15 Ways to Soothe Your Sore Throat Naturally
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.
- Avoid Dairy & Sugar. This is important because liquids like 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.
- Tea Remedy. Purchase a natural herbal remedy from your local nutrition store and once hot, mix with lemon and honey.
- Salt. A more known remedy is this one involving a mix of warm water and salt. Once prepared it's gargled periodically.
- Mango. That's right. This fruit tastes great and is good for you too. By grinding the bark for fluid, a mango can be gargled with water and served as beverage for relief from a sore throat.
- 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.
- 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 adding small to medium sized pieces to the brew. Set aside and drink while still warm.
- Cranberry Juice with or without Lemonade. 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.
- 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 and drink add about 1/2 a lemon and 1tsp of honey. Then enjoy.
- Peanut Butter. Who knew that peanut butter would actually be good for sore throats. But to the surprise of many, it is. Try a spoonful and you're bound to feel better.
- Milk. This is an old Russian remedy. If your sore throat is not accompanied by mucus production, warm up a glass of milk and a tsp of butter, honey, and a pinch of sugar. It tastes good and it soothes you.
- Listerine. If you gargle some Listerine as far back as you can without swallowing it, it does relieve almost if not all of the pain and soreness from your throat.
- Lemonade. Boil some Lemonade on the stove. Then let it sit just long enough for you to stand it. Then drink.
- 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 glass and drink. It's yummy and it works. This is great for a sore throat, but if you are experiencing mucus production, it is best to avoid sugar.
- Buttermilk. If you can stomach it, you may find some relief. Gargling cultured buttermilk has been used to aid in getting rid of a sore throat if unaccompanied by mucus.
- Crushed Pineapple. Pineapple is great for sore throats. It contains enzymes that help to ease the soreness and soothe your pain.
We all know that what works for one does not work for all. So combine and come up with something that works to get you better, faster.