Sore Throat Remedies

Another frugal tip for flu/cold season. If you have a scratchy throat, gargle with salted hot water (as hot as you can stand) several times a day. Salt is a mild disinfectant and will kill germs in the throat and heal the irritation.


By Pamphyila from L.A., CA

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Sore Throat Remedies

Another frugal tip for flu/cold season. If you have a scratchy throat, gargle with salted hot water (as hot as you can stand) several times a day. Salt is a mild disinfectant and will kill germs in the throat and heal the irritation.
By Pamphyila from L.A., CA

Read more ideas below.


Sore throat?

Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

By Dawn S (05/27/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Ginger, Lemon and Honey

Here is the magic recipe:
Boil water and while it's boiling grate ginger in it, then pour the water into a cup add a slice of lemon and some honey, stir and enjoy. (08/13/2005)

By Gee

Peppermint Tea

I just drink anything hot, usually Peppermint tea, the pain is gone in 2-4 cups.

By James

Chicken Noodle Soup


Chicken noodle soup. The pain is gone for a bit, but then it comes back again, but hey, at least its gone for a little. Make sure the chicken noodle soup is pretty hot, but hot enough to eat and drink. (08/20/2005)

By Jaime

White Tea and Honey

I tried "White Tea" comes from China, but you can buy it in stores. It really helps a lot especially if you add a little honey. (08/25/2005)

By Adam


Gee - can you use ginger powder or does is have to be raw ginger? (09/06/2005)

By Johanna

Editor's Note: Raw ginger is best, but if you don't have any, use the powder.

Honey and vinegar...

Honey also kills bacteria by the way. (09/17/2005)

By Stephen

English Tea

Drink an English cup of tea, add sugar and milk and make sure its warm, not hot.

By Emily W.

Tomato Soup

Tomato soup works, it may burn at first but it helps a lot, hard candies work well too. (11/12/2005)


By HotStuff


Gargle with Listerine every few hours.

By J-Me

Ice Cream

Try ice cream as well. It works nicely or anything else that cold. (12/05/2005)

By sparky

Tea, Honey and Lemon Juice

Try tea with honey and some lemon juice. I've been doing it for years and it really helps. Just dedicate that as your drink of choice for the day. It's pretty good too. (12/08/2005)

By Guest

sore Throat Remedies

Cold ice cream is comfort for the pain, but the pain will come back. Don't smoke, because that's not even worth it, salt and water works well. Taking this lozenge called Cepacol works really good. If your throat is bad, it works instantly. Or take lots and lots of Halls, and drink plenty of water. (12/15/2005)

By Jennifer

Sore Throat Remedies

Drink Lots of Orange juice, and gargle with warm salt water (12/21/2005)

By Trace

No Dairy Products

Stay away from dairy products such as milk ice cream and cheese. It will only make it worse. I suggest something with a soft acid or a mixture such as honey and lemon or honey and rice wine vinegar. Honey is known for its healing powers while the vinegar is known to destroy mucus buildup or bacterial infections. (12/22/2005)

By Drew

Strep Throat

Anytime a sore throat lasts more than 2 to 3 days, there is a good possibility of strep throat. Make sure you get into a clinic or the health department and get a throat culture.

Strep is dangerous and can lead to secondary infections that are very difficult to fight. Make sure you go and get this checked out. It is very difficult to get rid of without antibiotics and can be spread to other people.

Susan from ThriftyFun (01/01/2006)

By ThriftyFun

Water, Peroxide and Listerine Gargle

An older woman taught my mother to mix equal parts of water, peroxide, and Listerine then gargle. This works great. Another older lady from our church taught us to use Listerine, either dabbed on with a cloth or sprayed on using one of those cheap spray bottles, to ease sunburns. This is the best sunburn treatment I have ever found. (01/01/2006)

By Kristea


Eat about 3 lemons, worked wonders for me. (01/10/2006)

By Mike

Throat Coat

Well, I've had a long history of having sore throats. There have been many remedies that really helped such as the Listerine gargling, or salt water, or drinking a cup of tea with some honey. But what I found to work best for me is this Herbal Tea called Throat Coat. I really don't know what it is about this tea, but it seriously gets rid of my sore throat almost instantly after I take it. It's rather easy to find too, just go out to your local market and you'll probably find it. (02/11/2006)

By Mr. AN

Tylenol, Advil

Tylenol, Advil. Either one helps reduce the pain. (03/18/2006)

Sore Throat Remedies

A good remedy I do is tea tree oil. It comes in little glass bottles at health stores. You can mix a little of it with water and gargle or swallow it. The taste is wretched, but it numbs good and works instantly. (04/14/2006)

By Luke


Go into your bathroom and set your shower on as hot as it can go. Don't go into the water just let it steam up and sit in there and inhale the steam until it feels likes its gone. It gets you through the night. (06/25/2006)

By John O

Apple cider vinegar

I've used apple cider vinegar with good results. (06/25/2006)

By Bliss

South Africa

Gargle with TCP every three or four hours. Drink lots of water. Take painkillers regularly. Stay in bed and rest. Personally, I find no relief by sucking Strepsils, but they do now manufacture sugar-free Strepsils, which may prevent mucus forming. Do not go outside after 5 p.m. SA time.

Editor's Note: It must be winter down there. What is TCP? I don't know that we have that in the U.S. or Strepsils. (06/30/2006)

By Willem

South Africa

Strepsils is the brand name of lozenges to ease sore throats, in different flavours. I noticed a new anti-bacterial one on the shelf on Saturday as well. TCP is an "all purpose personal antiseptic liquid that cleans and protects mouth and throat infections, cuts, grazes, minor wounds, insect bites and minor burns. Each ml contains 6.0 mg Chlorinated Phenols---".

Also, keep warm.
We are having the coldest winter in Pretoria, SA in years, with day temperatures under 20 and nighttime temperatures just above freezing point. (07/02/2006)

By Willem


Have the South Indian "R A S A M" (with pepper).
Basically tomato and pepper boiled in water with some small ingredients for flavour, drink it hot.

It helps more than any capsule or mints. (08/03/2006)



Cayenne powder, gargle with water every 15 minutes is worth a try. (09/04/2006)

By Brian

Sore Throat Remedies

I don't know if you can find it around your area. But try getting something called Antifludes. I also suffer from a sore throat. I took two pills and I already feel much better. The pain is not completely gone, but it sure is a whole lot better. (10/05/2006)

By Sherri

No Milk or Sugar

Hey, someone said you can't have sugar, but you can have ice cream. That was "wrong". Anything with milk in it is going to make mucus, too. Probably worse than the sugar, so be careful. (10/28/2006)

By Kate

Sore Throat Remedies

Gargling with plain water also clears mucus which harbors bacteria and virus.
Do this daily. This is a good cold/virus prevention tactic and was recommended by a local physician (12/12/2006)

By Diana

Fresh Pineapple or Ginger

I've found that one of the best as well as most pleasant sore throat remedies is fresh pineapple. The fresher the better.

Pineapple (ginger works as well, although not as well) contains a natural anti-inflammatory that will speed up the healing of a sore throat as well as alleviate the pain. (01/15/2007)

By Dr.Bacon

Sore Throat Remedies

I've read on other sites that citric acid is bad for sore throats? Lemon juice users, does it really cause a burning in your throat?

Editor's Note: Personally, I've used lemon and honey as a sore throat remedy for years. It may be that the honey soothes and the lemon juice cuts through any phlegm. I've drink about 2 TBS. of each in a cup of hot water and sip it. (02/03/2007)

By Janice


When you don't drink enough liquids, your throat no longer has the lube necessary to protect it from bacteria/infection. Drink, drink, drink. The best heal all is to drink lots of water. The Chinese have used onion tea for centuries for sickness because onion actually absorbs germs. A cut onion set out will actually absorb germs right out of the air. Remember this during cold season. (02/04/2007)

By kgurrl

Grape Juice

Room temperature grape juice, it works believe me. Maybe it's a placebo and the healing is all in your head. Either way what do you have to loose? (08/08/2007)

By Dhaliwal

sore Throat Remedies

I tried the "magic recipe" and it works.. well sorta. I used cinnamon because I was out of ginger and I find it a lot more flavourful if you add some brown sugar and a little bit of salt to it. I guess it is a mixture if the "magic recipe" and gargling with salt water. My way works. (08/24/2007)

By Sore Throat


OK, this is what I do when I am feeling sick or have a sore throat. Get yourself a 32 oz bottle. Fill it with water and pop in a "Airborne". It's a effervescent health formula tab. There are many flavors to choose from. Drink 2-3 bottles a day with a Airborne tab in it, until symptoms are gone. It works for me, and it definitely shortens your sick time. (11/07/2007)

By Joe from Portland

Broncolin (CURE!)

I had this nasty sore throat that even hurts when I swallow saliva.

I'm taking "broncolin" a Mexican honey syrup. Instantly I can breath and my throat feels better. This stuff taste good also and its only like 7 bucks.


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Sore Throat Remedies( CURE!)

Oil of Oregano

I get sore throats all the time and they are majorly painful, everything you guys are saying, scratchy, can't sleep, hard to swallow your saliva. I have the cure no joke, I have searched all my life for a cure. It is is oil of oregano. You can buy it at the health store, and is an organic product. So there are two ways to take it. 1. You place only 3 drops under your tongue, 5 drops if your adult. Trust me try 3 first and swallow.

It tastes nasty, and burns, but not as bad as your sore throat. Take this every 2-4 hours, and I know that your sore throat will be gone within a couple days. 2. If the flavor is too intense for you, you can rub it on the souls of your feet, either way (the 1st method is more affective) Please note: It helps not only viral sicknesses, but aches and pains, if applied to the outside of the body. (Do not get in your eyes.) Hopefully this helps. (03/05/2008)

By Alex Davies

Propolis Tincture

I was miserable 2 minutes ago, desperately reading through "lemons, salt, etc.", meanwhile my daughter fixed me some chamomile tea with honey and lemon, sipped it, still no luck. Well, kept reading, and on that picture with Mexican remedy it says PROPOLIS, aha! I have some propolis tincture, dropped 3 drops of it into my tea, oh, so much better now. It chocked my memory, too, I will try to gargle with little propolis mixed with red wine, that should work even better. (old Russian recipe by the way).

By Yelena

Sure-fire Cure

This worked great for me. I drank this concoction and felt 85% recovered in 5 minutes.

You'll need:

  • 12oz mug of hot, post-boiling water (10oz)
  • 1tsp (full) of freshly grated ginger
  • 2tbsp of honey
  • 2tbsp of fresh (no need to be fresh, better if so) lemon-juice
  • 2-3tsp of apple cider vinegar (white vinegar works, but ACV tastes better)

Mix well with hot water. "In every swig, gargle for a few seconds, then swallow slowly." Make sure you have something in your stomach before you drink this, as it could be reactive with stomach acids to produce some belching fuel. Excellent remedy. (06/05/2008)

By magnum

Sore Throat Remedies

The way in which my grandad told me to get rid of a sore throat was to eat butter and sugar. I have been doing that ever since I was 6 and had a sore throat and I am now 14 and it still works. (06/23/2008)

By Jack P.

sore throat : Miso soup

Eat (drink) Miso soup. The type you get at Japanese restaurants. It must be hot still. This really works I just ate some and I had a sore throat now its gone in minutes. (07/03/2008)

By helper1345

Sore Throat Remedies

We have a steam room at our house. Going in the steam room at the gym or at home will help you as soon as you breathe in the hot vapors.

By Izabella H. (07/12/2008)

Sore Throat Remedies

I've been a vocalist in a metal band for quite some time now and I never got a sore throat until now. I have a show this coming weekend, so I took some advise from a good friend. She told me to eat a cucumber drenched in salt and lemon juice, I did it and I'm almost as good as new. (07/21/2008)

By Sam

Sore Throat Remedies

I'm in college and woke up with a sore throat. Needless to say at 3am. It's hard to get lemon juice or any traditional remedies like that. So instead, I took Mortin and followed it with a cold soda, pudding, and hot mac and cheese. It worked pretty good and took away the pain. (09/15/2008)

By Adam F.

Sore Throat Remedies

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Sore Throat Remedies

I have found that heating up a cup of Tropicana peach lemonade and adding honey to it works very well. I am sipping it right now and it doesn't hurt as much to swallow anymore. (09/22/2008)

By Allie

Sore Throat Remedies

I have found that a simple ice pop can help a sore throats when they first flare up. This way I'm not over medicating if its just a dry throat from the cold season. My kids and I love Throat Cooler products which I can get at my local CVS. Details at (10/12/2008)

By dukenj

Sore Throat Remedies

Tusq cough lozenges is doing a great job in temporarily relieving sore throat. (10/14/2008)


Sore Throat Remedies

Cepacol throat lozenges. They are awesome. (10/29/2008)

By Kellyn

Sore Throat Remedies

I know this might sound crazy, but bacon works for my soar throat. Just pop some pieces in the microwave and eat it and you're good. Also, I boil water in a tea kettle and I put like 2 scoops of Lipton Ice Tea in my mug and it's like hot iced tea. So it's lemony flavor and it's hot. It's really good and they both work wonders. I also drink green tea with honey as well. (11/01/2008)

By Amabda

Sore Throat Remedies

I found a throat spray containing propolis, as well as lozenges with this ingredient. This is pretty good stuff. My sore throat was the worse I've ever had (with excruciating pain when I swallow). There is no longer pain. I've tried the saltwater gargle, the ACV and honey, the hydrogen peroxide. The propolis seems to be better. You'll most likely find it at a health food store. (12/06/2008)

By Daisy F.

Re:Sore Throat Remedies

The pain is unbearable I know, but you'll live trust me a few solutions to a sore throat. Sore throat spray, also a few cough drops with honey in them can work, too. Actually put the cough drops in some hot water and let them dissolve it works pretty well, also salt water can help the pain too. Sprinkle a little salt in the mug of your choice and boil some salt water that satisfies your throat a lot. Also, apples and cucumbers drenched in salt and lemon juice can eliminate the pain. Trust me. I'm no doctor, but these will work. (01/11/2009)

By ifithurts

Sore Throat Remedies

My little brother has a really bad sore throat. What always help me and him is warming up a mug of apple juice for about 1 minute. It works great. Also gargle hot/warm salt water. Also he's only seven and Pediacare really helps. Ice cream only helps for a little while. Don't eat dairy. It builds up mucus. Hope I could help. (01/23/2009)

By Kennedy

Sore Throat Remedies

First I used a nose spray called Zicam, with cooling menthol and Eucalyptus to clear up the mucus in my nose. Then I gargled with Listerine. And then the zinger, I cut up a fresh pineapple and ate it. My sore throat is completely alleviated. I just went to the grocery store though, and spent $50 bucks, so I have all the other remedies as well, but so far. Just with what I did above, has worked already. (02/13/2009)

By Frankie G

Sore Throat Remedies

OK. So I went to the doctor today and it turns out it's not a sore throat. I have Tonsilitis. My tonsils are swollen and have puss pockets on them. Yuck! That's why whenever I tried some remedies it didn't help. The doctor prescribed 2 pills for it. So if you have a sore throat be sure to go to the doctor and have it checked, it could be tonsilitis. (02/16/2009)

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