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Whiskey   4  0   

Posted by Fiona (Fife, Scotland) on 01/08/2007

[YEA]  I have a few sore throat remedies to share.

Firstly: Fresh fruit ice lollies (popsicles to Americans?) are excellent soothers, especially for children. Sucking on any ice is helpful to the pain, but the added vitamin C from fresh fruit helps the healing process. If you can't find fresh fruit lollies in the shops (Tesco's Finest do fresh orange ones for UK residents) then just squeeze an orange or lemon into your ice tray and suck on them. Combine them with your favourite pain killer, and the world seems a better place.

Secondly: Gargle with neat whisky. No, this isn't a joke - it's absolutely, one hundred percent my favourite sore throat remedy. (Then again - I am a Scot!). I recommend NOT swallowing every time, unless you're in a party mood, so don't use your best single malt. But gargling with potent alcohol, the stronger the better, not only numbs your throat so you feel no pain, but disinfects it, too. I had a sore throat recently that lasted one single, solitary day. I reckon the whisky killed it stone dead.

Posted by Jeff (Shorthills, NJ) on 01/04/2007

[YEA]  Sip some brandy or whiskey very slowly so that it coats the throat. Be careful it might cause some gagging. Do this very slowly with small amounts of whiskey. Perhaps the alcohol in whiskey kills the germs. But proceed with caution.

Whiskey, Honey, Lemon   1  0   

Posted by Kaylee (Philadelphia, Pa) on 09/06/2011

[YEA]  My grandmother told me she got this remedy from her mother and passed it down to me: whiskey, honey, and lemon. Use equal parts of each and mix together. It may not sound like the most appealing thing out there, but I promise it will relieve any sore throat!

Replied by Notadoctor
New York
How about old fashioned Tylenol and Cepacol? Works every time.
Replied by Brittany
Craigsville, West Virginia
Notadoctor- if you're pregnant or breastfeeding you can't use many over the counters.

White Pepper   2  0   

Posted by Mary Ann (Rural, South Africa) on 11/03/2008

[YEA]  Thank you for your miracle site. Being pensioners money is an affliction in itself. What joy to find this site. Well here is my small contribution.

Re-aligning a dropped little tongue. At the onset of a bout of sore throat or flu, the small tongue seems to drop back into the throat, affecting the ability to swollow. and is also very uncomfortable, almost worse than the flu its self. Take a small amount of pepper, preferbly white pepper, on the very tip of a round tipped knife and carefully dab onto the tip of the little tongue. This will pull the tongue back into position.

I tell anyone who will listen about this amazing site.

Posted by Quaker (Easton, MD) on 03/20/2007

[YEA]  A welsh lady told me to try white pepper in hot tea for a sore throat and it works for me. Gargling with warm salt water is also good, as are Fisherman's Friend lozenges which contain capsaicin (red pepper).

Wild Cherry Bark   2  0   

Posted by Clay (Port Huron, Michigan) on 01/25/2006

[YEA]  If you take a small branch of a wild cherry tree, shave the bark off it, and boil the bark into a tea all of the infected cells in your throat will die off and let your immune system do the rest. After a few days your sore throat will go away!

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
[YEA]   It's true. The native americans used wild cherry bark for illness. I take a tea, and a syrup. You can get the syrup and or tea, at a health food store. It's awesome for colds and flu.

Zinc   3  0   

Posted by Paul (Freeport, Maine) on 10/20/2011

[YEA]  I've been building my own house for several years and have been "burning the candle on both ends" for too long. I'm on the edge of exhaustion much of the time and have become susceptable to sore throats. I learned that if I keep a keen sense on how my throat is feeling, I can stop a developing sore throat by taking a 50mg zinc tablet, chew it a bit to break it up (or you crush it between two spoons), take a sip of water and gargle it well to coat the entire throat and swallow it. Kills the virus in the throat every time. The only time it doesn't work on the first dose is when I don't pay attention to the discomfort and wait a day or two. Then it takes two or three applications (over a day) for a day or two to kill the virus in the throat. The longer you wait to apply the zinc after first feeling the throat getting sore, the more doses it will take. This works folks! I RARELY ever have an oncoming sore throat develop into anything worse anymore. The zinc kills the virus it in its tracks. Absolute truth.

Posted by Marie (Vancouver, BC) on 01/30/2008

[YEA]  I have used zinc lozenges (the type you find in the vitamin section, not the type that looks like a candy) and it cured it about 100% of the times. It nips it in the bud. Whenever I feel that "sore throat" feeling coming on or if I wake up with an already sore throat I suck on one immediately and repeat it as often as the feeling comes back. The key is to abstain from eating/drinking for 40-60 mins after you sucked it. Many people whom I've given it to, came back and asked what this miracle cure was. If I think I have a flu or cold coming, I do the same thing with the same miracle effect. I carry a few tablets with me on a permanent basis. I also would drink zinc tablets in the morning and before bed if I suspect a bug is getting at me to help my immune system. I have used up to 6 tablets over a 24 hour period once, but normally don't need more than 2 - 3 tablets.

Posted by Lucy (Athens, GA) on 08/07/2007

[YEA]  No mention of it anywhere. For shame. I found that cure here and now its no where to be found ACV sounds aweful. But really zinc powder in the back of the throat has relieved the worst cases of sore throat I have ever had consistently.


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