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Throat Sore? Best Home Remedies Sore Throat Cures

Updated on July 18, 2011

Throat Sore? How I Came Up with The Best Home Remedies for Sore Throats

Throat Sore? I have had lots of experience with sore throats. Here is how I learned about the best home remedies sore throat cures.

I grew up with chronic tonsillitis every winter. If you've never had it, tonsillitis results in the most intense sore throat ever. Mom always whisked me off to the doctor, and I was consistently pumped with antibiotics. The doctor kept recommending a tonsillectomy.

I hated those doctor visits and taking that medicine. The last thing I want to do when I'm sick is sit in a doctor's office for hours and run all over town for prescriptions. So when I got out on my own, I was bound and determined not to go the same route. I have to admit there were times when going to the doctor was seriously considered, but I just couldn't afford it.

So, I checked out every book I could find at the library about natural healing and alternative health. (This was way before the internet was even known by anyone.) I asked older folks for sore throat home remedies. Through trial and error, I came up with surprisingly effective sore throat cures for my tonsillitis. And one of the best things about these natural sore throat remedies is that you probably have all of the ingredients in your home already!

Then, I had kids of my own. When they complained about their throat, sore throat remedies that I used didn't always work. Sore throats can be caused by many different factors. Some are viruses, others are bacterial infections.

So back to the drawing board. I looked up sore throat home remedies for colds and flu. I found some of the best sore throat cures. They are great because kids don't fight taking them as much, and they work quickly!

Here are my best home remedies for sore throat cures. See which of these sore throat remedies work the best for you and your kids during cold and flu season.

My Personal Best Home Remedy Sore Throat Cure

When my throat is sore due to swollen tonsils, the best sore throat remedy for me has always been a salt water gargle. Salt is a natural disinfectant. Just put salt into warm water and stir. Gargle with it for as long as you can. Use a glass of water and gargle with the entire glass. Be sure to spit out the salt water each time, of course.

I use a lot of salt, but a teaspoon is enough for most people in an 8 ounces cup. I actually use a 16 oz. glass. And the hotter the water, the better. Of course, don't make it so hot as to burn your throat, but try to make it as hot as you can stand it

This sore throat cure is the most effective for me. It works instantly and lasts for at least 3-4 hours. Then I simply repeat the gargling process.

On the rare occasion that this sore throat remedy doesn't seem to work well, I add about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the gargle rinse.

Another of the Best Gargle Remedies Sore Throat Cures

Another excellent gargle sore throat remedy is simple tomato juice! Mix it with equal parts hot water and gargle. It's even more effective if you add a few drops of hot sauce or about 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper! The hot sauce helps numb a sore throat and helps tremendously with sore throat pain.

Honey Is a Natural Sore Throat Remedy

Honey is an excellent sore throat remedy, except for babies and toddlers. It is a natural antibiotic and it coats the irritated throat lining. Just put about a tablespoon of honey in any warm liquid. Tea works well. Drink slowly. Kids really like this remedy for sore throats.

Mix equal parts honey and apple cider vinegar together. Take it like cold medicine- about a tablespoon every three or four hours when you have a sore throat. Kids will usually take this sore throat remedy with few complaints. Don't give any honey to children under two years old!

Humidifier Sore Throat Home Remedy

Using a humidifier in the bedroom at night is a good idea when you have the cold or flu with a sore throat. The key is adding essential oils that have natural antibacterial properties. Tea tree oil and wild oregano oil are both excellent choices for curing a sore throat. Essential oils can damage some humidifiers, so be sure to check for your model before trying this sore throat cure.

Oil of Oregano Sore Throat Cure

Another way to use oregano oil as a sore throat cure is to use two drops under your tongue. Oregano oil is anti-viral, antibiotic, and it also produces a numbing action to help with sore throat pain.

Be warned, though. Oregano oil is hot! I love spicy foods, but oregano oil will seriously light you up. But it works for sore throats! For this reason, use caution with this sore throat cure. And it's not recommended to give to children. But if you can stand it, oregano oil is one of the best home remedies for sore throat cures.

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      Remy Francis 

      7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Very nice and useful hub! Thank you very much for the tips.

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Where were you when I used to have the problem? :-)

    • ocbill profile image


      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      yes, the cayenne pepper and tomatoes will do the trick for sure. naturally, you'll want some H20 as a chaser


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