Home Remedies for Sore Throat

home remedies for sore throat

A sore throat can be really annoying and sometimes it takes even ten days until it passes.
When it hurts, time passes slowly, so here are the home remedies you are looking for to relieve the sore throat.

Causes and Symptoms for Sore Throat

We are all familiar with the bothersome irritating sensation, which suddenly develops into a burning and sore throat.
The sore throat makes it difficult to eat and sleep.
It is troublesome around the clock and tends to arrive mainly in winter, when most of us crowd indoors, therefore allowing viruses to spread easily. 

In fact, sore throat is one of the most common health conditions. 
Most sore throats are caused by colds and flu viruses, and some are caused by the streptococcus bacterium, and can often be quite painful. 
Home remedies can relieve sore throats, and often even shorten the duration of the illness.

Before we examine what the home remedies have to offer, note that there are some situations in which it is important to consult a doctor: 

  • If you suffer from shortness of breath, salivation, or difficulty opening your mouth.
  • When having high temperature as 38 degrees Celsius or above and it does not lower.
  • The sore throat does not go away and is strong.
  • Having difficulty drinking so you may be dehydrated.
  • If you vomit and swelling has appeared on the neck or face.
  • When having a rash or lump on your neck and you have a medical problem that weakens your immune system, or you are taking medications that may weaken it.

Basic Rules for Treating Sore Throat

home remedies for sore throat

Ease the Vocal Cords

It is important to allow the vocal cords to rest, as even whispering may aggravate the sore throat.
Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, to moisturize and soften the vocal cords.

Breath Through the Mouth

Breathe through the nose and not through the mouth.
Also avoid smoking, as smoking dries the throat.

Wear a Scarf

The simplest treatment for a sore throat would be to go with a scarf.
Heating the area may lead to immediate relief.

Foods You Should Avoid When Having Sore Throat

Avoid spicy or fried foods.
Do not eat raw or cold food.

Let Your Body Rest

When the body is sore and weak, the common sense is to rest. 
It goes the same is for a sore throat. 
You should save energy, allow the body to fight the infection. 

If the sore throat does not require medical attention, rest will help shorten the recovery time.

Home Remedies For Sore Throat

home remedies for sore throat


If you suffer from pain accompanied by fever, gargling with raspberries might help.
Soak 2 teaspoons of dried raspberry leaves in a glass of boiling water for 10 minutes and then strain.
Let the infusion cool a bit and gargle.

Do not swallow any liquids that you gargled with.

Gargle Sage Leaves

Mix 1 teaspoon of sage leaves with 1 cup of boiling water, soak for 10 minutes and then strain. 
You can add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
Gargle the mixture 4 times a day.


Turmeric is a strong antioxidant and is used for the treatment of many diseases.
Mix 1 cup of boiling water with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt. 
Gargle twice a day. 

Salt in Water for Disinfection 

One of the popular home remedies for sore throat is to gargle salt in water.

Prepare a saline solution by adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt to 1/2 cup of hot water. 
It may neutralize phlegm and reduce the inflamed area. 
Gargle every three to four hours.

Herbal Infusions for Sore Throat

ginger and lemon infusion

Coating the tissue of the throat with hot liquid provides a similar benefit as that of a hot water bottle on a sore stomach.

There are different types of tea infusions that may function as a remedy for sore throats.

  • For example, mint tea, which contains anti-inflammatory compounds and can soothe the throat. 
    The mint may also numb the throat slightly, thus relieve the pain.
  • Chamomile tea, which encourages sleep, helps fight infection, and soothes sore throats.
  • Ginger root tea, which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects that may help relieve sore throats.

Simply soak one of these medicinal herbs in boiling water for 10-15 minutes, strain, and drink.
For a better effect, you can also add lemon to it.

Lemon Tea and Juice

Another infusion you can use for sore throat, which is also a popular home remedy for sore throat, is the lemon infusion. 

Lemon juice is rich in antibacterial properties and vitamin C.
Vitamin C strengthens the immune system and helps the body defend against colds and the development of diseases.

Garlic, a Natural Antibiotic

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Garlic is a very strong plant, with antibiotic properties that contribute to strengthening the immune system.
It is not suitable for everyone, and you should be careful with its consumption, especially if there is sensitivity in the digestive system. 

Those looking for home remedies for a sore throat can make themselves an antibacterial remedy made from two to three tablespoons of dates syrup, half an onion, and two crushed garlic cloves. 
Soak all of these together in a jar for several hours, until the liquids from the onion and garlic are extracted into the mixture.
Then swallow a teaspoon of this mixture every few hours.

Orange Soup to Strengthen the Immune System

Sore throat brings with it quite a bit of accumulated mucus and it is even more oppressive on swallowing.

You should eat soup containing unroasted orange vegetables, such as pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots.
The orange vegetables help strengthen the immune system, and their consumption in soup adds important nutritional values ​​in a way that is less painful to the throat.

Vitamin C

Excessive intake of vitamin C strengthens the immune system. 
Many vegetables and fruits are rich in this vitamin, among them: bell pepper, orange, papaya, kiwi, and kale. 

 Essential Oils for the Treatment of Sore Throat 

using essential oils in a diffuser

The fumes of the essential oils coming out of a diffuser, burner, or a hot bath can cure a sore throat.
No matter which method for using essential oils you choose, the main thing is that they will moisten the air and the throat.

Essential oils that are good for strengthening the immune and respiratory systems:
Chamomile, lavender, thymus, eucalyptus, or ginger essential oils. 

Vapors also help to open the nose when it is “clogged” with a runny nose.
If you do not have a humidifier, you can do steam inhalation in the following way:

Boil water in a pot and place it carefully on a flat surface.
Add ten drops of one of the essential oils mentioned above.
Cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and bend your head towards the pot so that the towel covers the head and the pot.

Inhale deeply a few times and then uncover your head for fresh air.
Repeat 5-6 times.

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