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Sore Throat Cures

Last Modified on Jul 02, 2014


 

Vicks Vapor Rub

Approval Ratings
YEA (6)
100%

[YEA]  07/14/2007: Esvl from Strand, South Africa: "I tried the sore throat cure of vicks vapour rub and a scarve around my neck and it helped."

[YEA]  02/13/2006: Julia from OR: "PREVENTING a cold/flu: My mom learned this from a nurse years back. If you take a pea-sized amount of Vick's Vaporub with a glass of water right before you go to bed when you feel your throat starting to get sore, etc., and you'll wake up feeling great. If it starts to come back the next evening, take another. But be careful only to take a small amount. Also, I keep mine jar in the freezer so it's easier to swallow. Whenever I do this, I NEVER get sick."

[YEA]  02/04/2006: Mark from Toronto, ON: "I tried Vics Vaporub last night and it helps. I think I will try it again for several days on my neck, chest and back before going to sleep."

[YEA]  01/11/2006: Lindsey from Rising City: "I tried Vics vapor rub after my mom and her friend told me about it. You put some on your neck, wrap your neck in a towel and safty pin the towel shut. I usually do this before I go to bed and the next morning, my sore throat is gone along with my stuff nose! WORKS GREAT!"

Vinegar

Approval Ratings
YEA (11)
85%
NAY (1)
8%
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
8%

[YEA]  10/05/2013: Dubdroid from West Midlands, Uk: "Managed to cure my sore throat in a very short time by buying a medium sized jar of pickled onions in sweet vinegar, chewing slowly and drinking small amounts of the vinegar with each swallow. May slightly aggravate stomach ulcer sufferers but also helps ease those with symptoms of gaseous Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This remedy is not as damaging to the throat lining as gargling salt in my opinion - and decidedly a more pleasant experience. Also took an occasional combination of a dissolved aspirin and 2 Ibuprofen - no more than 4 times in 24hrs. Seems to ease pain and improve blood circulation for antibody attack on infection. Seriously cured my sore throat within 2 days. The occasional teaspoon of honey swallowed slowly at the back of the throat also helps. Recommended."

[YEA]  11/01/2009: Kiwi6262 from Cullman, Al: "My 5 year old had such a bad sore throat that he was nearly in tears for several hours, so I was desperate. After reading the suggestions and things that have worked for other people, I decided to try out the apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon in warm water. Only problem was, I only had artificial lemon juice, white vinegar, and yellow syrup, but like I said, I was desperate! So! I warmed some water, put in a TBS of artificial lemon juice, a TBS of white vinegar, and 2 TBS of yellow syrup and tasted it to make sure it wasn't horrible (my son is 5 after all, and reasoning with him to drink something awful just because it will make him feel better isn't really an option!) and it tasted fine. I gave it to him and before he had half the cup drank he gave it back to me and said "Good job Mommy! It worked! I'm all better now!" I'd say that's the best testamonial you could get!"

Replies
[YEA]  04/05/2011: Tom from Opole, Poland replies: "Get a small plastic spray bottle, mix half vinegar and half water, and spray it at the back of your throat whenever it feels sore. I used to get sore throats all the time, but I haven't had one since using this method."
[NAY]  05/20/2011: Gina from Denver, Co replies: "I have a sinus and ear infection and my throat has been killing me for 3 days. Went to the Dr. and got an antibiotic but my throat is still raw so I'm ready to try something "natural". I just tried 8 oz (240 ml) of warm water with a TBSP cidar vinegar, TBSP lemon juice and 2 TBSP honey. OMG I thought I was going to puke (maybe use less vinegar) I drank it all as quickly as I could and my throat is still killing me. Not a fan. Gimme drugs over this "remedy" any day."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  05/29/2011: Sara from Edmonton, Alberta Canada replies: "Vinegar Syrup Lemon, it may taste wierd but it instantly worked its magic. I felt a burning sensation, 10 seconds later my throat felt ALOT better. The sore throat isnt completely gone but the pain of swallowing has eased 100x better."
[YEA]  07/31/2011: Jasmeena from Winnipeg, Manitoba/canada replies: "I have had the worst sore throat for the past 2 days, I couldn't even swallow because of the pain. I tried this because I was desperate. Medicine wasn't working at all. This help A WHOLE LOT. It doesn't have a bad taste and works instantly. The pain has gone down by a million."
[YEA]  08/07/2011: Naomi from Ottawa, Ontario replies: "I tried it and it worked great. I had been previously using just lemon and honey, but the vinegar made a noticable difference."
[YEA]  01/16/2013: Ninijo from Ytown, Sc replies: "So I've been been sick since Christmas... only to end up with bronchitis. And along with that comes the nasty sore throat. I decided to try the vinegar "drink"... I've gotta say it really eased the painful swallowing. Followed by a chloraseptic drop... I might get a decent nights sleep. Thank you so much!"

[YEA]  12/21/2008: Tory from Jackson, California: "I'm suffering from the worst sore throat I've EVER had, and I'm 51. I read all the cures and the most posted about Apple cider & vinegar, so I didn't have any vinegar here, but I did have these pickled garlic pieces, I chewed one and drank some juice from it, its the first I've had relief in 4 days!!!"

Replies
09/12/2012: Abby from Birmingham, England replies: "i tried the vinegar it didn't completely cure it but when I wake up usually my throat is so painful I can't talk. I tried the vinegar and oh my god it relieved the pain so much. I used just normal vinegar it worked better then my cyder vinegar."

[YEA]  07/13/2008: Kaila from Springdale, Arkansas: "Welll i try salt and vinigar with hot water to gargle. It might taste odd but it helps alot. Use five teaspoons of salt and a half cup a vinigar. but it does not matter how much water you use! Hope it helps."

[YEA]  11/09/2007: Ryan Preston from Leicester, England, UK: "I can't really give much of a different song here, but what I done to cure my unbearable sore throat and runny nose (I'm still doing it) is by mixing up a concoction of malt vinegar (ACV is hard to get here), honey, lemon juice and water. That, within the last 10 mins of commencing this note has soothed my throat a lot. Now, to cure the runny noise, I made myself hot tea (NO MILK) and added honey and lemon juice, I mixed, then drank whilst it was hot. The runny nose problem is virtually abundant. And the sore throat should be, too. So... hot water, lemon juice, vinegar and honey do the trick!"

[YEA]  08/02/2007: Patricia from Port Dover, canada: "I JUST SHOT A MOUTHFUL OF MALT VINEGAR INTO MY MOUTH FROM THE BOTTLE AND VOILA THE PAIN IS NEARLY GONE.. I READ SOMEWHERE YEARS AGO THAT IT GOES AFTER THE BACTERIA IN THE INFECTION..NOT SURE IF THATS TRUE BUT IT WORKED LIKE A CHARM!! give it a try..and vinegar really!! the first ten seconds are pretty intense but it is worth it."

[YEA]  04/03/2007: George from Seattle, WA: "white vinegar, water, crushed vitamin c, and salt instantly relieved the pain of my sore throat."

Vinegar, Salt, Pepper

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  11/30/2007: Elizabeth from Orangeville, Canada: "I mix salt, black pepper and vinegar together. The salt helps to dry up phlegm, the black pepper appears to cling to lose phlegm and pulls it out and the vinegar appears to kill the germs. Mix together in a strength you can handle (you can mix in warm water if vinegar is too strong) and gargle about a half a cup for the first time then again before bed or if throat bothers you during the day. It's a very old remedy my mom used on me as a child."

Vitamin C

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  05/26/2012: Lim from Singapore: "The simple cure that worked for me is as follows:- Just break up a Vitamin C tablet into smaller pieces and put one small piece on the tongue. Slowly suck it like a sweet. You will feel relief. Repeat that periodically when necessary. After a few times, your throat would not be painful anymore."

Water

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  04/20/2006: Anonymous : "Water! It helps keep your throat moist. Keep water at your bedside for when you wake up and whenever your throat is feeling dry, drink water."

Whiskey

Approval Ratings
YEA (4)
100%

[YEA]  12/04/2008: Kate from Toronto, Ontario: "The best remedy I know for sore throat is Drambuie. It's a Scottish liquer made with malt whiskey and spiced honey, and is 40%. Other similarly strong alcohols might help, but I have never tried them. Weak alcoholic drinks do NOT work.

Just one small sip always provides immediate relief for myself and all my family. If the liquid doesn't seem to touch the particular spot in your throat, I like to gargle just a little bit. I know it sounds gross, and please remember this is a liquer, so you only want a sip and not a whole mouthful.

If the sore throat comes back, two or three more sips throughout the day might be necessary. I have never had to use it more often than this.

Of course I don't think I need to mention that this isn't for kids as the taste is very strong and could upset sensitive stomachs.

Also, just a warning, that a 375ml bottle here in Canada will cost you about $25. This bottle will however last you a VERY long time. If you don't want to fork out that much, there are always small sample size bottles available too.

Honestly though, this has worked in my family for the past 20 years at least."


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