A sore throat can be described as a pain, discomfort, or irritation of the throat. This is usually an indication that a cold, flu, or perhaps something even more serious (such as strep throat) has been introduced into the body.

The good news is that for a sore throat, there are plenty of natural home remedies available to relieve the symptoms, speed up the recovery process and even stop the infection from progressing further.


  • Pain or discomfort in/around the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry throat
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Swollen or red tonsils

A sore throat is an indication of either a viral or bacterial infection. While the symptoms may appear similar, if it is indeed a bacterial infection, it is recommended that you are prescribed antibiotics from your doctor. Here is a list of possible causes:

Viral infections

  • Cold or flu (Influenza)
  • Measles (Rubeola): An infectious disease characterized by fever and rashes
  • Mononucleosis (Mono or “kissing disease”): An infectious disease that is transmitted through saliva
  • Chickenpox (Varicella): A viral infection that causes itchy and inflamed blisters
  • Croup (Laryngotracheobronchitis): A respiratory infection of the upper airway that causes a “barking” cough

Bacterial infections

  • Strep Throat: An inflammation of the pharynx and larynx, which causes fever, and sore throat
  • Diphtheria: An infection that causes high fever, chills, and sore throat
  • Tonsillitis: An inflammation of the tonsils located at the back of the throat
  • Whooping cough (Pertussis): A respiratory tract infection that causes a hacking cough that sounds like “whoop”

Environmental Factors

  • Allergies related to mold or pollen
  • Dry Air
  • Smoking

Here is a list of natural home remedies that I have used (and still currently use) to relieve the symptoms of a sore throat. They will help speed up the recovery process, and even stop the infection from spreading any further without having to rely on over-the-counter medications.

Try them out and see what works best for you!

Sore Throat Remedies - Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a very important ingredient used in many different types of home remedies such as a cough or stuffy nose. It contains high levels of acidity which kills bacteria and also helps boost your immune system. Always ensure that the ACV is raw, organic, unfiltered, and labelled as being from the “Mother”.


  • 1/4 glass of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of ACV


  • Mix the ingredients together into the warm water
  • Gargle with the rinse for 30 seconds
  • Repeat as many times as desired several times a day (every hour if needed)


  • Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after each gargle of Apple Cider Vinegar in order to prevent the acid from affecting the enamel in your teeth
  • If you would like to make a drink instead, take the mixture and add another 8 oz of water to it to dilute the ACV

Sore Throat Remedies - Cayenne Pepper


Personally, the Cayenne Pepper remedy is always the first one I use to relieve my sore throat symptoms because of its many benefits. Cayenne Pepper has antibacterial properties and contains a high amount of capsaicin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps relieve pain. The amount of pepper used may vary depending on one’s spice tolerance.


  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 glass of warm water


  • Add the Cayenne Pepper into the glass of warm water and stir until well mixed
  • Gargle with the rinse for 30 seconds
  • Repeat as many times as desired several times a day (every hour if needed)


  • This remedy will cure your sore throat if you’re consistent with it (don’t give up after the first try!)
  • For a stronger remedy, you may reduce the amount of water used in the mixture
  • You can swallow some of the mixture to help boost your immune system (this is optional)
  • If your sore throat still persists after 7 days, you should go see a doctor

Sore Throat Remedies - Garlic


Garlic is a very useful ingredient for so many different things, including a sore throat. This remedy in particular is very effective because it contains a component called Allicin, which has powerful antibacterial properties. Choosing this remedy may have you end up smelling like garlic for a couple of days, but I would definitely take that option over being sick any day!


  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 glass of warm water (optional)


  • Slice the clove of garlic in half
  • Place one half in each check
  • Suck on the garlic for 15 minutes, and let the juices flow to the back of the throat


  • You can also crush or mince the garlic, and eat it with a slice of bread or crackers
  • Alternatively, you can treat each half like a pill and swallow them with water, but this method is slightly less effective for a sore throat

Sore Throat Remedies - Salt Water


Growing up, I learned about the Salt Water remedy at a very early age. My mother used to tell me that gargling with salt water would make my sore throat go away for awhile, and it would also heal cold sores from eating too much fried foods.


  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 8oz glass of warm water


  • Mix all the ingredients together
  • Gargle with this water for 30 seconds before spitting it out
  • You may do this several times a day, every hour if needed


  • Use Sea Salt if possible


  • Rest: Get plenty of rest to allow your body to heal
  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids such as water, juice and clear broths will help replenish your system
  • Cool Air Humidifier: Use a cool air humidifier when you’re sleeping; it helps with congestion
  • Avoid Caffeine: At least until you’re feeling better because it does cause water loss

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions, or if you would like to share your thoughts and feedback about any of these remedies.


Thanks for reading and feel better soon!


Subscribe to receive the latest Fresh Remedies

Fill out this form to receive our monthly newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our e-mails

Written by FreshRemedies