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Last Modified on May 11, 2015

Salt Water Gargle   26  11   

Posted by Leo (Macon, GA)

[YEA]  I used the the warm water and salt, and it worked well for me, because I could barely go to sleep, and after gargling some salt water, I was able to sleep, and was much more better the next morning.

Posted by Jess (MI)

[YEA]  I tried the salt water trick, and in about 30 minutes my sore throat was history. But that morning it wasn't so bad then it got bad REALLY bad. So I tried to look for a cure and I saw the salt water trick so, I tried it and it worked so you should try it! You can also add a couple drops of lemon juice if you would like. This may not cure it, but it makes it go away.

Replied by Craig
St. Louis, Missouri
[YEA]   learned this method from grandma and have used it in the states as well as overseas as a medic and all my troops/patients said it worked great, lol usein it right now. i dump as much salt as u can take and use warm water if available.

Posted by Brad (Bolton)

[NAY]  I have used salt water and gargled for my sore throat, it only reduces the soreness, and it dries your throat.

Posted by Teia (Hawyard, CA)

[NAY]  I tried the salt-- it didn't work, it seemed to make it even worse.

Posted by Dylan (Kenosha, WI)

[NAY]  It stings and dries up my throat.

Replied by Elaine
Key Largo, Fl/united States
[NAY]   I am sorry to say this but.... It doesn't work..... It dries up your throat, it hurts still, and it makes your mouth super super dry..... :(
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
I don't agree with you. I have used salt water for a sore throat all my life and it really helps because it disinfects and I think that the fact that you gargle is also good, some kind of massage. I also use it when I have mouth sores. Cheap, great and without side effects!
Replied by Sydney
Surprise, Arizona
Well... Ive heard salt water gargling works, so I tried it. I put it in my mouth, and once it got to the end of my tongue, my throat spit it back up, and I felt I was gonna throw up for 5 minutes afterwards. I didnt just spit it out because I hated the taste; my body somehow spit it back up. Try the tongue streching thing instead.

Slippery Elm   1  0   

Posted by Kali (Anchorage, AK)

[YEA]  Slippery elm bark tea is great! It soothes a sore throat almost immediately.

Replied by Angela
Tonasket, WA.
Slippery elm is noted as soothing a sore throat by making it slippery as it's name suggests. Lozenges got at a natural food store are easy, though not cheap. The ideal would be the powder in bulk, added to your favorite hot or cold beverage. It tastes good, but I would suspect it would not heal anything, just help stuff slid down in the healing process. I would reccomend taking apple cider vinegar or cayenne pepper to actually heal the irritation.

Soup   3  0   

Posted by Extra Guy! (Honolulu, Hawaii, honolulu ) on 03/08/2012

[YEA]  For a nice way to relieve pain of a sore throught, just have a nice bowl of warm lentil soup! Have some potatoes, lentils(duh), a tiny bit of onions, and voila! You have a tasty soup that helps you! I know this doesn't involve cayenne but it's very helpful too( I've tried cayenne it works! )

Posted by Joe (Congleton, england) on 07/13/2007

[YEA]  I got back from college with a sore throat and found your site and so i used some of the recipes like the Miso soup and garlic one (eugh) and just blitzing it with these cures proved amazing results! Thanks!!

Posted by Kayla (Spokane, Washington) on 04/01/2007

[YEA]  What works the best for most of my family is just good old Miso soup. the soybean white is the best! My sore throat was going away as i was eating it! try it! You can normally get it in a package at the grocery store and any asian market..

Spearmint Oil   1  0   

Posted by John (Omaha, Nebraska) on 04/08/2007

[YEA]  this is all 100% natural and can cure the sore throat asap. first get some water, next mix water with 2 teaspoons of spearmint oil, and then gargle.

Stop Talking   1  0   

Posted by Ann-Taylor (Private, Caliornia) on 01/12/2009

[YEA]  I've had a sore throat for at least 2 or 3 days. At that time every time I stood up I would get very dizzy and everything would turn black for 2 or 3 seconds. It it hurt when I swallowed, the pain came from the right side of my throat. I've looked up the information I was going to maybe buy some Cayenne Pepper but later on, I stopped talking for at least 6 hours STRAIGHT. It helped a lot, although this information may not help for some other people with worse sore throat. Although, I did eat and drink. All I didn't do was not to talk just kept my mind busy on something else.

Tabasco Sauce   23  0   

Posted by Kamal (Malaysia) on 10/24/2014

[YEA]  I have a bad flu and sore throat, I can't find cayenne powder, so I took tabasco and raw garlic. Within minutes, my throat irritation was gone and my nose was clear.

Posted by Rob (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 11/10/2012

[YEA]  Wow! Was sceptical at first, but tried a teaspoon of Tabasco and honey mixture. Felt some relief, then gargled a cup of warm water mixed with a good 15-20 shakes of Tabasco. Slight burning sensation in the mouth, it disapates after awhile. Finally some relief after 6 days!

Posted by Angie (Yulee, Florida) on 04/11/2012

[YEA]  OMG! I couldn't sleep last night. My throat was so sore! I tried mixing 1 cup of beef bouillon and 5 shakes of hot sauce.... First couple of swallows and I can now swallow with very little pain!!! This stuff is great! Thank you everyone! I will continue because it tastes great too!!!!!

Posted by Jessaka (Tahlequah, Ok, U.s.a.) on 01/10/2011

[YEA]  I have been using Tabasco Sauce since 1988. My chiropractor told me about it. The first time I had a sore throat I did what he said, 20 drops on my tongue and swallow. I did this a few times a day. You do get used to it, and it isn't hot after a while. Well, this being my first sore throat I noticed that I was still sick and so went to the Dr. The Dr. said, "This must be the worse sore throat you have ever had. " I said, "No, I didn't know I still had one. I just came in because I am sick. " He then said, "You have strep throat," and put me on antibiotics. Since then I learned to go to the Dr. If I am not getting well. I also carry Tabasco Sauce in my purse, probably the only one that does. If I start coughing in public due to a tickle or allergy or whatever, I use it, and then I am okay.

Replied by Itsmimolove
Columbia, Sc, United States
[YEA]   I eat Tabasco hot sauce on basically everything on a daily basis, so when I got sick with a terrible sore throat and aching body, I made myself some chicken noodle soup and basically poured Tabasco into it and my throat feels so much better. For those of you who can't gargle to save your life, I highly suggest just making some soup and dousing it with Tabasco, you'll feel A LOT better :)
Replied by Pablo
Westminster, California
yes, the hot sauce will work, as will the chicken soup. Together, it's great. The only problem is some of the hot sauces have a large amount of sodium and with the chicken noodle soup already having a ton of salt in it you get an overdose of salt and it's just really nasty. find a mostly pepper-based sauce with as little salt in it as possible.
Replied by Jenna
Visalia, Ca
I tried putting ten drops of Tabasco into a tall glass of water. This way I was getting the dose of Tabasco, but it wasn't overwhelming. However, I have a LOW tolerance for anything hot. I mean, I can't have a few hot cheetos unless they're accompanied by a bottle of water. I took a sip, and had to dump the whole glass out. I think this is a good idea if it works and you can tolerate it. It's just not for me. ;)

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