7 Best Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Clinical review: Manuel Reis
Registered Nurse

Ginger tea and grapefruit juice are great home remedies for treating a sore throat naturally as these drinks contain potent analgesic properties. They help to reduce throat inflammation, giving you quick relief. There are other home remedies that can also be useful, which you can check-out below. 

If your sore throat doesn't improve with these home remedies, you should see your doctor for an assessment and to initiate appropriate treatment. The doctor may recommend the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or even antibiotics, if your throat is infected. Check out the medications that are often used to treat sore throats

Seven ways to treat your sore throat naturally include:

1. Mint tea with honey

Mint tea with honey cleanses the throat and helps to treat discomfort.

Ingredients

  • 1 sprig of mint;
  • 300 ml (10 oz) of water;
  • 1 tablespoon of honey.

Preparation 

Place the mint leaves in a pot, add the water and bring it to boiling point. Then add 1 tablespoon of honey. Strain and drink this tea while warm.

2.  Gargle with lemon

An excellent home remedy for a sore throat and cough is to gargle with lemon and other ingredients as these can also help with cleansing the throat. 

Ingredients

  • 1 liter (33 oz) of water;
  • The juice of 3 lemons;
  • 1 medium onion;
  • 1 tablespoon of honey.

Preparation 

In a pot, add the onion to the water and let it boil for 7 minutes. Then, strain the infusion and mix in the lemon juice and honey. Gargle this tea twice a day.

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

3. Chocolate with mint

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

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 for throat inflammation.

Ingredients

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

Preparation 

In a pot, add the ginger and water and allow them to boil for a few minutes. Remove from heat and cover the pot for 10 minutes as it continues to infuse, then strain and enjoy. Drink this tea 3 times a day.

5. Broadleaf plantain tea

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

Ingredients

  • 30 g of broadleaf plantain leaves;
  • 1 liter (33 oz)of water;
  • 10 drops of propolis.

Preparation 

To make the tea, heat the water until it starts to boil, then remove from heat. Add the broadleaf plantain leaves and let them soak for 10 minutes. Once the infusion has cooled down, strain and add 10 drops of propolis. You can gargle this mixture 3 to 5 times a day.

To complete the treatment, inhale the eucalyptus tea vapor.

6. Eucalyptus inhalation

Eucalyptus vapor helps clear the throat from built-up. thick mucus. 

Ingredients

  • 10 eucalyptus leaves;
  • 1 liter (33 oz) 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

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. It can be used to treat cold and flu symptoms.

Ingredients

  • 3 grapefruits

Preparation 

Peel the grapefruits and remove any seeds, then place in a blender. Mix until well dissolved. Drink the grapefruit juice at least 3 times a day with pulp, as it contains more nutrients this way than if it was strained. 

(Attention: Grapefruit can interact with a lot of different kinds of medications, so speak to your doctor before consuming high quantities of it.)

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Atualizado por Tua Saude editing team, em March de 2022. Clinical review por Manuel Reis - Registered Nurse, em March de 2022.

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Clinical review:
Manuel Reis
Registered Nurse
Manuel graduated in 2013 and is licensed to practice under the Ordem dos Enfermeiros de Portugal, with license #79026. He specializes in Advanced Clinical Phytotherapy.