Is a nagging sore throat dragging you down? I’ve put together more than 15 home remedies that I’ve organized from years of note taking, personal experience and research…each promises to soothe and help get rid of things fast!
These are simple to whip up–nothing too fancy, most are all-natural ingredients and Bonus! you likely have many of these curatives in stock right now.
Before listing the home remedies, here are a few standard self-care tips to note. Implement them as soon as that “suspicious ache” arises to get a head start on healing:
- Try to stay quiet and speak as little as possible.
- Get lots of rest but prop yourself up against a stack of pillows so there’s no pressure at the back of throat.
- Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to keep the mucous membranes well hydrated.
- A hot, steamy shower is beneficial in opening things up and promotes deep breathing.
- Keep a humidifier running so the air isn’t so dry and irritating with each breath.
Home Treatments & Remedies
Items noted * are suggested as a gargle every three hours throughout the day (unless directed otherwise).
Quick & Easy: Combine one of the following with 1 cup of warm water:
- *Cayenne Pepper: 1/4 tsp (or 1 tsp Sriracha sauce).
- *Salt: 1 tsp.
- *Apple Cider Vinegar: 2 tsp.
- *Baking Soda & Salt: 1 tsp of each.
- *Cloves: 1 tsp powered (or chew on a few raw cloves).
Hot & Comforting Brews: Steep for about 5 minutes before sipping.
Add a single recommendation below to one cup of boiling water:
- Ginger: 3 tsp freshly grated ginger. Stir in a spoonful of honey once brewing is done.
- *Thyme: 1 tablespoon dried thyme (for gargle) or 1 tsp (for tea to sip). Strain first.
- Sage: 1 tsp dried. Strain first.
- 2 tsp honey and 1 tsp lemon juice (or a wedge squeezed & dumped in the cup).
- Licorice Root: 1 or 2 pieces. Another option is to brew licorice tea bags or chew on a piece of licorice root to help relieve the pain. *May affect blood pressure if too much is consumed, not recommended for those who are pregnant or have high blood pressure.
- Green Tea: Sipping this can be soothing, but gargling is also recommended since it naturally fights infections. See here for more info on its health benefits.
- Chamomile: Very effective! Start drinking this tea as soon as you feel soreness coming on.
Classic Hot Toddy Drink:
2 ounces of either brandy, whiskey, scotch, bourbon or dark rum
1 TBS honey
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 C. boiling water
*pinch of cinnamon (or cinnamon stick)–optional
- Garlic: Slowly suck on a large, raw clove (or chew it). Not pleasant? Try mincing a clove then add to a tablespoon of olive oil (to help it go down).
- Hydrogen Peroxide: Gargle 3% hydrogen peroxide to fight the infection. If the taste is too nasty, add some water to dilute (about 50/50). Don’t swallow!
- Popsicles: The cold can be just as soothing to a rough, scratchy throat (Finally! A treatment the kiddos will be happy to take!).
From The Garden:
Organic Bee Balm Flowers (Monarda) & Leaves
- Wash the bee balm, gently pat dry then strip the flowers and leaves from the stem. Roughly chop, measure the amount then pack the pieces into a small jar.
- Pour over an equal amount of honey and an equal amount of Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Stir well and seal the jar (ensure all plant matter is submerged in the liquid).
- Place the vessel in a small box or brown paper bag (so it’s dark) then store in a sunny location (for some warmth to assist the infusion process).
- Shake occasionally, periodically flip jar on the other side.
- Strain after 4 weeks.
Directions for use: Add a spoonful of infusion/mixture to hot beverage or take it straight.
- Run a humidifier in the bedroom at night to keep the air moist. A Herbal Decongestant Steam can also help.
- Sucking on hard candies or lozenges brings some relief.
- Throw out the current toothbrush and start a fresh one to avoid reinfection.
- If coughing is the problem, see advice found here.
Sore throats are a common symptom of a cold or flu developing but they could also be a sign of bacterial infection that can lead to problems if untreated (strep, tonsillitis, etc.). If it doesn’t seem to be getting better within the week or white spots appear back by the tonsils, make sure to see a doctor since antibiotics may be required to fight the infection.
Note: These are simply tips 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 self-treating.
Do you have a tried and true I missed? Feel free to share it below!