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Five Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Updated on May 8, 2012
Sore throats can either be bacterial or viral; viral sore throats can't be cured, and have to run their course, while bacterial infections can be treated with any of these home remedies.
Sore throats can either be bacterial or viral; viral sore throats can't be cured, and have to run their course, while bacterial infections can be treated with any of these home remedies.

Home Remedies for Sore Throats

Sea Salt

Mixing sea salt with warm water can make a salty mixture that can help cure your sore throat. As sore throats are usually small infections of bacteria at the back of your throat, salt can help sterilize the tissue by killing the bacteria, allowing your body to rebuild the damaged tissue naturally. Gargle this mixture every three hours to ensure optimal results, but try to gargle when you won’t have to eat for a little while afterwards.

Cider Vinegar

If you dislike the salty taste of sea salt with warm water, you can try drinking cider vinegar instead. Do NOT give this mixture to children; honey can contain bacteria that can lead to food poisoning in children known as infant botulism.

You can make cider vinegar quite easily by mixing a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of vinegar, and then adding the mixture to 8 ounces of warm water. Drink it slowly, but make sure that you finish the mixture before it grows cold, as the heat helps relieve the pain in the back of your throat.

Citrus Juice

As stated before, bacteria lives in a certain environment in the back of your throat, which will lead to a sore throat. Viral infections can’t be cured; they’ll go away on their own in time. By changing the pH value of the back of your throat, you can inhibit bacterial growth and ensure that your body can repair the damage done by the bacteria quicker. Drink lemonade, limeade, or straight up lemon and lime juice to apply acidic substances to the back of your throat.


Garlic contains a chemical known as allicin, which is known to have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. Allicin is released from garlic when the garlic clove is crushed or broken. Take a garlic clove and cut it in half. Place the halves in your mouth and suck on them as you would a cough drop, making sure to crush the halves with your teeth. This may taste bad, but is a great way to relieve a sore throat.


Drinking ginger tea, or consuming any other food that contains ginger, will help your sore throat. While this hasn’t been proving to help combat a bacterial infection, it can be used to gain some relief from a sore throat. After all, we have to have some sort of comfort food, and nothing beats ginger snaps with ginger tea!


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      Marvin Parke 

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      very interesting and useful, This type of good quality information is hard to find on the internet.


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