I always panic a little when I feel that familiar tickle in my throat signaling that a sore throat is on the way. If you’ve ever wondered how to cure a sore throat at home, you’re in luck, because I’ve rounded up my favorite homemade sore throat remedies that really work.
When you start to feel a sore throat coming on, forget about the drugstore and turn to these simple but powerful ingredients that can help soothe a tough sore throat.
Homemade Sore Throat Remedies
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: honey is a wonderfully soothing natural ingredient. Whether you take a teaspoon straight up or mix it into a hot restorative lemon balm tea, honey is a natural cough suppressant that will also soothe your throat on the way!
If you have kids over age 1, you can give them some honey before bed to tame nighttime coughs. A recent study compared an over the counter cough suppressant and honey in 105 kids. Honey won the day, consistently scoring as most effective in curing sore throats at home. Wondering how to cure a sore throat? Honey is a proven powerhouse.
Remember that kids under age 1 should not be given honey, raw (unpasteurized) or processed, because of the possible salmonella, leading to infant botulism. It won’t affect older kids and adults, but babies can get quite sick because of it.
The power of salt
Gargling with warm salt water can help reduce swelling and inflammation that causes the pain of a sore throat. Salt draws moisture away from the mucous membranes in your throat, thinning the mucus. This is particularly useful if you’ve been hit with dreaded post nasal drip! The salt can also help kill bacteria in your throat.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water and gargle with it. Don’t forget to spit! Repeat this 3 or 4 times daily. This was always my mother’s go-to home remedy for a sore throat, so it’s a method that I really trust. Gargling with warm salt water is also a great way to help soothe and heal sores in the mouth.
Keep it steamy
Dry air is the enemy of a happy throat but you don’t need a humidifier to keep some moisture in the air.
Our pediatrician recommended that we purchase a cool mist humidifier to help with the kids’ sore throats and coughs a few years ago. If you don’t want to purchase a cool mist humidifier, place a pan of water on the stove and let it steam. Or better yet, take a hot, steamy shower and stay in the bathroom, even when you’re done. It will help you with any chest congestion that you may have too: Win-win!
Peppermint oil will help because of its key ingredient: menthol. Menthol will help thin mucus and calm coughs and sore throats. It will calm inflammation and even has antiviral properties and give you fresh, minty breath. Another win-win!
If you’re not keen on the oil, drink a peppermint tea or gargle using a strong infusion of the peppermint tea, made with two teabags instead of just one.
Marshmallow Root To The Rescue
No, I’m not talking about those white puffs of dessert heaven! Marshmallow root—known officially as Althea officinalis—has throat coating properties, called mucilage, that will go a long way to soothing a sore throat. I stumbled upon this tip recently when searching one of my favorite forums for easy homemade sore throat remedies. I’m so glad that I learned about this powerful ingredient!
Whichever method you choose, these natural homemade sore throat remedies are free of chemicals and will be just as effective as over-the-counter drugs. Plus, they are better for you. Of course, if you want to ward-off sore throats, be sure to have plenty of vitamin C to keep your immune system healthy. I recommend my DIY vitamin C gummies!
I know you’re here to soothe a sore throat, but, if you ever battle sinus infections, you’ll want to check out my best home remedies for sinus infection guide. This is a comprehensive post about battling sinus infections at home—don’t miss it.
How do you treat a sore throat at home?