There’s nothing like a sore throat to make life come to a screeching halt. Your throat feels itchy and dry, and it hurts like the dickens every single time you swallow. You need some relief, and FAST. Surprisingly, it turns out everything you need to soothe your sore throat can be found right in your own kitchen.
1. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can turn a sore throat around fast, sometimes completely relieving your pain in as little as one day. ACV is a natural antibacterial that goes directly to the heart of the problem, the bugs that are causing your pain in the first place. Mix two tablespoons of ACV with one half cup warm water and gargle with the mixture every few hours. The warm water and mild acidic action will give you some quick pain relief, while the antibacterial properties of the ACV will put you on the road to healing.
It shocks many folks when they find out than spicy cayenne peppers are an effective pain reliever. It’s the active component of chili peppers, capsaicin, that’s responsible for cayenne’s ability to soothe sore throats. Add a half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper from your spice rack and a teaspoon of honey to a cup of hot water. Stir well, so that the cayenne doesn’t settle to the bottom. For quick pain relief drink the mixture while it’s still warm, but be careful it’s not too hot.
While marshmallow root has been used for centuries to help soothe sore throats, you’re not going to find any of it in today’s modern treat. However, that doesn’t mean that hot chocolate’s favorite partner is useless. While we’d typically advice you to steer clear of sugary marshmallows we make an exception here because many folks swear eating a few marshmallows relieves their sore throat pain. It’s likely the gelatin in the sweet treat coating the throat that makes this one work.
4. Raw garlic:
Fresh garlic contains a powerful compound called allicin that stops bacteria and germs in their tracks. And while chewing on fresh garlic cloves might mean you have to avoid polite company for a while, it could also mean that you can kiss your sore throat goodbye sooner rather than later. Cut a peeled garlic clove in half, and tuck a half into each cheek like they were cough drops or mints. Give them an occasional light nibble to help release the bug-killing allicin.
A simple sage gargle is a great way to relieve the swelling and irritation of a sore throat. Sage’s astringent properties naturally reduce inflammation, while the phenolic acid content in the spice fights bacteria and the discomfort they cause. Add two teaspoons of sage (both dry and fresh sage leaves will work) to one cup of boiling water, remove from the heat and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and gargle.
These five kitchen cures are all terrific at tackling sore throat pain on their own, but adding any one of the following four ingredients to your sore throat remedy can make it more powerful, more palatable or both! Start with around a teaspoon of any one of the following ingredients and adjust to fit your needs.
6. Baking soda:
Baking soda targets the bacteria that are often behind sore throat pain. Add some to any sore-throat gargle you’re using.
Honey coats and soothes your sore throat for instant pain relief, while it kills the bacteria that are causing the pain and irritation in the first place. Great added to soothing teas.
Lemon juice tackles throat issues in three different ways. The juice naturally breaks up the mucus that often accompanies a sore throat, it relieves pain and it kills the bacteria behind the inflammation. Try lemon juice in gargles or teas.
Salt naturally reduces swelling and relieves sore throat pain. Dissolve a teaspoon in hot water and use as a gargle, or add to any other sore-throat gargle you’re using.
Stop suffering with sore throat pain. Try one of these 9 effective, cheap and convenient kitchen cures for fast soothing relief instead.