7 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

A great home remedy for a sore throat is ginger tea or grapefruit juice, because they have great analgesic properties that may help to reduce throat inflammation, giving you quick relief. But there are other home remedies that can also be useful.

If your sore throat doesn't improve with these home remedies, go to a doctor to get your throat checked out and receive the correct treatment if necessary, which usually means using anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen, or even antibiotics, if your throat is infected.

1. Mint tea with honey

7 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Mint tea with honey cleanses the throat by fighting against the discomfort.

Ingredients

  • 1 sprig of mint;
  • 300 ml of water;
  • 1 tablespoon of honey.

Preparation 

Add the leaves of 1 sprig of mint to 300 ml of water and bring it to boiling point and then add 1 tablespoon of honey. Strain and drink it warm.

2.  Gargle with lemon

7 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

An excellent home remedy for a sore throat and cough is to gargle with lemon and other ingredients, because they cleanse the throat.

Ingredients

  • 1 litre of water;
  • 3 lemons;
  • 1 medium onion;
  • 1 tablespoon of honey.

Preparation 

Add the onion to the water and let it boil for 7 minutes. Then, strain the infusion and add the juice of the 3 lemons and honey. Gargle with this tea twice a day.

Gargling with water and salt or vinegar, for example, is another great way to help to relieve inflammation and a sore throat.

3. Chocolate with mint

7 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

A good home remedy is to eat dark chocolate, 70% cocoa, as it relieves throat irritation.

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate, 70% cocoa;
  • Mint.

Preparation 

Let the chocolate melt in your mouth, because it is rich in flavonoids that help decrease a swollen throat. You can also add mint because it lubricates the throat tissues. 

4. Ginger tea

7 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Another home remedy for a sore throat is to drink ginger tea or use an over-the-counter ginger spray because it is a great bactericide, which can also be used in case of throat inflammation.

Ingredients

  • 1 cm fresh ginger;
  • 1 cup of water.

Preparation 

Add the ginger to the water in a saucepan and let it boil for a few minutes. Let the liquid rest for 10 minutes, properly covered, then strain and enjoy. Drink this tea 3 times a day.

5. Broadleaf plantain tea

7 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Broadleaf plantain is a medicinal plant with anti-inflammatory properties and is very effective in relieving discomfort and irritation in the throat.

Ingredients

  • 30 g of broadleaf plantain leaves;
  • 1 litre of water;
  • 10 drops of propolis.

Preparation 

To make the tea, heat the water until boiling point, then remove from heat. Add the broadleaf plantain leaves and let it rest for 10 minutes. Let it cool down, strain and add 10 drops of propolis and gargle with it 3 to 5 times a day.

To complete the treatment, inhale the eucalyptus tea vapor.

6. Eucalyptus tea

7 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Eucalyptus tea helps clear the throat by relieving pain and discomfort.

Ingredients

  • 10 eucalyptus leaves;
  • 1 litre of water.

Preparation 

Boil the water and then add the eucalyptus leaves. Let it cool down a little and inhale the vapor that comes out of the tea at least twice a day for 15 minutes.

7. Grapefruit juice

7 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Another good home remedy for a sore throat is to drink grapefruit juice, because it’s rich in vitamin C and has anti-inflammatory properties, decreasing the symptoms of the flu and colds.

Ingredients

  • 3 grapefruits

Preparation 

Blend the seeded grapefruits in a stationary blender. The juice made like this is creamier and has more nutrients. Drink the grapefruit juice at least 3 times a day.

Attention: grapefruit can interact with a lot of different kinds of medications, so it's advised to talk to your doctor first.

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