December 19, 2010

12 Simple Sore Throat Remedies

Here are a dozen home remedies to help soothe and get rid of sore throats, these are simple to whip up and treat yourself with–nothing too fancy for ingredients and you likely have many of these items in stock at home.
Sore Throat Home Remedies

  • Cayenne Pepper Gargle: Mix 1/8th of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 1/2 cup warm water, gargle with this frequently throughout the day.
  • Salt Water Gargle: Add 1 teaspoon of table salt to a cupful of warm water, gargle with this every other hour or so.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Gargle: Mix 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with a cup of warm water, gargle every hour.
  • Ginger Tea: Make a strong tea with freshly grated ginger (about 3 teaspoons per cup of boiling water), steep for about 5 minutes then stir in a spoonful of honey and sip.
  • Thyme Tea Gargle: Sooth a sore throat with thyme tea. Brew 1 tablespoon dried thyme in 1 cup boiling water. Strain then gargle. From 23 Home Remedies From The Spice Rack [1].
  • Honey & Lemon Tea: Mix two teaspoons honey and 1 teaspoon lemon juice with one cup of boiling hot water. Allow to cool a bit then drink to soothe throat.
  • Licorice Root Tea: Brew a tea made with licorice roots (one or two pieces per cup) and sip. You can also brew licorice tea bags or chew on a piece of licorice root to help relieve the pain. Licorice root can affect blood pressure if too much is consumed, not recommended for those who are pregnant or have high blood pressure.
  • Cloves: To relieve a sore throat, slowly chew on a few cloves.
  • Green Tea: Sipping a cuppa green tea can help soothe a sore throat, but gargling with it is also recommended since it naturally fights infections. See Tipnut’s Guide To Green Tea [2] for more info on the health benefits of green tea.
  • Baking Soda & Salt Gargle: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of each baking soda and salt with a 1/2 cup of warm water and gargle a few times each day.
  • Chamomile Tea: Drink chamomile tea to soothe sore throats, best to start as soon as you feel one coming on.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Gargle 3% hydrogen peroxide to fight the throat infection. If the taste is too much for you, dilute with some water first (about 50/50).

    • Run a humidifier in your room at night to help prevent your throat from getting too dry, a Herbal Decongestant Steam [3] can also help.
    • Sucking on hard candies or lozenges helps coat and soothe your throat.
    • Throw out your toothbrush and start a fresh one to avoid reinfecting yourself.
    • Coughing and sore throats often go hand in hand, see 10 Cough Remedies & Treatments [4].
    Sore throats are a common symptom of a cold or flu developing but they can also be a sign of bacterial infection that can lead to problems if untreated (strep, tonsillitis, etc.). If your sore throat doesn’t seem to be getting better after two or three days, make sure to see a doctor since you may need antibiotics to fight the infection.
    Note: These are simply home remedies I’ve collected, they’re not professional medical advice. Be aware that some spices and herbs may conflict with prescribed medicines–always check with a doctor before treating yourself with any home remedy method.
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    1. thanks for sharing!! i will be printing this out to keep in the cupboard :)

    2. What also helps for a sore, burning throat is a scoop of Vanilla ice cream, sprinkled with fresh ground nutmeg. This fresh nutmeg help smooth the throat. Believe me it's feels good on the whole throat also it's easy on the stomach. PS Children love this home remedy. Sharon Landis at


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