A sore throat is not only painful, it makes important tasks like eating and talking unpleasant. Natural remedies for a sore throat can bring immediate relief as well as healing. Excellent remedies for a sore throat include cayenne pepper, salt water, hydrogen peroxide, garlic and vitamin C. Likely you have several options at your fingertips, so you can get started as soon as you decide which remedy suits your situation the best.
Sore throats can be acute or chronic. Sudden onset of a sore throat is commonly the result of a virus or bacterial infection. It can be a symptom of any number of conditions, including the flu, mono, strep throat or a cold. Chronic sore throats can be caused by poor quality air, environmental allergens, or an ongoing health issue.
Sore throat remedies focus on one or more of the following:
- Gargling to reduce pain and fighting infection.
- Using natural remedies to fight infection and support the immune system.
- Eliminating factors that aggravate the throat.
Ten Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat
1. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne is a powerful spice that contains a potent amount of capsaicin. This compound is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. So, when you take cayenne as a sore throat treatment, it reduces the swelling in your throat tissues and treats the underlying infection.
Watch our instructional (and fun) video below on how you can use Cayenne for your sore throat.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be diluted for use as a gargle, added to hot tea, or taken in a glass of water to fight infection and alkalize the body. This simple “go to” remedy helps with allergy-related sore throats as well as infection-related sore throats.
3. Salt Water
There is a reason that your great-grandmother used warm salt water for a sore throat – it works! The salt kills the infection. The warm salty water is soothing to a sore throat.
4. Pickle Juice
It could hardly be easier to pour an ounce of pickle juice into a cup and gargle it. Pickle juice combines the above-mentioned vinegar and salt into one simple treatment.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Gargling hydrogen peroxide (diluted with water if you like) immediately starts the infection fighting process in your throat.
6. Colloidal Silver
If the taste of other gargle remedies is unappealing to you, colloidal silver, which is nearly tasteless, might suit you. Colloidal silver is a great weapon against viruses and bacteria.
7. Hot Tea
A mug of hot tea works to sooth the throat and keep the body hydrated. Any number of hot teas provide healing as well, including black tea, herbal tea, and vinegar tea. Sweeten your tea with honey, stevia or organic sugar. Artificial sweetener is not recommended.
Honey has amazing antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can be added to tea, spread on toast, or enjoyed right from the spoon. Allow the honey to slowly go down your throat and coat it in the process. Raw and local honey is ideal for healing all manner of sore throats, including those caused by allergies.
Raw garlic is a valiant infection fighter which even works for strep throat! Mince one clove of garlic and allow it to sit for 15 minutes to allow the allicin to develop. Take this with honey, in tea, in soup, or on toast. Ideally, a clove of garlic is taken 3-4 times daily. Garlic also strengthens the immune system.
10. Vitamin C
Vitamin C brings support to your immune system and helps to get rid of infections and allergies. When you are sick your body needs more vitamin C than normal. It is not uncommon for people to take 5,000 – 10,000 mg of vitamin C daily when fighting infection. Your body will let you know when you have reached your maximum dose as you will begin to have loose stools. At this point, cut back your dose a bit.
In addition to gargles, natural anti-biotics, and immune support remedies, do try to rest and allow your body to heal itself. Eat light but nourishing meals. Avoid dairy products which can increase mucous production. Consider using a vaporizer to keep the throat moist during the night. Take a healing bath to deliver healing through the skin and relax your body.
Do you have a natural remedy for a sore throat? Have you tried one of these listed? We would love to hear about your remedy!