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Sore Throat Home Remedies

Updated on November 24, 2015

A sore throat can really spoil your plans and if it comes with a cough, it can be really painful. Fortunately there are some great home remedies, to ease the symptoms of a sore throat, while your body recovers.

The types of sore throats

There are 2 kinds of sore throats, those caused by viral infection and those caused by bacterial infection. A bacterial infection can be cured by antibiotics, while only time gets rid of a viral infection.

What to eat

Eat some vitamin C rich food and Garlic. These foods can help your body fight the disease. Also keep taking fluids as this kind of infection can dehydrate you and that will make you feel terrible.

Russian remedy - Mix 1 tablespoon of pure horseradish, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon ground cloves in a glass of warm water. You have to keep stirring it, as the horseradish sinks to the bottom.

Take some aspirin - Aspirin is a mild pain reliever, so that can help with the discomfort.

Steam open your head - In severe cases you can pour some very hot water into a basin. Hold your head over it and drape a towel over your head and the basin. Inhale deeply through your mouth and nose for 5 to 10 minutes.

Throat wrap - Take 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers add it to one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 5 minutes then strain it. Now soak a clean cloth in the mix. Apply the cloth directly to your throat.


Gargle Remedies

When is gargling useful

Gargling only works if the infection is high in your throat. So, if it is painful when you swallow, you should try gargling. If it only hurts when you cough, then the problem is too low down.

Salt Water - Mix 1 teaspoon of table salt with half a liter of warm water. That's just about as salt as your blood and is very soothing.

Chamomile tea - Steep 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile in a mug of warm water. Let it cool to room temperature, then gargle with it.

Whiskey - Ad a spoon full of whiskey to a large glass and gargle with that. It numbs a sore throat.

My Favorite Remedy

Mix lemon juice and honey into hot tea or plain hot water. Sip the mix throughout the day.

After Disease Care

Once your sore throat has gone away, throw out your toothbrush. The virus or bacteria can hide in there and reinfect you a couple of weeks later. 


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      8 years ago

      Just wanted to comment on Lady's post. Heat only feeds bacteria. Cold is what bacteria has a hard time living in, ever been in an operating room?

      Gargling with warm salty water helps as salt is part of an antiseptic and warm water helps sanitize.

      The reason some people put on vicks vapo-rub on their neck and then wrap a scarf around it is because the vapo-rub opens your pores. The pores should not be exposed to the colder climate. This is why the wrap. Breathing the boiling water and vick vapo rub helps (breathe the steam)

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      issues veritas 

      9 years ago

      Another good remedy is hot water with honey, lemon juice and vinegar.

      It works for strep throat as well

      The vinegar is the key.

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      9 years ago from middle of France

      Some good tips. Let me re-emphasise the advice to drink plenty - water or dilute fruit juice. Beer is a diuretic and will dehydrate you even further. Sugary sodas, colas, etc., need all their water to digest the sugar, so they're useless, too.

      A tip: put a finger full of Vick Vapor Rub into the boiling water before inhaling it...

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      9 years ago from UK

      Wow that was so nice to hear some thing like this from a developer. yup your favorite remedy is also mine favorite. Nice hub.

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Thank-you for your tips on combating a sore throat. I'm often throughout the year plagued by them. I especially found your tip on throwing out your old toothbrush to be helpful since I'd never thought of that as a potential cause for reinfection.

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      Debra Allen 

      9 years ago from West By God

      I shall try that next time Londondgirl!

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      9 years ago from London

      gargling with aspirin is a miracle cure for a sore throat

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      Debra Allen 

      9 years ago from West By God

      There is one other one you may want to put in your article. Wrap your winter scarf around your neck, day and night. The virus and bacteria cannot survive the added heat.


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