Be it from allergies, a cold, or the changing of seasons, a sore throat can be frustrating and painful. Try these home remedies to find some relief and get your throat feeling back to normal.
The Root to Recovery
Osha, a plant used medicinally by North America’s mountain dwellers for ages, is a little known health miracle. It has enough health benefits to warrant a front row seat in your medicine cabinet. Osha is commonly sold in raw, capsule or liquid extract form but you can also buy cough syrup made with osha root. Get your hands on a piece of this plant if you can find it at your local natural food store and it will become your new favorite natural remedy. Gnawing or sucking on the root will do wonders to coat and soothe the soreness in your throat. Keep in mind, however, that kids under six and breastfeeding or pregnant women should refrain from taking osha root.
Gargle with Aspirin
Aspirin does more than just relieve headaches! If you have a sore throat, dissolve two non-coated tablets in a glass of water and gargle. Just be sure to note that this only works with aspirin—don’t try it with other pain relievers like ibuprofen.
Honey and Cinnamon
Everyone hates a sore throat, so here’s the best remedy we know: Fill a shot glass with honey, then warm it in the microwave for about 10 seconds on high. Stir in a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, then drink. Repeat this delicious method for a few days and it will help your poor, aching throat.
Vinegar and Honey
To cure a sore throat in a day or two, mix equal parts vinegar and honey and take one tablespoonful every two hours.
Lemon and Honey
Relieve your sore throat with a time-tested home remedy. Slice off two-thirds of a lemon and place it on a shish kebab skewer or barbecue fork. Set your gas stove to high and roast the lemon over the open flame until the peel acquires a golden brown color. (This works on electric stoves, too, although not quite as well.) Let the lemon cool off for a moment, then squeeze the juice into a small cup. Add one teaspoon of honey, mix well, and swallow.
Lemon and Water
Sore throat? Here’s a great lemon remedy: Gargle with one part lemon juice and one part warm water. Lemon helps fight bacteria and soothes your throat.
Do Some Jell-O Shots!
Sore throat slowing you down? Here’s a tasty way to soothe it that you and the kids will love! Prepare the Jell-O according to the directions, but instead of sticking it in the refrigerator to set, put some in a mug, and heat it in the microwave with a squirt of honey. When you drink the warm mixture, the gelatin will coat and soothe your throat, and the honey will help kill germs. Watch out with this one though, or the kids will start playing sick just to get some liquid Jell-O!