ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

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.

Ginger

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!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • rasta1 profile image

      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

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

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)