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10 Ways to Soothe Your Sore Throat Naturally (and What to Avoid)

Tina likes to save money by remedying her ailments with cheap, cupboard-ready methods.

Quick solutions for a sore throat.

Quick solutions for a sore throat.

My Throat Hurts

Sore throats can be nasty. It makes speaking difficult and eating as well as drinking undesirable. With so many rushing down the store aisles seeking instant relief, we seem to miss out on the home remedies we can use to ease our pain and get us back into the swing of things. Here are some common and not so common remedies to get you started.

Remedies for a Sore Throat

  1. Tea. Purchase a natural herbal remedy from your local nutrition store and once hot, mix with lemon and honey.
  2. Salt. A more known remedy is this one involving a mix of warm water and salt. Once prepared it's gargled periodically.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar Gargle. If you've never tasted Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV then you are in for a surprise. I won't spoil it for you. All you need is one tbs to a cup of hot water and there's your gargle.
  4. Garlic Tea. I can go on and on about the benefits of garlic. It has an antiseptic effect that can cure viral and bacterial sore throats. You can prepare the tea by boiling water and adding small to medium-sized pieces to the brew. Set aside and drink while still warm.
  5. Cranberry Juice. I know some that swear to this little trick and claim proven fast results. If you are a fan of cranberries, it's worth checking out.
  6. Ginger Tea. Add about 1 cup of Ginger to 1 gallon of water and boil. Then add about 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper. Use this as your base and refrigerate for later. When you're ready to warm it up, add about 1/2 a lemon and 1 tablespoon of honey. Then enjoy.
  7. Milk. This is an old Russian remedy. Why use it if my top reason recommends avoiding it? Well, what may not work for you may work for someone else. Everyone's different. So if your sore throat is not accompanied by mucus production, drink a cool glass of milk. It tastes good and it soothes you.
  8. Lemonade. Boil some lemonade on the stove. Then let it sit to bring to a palatable temperature. Then drink.
  9. Candy Cane Tea. This remedy is great for little ones. Take a candy cane and place it into a pot of boiling water. Cook it until it completely dissolves. Then once it's cool enough pour in a glass and drink. It's yummy and it works. This is great for a sore throat, but, again, if you are experiencing mucus production, it is best to avoid sugar. Plain peppermint leaves also work well.
  10. Crushed Pineapple or Pineapple Juice. Pineapple is great for sore throats. It contains enzymes that help to ease the soreness and soothe your pain. Mix it with honey, cayenne pepper, and salt for the ultimate throat coat.

Foods to Avoid With a Sore Throat

  1. Try to avoid dairy and sugar. Milk will increase mucus production while sugary snacks feed bacteria. Doing this in combination with other remedies will shorten the life of a sore throat.
  2. Mango. That's right. This fruit tastes great and is good for you too, but don't eat it with a sore throat. It's highly acidic.
  3. Peanut Butter. Peanut butter is great for relief, but peanuts can inflame an infection. They are best to avoid while experiencing sore throat symptoms.


We all know that what works for one person doesn't always work for all. Combine a few of these solutions and come up with something that works to get you better, faster.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


read carefully on April 13, 2018:

they said avoid dairy if its accompanied by mucus. However, it is beneficial if your sore throat is NOT accompanied by mucus.. the Russian remedy actually works wonders!

A angry sick person with strep looking for help but hasnt found any on February 25, 2017:

I dont know how I can believe something when the first thing they tell me is avoid dairy and sugar but then say drink milk with butter AND sugar like whos even gonna believe this???

Confused reader on December 29, 2016:

How do you avoid dairy then recommend it....backwards

Strep Throat Victim on May 22, 2016:

I get strep throat about 3 times a year. I've been going to every google page I can comment on to say that Peanut Butter actually helped take away all the pain. I didn't learn this from this article, I just found it out by accident today. I was starving and couldn't eat anything let alone swallow my spit without massive pain. Nothing else worked nearly as well as the PB (Skippy's, which has a ton of sugar even). I imagine any brand will work.

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Leale on September 18, 2015:


JB on April 03, 2015:

Just because it isn't recommended doeant mean it doesnt work.

Shahsh on March 05, 2014:

This is really useless especially when you contradict yourself

Deslyn on January 27, 2014:

You say no sugar & no dairy yet you recommend both later?...

Factotum on May 20, 2013:

Apple vinager cider & peanut butter definitely helped me.

marty on February 21, 2013:

Peanut butter definitely helps!

kjhghjku` on September 07, 2012:

Yeah, that's what I was going to say too..but they say to warm up the milk

Mayuresh on August 14, 2012:

the listerine and salt tips work like magic. can personally vouch for it. cheers.

MisterMisterJ on April 27, 2012:

I love self contradictions.....geez.

iamageniuster on April 10, 2012:

#1. You said to avoid dairy and then #10. You said to use milk.

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