Natural Remedies & Treatments for a Sore Throat

Natural Remedies & Treatments for a Sore Throat

Author -  Good Health

What causes a sore throat?

The causes of a sore throat vary from person to person, but the majority of sore throats are caused by viral infections like colds and the flu. Antibiotics are designed to treat bacterial infections, which is why when you have a cold or flu they don’t help. On the other hand, if you’ve got Strep Throat, the issue is in fact bacterial and antibiotics are often necessary.

Environmental factors can also contribute to sore throats; particularly dry air or exposure to allergens such as mold, pet dander, pollen, chemicals or air pollution. If you need help diagnosing the cause of your sore throat, it is best to talk to your healthcare professional.

Natural Remedies & Treatment for Sore Throat

When it comes to a sore throat, the key to soothing it can be closer than you think, often in your kitchen cupboards at home. These home remedies are not only natural, they’re also effective. There are some common age-old natural remedies like lemon & honey, gargling with apple cider vinegar or warm, salt water, but what else can you do when the pain starts to kick-in? Here are 5 simple sore throat home remedies that you may not have heard of before, which will help you get started on naturally soothing the ache.

1. Cloves

Cloves have been used for centuries, particularly in traditional Chinese medicine to help ease pain in the mouth (for toothaches and sore throats). Cloves contain a substance called eugenol, which is a natural pain-killer with anti-bacterial properties. Chewing on whole cloves will slowly release that eugenol and help to numb the pain in your throat.


How to use them:
Pop a few whole cloves into your mouth and suck on them until they become soft, then chew as if you were chewing gum.

Sore throat remedy

2. Garlic

Garlic contains allicin, a compound that can kill the bacteria that cause a sore throat and fight the germs causing pain and irritation. While anything involving raw garlic might not sound particularly appealing, it’s a great natural remedy that can help to soothe a sore throat.

How to use it:
Slice one piece of garlic in half, place one half of the garlic in each cheek, and suck on it like a cough drop. Occasionally crush your teeth against it to release the allicin- there’s no need to actually bite it though.

3. Cayenne

Cayenne works like magic for a sore throat. Cayenne has a chemical compound called capsaicin that temporarily relieves pain, much like aspirin does.

How to use:
Add 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir in 1 teaspoon of honey and wait until the mixture is warm (but not hot) before drinking as needed. Make sure to stir it frequently, as the Cayenne tends to settle. If you’re sensitive to spice, reduce the pepper to as little as 1/8 of a teaspoon.


4. Baking Soda

Baking soda has antibacterial properties, which can help to kill off the nasties camping out in your throat. It also has a slightly alkaline pH which soothes minor skin irritations such as bug bites and rashes – it will have a similar effect on the swollen tissues in your throat.

How to use it:
Mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of warm water, stir, and test the temperature. Pour some of the liquid into your mouth; let it sit for a moment at the back of your throat, then gargle.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric is both a powerful antioxidant and a powerful anti-inflammatory. Gargling with this natural ingredient can help to combat an inflamed, sore throat.


How to use it:
Mix ½ tsp of turmeric and ½ tsp of salt into 1 cup of hot water, then gargle.



Natural ingredients in the form of a lozenge can provide another option for a sore throat. The sucking of a lozenge can help to stimulate saliva and soothe a dry, irritated throat. They’re also convenient, especially when you’re out and about. Not all lozenges are good for you though, so keep your eyes peeled for those that use natural ingredients.

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Natural remedies can be extremely effective and soothing. Choose your favourites and keep them on-hand this winter, ready to put to good use whenever a sore throat strikes. Remember, prevention is always better than cure, so try to get a head start on your immunity before the bad winter weather arrives. Check out our tips to naturally strengthen your immune system here


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