Home Remedies for Throat Problems

A sore throat—also known as pharyngitis—is unpleasant and typically comes with a cold or flu. Most cases are not serious and will pass within a week, but natural remedies can often provide fast relief until they do. A sore throat is a common complaint normally caused by a viral or bacterial infection, allergy, dry air or by inhaling smoke or another airborne pollutant. It is often the first sign of a cold and can be accompanied by fever and congestion.

Onion Milk with Thyme and Cloves

Onion milk alleviates pain and helps combat inflammation.

  • 1 quart (1 L) milk
  • 1 onion
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 2 cloves

Cut the onion into large pieces and add to a pan with the milk, sprig of thyme and cloves. Bring mixture to the boil, then remove from the heat and let steep for 10 minutes before straining. Drink onion milk three times a day

Sore Throat

Symptoms can vary from a mild scratchiness to severely inflamed mucous membranes in the throat and pharynx. Fortunately, there are a number of proven remedies for this common ailment inside your kitchen pantry.

• Drink lots of fluids to keep mucous membranes moist. Hot herbal or fruit teas (especially anti inflammatory sage tea) are ideal drinks. Sweeten to taste with honey.

• Honey has a natural antibacterial effect that makes it a particularly effective home remedy. Allow 1 teaspoon (5 ml) honey to run slowly down your throat several times a day to chase the soreness away.

• Heat helps support the body’s natural defenses. Wear a scarf when you feel a sore throat coming on and avoid drafts and cold.

• Dry air further irritates mucous membranes. To keep humidity levels in your house high, place bowls of water on the windowsills. Add a couple of drops of an essential oil for a soothing effect.

• Gargling soothes pain and swelling in the throat and pharynx. Mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt with 2 cups (500 ml) water to make a solution for gargling. Or try an old home remedy: Mix 5 teaspoons (25 m) cider vinegar in 1 cup (250 ml) water. Sweeten the solution with honey.

• Garlic has antiviral and antifungal properties, so it can be particularly effective at relieving a sore throat caused by a virus. Add it to food or blend a few cloves of garlic, fresh or dried, into a vegetable cocktail.

• An effective home recipe for sore throats is a mixture that tastes better than the ingredients might suggest: Stir 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) freshly grated horseradish in a glass of warm water, along with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) honey any a pinch of ground cloves. Drink slowly.

• Get a new toothbrush. Bacteria trapped on a toothbrush may cause a sore throat to linger.

• Pour boiling water over chamomile flowers and inhale.


There are many possible causes for that frog in your throat: Strained vocal chords, excessively dry ambient air or a viral infection, to name just a few. Resting your vocal chords may be all that is needed, so speak softly and as little as possible. In addition, an array of simple remedies can speed up the healing process. If there is no improvement, you should consult a doctor.

• Hot tea of any kind can soothe a sore throat, especially sage tea, which should ideally be made fresh every time from dried sage leaves. Warm elderberry tea also alleviates discomfort.

• If your mother treated your sore throat with a soothing mug of hot milk and honey, she was spot on. Drinking this beverage several times a day will ease hoarseness quickly.

• A potato wrap speeds healing. Boil, peel and mash 2 3 potatoes. Spread the warm—but not hot—potatoes on a cloth and wrap around your throat with a woolen scarf to hold them in place. Wear the wrap and scarf until the potatoes cool down. Repeat three times a day.

• Make a refreshing throat compress by soaking a tightly woven cloth in warm thyme, sage or meadowsweet tea. Gently wring out the cloth and wrap it around your throat, then cover it with a woolen scarf.

• Add a few drops of either lavender or eucalyptus essential oil to 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water. Lean over the steaming liquid, drape a towel Over your head and inhale the vapors to ease hoarseness.

• Ice cream is also a favorite pain relief remedy, and not just for children. Or try a hot drink flavored with lemon and honey.

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