Home Remedies for Sore Throat

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remedies for a sore throat

If one fine morning you find that swallowing hurts, be warned you are about to catch a cold or the flu. However, sore throat, known medically as pharyngitis [1], can also occur due to some other viral or bacterial infections. This infection has the dubious distinction of being one of the most common reasons for visiting a doctor. Almost 18 million sore throat sufferers do so annually in the US alone. Although most sore throats get cured by themselves in a week, it’s not always the case. This is where home remedies for sore throat come in handy!

Sore throat home remedy cures

You all are no stranger to sore throat. Since childhood you’ve been taking your grandma’s prescriptions to get rid of it. The good news is these time tested natural sore throat cures are still very much in use. They’re safe, effective and without any side effects. They include:

a. Slippery Elm bark (Ulmus rubra):

The inner bark of this tree contains mucilage, a gel-like substance that swells when it is mixed with water. Mucilage coats the throat and reduces irritation. The dried bark of this tree is taken as tea and helps to soothe sore throats and cough, if taken three to four times a day.

b. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): [2]

Licorice is also used as herbal tea and is an effective sore throat remedy. However, it shouldn’t be used by people with high blood pressure, heart, kidney or liver disease, pregnant or nursing women, or people on diuretics and blood pressure drugs.

c. Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis):

The root of this herb has been in use for centuries as a sore throat home remedy. It’s also taken as herbal tea and helps in sore throat relief. However, diabetics or those taking insulin injections should beware, as it can make your blood sugar low.

d. Honeysuckle flower:

This sweet-tasting and smelling herb is important in traditional Chinese medicine as a natural remedy for sore throat. The honeysuckle flowers are boiled and steeped, and taken orally. You can add honey to sweeten it. Drinking four cups a day will help alleviate sore throat symptoms.

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e. Ginger tea (Zingiber officinale):

Ginger tea is a traditional cure for sore throat in almost all cultures and it’s effective too.

f. Salt and warm water:

This is a universal remedy for easing constant sore throat. All that needs to be done is to mix the salt in warm water until it dissolves and use it for gargling. It’s regular use makes the throat feel better.

g. Corn syrup:

Gargling with diluted corn syrup in warm water is also quite effective. It’s even safe if swallowed.

h. Apple cider vinegar:

Gargling with diluted apple cider vinegar kills the infection. You can also mix it with lemon, salt and honey, and take it orally. This will cure the sore throat problems.

i. Black pepper powder:

Black pepper powder mixed in warm water and used for gargling is an effective cure for sore throat.
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j. Onion:

Finely chopped onion is put in a sealed container with some sugar. The juices released by the onion are then taken orally to cleanse the throat.

k. Tea tree oil and goldenseal:

Powdered goldenseal, mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil in hot water, is used for gargling for getting immediate relief.

l. Honey:

A teaspoon of honey helps ease the soreness of your throat in seconds.

Since, sore throat is a common ailment, using over-the-counter strong syrups and tablets regularly may prove counter productive because of the side effects. Today, home remedies for this ailment have again become the preferred treatment that have the power of curing even severe forms of sore throat. But, whatever line of treatment you choose, consulting your physician is a must.

Resources

[1 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000655.htm

[2] https://nccih.nih.gov/health/licoriceroot?lang=es

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  • Cinthia

    This always works.. Natural Bee hunny and lemon.. mix it into a syrup and take a couple of spoonfulls everytime your throat hurts. The lemon kills the bacteria and the honey coats the throat. It always helps me. Hope it works for you!

  • Nikke

    Try using apple cider and vinegar and honey and lemon juice also the whole nautural bee honey and lemon doesn’t work i tried a morining before school and it just made my throat feel worse. maybe it works for yall but not me. but good suggestion oh and try eating the old chicken noodle soup it helps soothe you!!

  • nichole

    Try eating a peppermint. It has a quick relief.

  • anam

    squeez about 10 drops of ginger juice and a teaspoon of honey in a big spoon and heat it on stove for a couple of seconds then mix it with ur finger to see if it it cool enough to take orally. tale this syrup by mouth before going to sleep to help with sore throat or a cold. make sure that the spoon that u heated is cool enough to put in to mouth.

  • melissa

    Im starting a soar throat i can feel it comming cuz its swelling i did every thing i made a tea with all the ingredients i have ognins ginger pepper lemon tea honey lol vinigar and it tastes ofulll ewewew i think its curring cuz mucus is comming out ..? not sure … i know if i dont get rid of it i wioll regret it in 3 days ill wake up with no voice… thanks alot !!

  • krystyn

    sleep…stress is the main reason we have sorethroat…we lack sleep, so our immune system gets weak and we get viral infection blah blah 😀

  • Kay

    Honey works great, just a spoonful of it an swallow. If you’re like me, and can’t stand the taste of honey plain, you can dp it in a little powdered confectioners sugar. An old remedy of my dads is to gargle with warm water and baking soda. Since its finer and stronger that table salt, it works better. Also,it wont sctatch up your throat. But tastes nastier than salt (not that they arn’t both pretty bad!!!).

  • Kay

    “A spoonful of honey helps the soreness go down… the soreness go down………sorenes go down” Lalalalalala………..

  • Rosa Sutton

    My son had a bad sore throat this morning and I could not give him any medicine because he was sick to his stomach. I tried one of the Home Remedies I read on the Earth Clinic website…it worked instantly!! Thank you Jesus!! I cannot stand for my children to feel bad and I really do not like to give them a lot of over-the-counter meds, but this was great. It did not cost me a dime, I already had some in the house.

  • Amy Highley

    i have a incredibly sore throat and i need need need a cure that will immediatly take effect

  • kayla

    mix salt and sugar in a bowl.
    wth a teasppon of honey fast acting soothe for a ore throat i use it all the timeeeee.

  • Mons

    Squeeze a lemon to make it nice and juicy. Cut an end off, about one inch. Bite the ends off of a cheap peppermint stick, and put it into the lemon. Use the peppermint stick as a straw. sucking on it will create a tiny little hollowing in the peppermint stick that will get larger the more lemon juice you drink. If the peppermint stick is stubborn and won’t act as a straw, squeeze the lemon juice into a cup, heat it up, and melt a peppermint into it – drink and enjoy relief. Kids often like this one, too.

  • Mike Dear

    Grandma’s secret. Purchase any tea of your prefrence (Herbal honey tea’s are best to me) add 1tsp of honey after heating tea. Then add( 2 Halls) cough drops and stir till cough drop breaks down from a solid to a liquid. Becareful because the cough drops may stick to the bottom of the cup presenting some resistence when trying to stir. The medicine in the cough drop will give you a coolness relief when finished and the honey as we all know will back the cooling effect by coating. Hope this works for all those who are “Sick” of having a sore throat:) God Bless

  • Pat

    one tablespoon of honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon is supposed to heal sore throat

    another concoction is lemon juice+honey+1 clove crushed garlic+ 1/4 teaspoon grated or minced ginger+ a little warm water

  • Andreas

    I Have sore thoroat since 2 month ago & its painfull when i swallow.antibiotics didnt work.my doc dont undrstand what it is & i have to go to hospital to see a specialist, i tried all type of home remedies & painkillers & it wont go away! anyone know whats happening to me ?

  • Brendachka

    i am a russian so there is a remedy for us just take vodka,honey and butter and heat it really good together so that you can swallow it the vodka kills the bacteria the honey helps make it less of a burning feeling in your throat and the butter is so that if you have a really dry throat it will moisturize your throat. i hope this works because it did for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! plus it doesn’t taste that bad like other medicines you have to take for your throat.

  • Lynn

    As soon as I feel a sore throat coming on, I take echinecea supplements and suck on ginger jujubes, get plenty of rest and it disapears! 🙂

  • awaisoo

    hot chicken soup with black pepper.. tastes awesome!! and its gud for sore throat and the flu… 😀

  • Ayla

    OK so i know this sounds crazy but i mixed lemon juice with cooking oil and sugar and stirred it until the sugar was gone and drabnk it it helped soooo much

  • ? JesSica ?

    Well i need Help i had this sore throat since 3days from Now….. and i am Performing for school…. And can you pls help ASAP.
    thanks ?

  • Marlene

    I woke up choking on my cough because of all the congestion I have and as we speak my mom cut a lemon in half and poured a spoon full of sugar that I can dip it into and it immediately took effect I feel a lot better already. Also if you have lots of congestion try taking a warm bath it helps to release some of the mucus and drink plenty of water eat chicken soup and rest as much as you can.

  • anthony

    i have a really bad sore throat. My mom just says im sick. But i like have no congestion or fever or anything like that. If there is any other remedies for a sore throat, please, please tell me!!!! it hurts to swallow. i can barely speak!!!!! So PLEASE, PLEASE help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • htwissy

    ok guys well i woke up feel sick you know… anyway i babysit a lot and this little girl asked me to make her milk and honey…? so i looked at her like she was crazy, then she told me to put a cup of milk and honey (how ever much you like beware too much is super gross trust me!)STIR!!!!!! (as long as you have to until thin, thin, thin!) put it in the micro for a min. and stir *again* then drink right up and i did that this morning and feel a bit better to be honest! i hope this works for you too! GOOD LUCK! 0ooo also it DOESNT TASTE BAD!

  • angela

    my throats been hurting for more than 3days i tried tea and everything what do i do? help plz

  • FRANK

    I JUST TRIED THAT RUSSIAN GUYS THING ..I PUT 1 TABLESPOON OF BUTTER IN A COFFE CUP ALONG WITH 2 TABLESPOONS OF HONEY .. HEATED IT IN MICROWAVE FOR 20 SECONDS .. THAT TASTES REAL GOOD BY ITSELF .. COATS MY THROAT NICE .. BUT YA NEED THE MEDICINAL PART OF IT .. 2 TABLESPOONS OF VODKA .. IT STILL ISNT BAD .. AND SEEMS TO BE WORKING ….. I WAS CHOKING SO BAD A FEW MINUTES BEFORE , MY THROATFELT LIKE IT WAS SO DRY .. ALTHOUGH ID BEEN DRINKING TEAS AND LIQUIDS CONSTANTLY FOR 2 DAYS .. .. THE VODKA WILL KILL THE BACTERIA .. JUST TAKE A TABLESPOON AT A TIME … ABOUT EVERY MINUTE OR 2 .. LET THE VODKA KILL THE BACTERIA .. IM SURE IVE GOT STREP THROAT .. JUST KEEP SPITTING OUT THE CRAP AND KILLING THE BACTERIA ANYWAY YOU CAN … IT TAKES 7 DAYS TO KILL STREP THROAT WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS

  • Ruth

    Put 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper in about 1 cup of warm water and gargle. Repeat every fifteen minutes.This is not a joke it helps with the pain . You can also make a tea to your taste with apple cider vinegar,real lemonade, maple syrup or honey, hot water and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, sip this.

  • Judy

    I had a doctor appointment to get a prescription for an antibiotic,but couldn’t wait till 4:00, because it hurt so bad. A pharmacist recommended that I take Aleve,which has an ingredient for inflammation. Within 40 minutes the soreness was almost completely gone. Every eight hours,within a 24 hour period,I kept taking two Aleves. I’ve been able to eat anything I want and swallow without pain. I also took vitamins c and d. Oh,I did also work up from eating soft foods to other foods.

  • ray

    I have a really bad soar throat and my ear aches and i have a cough it could be streP throat idont know but is there any way i can get rid of it a.s.a.p it hurts really bad i cant swallow and i can barely talk what can i do please let me know

  • nic

    ok well i have a horrible sore throat.. i have been missing way to much school and i need this to go away soon, every day i wake up it seems ot get worse and i am geting no sleep now because its hard to breathe, someone help me, give me some hints or something home remedies, medican that works, something please help i would grealty appiciate it thanks :/

  • suhaylah khan

    1. Cut 1 slice of lemon (or more depending on how sore your throat is)
    2. Heat a tablespoon of honey over the stove
    3. Transfer the honey onto another tablespoon so u won’t burn your mouth when your taking it
    4. Suck the juice out of the lemon and immediately take the tablespoon of warm honey.

    The lemon juice will act as an anti-bacterial and the honey will coat the throat to prevent further soreness.

    Results are instant!

  • Finance Guy

    50/50 lime juice and vodka. don’t over do it but as much as you can take. I have not been sick for over 10 years now and traditionally was sick 3 times a year. now I get the initial symptoms but kill it before it it takes hold every time. miracle cure for me. decent vodka like finlandia is a good idea.

  • Erik P.

    Squeese juice from two lemons in a small sauce pan add a 1/4 cup of honey. Bring to a slow soft boil, remove from heat let cool to a warm comfortable temperature and add a shot to a shot and a half of spiced rum, pepperment schnapps, or whisky which ever you prefer. Stirr in and take one or two table spoons full about four times a day. Soothes sore throat immediately and cures it quick. Also cures chest congestion and dry cough as well. Nothing beats a good ole fashion hot toddy

  • A-man

    does anybody think that ground black with lemon juice and hot water would be an effective combination to treat strep throat?

  • Alisha

    I also tried the butter, honey, vodka remedy and it is very soothing and tasty. I’m going to alternate it with the salt-water gargle because I have been miserbale for 2 days unless I’m drinking something warm.

  • Grace

    Mine came as a dry cough…..i didnt treat it its goin to two years now and my voice isnt coming back….pls can u help me out???

  • Mike

    My Grandma used a hot toddy mix with minced onion corn syrup and any 80 plus proof alcohol, Jim, Jack, Rum, she then would mix the minced onion and corn syrup in a pan on low heat tell it would come to a low stew, in other words low boil. The she would then off the heat and let it cool. She then would pour a small amount in to a coffee mug and add a small amount of alcohol no more then a large shot or double shot. With it still warm drink it down with one drink. Takes care of a sore throat, flu and head colds. O boy a one med that truly works.