5 Natural Sore Throat Remedies That Actually Work
We’ve all been there, our throats are on fire and we’re desperately seeking for anything to make it better. Along with drugs and throat numbing sprays, I am always on the lookout for natural sore throat remedies. Here are some that help ease my symptoms.
Sore Throat Remedies
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A little honey goes a long way
The most natural soothing option in the world is honey, and it’s one of my favorite home rememdies for a sore throat. Whether you take a teaspoon straight or mix it into a hot lemon tea, honey is a natural cough suppressant that will also soothe your throat on its way down!
For kids over the age one, they can have a teaspoon of honey before bed to get those nighttime coughs that seem to crop up with a cold. While medication for little kids is known to be ineffective, a study compared the use of an OTC cough suppressant and plain honey with 105 kids. Honey won, consistently scoring as more effective than the over the counter medication.
Kids under the age 1 should not be given honey in any format, whether unpasteurized or processed, because of the possible salmonella, leading to infant botulism. It’s fine for older kids and adults, but babies can become very ill from this!
A teaspoon of salt
It might not be an option to take advantage of salty thermal baths but did you know that gargling with a little salt and warm water can help reduce inflammation that causes the pain of a sore throat. How? As a natural anti-inflammatory, salt draws moisture away from the mucous membranes in your throat, thinning the mucus. And if you’ve ever had post-nasal drip, you’ll be thankful for this particular effect! The salt will also help kill bacteria in your throat, helping to fight the infection that is causing the swelling and soreness.
Mix 1 teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water and gargle. Don’t forget to not swallow this concoction but spit it out! Repeat this 3 or 4 times daily.
Peppermint for sore throats
Getting rid of a sore throat and having minty fresh breath, in one easy step? Sign me up! Peppermint oil has a key ingredient that can help you: menthol. This thins mucus and calms coughs, both of which contribute and exacerbate sore throats. Plus you get minty fresh breath while you’re treating your throat!
If you’re not keen on using the oil directly, drink a cup of strong peppermint tea or gargle using cooled (but not cold) peppermint tea, made with two teabags for a strong infusion. This is one of my favorite sore throat remedies.
Marshmallow root – it’s not what you think it is!
Marshmallow root has well-documented throat soothing abilities in a property called mucilage.
Steep 2 teaspoons of dried marshmallow root in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and drink it, like a tea. You can do this 3 to 5 times a day, as needed. You can buy marshmallow root tea here on my affiliate link.
Sorry friends, this is not an excuse to eat bags and bags of marshmallows!
Humidity is the solution
While salt will draw some moisture away from your throat and that can help with a sore throat, it’s also true that dry air can exacerbate a sore throat. I know… ironic, right? It’s a question of balance but you don’t worry! You don’t need a fancy humidifier to keep some moisture flowing in your home, however, some humidity will really help kids in particular deal with their sore throat and coughs.
- Place a pan of water on the stove, on low to medium heat and let it steam. Just keep an eye on water levels to ensure it doesn’t burn dry!
- Or better yet, take a hot shower or bath and put your feet up in in the bathroom, even when you’re done. It will help you with any chest congestion too!
Whichever method you choose, a natural solution to your sore throat will be just as effective in dealing with the pain and inflammation and be better for you, generally. A good choice all around to feel better soon!
Homemade sore throat remedies
Don’t forget to make some healing turkey vegetable soup or Instant Pot Chicken Broth to help speed up recovery. When I feel flu-ish I also like to soak in this detox bath.
My favorite? The bath, soup, and lemon hot water with honey.
What Drinks Help a Sore Throat?
I know when I have a sore throat, I am desperate to find anything to find relief, and it usually ends up being a drink of some sort.
I recently tried Throat Coat Tea and it’s amazing (pregnant ladies: sorry, you’re unable to take it). Aside from that, as I mentioned above the marshmallow tea (or any tea) with some raw honey in it can provide some relief, along with gargling warm salt water, and gargling apple cider vinegar.
I wish I said I had an instant cure for you, but I guess if I did – I’d be rich.
How Long Does a Sore Throat Last?
I’m not a doctor, so take what I say with a grain of salt but sore throats (for me) last about 5-7 days.
There is no instant cure for a sore throat, once you have it – you’re going to have to deal with it but you can help reduce the symptoms.
Great tips! Particularly the peppermint tea. I’ve never thought to use that!
The first sign I’m coming down with something is a scratchy throat, so these are great tips heading into cold and flu season!
Thank you Rheagan!
I have 8 years baby boy. When my boy faces this problem I usually follow this technique: Take some slices of ginger and chew them with a little salt. If you think that your baby can’t chew raw ginger, then mix some sliced ginger extract with hot tea.
I have personal experience with pepperment tea and it always work. Thank you very much for other tips.