10 Best Natural Sore Throat Remedies

By Chandana Rao

Imagine this, you are all set to give an important presentation at work and the previous night, you start to experience pain and irritability in your throat!

This could cause a certain amount of anxiety because a presentation would require you to speak with a steady voice and having issues with your throat can surely come in the way of you giving a great presentation.

Well, if you can relate to the above scenario, it is evident that you too experienced a sore throat at least a couple of times in your life because it is a very common ailment.

Just like how 80% of the people get a common cold or flu at least once a year, sore throat is also a condition which is very prevalent.

In fact, sore throat could be one of the symptoms of common cold or flu; however, it could also indicate other health conditions.

A sore throat can be described as a condition in which virus or bacteria build their colonies in the respiratory tract, which includes the throat.

The above process results in infection and inflammation, which causes symptoms like dryness of the throat, itching sensation, pain, soreness, difficulty in swallowing food and water, etc.

Normally, a sore throat is accompanied by other conditions like fever, cough, cold, etc., if it is also a symptom of flu or a microbial infection.
However, if you are experiencing just sore throat, for a long period of time, then it could indicate bigger health complications such as tonsillitis, certain sexually transmitted diseases or even the presence of cancer.

So, in the above case, one must get a professional opinion, immediately.

Along with medications, there are a few throat-gargling liquids which can help ease the condition naturally, if it is a sore throat caused by microbes.

So, here are 10 natural gargle remedies, which can treat a sore throat naturally; have a look.


1. Salt Water Remedy

This is one of the most common sore throat gargle remedies used at all homes, since ages ago, but it is very effective! Mixing 1-2 tablespoons of salt in warm/hot water and gargling for about 5 minutes can treat sore throat, as the salt content can kill the infection-causing bacteria in the throat.

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2. Ginger Concoction

This ginger gargle remedy can also kill the microbes in your throat and soothe the pain in the throat by reducing inflammation. Just mix 1 teaspoon of honey, ½ a teaspoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of hot water. Gargle using this liquid, for 5-10 minutes.


3. Cayenne Pepper Liquid

This remedy may seem scary at first, but it has proven to work wonders, as cayenne pepper has amazing antibacterial properties which can cure a sore throat. Add 2 pinches of cayenne pepper powder to hot water and gargle for 2 minutes, twice a day. Your throat may burn at first, but that is normal.

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4. Vinegar Remedy

Vinegar is yet another kitchen ingredient which has exceptional antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can treat a sore throat. Add 2 teaspoons of vinegar into a cup of hot water. Gargle your throat with this mixture for 5 minutes.


5. Peppermint Oil Mixture

Peppermint essential oil is also very effective in reducing sore throat symptoms naturally and quickly. Add 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil into a cup of hot water, stir well and gargle twice a day for about 5 minutes.


6. Baking Soda Remedy

The compounds in baking soda have also proven to be successful in reducing throat infection and sore throat symptoms. Add ¼th tablespoon of baking soda and ¼th teaspoon of salt into a cup of hot water. Gargle every morning, for 5 minutes, until the symptoms reduce.


7. Turmeric Mixture

This remedy is recommended by Ayurveda and it is also backed by science, as turmeric is a powerful natural antibacterial agent which can kill the bacteria in the throat. Mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder into a cup of hot water. Gargle for 5-10 minutes.

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8. Fenugreek Remedy

Fenugreek is also a superfood which can have a number of health benefits, including treating a sore throat, as it has anti-inflammatory properties. Add a tablespoon of fenugreek powder to a cup of hot water and gargle your throat for 5 minutes.


9. Clove Oil Mixture

Clove oil is also extremely beneficial in treating a number of bacterial infections, including a throat infection. Adding 4-5 drops of clove oil to a cup of hot water and gargling your throat for 5 minutes can help ease away the symptoms, effectively.


10. Tomato Juice Remedy

Tomato is rich in vitamin C and lycopene content, both of which can help kill the bacteria affecting your throat. Add ½ a cup of tomato juice to ½ a cup of water, heat this mixture and gargle your throat with this mixture for 5 minutes.

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    Story first published: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 15:00 [IST]
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