Sore throats are like an itch (literally) that you can’t scratch. Hey, it could be worse. You could have strep throat – so, there’s some consolation!
We’ve discovered a few homemade sore throat remedies. All of the elixirs presented here are simple to make, quick to use, and cheap!
Here are a few natural remedies for a sore throat:
1. Salt and Water
Doesn’t get much more basic, does it?
– Mix ¼ teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of warm water. (Use the hottest possible water temperature that you can comfortably tolerate.)
– Gargle for 60 seconds.
If you have it, add one tablespoon of Listerine. Listerine will moisturize your throat’s mucus membranes, eliminate acids, and relieve the burning sensation. In addition, the product will enhance the solution’s germ-killing properties.
Ensure to make a new mix for every ‘gargle session.’ Don’t store the solution as it can become contaminated. Also, cold-rinsing doesn’t work.
2. Water, ginger, honey, and lemon
– ½ cup hot water
– Half a lemon
– 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon of honey
Squeeze the lemon and gather the juice.
Pour the water over the ginger. Add the honey and lemon juice to the solution. Gargle for 60 seconds.
Honey not only serves as an excellent natural sweetener; but also coats the throat and contains mild anti-bacterial properties.
3. Hot sauce and water
– Five shakes of ground cayenne pepper or hot sauce (the former is a better option.)
– A cup of hot water
Hot pepper contains capsicum, a flowered plant that has both pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
Now, this remedy isn’t for the sensitive mouth or throat. It’ll burn for a bit, but it may just do the trick!
Gargle for 30 seconds every 15 minutes and see if you’re feeling better. If not, discontinue and try something else.
4. Sage and water
– 1 teaspoon of sage
– ½ teaspoon of alum (crystallized potassium sulfate)
– ¼ of brown sugar
– ½ cup of vinegar
– 1/8 cup of water
Mix all of the ingredients and gargle for 60 seconds.
Sage contains properties that can ease a sore throat, and painful or swollen nasal passages.
5. Turmeric and water
– ½ teaspoon of turmeric
– ½ teaspoon of salt
– 1 cup of hot water
Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. (As a sidenote, curcumin is such a powerful ingredient that scientists are currently studying its effectiveness in eliminating brain tumors and certain cancers!)
6. Wheatgrass juice
Wheatgrass juice contains a high concentration of chlorophyll. According to Dr. Josh Axe, the benefits of chlorophyll include “(fighting) cancer, improving liver detoxification, speeding up wound healing, improving digestion and weight control, and protecting skin health.”
Chlorophyll is considered a superfood because of it’s active antioxidant and anticancer elements!
Wheatgrass may also carry the added benefits of strengthening gums and relieving toothaches.
Try holding a ¼ cup of wheatgrass juice in your mouth for about five minutes; then gargle for about 60 seconds.
7. Tomato juice