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Homemade Remedies for Sore Throat When in pain, we want relief, and we want it fast! Before exploring the very best homemade remedies for sore throats however, let’s quickly run over the most common causes of sore throats and the symptoms typically associated with sore throats.

Most common causes of a sore throat include, but are not limited to: Viral infections are responsible for more than 70% of sore throat occurrences; typically bring about the following health conditions:  common colds (caused by rhinoviruses and corona viruses)  influenza (caused by RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus)  mononucleosis (mono) – “kissing disease” (infection with the EpsteinBarr virus (EBV) causing a glandular disease primarily spread through saliva)  mumps (very contagious viral infection of the mumps virus from the genus Rubulavirus of the paramyxovirus family), etc

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Bacterial causes of sore throats are: 

strep throat is caused by the streptococcus pyogenes bacteria; a contagious infection usually spread from person-to-person through saliva and respiratory droplets from sneezing. Is the most common bacterial cause of sore throat

diphtheria is caused by the bacterium baccorynebacterium diphtheria, aka the Klebs-Loffer bacillus. A very contagious disease which may be life-threatening. Respiratory diphtheria affects the nose, throat and tonsils, and can lead to severe breathing problems.

whooping cough (infection of the respiratory system),

bacterial tonsillitis is usually caused by group A streptococcus bacteria often found inside the throat.

Non-infectious causes include but are not limited to 

irritation from alcohol

cigarette smoke

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irritation from nasogastric tubes used to administer drugs and feed critically ill patients

foreign objects (chicken or fish bones for example) stuck in throat.

What are the signs and symptoms commonly experienced with a sore throat? Depending on what caused it, the symptoms of a sore throat generally include: 

swallow with difficulty

throat is dry (from breathing through the mouth)

tonsils are red and swollen

hoarse voice

Symptoms of sore throat which may indicate you need medical attention are: 

fever (temp of 101 F (38 C) or higher)


headache, abdominal pain and vomiting on top of sore throat



Sore throats caused by viral infections are not treatable by antibiotics; bacterial infection needs to be diagnosed before prescription medicine can be used. OK‌let’s see how many quick and easy homemade remedies for sore throat we can find‌ Analgesics: are defined as medicine that relieves pain. These are typically over-the-counter painkillers such as Ibrufen, Panadeine, Panadol, Tylenol, Aspirin, etc, and all are probably good when looking for home remedies for sore throat pain. Whilst these may bring temporary relief from the pain associated with a sore throat, they do not kill the viruses/bacteria responsible for the sore throat. Use painkillers only when the home/natural remedy for sore throats you apply do not take care of the pain sufficiently.


Apple cider vinegar: is one of the best home remedies for sore throats! ACV is made when crushed apples are fermented until such time that the liquid forms acetic acid (vinegar). The acidity of ACV fights infection, bringing relief from the viral or bacterial infection which causes a sore throat. You can either take as a beverage or use to gargle.

Prepare a ACV beverage by adding 1 tablespoon of ACV to 8 ounces of hot water (you can add 1 tablespoon of honey), stir and sip while still hot. Do this 3 times a day until sore throat has cleared up. For more effective treatment increase the ACV concentration by adding more to the water.

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Baking soda: is another of those natural remedies for sore throat relief one can depend on to deliver real results. Add ½ teaspoon baking soda (anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties) and ½ teaspoon table salt (salt is a great antiseptic and will also loosen phlegm) to a cup of hot (not boiling) water and stir. Keep in mind it should be gargled with while still hot; but cool enough not to burn your throat. Take a sip, lift your head and let solution drop into your throat. Leave for a few seconds before gargling; spit out. Repeat 2 more times. Do 3 times daily until pain in throat stops.

Candy: of the hard variety, does not cure sore throats; it merely produces saliva which lubricates a dry throat, and only for a while. Indulge your sweet tooth a bit; keeping in mind that sugar generally speaking is detrimental to good health. Cayenne pepper: Prepare a hot beverage by stirring ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a cup of boiling water. Add 1 teaspoon of honey to make it more palatable. While cayenne pepper will not kill the virus responsible for the sore throat, it most certainly will bring relief from the pain associated with it. Cinnamon and honey: is one of my personal favorites when it comes to home remedies for sore throats and coughs. Quickest method is mixing 2-3 drops of cinnamon oil with 1 teaspoon of honey. Eat 2-3 times daily as needed for quick relief from sore throat pain.

Courtesy Fenugreek seeds: have been found to be a very effective home remedy for treating a sore throat, as it is antiseptic and has expectorant properties which ultimately soothe the throat. Prepare a gargle by adding 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to a liter of cold water and simmer over low heat for

about 30 minutes. Strain and let it cool down to a temperature comfortable to your throat and gargle with the tea throughout the day. Side effects: Ingesting fenugreek not advised for pregnant women; also not to be taken by people who have been treated for high blood sugar or cholesterol. Garlic: is one of those excellent natural home remedies for a sore throat with both antiviral and antibacterial (allicin) properties. It also is a powerful antimicrobial agent which builds up your immune system and helps the body to fight off ailments.


Garlic tea is prepared by boiling 1 cup of water in a medium sized pot. Add 4 fresh cloves of garlic. Bring down the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool. You may want to inhale the steam as the tea cools for 5 minutes; it may very well kill some of the germs. Use cheesecloth to strain tea into a mug. Stir 1 teaspoon honey into the tea and slowly sip until finished. Drink as often as you like to get rid of your sore throat. Ginger: Ginger tea, used as a sore throat treatment, can be prepared from either powdered ginger (1 teaspoon) or grated fresh ginger root (up to 2

teaspoons) added to 1 cup boiling water. Drinking 3 cups a day for a couple of days should take care of your sore throat. Honey: taken straight has antibacterial properties which will soothe a sore throat by reducing the swelling; its natural antimicrobial properties fight off infection. A home remedy for sore throat using honey is a very tasty option, and only 1 teaspoon is needed for welcome relief from the pain associated with a sore throat. You may prefer to rather add honey to hot water or herbal tea also. Humidity: is necessary to prevent the air from drying out. A blocked nose usually causes breathing through the mouth, which dries out the throat causing even more discomfort and pain. The home remedy for dry sore throat caused by a congested nose is running a humidifier. Do not sweat it if you do not have one, you can also keep the air moist by placing a large container with warm air near you. Natural evaporation will create enough moisture to ease breathing.

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Juice bars: will soothe your hot throat. Do not suck them, as the strain of this action will only irritate the throat some more. Rather bite off a small piece at a time; let it melt in your mouth. Lemonade: add 1 teaspoon of honey to ½ glass of warm lemonade and drink; limiting yourself to only 1 glass a day in order to curb high sugar

intake. Make your own lemonade: add boiling water to 1 tablespoon lemon juice and honey (to taste) in a mug and stir till honey dissolved. Drink once it cooled down sufficiently without burning yourself. Listerine: is claimed to give instant relief from sore throat pain. Gargle with undiluted Listerine mouthwash or take equal parts hydrogen peroxide (HP) and Listerine and gargle for 15 seconds. Do not rinse. Repeat as needed. Orange juice: heated up in microwave with a little honey added is a great tasting remedy for your sore throat. Alternatively, 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice can also be added to warm orange juice.


Peppermint: is a herb used as flavoring agent in various consumer products. The main ingredient in peppermint is menthol which has decongestant and expectorant properties. The herb is available in tincture, tea, capsule and cream forms. Prepare peppermint tea by adding 1 teaspoon dried leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Let tea steep for 10 minutes and strain. Drink while still warm, up to 5 times daily as needed.

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Steam: away that sore throat! Put 2-3 cups of steaming hot water in a bowl and add some eucalyptus oil. Test the heat by putting your hand over the steam, if too hot, let it cool a bit. Cover your head with a towel and breathe deeply through your nose and mouth for 5-10 minutes. Do as often as needed. Tabasco sauce: is your alternative when you do not have any cayenne pepper at hand. Gargle with 15-20 drops Tabasco sauce mixed with a glass of warm water.


Zinc lozenges: for a sore throat is highly recommended by many to soothe a sore throat. Take 1 every 2–4 hours as needed to clear up a sore throat; not for longer than 1 week though.

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Homemade remedies for sore throat are potent!  

When a viral infection causes a sore throat; you need to treat it yourself. You do not have to go out and spend money; most of what you need...

Homemade remedies for sore throat are potent!  

When a viral infection causes a sore throat; you need to treat it yourself. You do not have to go out and spend money; most of what you need...