Home Remedies to Treat a Sore Throat

Sore Throat: Serious or Not?

Before you start treating that sore throat ask yourself a couple of questions:

  • Is it severe?
  • Prolonged? More than a few days?
  • Is there difficulty in swallowing?
  • Difficulty in breathing?
  • Unusually high fever?
  • Lump in neck?
  • Joint pain?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you should probably try to get in to see the doctor, naturopath, or whatever medical professional you use. If not, then try some of the following methods.

In any case, if you treat your sore throat for a day or two without improvement in your symptoms be sure to contact your health care provider.

Best Gargles for Sore Throat

There are several gargles that can be used to relieve the pain of a sore throat. Generally a gargle will help cure the sore throat by changing the acidity of the throat to one that the bacteria cannot survive.

  • Salt water- dissolve as much salt in a cup of warm water as will dissolve and gargle with the mixture. Repeat every couple of hours
  • Aspirin water - dissolve 4 aspirin (not Tylenol or ibuprofen) in 1 c warm water and gargle. Repeat every couple of hours
  • Vinegar- Add 1 tablespoonful of cider vinegar to 1 cup warm water and gargle. Repeat every couple of hours
  • Sage-1 tsp sage to 1 c warm water. Repeat a 3x daily
  • Garlic- boil 1 clove garlic in 1 cup water, cool to lukewarm and gargle
  • Listerine- It does kill germs, gargle with it a couple of times a day
  • Aloe Vera - gargle with aloe vera juice
  • Vinegar Mix- one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and three tablespoons of organic, raw honey in a cup of warm water.
  • Any herbal tea that is recommended for sore throat can also be gargled

Herbal Teas

There are many herbal teas that are good for sore throats as well as boosting the immune system:

  • Traditional Medicines Throat Coat
  • Slippery elm
  • Wild Cherry
  • Licorice

Herbal Tinctures for Sore Throat

Various Remedies

There are other home remedies that don't fit in either category. Some of them are:

  • Make a syrup of honey and lemon and onion by sweating 1 sliced onion until soft and then adding 1 c honey and 1 c lemon juice. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  • Colloidal silver, 500pp. Take 15 drops by mouth 4x a day
  • Colloidal silver, spray. Use to spray throat. If you do not have this available add 1/4 tsp colloidal silver to 1/4 c filtered water and use as a spray.
  • Hold a couple of pieces of sliced, fresh garlic in your mouth like a cough drop, chewing it once in a while.
  • Homeopathic Belladonna, 30x every 30 minutes until symptoms subside
  • Zinc-get the lozenges and allow to dissolve
  • Vitamin C
  • Propolis as a spray
  • Trilight herbs- Vira-mune
  • Trilight herbs-Throat care
  • Trilight herbs- scout out
  • Trilight herbs-lympha rub
  • Herbs For Kids- Cherry Bark Blend
  • Herbs for Kids-Eldertussin

Lots of Rest

People don't rest nearly enough when they are sick. Most of the time people try to get some chemical medication into their body to bring it to a functioning level so they can work more.

No wonder so many people get sick!

The best thing to do when you are ill is to stay in bed. Drink lots of filtered water. Eat fruits and vegetables, especially those high in vitamin C. Eat pumpkin seeds for the high zinc content. Relax, sleep and allow your body to heal.

Comments 76 comments

HelpSiddeek 4 years ago from Saudi Arabia

I take a spoon of honey for my sore throat.. it just works fine it can be reapeted often without side effects.. love u hub..

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brandasaur 4 years ago from Planet X

Salt water- dissolve as much salt in a cup of warm water as will dissolve and gargle with the mixture. Repeat every couple of hours

--- This tip helped me a lot! Thanks! Votes up :)

babithababa 4 years ago

But I think, the subject renmains more to be researched . Any way nice , your article .Thanks .

crystalmiro 4 years ago

gargled lemon juice 3 times and it worked!It was simple and fast!

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midnightbliss 4 years ago from Hermosa Beach

when i have sore throat, i used to gargle with salt and water, thanks for the information on other options of gargles.

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texasgirlfw 4 years ago

Thanks I will use this info.

lucindy 4 years ago

thanks a lot for all the great ideas

kendall 4 years ago

My Momma is sick nd this is pretty helpful

Angelchinny 4 years ago

Am having sore throat now. Just used warm salt water gaggle and garlic and i have gotten some relief. Thanks for the hub.

Nasir 5 years ago

Thank you. Very helpful,God bless u

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peterhark69 5 years ago from Canada

great remedies you got here. I only knew a few and basic ones that really worked for me but it is nice to know more options. Thanks for sharing these remedies.

שף בבית 5 years ago

For me Aloe-Vera is the one thing that always works. it helps against a very wide range of problems.

Home Remedies for Scabies 5 years ago

Useful hub....nice work

Taylormom 5 years ago

I use 1 glove garlic, dash cayenne, and honey. I mash into a paste and use a finger tip full and eat it. It coats your throat and works very well. my kids will even use this (and ask for it) when they have a sore throat... i just add more honey for them.

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amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

I'm prone to sore throats. Slippery elm is very effective. I usually get the lozenges when I have a sore throat. Voted up.

Sam 5 years ago

A hot cup of honey lemon tea! Works every time for me =)

Lawal sarki 5 years ago

I'll like to try d whole method because sore throat is killing me

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slushatwork 5 years ago from Canada

I get a lot of sore throats, especially on the trail end of a head cold - I find gargling with cayenne pepper and water works well - not for the faint of heart, of course!

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st lucia for sale 5 years ago from St Lucia

I swear by salt water for clearing out a throat infection. Its awful if you swallow any though!

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AnkushKohli 5 years ago from India

I love good household remedies, and lemons. Very well-written and highly resourceful hub. Thank you for all the recipes. Need to share with my wife ;)

hayley308 5 years ago

thanks for shareing this info with me. its greatly appreciated! ive been suffering with this sore throat for four days and its about time to get over it! thank you very much!

Jelqing 5 years ago

Very Good Hub.

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Mrs asif 5 years ago

great info

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jennyjenny 5 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

Great Hub. Informative and thorough. Thanks for taking the time to share, sometimes the natural home remedies Mom and Grandma used to use still work the best! Here's to feeling well!

Jules 5 years ago

When I was seven I had my tonsils out and according to a doctor I visited a number of years ago, they must have severed the nerves to my throat as I haven't had a sore throat (apart from sore glands or pain in the membranes behind my tongue, upper throat when I have flu) for 36 years. This is a mixed blessing. On occasion I have been more ill with Strep throat than I knew, as my early warning sign doesn't work, but still what a total bonus, not that I'd recommend anyone having it done on purpose.

Saboor Khan 5 years ago

Nice hub in the prevailing dry season that caused the this problem of throat soaring. but I do surprise, how lemon & vinegar helps in curing the said aliment? as it's itself the potential cause of creating this problem.

xzdef 5 years ago

My sore throat is minor and NOTHING WORKED

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Rabia Sajjad 6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

really new n nice!thankeee

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Edward Daniel 6 years ago from United States

great info... thanks

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alishaneuron 6 years ago from Colorado (U.S)

That's a great way to approach new innovation. Thanks for sharing.

Josh 6 years ago

I'll try the salt water and hot soup tonight and of course rest! 8D

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butterfly Tattoo 6 years ago from Dallas Texas

Thanks ,Some really good suggestions, Will follow your hubs from now on

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Jennifer Lynch 6 years ago from Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Great information here, thanks for sharing.

Dimitri 6 years ago

Didn't work for me neither.

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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

i love good household remedies, and lemons are something that i always try to keep on hand.....thx 4 share

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Meadow Summers 6 years ago from North East USA

Great advice! Thanks for this hub.

Mark 6 years ago

Oh help, i tried all of them and im still ill!!!

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Kavita Trivedi 6 years ago from London

This is perfect! great advice on this hub. I always have a nightmare trying to get rid of a sore tickly cough

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IdeaMorphist 6 years ago from Chicagoland

Never knew there were this many options! Thanks for sharing :)

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Cedar Cove Farm 6 years ago from Southern Missouri

Glad to see you mentioned Sage! Great hub, thanks!

Bathsheba Hodge 6 years ago

thanks very much my mom also tells me about the vinegar but i think i might pass

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ContrastMedia 6 years ago

A mixture of lemon juice and salt water always does the trick for me:) Thanks for the extra info! Always nice to have options.

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sheryld30 6 years ago from California

Love this hub!~ This is a really good thing to know. I get horrible sore throats all the time. Just could never figure out how to rectify the situation. Thank you sooo much. I will definitely try this!! :)

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Joshua Miguel 6 years ago

this is really a great info. i never thought these remedies actually exist! tnx for sharing this hub.

Home Remdies 6 years ago

I'm not sure if the vinegar & mix will go over big with the family, but it's something new that I can try!

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James Gilbert 7 years ago

My mum is Irish and she swears by the Hot Toddy. Whisky (of course) boiled water, cloves, lemon, a little honey and you're all set. One side effect is a temporary feeling of euphoria.

Hmmm I wonder why...

A lot of interesting options I'll keep in mind next time I get a sore throat.

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samanthagardner 7 years ago from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Nice hub. I think to many people overlook rest. Thanks for all the reminders.

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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

Yes, I've made the honey, lemon, onion syrup and it does work! Thanks for the other tips, info too.

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Team Building 7 years ago from Bedford, Texas

Thank you so much for this information. I always hate it when someone in my family or I get a sore throat and don't know how to make it better as most commercial products just mask the pain and don't help heal it. I will be trying these home remedies next time I feel a sore throat coming on.

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christine almaraz 7 years ago from colorado springs

Good ideas for treating ailments. Lemons are my number one choice.

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Neal.edmar 7 years ago

We just put carrots cut by small pieces and put yellow sugar and after many hours a juice appeared than you just drinker sweet and burns in the trough

But I like the advice you giving here

Rafael 7 years ago

Thank you sooo much!!! this page is wonderful.... I tried the saltwater, listerine, colloidal silver, and garlic remedies yesterday. I must say that today I feel SO MUCH BETTER.

Thank you, thank you, thank you :)



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crazy-cat 7 years ago from Wiltshire

Nice lense, my throat is killing me so am going to try some of these great ideas

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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I have one you can add to this list. Pickle juice. If you warm 3 tablespoons of pickle juice in the microwave for about 20 seconds and drink it, you might find surprising relief. My son said it worked wonders for him. My daughter said only a little relief came from it.

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brad4l 7 years ago from USA

This is a very interesting Hub. Personally, I have always used the salt water gargle when I am sick, but I like some of the ones you presented. I think the aspirin gargle and aloe vera gargle sounds intriguing.

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naturesencore 7 years ago from Chicagoland

Very well-written and highly resourceful hub. Thank you for all the recipes. My family just wrapped up a two-week long session of sore throats and coughs. We used the salt water and lemon-honey gargles, along with peppermint and spearmint teas steeped in hot water with added lemon peel.

Not only do these natural remedies work, they are so much better for us than their commercial counterparts.

I look forward to reading more,


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nancydodds1 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is really useful hub page on sore throat. I like your hub. Sore throats are painful and annoying. These tips are helpful for sore throat. Thank you for sharing such an amazing page. Have a look at my hub on herbal remedies

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Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Nice Tips! Loved this Hub.

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nickwilson 8 years ago from SouthBeach Nick

Hey Nick Wilson here, I love this hub..looking forward to reading some more

the dentist 8 years ago from Midwest

I've used the honey, lemon, and onion remedy. It works great.

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quensday 8 years ago from New York

Thanks for the tips! The sore throat feeling is a horrible one

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xrated 8 years ago

Nice .

fatimah 8 years ago

Thank you for sharing such an amazing hub, i hate it when i have sore throat, yes i do use lemon and honey for that purpose

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Finance Chick 911 8 years ago from New York City

these are fantastic -- i am going to try the homemade syrup remedy this evening as i am suffering from quite a nasty summer cold =8

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Wangeci Kinyanjui 8 years ago from Kenya

Eating a lot of vegetables may also prove to be one of the home remedies for acid reflux that works well in combating the disease. Vegetables help a lot in ensuring that proper food digestion takes place. Proper food digestion makes it hard for the stomach contents to be pushed back up to the throat, a process known as reflux.This goes a long way in helping you in terms of health living.

Sunitha Pinto 8 years ago

One remedy for pain in the throat and sore throat is to have almond with black pepper.

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caligal75 8 years ago

Well one remedy is water and lemon that will will help the sore throat or garggle with salt and water allot.

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Mia Montanna 8 years ago from CA

I agree with premsingh...and with all your suggestions...a sore throat is actually one of the illnesses one can be pre-emptive about. You can 'nip it in the bud' if you catch it and gargle in time. The salt water and/or listerine are good suggestions.

judy1947 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

I like your hub. Nice remedy for sore throat. I am going to get going on it for my daughter and her boy friend. Thanks so much!!

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premsingh 8 years ago

repeated gargles with a glass of warm water, having one tablespoon salt dissolved in it, is the best remedy for any sort of pain in throat. good hub.

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Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Thank you. Very helpful. I was wiped out with a very bad soar throat yesterday. I stayed on the couch most of the day resting, drank lots of herbal tea and orange juice. I feel much better today.

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moonlake 8 years ago from America

Enjoyed your Hub ....

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

I also use vinegar for sore throat. Put two teaspoons of vinegar in your humidifier.

Also friend of a mine suggested cayanne pepper, I haven't tried it yet, but I will test it and let you know. These are interesting remedies :)

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Great remedies, Like JerseyGirl says the vinegar will cause a revolt. It will have to be the last, last of last remedies...

Great HUB regards Zsuzsy

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JerseyGirl 8 years ago from Jersey Shore

Loved this hub! Great ideas and remedies that our family could use this time of year! I'm not sure if the vinegar & mix will go over big with the family, but it's something new that I can try! Thanks!

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