If You Have a Sore Throat, Try These 10 Amazing Natural Remedies

It is not easy to experience throat pain. We start paying attention to how much we swallow when it starts hurting. It is very difficult not to pay attention when you are in that situation. Start taking remedies that are going to help you to get rid of your unwanted problem.

Now, we are going to recommend 10 simple remedies that you can do in the comfort of your home. Below, you can find the best natural soothing remedies for sore throat.

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Note: You should not consume honey on its own. Also, do not give it to children that are under the age of 1 year.

  1. Gargle With Warm Salt Water

Your grandmother knew what she was talking about when she said to gargle with salt water when you feel throat pain. This remedy is one of the best treatments for sore throat, and is not just an old wives tale.

When the cells in the mucous membranes become swollen and inflamed, our throat is starting to hurt. You will be able to decrease the swelling by gargling with salt water.

You will be able to shrink the swollen cell and ease the pain since the primary function of salt is to draw out water.

Besides that, by gargling with warm salt water you can properly drain your stuffy nose and remove the excess mucous that is troubling your health.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of warm water (8oz.)
  • ½ teaspoon of table salt


Heat water until it is warm. The water should not be hot. Mix the salt very well. Gargle with the resulting mixture. It is recommended to repeat this procedure 3 times throughout the day.

You are going to make things worse if you choose to practice this method more than that since it can dry out the healthy soft tissue.

  1. Make And Enjoy A Hot Toddy

A sore throat can be typically treated with a Hot Toddy. There are 2 reasons why this is extremely helpful when you experience sore throat that is accompanied by a cold.

The alcohol will help you sleep and the honey and lemon will soothe your throat. Since my mother made a version without alcohol, I personally consume it like that. It does not matter how you use it. Just consume it if you want to get rid of your sore throat.

You will need:

  • 2 oz. bourbon or whiskey (by your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey, you can even add more
  • 4 ounces of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 slice of fresh lemon (optional)


The first thing you need to do is to pour the alcohol into a large mug. After adding the honey, leave the spoon in the mug. Making sure it gets the last bit of honey off the spoon, add the lemon juice and stir well.

Then, you need to put the mug into the microwave. Heat until it is hot. Do not bring it to boiling. Add the lemon slice. Now, allyou have to do is to enjoy!

  1. Mix up an Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Unfortunately, the things that do not taste good are good for our health. The perfect example for that are apple cider vinegar and garlic. However, some people include these two ingredients in their everyday diet.

We know how beneficial apple cider vinegar can be. Its high levels of acidity can kill bacteria very efficiently. It can also soothe the soreness in your throat when it is mixed with honey.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 cup of very warm water


The only thing you have to do is to make a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey into very warm water. It is recommended to consume this healthy drink while it is still warm!


Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of warm water if you do not want to swallow this mixture. It is recommended to gargle with this mixture once a day.

  1. Suck on Garlic

Yes, we know that this sounds repulsive and unappealing but garlic is a natural remedy that is able to efficiently fight against sore throat.

With the use of garlic you will be able to kill the bacteria that cause strep due to its richness in the compound called allicin. Besides that, garlic is capable of fighting the germs that cause pain and irritation.

You will need:

  • 1 fresh clove of garlic, sliced in half


You will have to place 1 piece of garlic in each cheek. Suck on the garlic. In order to release the allicin, occasionally crush your teeth against it. Do not bite it. It is recommended to practice this method once a day.

  1. Have a Marshmallow

Even though you may think that you need to consume the marshmallow candy, you are wrong. We are referring to the herb called Marshmallow or Marshmallow Root.

This beneficial plant contains mucilage, which helps coat and soothe mucus membranes in the throat. That is the reason why it is used in several centuries in North America and Europe.

Note: Consult your doctor before using Marshmallow Root if you are suffering from diabetes. This plant is able to lower your blood sugar levels.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of the dried root
  • 1 cup of boiling water


The first thing you need to do is to put one tablespoon of dried root in a mug. Pour the boiling water over it. Before straining and drinking, cover and steep for 30-60 minutes.

  1. Steam It Out

A sore throat can be effectively treated with a steam. You can speed up the treatment process and you can make it easier to breathe with the help of this method. This particularly helps if your throat hurts due to dryness.

There are ways to use steam as a remedy without leaving the comfort of your home, you do not have to head to your gym’s sauna/steam room to get the treatment.

You will need:

  • 1 medium to large bowl
  • Enough hot water to fill your bowl about halfway
  • 1 bath towel or a towel of similar size
  • Eucalyptus oil (optional)


Before you put the water in the bowl, bring it to boil. In order to inhale the rising steam, lean over the bowl. You do not have to stick your face right up to it. In order to create a tent for the steam, drape the towel over your head.

If you want to make it more soothing, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Taking a hot shower and letting the bathroom steam up can have the similar effects. We recommend you to do that if you do not want to scare someone who walks in on you while you have a towel over your head.

  1. Kick It With Cayenne

You can feel better if you drink warm water with cayenne. A lot of people swear by it, even though this is another one of those really funky sounding home remedies.

Even though you may think that it is not logical to swallow something like hot peppers down your throat in order to treat it, there is a method to the madness.

With the use of this home remedy you will be able to temporarily relieve pain, such as Advil or aspirin does, due to cayenne’s richness in the chemical compound called capsaicin.

The substance P transmits pain signals to your brain and this compound hinders this horrible substance. In this way when you come in contact with cayenne, you will be able to relieve the discomfort from your sore throat.

You will need:

  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey


In 1 cup of boiling water add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Stir in the honey. Before drinking it, wait until the mixture is warm. Do not consume it when it is hot. It is recommended to drink this mixture throughout the day as needed.

Since the cayenne tends to settle, make sure that you stir it frequently. Reduce the pepper to as little as 1/8 of a teaspoon if you are sensitive to spice.

  1. Drink Licorice Root Tea

You can naturally get some relief for your sore throat by drinking licorice root tea. You will be able to reduce the swelling and irritation since this tea has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides that, you will soothe the mucus membranes in your throat.

You can do this in two ways, you can make it on your own or you can buy a tea with licorice in it. This remedy is simple to make and it is really tasty. If you want to make this remedy in your home, you will need a few extra ingredients.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of chopped dry licorice root
  • ½ cup of cinnamon chips
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • ½ cup chamomile flowers


Mix all of the above mentioned ingredients well. Store everything in a glass jar and put the jar in a dark place. If you want to save some for later, heat it up.

Combine 3 heaping tablespoons of the tea mix and 2.5 cups of cold water in a saucepan in order to prepare the tea. Bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low.

Simmer for 10 minutes. Before consuming this yummy tea, pour it into a large mug through a strainer. Enjoy!

  1. Get Your Rest and Fluids

Even though you have heard it many times, you need to know that this is really important for you and your overall health. You can combine this healthy habit with other natural remedies.

By doing this you will be able to boost the effectiveness of the remedy you chose. You need to drink as much fluid as you can. You also need to rest your body if you want to achieve even better results.

You will need:

  • a comfy place to curl up
  • water, orange juice, more water, herbal tea and any other liquid you deem appropriate (avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine)


It is simple and easy. Try to relax your body by reading a good book or watch your favorite movie. Relax and drink a lot of fluids!

  1. Make Baking Soda “Tea”

If you want to treat your sore throat, you should know that baking soda is among the ingredients that are able to solve your horrible problem. It can help you kill off the bacteria from your throat due to its antibacterial properties.

Besides that, the baking soda is capable of soothing minor skin irritations such as bug bites and rashes since it has a slightly alkaline PH. Baking soda acts similarly on the swollen tissues in your throat. If you want to achieve even better results, add in some salt. Your sore throat will be gone in no time.

You will need:

  • 1 cup od very warm water
  • ½ tablespoon of salt
  • ½ tablespoon or a little less baking soda


The first thing you need to do is to heat the water until it is very warm. Do not let it become so warm that you cannot even drink it. Then, mix ½ tablespoon or a little less baking soda and ½ tablespoon of salt. Stir and test the temperature.

You will have to pour some of the liquid in your throat and let it sit for a short period of time. Then, you need to gargle with the mixture. It is recommended to do this procedure twice in a row, 3 times a day.