm liquid provides a benefit similar to applying hot packs to infected skin. (And sipping hot tea is more pleasant than trying to swallow a hot pack.)
To make a soothing tea, use a spoonful of marjoram steeped in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain, then sweeten to taste with honey.
10: Grab Some Hard Candy
Think of a sore throat as an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth, since some doctors say that sugar can help soothe a sore throat and the ticklish cough that may come with it. If nothing else, sucking on hard candy — in the sugar-free variety — can help keep your mouth and throat moist, which will make you feel more comfortable.
One old-fashioned remedy for a cold or sore throat is a steam tent — sitting with your face over a bowl of steaming hot water and your head covered with a towel to keep the steam in. Adding 1 to 2 drops eucalyptus oil can be soothing.
While it’s easy to dismiss such a simple measure as an old wives’ tale, several scientific studies have shown that steaming can actually shorten the duration of a throat infection.
12: Keep the Fluids Coming
Drink as much fluid as possible — at least eight to 10 8-ounce glasses per day. Keeping your throat well lubricated with soothing liquids can prevent it from becoming dry and irritated and may even help banish the infection faster.
13: Suck on Garlic
This Amish remedy can treat or prevent sore throats. Peel a fresh clove, slice it in half, and place 1 piece in each cheek. Suck on the garlic like a cough drop. Occasionally, crush your teeth against the garlic, not to bite it in half, but to release its allicin, a chemical that can kill the bacteria that causes strep.
14: Spray It
Analgesic sprays, such as Chloraseptic, may be effective in temporarily relieving sore-throat pain. The only problem is that the effect doesn’t last long. You may have to spray several times an hour. However, the sprays won’t harm you and may take the edge off an extremely painful throat.
Also, when treating a sore throat, nix the colas and scratchy foods, such as chips and pretzels. They’ll irritate an already irritated throat.
For more information, see our main Home Remedies page and Herbal Remedies for Sore Throat.
More sore throat remedies
• Honey has long been used as a sore-throat remedy. It has antibacterial properties, which can help speed healing. It also acts as a hypertonic osmotic, which means that it draws water out of inflamed tissue. This reduces the swelling and discomfort. Add several teaspoons to 1 cup of hot water or herbal tea.
• Hot lemonade with honey can also relieve pain. Combine the juice of half a lemon with hot water.
• Horehound reduces the swelling of inflamed throat tissue. It also thins mucus, which makes it easier for you to clear it from your throat. To make the tea, steep 2 teaspoons chopped herb in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and drink.
• Slippery elm contains mucilage that coats the throat and eases the soreness. Steep 1 teaspoon of the inner bark in 2 cups boiling water, strain and drink.
• Like slippery elm bark, marshmallow root (Althea officinalis) contains throat-coating mucilage. To make the tea, steep 2 teaspoons dried herb in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and drink. Drink three to five cups a day to help a sore throat.
• Take vitamin C three times a day. Whether your sore throat is caused by a cold, the flu or strep, this vitamin will help boost your immune system and fight off infection. Reduce the dose if you develop diarrhea.
• Echinacea. This herb’s antibacterial and antiviral properties will speed healing.
• Garlic, as another aid to fight off infection. Dried garlic has potent antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
• Zinc lozenge. In one study, people who sucked on a lozenge containing about 13 milligrams of zinc every two hours got rid of viral sore throats three to four days quicker than those who didn’t. But too much zinc can actually compromise immunity, which is why you shouldn’t take the lozenges for a long time.