Last Modified on Jul 06, 2015
A sore throat is one of the most common and most frustrating health conditions. While most forms of a sore throat don’t pose a serious health threat, the issue is often relatively uncomfortable and even more difficult to treat. We aim to help you cure even the most stubborn health issues, however, so we’ve created a volume of effective natural sore throat remedies. We’d also like to share specifics about the three most effective treatment options including cayenne, apple cider vinegar, and pickle juice brine.
What Causes a Sore Throat?
Sore throats result from a number of different conditions. Allergies, dry air, pollution, the common cold, flu, mono, and a variety of other environmental factors and illnesses lead to soreness in your throat. The actual ache or pain associated with the condition comes from the irritation of the throat tissue that is caused by these issues.
Why Not Antibiotics?
While antibiotics may have once been an effective treatment option, two factors make present antibiotics ineffective at best and extremely harmful at worst. First off, the majority of sore throat causes are viral infections, so they simply don’t respond to antibiotic treatment. Second, antibiotics are so historically overused that many of the bacterial infections seen today are actually resistant to antibiotics, so they do nothing to treat the infections.
What Natural Cures Should I Use to Treat My Sore Throat?
Natural remedies are a much better option. Treatments like cayenne, apple cider vinegar, and pickle juice function to relieve the pain of a sore throat and to naturally heal the issue. As such, you can receive dual relief with a single treatment, and you won’t harm your body using them.
1. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne is a powerful spice that contains a potent amount of capsaicin. This compound is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. So, when you take cayenne as a sore throat treatment, it reduces the swelling in your throat tissues and treats the underlying infection.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a treatment that helps heal and relieve. ACV is a naturally acidic agent that helps balance the pH in the body, reducing inflammation and eliminating infection. It also delivers a variety of other vitamins and minerals to your body, so it’s a great daily supplement as well.
3. Pickle Juice Brine
Pickle juice contains a unique combination of salt and vinegar. As such, it helps to fight infection and relieve inflammation as well.
Treating a sore throat can be difficult depending on the cause. If one of these options doesn’t work for you, try one of the many other reader contributed suggestions we have been sent to us starting in 1999!
[YEA] sore throats and acid reflux!
Here's a tip I'd love to share. Last year I dealt with a sore throat for over 3 months! Finally went to an ENT who put the camera up my nose and down my throat and saw that there was no infection. As it turns out he diagnosed it as acid reflux! So he put me on a reflux regimen and started me on AcipHex which I tried for a week to no avail. Then I tried Nexium out of pocket since it was not covered in my insurance formulary, and in about a day and a half, it was gone! Hope this helps someone!
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