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Ginger Recipe for a Sore Throat

Home Remedy Ingredients:

  • Fresh Ginger - 1.5 Tablespoons
  • Fresh Lemon Juice - 1 Tablespoon
  • Honey - 1 Teaspoon
  • Mug of Boiling Water

Try out this excellent ginger tea for sore throats! Grate 1.5 tablespoons of fresh ginger into a cup, add a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice, and one teaspoon of honey then fill the mug with boiling water. Stir and allow to steep, then drink. Delicious and effective!

[YEA]  11/21/2005: Christy from Twin Cities, MN: "I like to use a homemade ginger tea. Slice up some fresh ginger root and boil it in a few cups of water, along with some fresh garlic, lemon, cayenne pepper and honey. Let the mixture cool a bit, then strain and enjoy. Another variation is to use oranges and cranberries, as opposed to the lemon."

[YEA]  Layla from London: "Okay, this is a remedy for your sore throat!! If you have a box of like honey and ginger tea, (Or any ginger tea) Put in the tea bag and 3 teaspoons of sugar and then wait about like... 10 minutes. Stir, and enjoy!! But at the time DO NOT eat anything."

Grapefruit Seed Extract

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YEA (1)

[YEA]  10/16/2008: Tracy from Dearborn, MI: "Cayenne Pepper is great for circulation, but when something is 'hot' like a sore throat, don't you want to cool it? I use Grapefruit Seed Extract now - known for killing the strep virus (and I had strep 6 times in one year and hated taking antibiotics) ... so I was on a quest. Anyways, GSE turns out to be a Godsend, kills internal bugs without biotics... great thing! Brush teeth to kill sore throats - or gargle, if more severe. Great thing is, it numbs it. Raw throat, however, can't seem to snuff. What do you to when your 7 year old has a terrible raw throat and can't swallow? Darn!"

Hand Therapy

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YEA (6)
NAY (1)

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  07/27/2009: Terry from San Francisco, CA: "I tried the Hand therapy and had done for about five minutes. The pain hasn't fully gone away, but the pain has swelled down significantly."

01/26/2012: Alexander from Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands replies: "Hand therapy is a form of tissue massage in the areas where the muscles in the neck may become hard due to the soarnness in the throat. If you find the sensitive areas in the neck and massage it softly, pressing gently on the tender muscles, it can help to ease the pain. This also helps reduce tooth ache and many problems - doubtful to be the cure, but sometimes it can be enough to ease the pain in the throat as well in order for the healing process to continue. Just take your time and massage slowly with your hand and fingers to find those little knots or stiffness in the neck. Try it a few times and wait a day in between self treatments."

[NAY]  03/31/2008: KK : "I tried the hand remedy for my sore throat, and it didn't really work. I had my hand on my throat, for about 5 minutes, not talking or anything, then I took my hand off. My throat felt better for about 30 seconds, then the pain came back. I have a cough drop right now and it's doing more than the hand thing."

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  09/14/2007: Heatre from R'dale , us: "i tried the hand n throat thing! it made less pain but didn't make my sore throat go away! it works better if while you are doing this not to open your mouth!"

[YEA]  02/26/2006: Rhonda from Independence, KY: "I was looking up ways to get rid of a sore throat, when I came upon this. I tried it, and within 5 mins, my throat felt 10x better! It's natural, quick, easy, and it works!"

[YEA]  02/21/2006: Elizabeth from Sydney, Australia: "i have just tried this and couldn't believe the improvement! it doesn't necessarily cure the sore throat but it certainly makes it a lot easier to swallow and because it is so simple, it can be done anywhere!"

[YEA]  02/10/2006: MC from Canada: "Hand therapy worked for me. Although it doesn't make the sore throat go away completely, my throat is much better. Before I tried this method, swallowing saliva was painful, but after the pain is much more bearable. This is also a convenient way because I found this site at school, and didn't have the leisure to get warm tea."

[YEA]  11/26/2005: Amy from Kansas: "I tried the hand therapy, and it worked pretty well right away. I'm not sure about long term results, though."

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  01/22/2012: Syed Waqar from Wroclaw, Wroclaw Poland replies: "Yea, Hand therapy really worked. Now Pain reduced from 100% to 55%."

[YEA]  Bob from Mesa, AZ: "When I have a sore throat, I place the palm of my hand across my throat with fingers on one side and thumb on the other. The heat generated from the contact of my hand ends my soreness after about 15 or 20 minutes. It works most of the time for me."

[YEA]  09/24/2011: Dolly from Dallas, Tx replies: "I had a really bad sore throat, so bad it hurt to swallow, talk, eat, even drink a glass of water or tea. I found this website and tried the hand therapy, I'm not sure why but I tried it and withing 3 minutes the my throat healed. No lie and I was sick for 3 days before I tried it. The pain was gone and my throat felt smoother I could swallow without wincing."

Haritaki Powder

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YEA (1)

[YEA]  01/22/2008: Shreeram Balijepalli from Schenectady, NY, USA: "Dear All, I had sore throat and so did my baby girl. Both of us tried many remedies and since my girl is just 6 months old we did not know what to do. I tried after reading from the site cayenne- gargling, saltwater gargling, Tabasco sauce, etc. Finally, one thing worked for both of us!! I used Haritaki powder(available in almost all Indian stores). It is a very cheap powder($2.39 or so). It is very bitter powder. Biological name is called Terminalia chebulam (Black Myrobalan in English). Black Myrobalan powder is also available in some health stores but Indian stores offers best price.

I mixed it with honey and rubbed it on to my tounge(end portion near my throat). After some time, phelgm came out. In the case of my baby, I did the same but with small quantity.She barfed within 2 mintues and the full phelgm which she had for 2 months came out as if "manna from heaven". So, you may try it out if nothing works"

Homemade Remedy

05/03/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "Here is a remedy I found in one of my books, Practical Aromatherapy. It works quite well if you have a sore throat, a cough or a virus infection:

Three drops of essential oil (maybe clove, tea trea, lavender or any other antiseptic)

1 tsp of alchool (maybe vodka if you have it or another one, I have only tried with vodka because I try to use alchool I have to use in the kitchen which is then left over)

1/2 a cup of water

Stir before each mouthful. I sometimes use it as a mouthwash."


Approval Ratings
YEA (2)

[YEA]  10/03/2007: Meg from Lome, Togo: "Hi. I was reading all the responses to your Cayenne cure for sore throats and I wanted to share a cure I learned also works well: you can chew a spoonful of honeycomb. Not just plain honey, but honey still packaged the way bees make it, with the beeswax. I read of this cure in an old book of folk remedies from Vermont (when I lived in Wisconsin). I didn't believe it but a while after reading it I began to catch a cold, with my throat all scratchy and aching so it hurt to swallow. I tried this remedy, and what do you know -- after a minute or so of chewing my throat was clear and pain-free. That nice effect lasted about half an hour, then the symptoms began to return -- so I tried a second time and that cleared it up for good. I was amazed how well it worked. I'm also happy to know a second remedy to try too, since it is not so easy to get honeycomb over here in Togo. Honey is also a great for healing burns and infections -- if you search online you'll find plenty of information."

[YEA]  08/30/2007: Karla from Cleveland, OH: "I know I can remember reading about taking honey for a sore throat but can't remember where I read it. When I'm in a situation where I can't gargle, I take a teaspoon of honey for instant relief for a sore throat. The effects generally last for several hours."



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