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10 Weird Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Updated on June 7, 2013 presents 10 Weird Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Millions of Americans go to the emergency room with swallowing problems on an annual basis.[1] That gross bumpy feeling, an ever present itch you won't be able to get to. As you could have seen on our home page, the average sore throat is cause by bacterial and/or viral infections in your body, with the second most common reason being postnasal drip.

My throat hurts when I swallow! What is there I can do? Doctors recommend to try in-home countermeasures to ease swallowing pain until the sickness runs its course, which typically lasts between 3-9 business days. If this pain lasts a while, or you see some signs of bacterial involvement , please take be aware, and visit your primary physician asap. Some signs of bacterial infection include: yellow spots in and around your throat/tonsil area, throat discharge, any sort of fever, and bumps or abscesses.

If you do not have any signs of a bacterial infection, well, good. Let us move on with our

10 Weird Home Remedies for Sore Throats:

1) Hot Drinks, Get Sippin'!

Grab your best green teas, and start drinking. Hot liquids like coffee, tea, and chicken broth can provide an amazing release from the constant pain a sore throat can cause. No tea in your house? No worries, make your own concoction!

Try this simple mixture:

  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup or more of hot water

Put water on the stove until it reaches a gentle boil. Place the honey into your favorite mug, add the hot water then stir it up! Many different varieties of ingredients can be added to change the flavor. Try a tablespoon of lemon juice/citrus juice.

Being hydrated is extremely important to remaining generally healthy. Eat, drink water, and exercise and your body and throat will thank you.

*caution, honey can be dangerous for children*

2) Clean it out with Steam

Hot water vapor particles are also an amazing remedy for a sore throat. By inhaling steam you are introducing moisture to the dry and sensitive tissues that line your throat and nose passage ways. Steam can and will burn if you are not careful, so take caution. Heat up hot water to a boil, and place it in a large pot or bowl.Put on some smooth jams to pass the time, and place your head over the mouth of the pot, with your head covered with a towel. Sit back and relax, taking long & deep breaths. Studies have actually shown that keeping your throat moist through the use of steam can shorten the length of throat infections.

3) Take it to the Candy Shop

Need and excuse to eat more candy? Hard candy provides and excellent coating of moisture and relief for a sore and painful throat, sugar-free of course. The more moist your throat, the more comfortable you will be.Lozenges can be extremely helpful as well since some contain flavorings such as menthol which can provide a “cool” and soothing affect on your throat. Over use of over the counter lozenges can make pain worse, so be wary, and use in moderation.

4) Chew Garlic

This method is certainly a bit unorthodox, but sucking on a clove of garlic has been said to relieve, treat, and prevent sore throats. Cut the garlic clove in half, with one piece in each cheek, gently crush the garlic with your teeth. Do not completely bite down.The use of garlic as a remedy for a sore throat is strictly based upon the fact that once crushed, garlic releases a chemical called allicin which can kill bacteria and reduce your chance of getting and maintaining bacterial infections like strep throat.

Brush your teeth or gargle with mouthwash afterward.

5) Use OTC Throat Spray

Heavens to Betsy, ask your local pharmacist! Over the counter throat sprays can provide amazing temporary relief of throat pain and painful swallowing.Chloraseptic and other similar Analgesic sprays will coat your throat and give you a much needed break. The major issue with these sprays is that they do not last very long, and usually need to be applied continuously throughout the day.

6) Avoid Soda and Scratchy Food

Though soda and carbonated beverages are often used to ease a sore throat, carbon dioxide gas triggers pain receptors in the mouth and throat, which can lead to increased pain in the long term. Not to mention, soda is filled with sugar and aides in dehydrating. Overall this is a bad combination, stay away.Tough and scratchy foods such as chips, pretzels, popcorn, etc. should also be avoided when you are trying to reduce painful swallowing. These foods can rub your throat the wrong way as they travel down the food highway, increasing the irritation and swelling of the pharynx.

7) Salt Water

Gargling a mixture of salt water, multiple times a day has been proven to relieve throat discomfort, and reduce irritation. Take 1 teaspoon of salt and stir it ferociously into one glass (8 fl oz) of warm water. Swish it around for 30-45 seconds, gargle, and spit it out.

Quick and easy relief, it doesn’t get much better than that!

8) Use Horseradish

Another odd remedy, but it is said to be quite efficient. This remedy for sore throats comes directly from mother Russia.

Combine 1 tbsp pure horseradish or horseradish root with 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp ground-up cloves. Mix this together in a glass of warm water and drink very slowly. The taste is unique to say the least, but relief is relief!

9) Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail

This method can be either be sipped, or gargled. Each method provides a similar relief. Though it may sound weird this cocktail is strangely palatable and unique.

To Gargle: Add 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, and 1 cup hot water. Dissolve the salt into the apple cider vinegar, then mix that concoction with the hot water. Like sprays and salt water, this method is only temporary, and will likely have to be done on an as needed basis.

To Drink: Mix together 8 Ounces of hot water, 1 Tbsp Honey, and 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Make this tea-like mixture and sip it slow.

*warning, do not give honey to children under the age of two*

10) Sleep it Off

Stop the late night study sessions, and forget about going out drinking with the boys/girls for one night. Due to the fact that most painful swallowing and throat pain is caused by bacterial and viral infections, a great night of sleep can go a very long way.

Resting allows your body to spend more energy fighting the underlying source of infection or irritation. If your throat pain does not require the attention of a doctor, get to bed early and often until the pain subsides.

Disagree with some of these remedies, have personal experiences and your own home remedies? Please contribute and help the rest of us out, post in our Forums.


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      22 months ago

      O my gosh feels like heel

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      ty 2 years ago

      My throat hurys so bad and im only 10 and i cry everyday

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      Shay 2 years ago

      What did do wrong to deserve this.


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      WHyyy 3 years ago

      My throat hurts so bad, i keep choking and my voice is so deep right now. Uugh i have a date tomorrow, why is this happening!?

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      Eragon 3 years ago

      Owwwch dumb throat stop hurting

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      Kk 3 years ago

      Ugh it hurts so bad and I have to dance tomorrow in front of everyone. None of these are working usually the salt water does but I think it actually made it worse and It keeps waking me up so I can't sleep. I've been up all night.

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      Kanchan 3 years ago

      Throat hurts

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      Molly 3 years ago

      I have the exact thing. But it hurts so bad. At fist I don't know why it hurt to swallow. But I searched in the internet. I drank soda last night because it was th Fourth of July. But guess what. Tomarro it's my birthday and My throat is going to be hurting, when I swallow something.

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      Derrick Bennett 4 years ago

      Ugh I hate it when it that happens, thanks for the hub.