Few people actually seek out their doctor for aid to heal a sore throat but many of us often experience this signal that our immune systems is being strained. Sore throats are most common during early schooling years and are predominantly a concern during the fall and winter months.  There are a variety of causes of a sore throat, many of which you can prevent. Sore throats unrelated to infection generally arise from inflammation from:

Medication use
Indoor and outdoor air pollution
Temperature and humidity conditions
Exposure to Mold

Infectious sore throats however are more common. In fact, the rhinovirus and adenovirus account for up to 40% of sore throat cases alone. Although bacteria, fungi and parasites may attribute to a sore throat infection, they are less likely or at least documented less frequently to be the originating cause. Here are some of the symptoms associated with infectious sore throats.


Here are the top home remedies for sore throat:

Salt and water

Try grandma’s sore throat remedy by mixing 1⁄4 teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water. (Use the hottest water you can comfortably tolerate. Cold gargles are ineffective.) If you have it, add 1 tablespoon of Listerine for germ-killing power. The briny solution helps rinse away and neutralize acids in the throat, relieving the burning sensation and promoting fast healing of irritated mucous membranes.

Soothing drinks for sore throats

Honey has long been used as a sore-throat remedy. It has antibacterial properties and also acts as a hypertonic osmotic, which means that it draws water out of inflamed tissue. This reduces swelling and discomfort. Add 2–3 teaspoons to a cup of hot water or herbal tea.

Hot lemon with honey can also relieve pain. Combine the juice of half a lemon with hot water and add 2 teaspoons of honey. You can add a tablespoon of brandy or whisky, too.

Blackcurrant makes another soothing hot drink. The easiest way to make a blackcurrant drink is to dilute a concentrate such as Ribena with hot water and sip slowly.

Make an ACV drink

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is probably right up there with garlic (its unfortunate the things that make us better can’t taste delicious) but some people swear by it. Its high levels of acidity can kill bacteria quite efficiently, and when mixed with honey it can soothe the soreness in your throat as well.

You will need:
-1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
-1 tablespoon of honey
-1 cup of very warm water
Mix the ACV and honey into very warm water. Drink it while it’s still warm!


Turmeric is both a powerful antioxidant and a powerful anti-inflammatory. Gargling with this natural ingredient can help to combat an inflamed, sore throat.


Garlic contains allicin, a compound that can kill the bacteria that cause a sore throat and fight the germs causing pain and irritation. While anything involving raw garlic might not sound particularly appealing, it’s a great natural remedy that can help to soothe a sore throat.

Slice one piece of garlic in half, place one half of the garlic in each cheek, and suck on it like a cough drop. Occasionally crush your teeth against it to release the allicin- there’s no need to actually bite it though.

If you’re feeling fine one moment, and then suddenly your throat is extremely painful, you’ve got a fever, and all your energy has vanished in a haze of illness, you could well have bacterial tonsillitis, sometimes called strep throat.

Strep is short for Streptococcus pyogenes, a common strain of bacteria that can live in your throat and nose for months without causing any harm. Often people who are carriers of strep have no symptoms, but they can pass an infection on to others.

Once in a while, though, these bugs can turn on you. Maybe you’ve been under too much stress, or your immune system has been overtaxed from fighting a virus such as a common cold or the flu. Or perhaps you’ve picked up a bug from an infected person. Whatever the reason, the normally dormant strep organisms can suddenly start releasing toxins and inflammatory substances to bring on a sore throat and other symptoms.

Although bacterial tonsillitis feels awful, it often goes away within a few days without specific treatment.

Some of the best at home remedies for strep throat are:

Salt water gargle

Help your body create an inhospitable environment in your throat by gargling with salt water. The salt helps to break up mucus and reduce the swelling of delicate tissues by reducing water retention. Add one teaspoon of sea salt to an 8 oz glass of warm water and gargle for one to two minutes and then spit out.


If you aren’t afraid of having garlic breath for a few days, go ahead and give your body and throat the extra infection fighting power it needs by mixing some raw garlic in honey to make a paste, then slowly swallowing one teaspoon every three or four hours.


Honey mixed in tea or taken on its own is a common household remedy for a sore throat. One study found that honey was even more effective at taming nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants. Other research shows that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may help speed healing for sore throats.


Diluted peppermint oil sprays may also relieve sore throats. Peppermint contains menthol, which helps thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs. Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, which may encourage healing.

Never use essential oils without mixing them with carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, or softened coconut oil. For peppermint oil, mix five drops of the essential oil with one ounce of the carrier oil of your choice. Never ingest essential oils.

Cayenne Pepper

One of the most surprising cures for strep throat home remedies has cayenne pepper as a base ingredient. Cayenne has effective soothing properties, owing to its capsaicin content. If you use cayenne and other hot peppers, you’ll see that the pain caused by strep throat will quickly subside. As cayenne peppers provide quite a kick, we recommend using a bit of honey so you can wash it down.


Boil one cup of water.

As it’s boiling, add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

After that, add one teaspoon of honey.

Wait until it cools a bit (but is still warm) and stir well before drinking.