Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Written by Mita Majumdar, M.Sc. | 

Article Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Jul 04, 2019
Almost everyone gets a sore throat at one time or another. Children, especially, get it more often than adults. Sore throat is most commonly caused by a virus, and to a lesser extent by bacteria, which then can develop into a serious disease. But how would you know whether it is a viral infection or a bacterial one? If yours lasts more than a few days or if it is accompanied by fever, nausea, or abdominal pain, it is advisable to see a doctor and get treated. In other cases, sore throat heals soon enough without complications and can be easily treated with ingredients from your kitchen.

What is Sore Throat?

A sore throat is a painful feeling in the throat aggravated by swallowing. Bacteria or virus causes sore throat, medically known as pharyngitis. Most often it will be a symptom of an underlying illness like cold, flu, mumps, tonsillitis, etc. Sore throat is named, depending on the area where the pain is, like:

Common Causes of Sore Throat

  • Viral infection

  • Bacterial infection

  • Fungal infection

  • Smoking

  • Shouting

  • Allergies

Home Remedies for Sore Throat

For quick relief from a sore throat, you can try the following home remedies:
  1. Drink ginger tea. You can prepare ginger tea by adding a one-inch long crushed piece of ginger in the water and boiling it for two to three minutes, and then preparing the tea as you normally would.

  2. Drinking Ginger Tea Provides Relief to your Sore Throat
  3. Warm chamomile tea also relieves throat pain as it fights inflammation. Steep two tea bags in one cup of boiling water and sip the tea. You can add honey if you want it sweet.

  4. Inhale fragrances of essential oils. Use any essential oils you have at home. It could be lavender, thyme, sandalwood, eucalyptus, etc.

  5. Inhaling Fragrances of essential oils can Treat your Sore Throat
  6. Gargle with a mixture of water, salt, and turmeric. This is a very effective home remedy for relieving pain, plus, the ingredients are available 24x7 in all kitchens. Add one teaspoon of salt and a pinch of turmeric to 8 ounces of warm water. The mixture should not be hot or you might scald your throat.

  7. Boil tulsi / basil leaves in water and drink that water. Alternatively, gargle with that water while itís warm.

  8. Sip a decoction of Indian spices. Itís not as weird as it sounds. Just grind a teaspoon each of fennel seeds, black peppercorn, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and dry ginger (sauth), mix them and simmer the powder in 2 cups of boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes. Strain and drink the solution while itís still hot/warm.

  9. Sip a cup of warm water containing a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice. Itís a great remedy for sore throats.

  10. Honey and Lemon Juice Treats Sore Throat
  11. If you donít have any of the spices mentioned above, just a tablespoon of honey can also serve the purpose to a certain extent. After all, honey is a natural antibiotic. However, honey is best avoided for children below two years of age.

  12. Suck on hard candy. It can soothe your throat by keeping it moist. It can be a choking hazard for young children, so avoid giving lozenges to kids below age four.

  13. Eating can be difficult if you have a sore throat. Hot and sour chicken soup will not only soothe the pain but will also ensure that you're getting the nutrients to fight inflammation.

  14. Hot & Sour Chicken Soup Fights Inflammation
  15. An age-old remedy for sore throat is steam inhaling. Heat a pot of water, lean over the pot. Place a towel over your head so as to tent the steam and keep the steam in. Breathe in the steam with your mouth too. Take adequate precautions to protect yourself from the pot and the water.

Rest a lot and drink plenty of fluids. It will keep your throat moist and soothe your throat. Moreover, fluids can wash away any bacteria lingering in your throat. And, very importantly, DONíT smoke or use tobacco products.

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divitalli, India

I felt very happy after visiting this site. I definitely follow these methods.

bhoopandergiri, India

I am Assistant Professor, When I speak (give power point presentation) for 10 -15 minitues continously my throat gets irritated (redness and mild pain) and after 2-3 days it under goes full throat infection (coughing, pain, headach and mild fiver). For that I have to take antobiotic like Amoxicillin, Ciprofloxicin etc. It ia repeatedly heapening for last three years.