When you have a sore throat, it’s your body’s immune response to viral or bacterial infections. Sore throats can be quite uncomfortable, especially when you swallow. The mucous membranes in your throat are inflamed and swollen.
Of course, the most important thing you can do is drink fluids and stay well hydrated! Keep your throat’s mucous membranes moist so it can heal.
Try drinking or at least sipping water every hour. If it’s uncomfortable, try drinking warm herbal tea such as Echinacea, peppermint, and chamomile. Sucking on an herbal throat lozenger also produces saliva and soothes the throat.
Here are some natural sore throat remedies to provide relief, using simple ingredients from your pantry.
GARGLE WITH SALT WATER
Of course, one common way to ease the discomfort of sore throat is gargling with salt water. The salt helps reduce swelling.
Combine 1 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of salt and stir to dissolve. Gargle with a mouthful of this mixture for 30 seconds, once per hour.
GARGLE WITH COOL SAGE TEA
Sage is a wonderful herb used in cooking, but also has antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties to help soothe and help a sore throat.
Mix 1 teaspoon of herb in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain.
DRINK LEMON WATER
Not only does lemon contain vitamin C and antioxidants, but it increases the amount of saliva you produce to keep your mucous membranes moist and soothe your sore throat.
For a particularly scratchy throat, take one tablespoon of concentrated lemon juice followed immediately by a tablespoon of honey just before bed, which will usually soothe your throat until morning.
Find more household uses for lemons.
SIP APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WITH HONEY
Apple cider vinegar has been used in folk medicine remedies for centuries. It contains acetic acid which has antibacterial properties.
To help relieve throat pain, mix 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey or sweetener in a cup of warm water.
Note: Honey shouldn’t be given to children under the age of one.
Ginger has been shown to relieve inflammation which should help sooth a sore throat. There also studies that show ginger has antibacterial powers.
You can purchase ginger tea or make your own tea with fresh ginger.
Boil 4 cups of water in a saucepan. Turn off heat, add 1 tablespoon of grated ginger root, and cover for 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of honey (or sweetener) and a squeeze of lemon juice. Drink warm or cool. Reheat if desired.
Tea with ginger, lemon, and honey. And cold medicine. Photo credit: Fogey/Shutterstock
Here are a couple of age-old recipes that readers swear by!
Horseradish Cocktail: “Make a syrup of 1 tablespoon horseradish, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix in a glass of warm water and drink slowly.”
Cider Vinegar With Pepper: “Put a cap full of apple cider vinegar, 3 shakes each of cayenne pepper and black pepper into a cup of warm, salted water. Gargle as many times as needed. This remedy is said to change the pH balance in your throat.”
Of course, there are also medications including NSAIDs and throat sprays. But we hope that these home remedies soothe the pain of your sore throat and help relieve your discomfort.
Note Be sure to see doctor if your sore throat lasts more than a few days as you could have strep throat or another infection.