Remedies for Treating a Sore Throat

Remedies for Treating a Sore Throat

Last update: 07 December, 2018

After gargling the chosen remedy, be careful not to swallow the liquid, since it will be contaminated with the bacteria that is causing your sore throat.

A sore throat feels like irritation, itching, discomfort — basically, pain. It may get worse when you eat or drink certain types of food. Sore throats can be treated with antibiotics as well as a variety of natural remedies, but if you’re not sure what to try, we’ll give you some options.

Gargle with warm salt water

One of the oldest home remedies for a sore throat is to gargle with warm salt water. It can help relieve pain, break up mucus and reduce swelling.


  • ½ teaspoon of salt (3 g)
  • 1 cup of warm water (250 ml)

What should you do?

  • Add the salt to a cup of water and mix well.
  • Swish for a few seconds and spit it out: it should not be swallowed or reused.
  • It is recommended to repeat the process once per hour.

Hot lemony beverages

Lemon Ginger Tea

Chances are you’ve heard about this lemon beverage before, or some variation. Well, there’s a good reason for it: it works!


  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

What should you do?

  • Add the lemon juice and honey to a cup of hot water, mix well and consume.

It is important not to overdo the ingredients; use them sparingly.


Honey is used for all kinds of health issues, and a sore throat is no exception. It can help suppress your cough and relieve your sore throat. The honey coats your throat, so it temporarily calms the irritation, which is what causes the cough.

  • Generally, two teaspoons of honey (15 g) are recommended at bedtime to relieve nighttime cough and sore throat and improve sleep quality. People who consume honey before bed cough less frequently and severely, and are less likely to lose sleep compared to people who do not.
  • You can also add a teaspoon of honey (7.5 g) to drinks, or consume a teaspoon of it during the day.

Note: Honey should never be given to children under one year of age, due to the risk of botulism .


Sage Tea for a sore throat.

Used as an herbal remedy, sage tea is very useful to treat quite a wide variety of throat conditions. It provides effective short-term relief. Sage contains compounds, such as cineole, borneol, camphor and thujone, and has astringent properties that can help relieve your sore throat and reduce swelling and inflammation.


  • 1 teaspoon dried sage leaves (5 g) or a spoonful of fresh sage leaves (15 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

What should you do?

  • Bring the water to a boil and add the teaspoon of dried sage or fresh sage.
  • Let it steep for 10 or 15 minutes, strain and drink.
  • You can add lemon and honey if you wish.

Note: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid sage supplements.

Cough drops

Cough drops — whether homemade or bought at the store — can help with your sore throat. Sucking on cough drops, especially those that contain refreshing ingredients such as eucalyptus or mint, stimulate saliva production, which helps relieve throat pain.

Take a shower

Taking a Shower

The most damaging thing for your throat is dry air. That’s why you should try to keep it moist as much as possible. Humidifiers, for example, are especially useful in winter.

  • When the air in your house or outside is dry, take a nice shower with hot water.
  • You can also turn on the hot water faucet and sit in the bathroom for a minute, breathing in the vapor.

Lemon gargle for a sore throat

An excellent home remedy for a sore throat is to gargle this lemon mixture as soon as you wake up and before bed.  


  • 4 cups of water (1 liter)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • The juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)

What should you do?

  • Boil the water, add the onion and let it cook for 7 minutes.
  • Next, strain the infusion and add the juice of the 3 lemons and honey.
  • Gargle with the tea twice a day. Remember not to swallow the liquid.

Gargling with water and salt or vinegar is also a great way to help relieve inflammation and a sore throat. Go ahead and try these simple home remedies and say goodbye to the pain!


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