How to get rid of Sore Throat

A soar throat (a.k.a pharyngitis) is Common Cold and Flu symptom. Soar throat is usually the first sign that you have been attacked by a cold or flu virus. Unfortunately its often the last symptom to leave your body. Sore throat often causes more irritation long after the flu or common cold symptoms are gone. So how to get rid of sore throat fast? First step is to increase your fluid intake.

How to get rid of sore throat naturally

Warm herbal tea with honey can add a protective coating to the soar throat. To speed up the process naturally you may follow the remedies listed below

Gargle with Salt Water

The simplest of the remedies is to gargle with salt water. Add one teaspoon of rock  salt to a cup of warm water and gargle at night time. Hopefully your sore throat symptoms will be gone by the morning time. See below for tips on how to gargle properly

Mayo clinic Says:

When the salt water enters the throat, the solution helps to neutralize acids in the throat, restoring the natural pH balance that had been disrupted by the sore throat. By doing this, the burning sensations are relieved and the mucous membranes become less irritated, which can speed healing.
In addition to neutralizing acid, the salt water gargle helps to wash away unwanted mucus and increase the blood flow to the throat. The capillaries then become dilated, which allows for faster circulation of infection-fighting cells.
If the sore throat is due to a sinus infection or allergies, gargling with salt water also may help to reduce inflammation in the back of the throat caused by drainage in the back of the nasal cavity.

Cayenne Pepper Garglesore throat remedies

Gargle warm with a pinch of cayenne pepper in warm water.  This remedy works when antibiotics do not and is excellent for those weird sore throats that don’t seem to go away after 4-6 weeks

Honey and Lemon Juice

Most people find honey and lemon juice to be very effective in curing the soar throat. So mix one tea spoon of honey, with a half tea spoon of lemon juice and add a pinch of cinnamon powder to it. Add the mix to a cup of warm water. Drink a cup at night time for immune boosting cold and sore throat remedy. Honey can also be mixed with apple cider vinegar to soothe a sore throat.

Mustard Seed Gargle

Mix one tablespoon of mustard seed powder with the juice of half a lemon, one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of clear honey, and 1 1/4 cups of boiling water. Leave this mixture, covered, for 15 minutes and use as a gargle.

Honey Turmeric Ginger

Add a pinch of turmeric powder and grated ginger to a tablespoon of honey and mix the three well. Take it with warm water to fight the sore throat symptoms.

Red Clover Honey

Take a table spoon of red clover honey to soothe sore throat. It can be taken three times a day in severe sore throat.

Honey in hot tea or lemonade

There’s a good reason why Grandma would stir honey into a cup of steaming tea whenever her throat was feeling scratchy—honey kills bacteria. Raw and natural honey is strong enough to kill some bacteria in your throat or at least soothe inflamed tissue there. Try stirring a teaspoon of it into a cup of hot tea or hot lemonade.

This remedy is safe for everyone except babies under one year of age. Honey contains dormant spores that are harmless to children and adults but may cause botulism in infants. 

Marsh mallow

Marsh mallow is an herb that quiets coughs and moistens and soothes a sore throat. To make a tea, place one-quarter cup of dried, chopped herb (sold in health food stores) in a glass or ceramic jar. Pour one pint of room temperature water over the herb, then close the jar. Let the herb steep overnight. The next morning, strain the tea and add four teaspoons of honey. Sip one-quarter to one-half cup of tea at a time over the course of the day.

Note: Marsh mallow may slow the absorption of other medications taken at the same time.

Consider zinc

At the first sign of a sore throat, begin sucking on zinc gluconate lounges. The tablets work best if you place them on your tongue and allow them to dissolve. These lozenges bathe throat tissues in a soothing zine solution. You can buy zinc gluconate lozenges at health food stores and drugstores.

Avoid post-supper snoozing

Lying down too soon after a meal allows stomach acid to back up into your throat. The acid burns delicate throat tissues. This is one reason why you should eat your dinner no less than four hours before bedtime.

Traditional Southeast Asian Sore Throat Syrup

This is a traditional remedy used in Southeast Asia that reportedly works wonders for soothing a sore throat. The original recipe calls for coconut or palm sugar, which is made from the sap of the coconut blossom. If you don’t have coconut sugar available, you may substitute sucanat (raw sugar), molasses, or honey.

I tablespoon coconut sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cracked peppercorns, 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric or turmeric root, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup coconut milk.


Combine the sugar, peppercorns‘ turmeric, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat, strain, and add coconut milk. Take two tablespoons every hour or two. Works like a charm for sore throat.

Sage Tea to get rid of Persistent Sore Throat

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Sage is a Mediterranean plant but is generally found throughout much of the Western world. You might find fresh sage locally. A month’s course of sage tea taken twice daily can help to get rid of persistent sore throat. Sage is both antiseptic and antibacterial in action. In addition, an astringent, so it’s particularly useful for “wet” infections where some mucus is present—namely sore throats.

Sage Tea Preparation: To make sage tea, steep 2 teaspoons of the leaf in 1 cup of hot water for 15 minutes. This may be drunk several times throughout the day or may be used as an excellent gargling solution. In fact, this would be a good substitute For a saltwater gargle if you don’t tolerate salt.

Diet for Sore Throat

Increase your intake of fluids such as water, and herbal teas. Ginger, cinnamon, and peppermint tea and chicken soup are often soothing. Warm water mixed with honey and lemon can relieve sore throat pain as well as coughing.

How to gargle properly

A warm saltwater gargle is an old-fashioned remedy that works for sore throat. Not only soothing and healing, the salt also disinfects the throat. Place l to 2 teaspoons of salt in a glass of warm water. Take a little sip of the warm salt water without swallowing, tilt your head back, and gargle by gently forcing air out through your mouth. If you haven’t gargled before, it feels like a whirlpool at the back of your throat. Gargle for about 5 seconds and spit out the water. Continue gargling with the remaining salt water. While you shouldn’t swallow the salt water, some is inevitably consumed, so if you have high blood pressure, edema or any constraints regarding your salt intake you might want to skip this treatment. Doing this every couple of hours really helps to clear away any debris from postnasal drip.

Honey, Lemon & Cayenne

When you’re having trouble swallowing, honey, lemon, and cayenne pepper can bring soothing relief. The lemon contracts inflamed tissues and provides vitamin C, the honey soothes and disinfects, and the cayenne stimulates circulation and encourages healing.

Try It
Fill a tablespoon halfway with honey, and then squeeze a lemon to fill the spoon with juice. Sprinkle on 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, put the spoon in your mouth, and suck on it slowly. Repeat as needed.