Sore Throat Remedies

I woke up the other morning with a slight sore throat. Determined not to let it get any worse, I asked my Catching Health Facebook friends if they could recommend any home remedies. Several obliged and I decided not to keep their suggestions all to myself!

Diana: Honey and lemon. Yummy and a natural bug killer!

Lemon and honey
 Drink a tea of fresh sliced ginger root and lemon. Add honey if you need it sweetened. I chew on fresh ginger root but that’s not for everyone. Ginger Root is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Lemon packs a lot of Vitamin C. Also a garlic chicken soup with vegetables is good and nourishing for sore throats and colds. You can add ginger to the soup too and garlic is also a natural antibiotic.

Bowl of chicken lemon soup

Chicken soup with lemon, garlic and ginger

Anita: Good old Vicks Vapo Rub at night, covered with a scarf if you can.

Marcia: At the first sign of scratchiness or a cold, I take elderberry tablets about 4x/day. During the winter I take 1/day for prevention. I do believe it helps strengthen the immune system.

Jennifer: Raw honey mixed with a shot of warm whiskey.

Top suggestion: Gargle!


Jennifer: Start gargling with warm salt water.  Nip it in the bud.

Paula: My mother always says, “Gargle with warm water mixed with salt.”

Mary: Gargle with warm water and apple cider vinegar.

Kathleen: I’ve mixed a crushed-up aspirin with warm water and then gargled with that. It’s helped me a lot in the past.

Which remedy helped my sore throat?

I gargled with salt and I gargled with aspirin and my husband made me chicken, lemon, garlic and ginger soup. (I know, he’s a keeper) I slept all night and woke up feeling much better. Thanks for the remedies everyone.

What do you do at the first sign of a sore throat?


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Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. Now, she's a baby boomer not interested in retiring. She writes the Catching Health blog and is a regular guest on the WCSH6/WLBZ2 Morning Report. She's also a college art student at USM. You can read about that adventure on Diane's other blog She says it's good (and healthy) to be busy!