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Cure Your Sore Throat Naturally With Ginger!

Last Modified on Aug 21, 2015


You are dealing with a stubborn sore throat again, and you've exhausted all of your normal go-to remedies. What can you do that will actually relieve your sore throat? Whether you've tried numerous other remedies or are looking for a first option, we would suggest ginger - one of the most effective natural sore throat remedies available.

Learn How Earth Clinic Readers Treat Sore Throats With Ginger

Posted by Leriejane

[YEA] Ginger works really well for sore throats and coughs. My family uses the following ways:

- Boil a 1 inch piece or a few slices, then add honey and lemon.

- Drink 'ginger juice' or 'instant salabat'. (Salabat is a not a brand name, but what the drink is called in the Philippines. ) This is a powdered, hot drink mix that you can find in Asian stores and it gives your throat a nice 'heat'. It has sugar in it, so if you don't want that you could probably mimic the powder by mixing ground ginger with black pepper in hot water.

Sulaiman posted another recipe for a ginger sore throat remedy:

I think the best alternative remedy is to use the GINGER instead of the red cayenne. It burns nothing but your throat. An old man who owns a herbal supplements store told me the secret recipe of the World's-Fastest-Sore-Throat-Remedy:

- 3 tablespoons of ginger paste *
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of honey

Boil up the water, then mix it with the ginger paste and keep mixing for 5 minutes. Add the honey, then drink the mixture whenever you feel that you can stand the heatness of the water. Do the same thing for 5 to 8 times a day and I guarantee you that the pain will go away 100% as you drink the second cup, and by the last cup the sore-throat will vanish.

* Ginger paste can be difficult to find in the US. It's not hard to make your own at home (great for cooking). As an alternative, finely grate some fresh ginger.

Ginger - Fabulous Natural Remedy and Indispensable Cooking Spice

An herb that is used like a spice, ginger or ginger root is made from the rhizome of the ginger plant. Once grown and harvested, ginger is chopped or powdered for use as a nutritional supplement and cooking spice. The herb has a warm spicy flavor, making it a perfect option for treating sore throats.

More Than Just a Spice - Use It to Treat Your Sore Throat

While many people are only familiar with ginger as a flavoring option, it is valued in many parts of the world as a healing remedy for many ailments. Ginger has unique medicinal properties that make it a perfect option for treating a wide range of conditions.

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, making it perfect for treating sore throats. In addition to relieving pain-causing inflammation in the throat. it also helps tp eliminate the germs that are causing your throat pain and irritation.

How Do I Use It?

Ginger, honey and lemon is one of the most popular remedies for treating a sore throat with ginger. Combine 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of honey in a mug of boiling water. Let the mixture to steep for 5 minutes and slowly sip the mixture. You can use this remedy multiple times a day for immediate relief.

This home remedy not only works well, it also tastes great. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think. Scroll down this page to read more posts about how others have used ginger to cure a sore throat!


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Posted by Leriejane (Seattle, Wa, Usa) on 07/17/2010

[YEA]  Ginger works really well for sore throats and coughs. My family uses the following ways:

-Boil a 1 inch piece or a few slices, then add honey and lemon.

-Drink 'ginger juice' or 'instant salabat'. (Salabat is a not a brand name, but what the drink is called in the Philippines. ) This is a powdered, hot drink mix that you can find in Asian stores and it gives your throat a nice 'heat'. It has sugar in it, so if you don't want that you could probably mimic the powder by mixing ground ginger with black pepper in hot water.

Posted by Praky (St. John, Barbados) on 12/13/2009

[YEA]  Personal Recipe:
1) 1-1/2 tablespoon (heaped) of freshly grated ginger (main ingredient)
2) 1 tablespoon (crude/pure) lime (or lemon) juice
3) 1 teaspoon honey
4) 2 cups boiling water

Method:
1) Put 2 cups of clean water to boil
2) Peel/scrape ginger skin off, then finely grate ginger pieces until you get one-and-a-half tablespoonfuls
3) Squeeze the lime or lemon until you get 1 tablespoonful and put aside
4) Then place the grated ginger in a heat-proof cup and pour boiling water over it. Add lime juice and honey. Combine by pouring this mixture from one cup into another, over and over, until mixture gets ginger-coloured (Steeping).
5) Sip on/drink this hot mixture as much as you could safely bear, WITH the grated ginger pulp.

Tip: Let grated ginger settle a bit in throat area while drinking

Notes:
1)Check to see if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed before atempting
2) Fresh ginger and lime are useful because the beneficial Enzymes are said to be more abundant than powder forms
3) Use this tea/mixture at least twice daily (morning/evening) for 3 days and you will notice the difference before the 3 days

..got this from a website who's owner went to India and was told of this tea there, after having horible sore throat.

Take care

Replied by Taylo
Bristol, Ct
01/07/2011
Ginger and Lemon...Worked amazing on my sore throat... Thank you so much for your personal recipe!!! Trying to get others to believe me, as I sip the tea right now... and it's gentle on my stomach.
Replied by Earth Mom
Spokane Valley, Wa
06/24/2011
I make mine a little stronger. I also like to add chamomille and rose hips.

Posted by Megan (Memphis, TN) on 06/23/2008

[YEA]  For a sore throat:
Cut 2 pieces of ginger root into fourths
Cut 1 lemon into 8ths
Boil together in water.
Add honey if you like.

I usually leave the ginger and lemon in my cup and drink around it. This lets the tea get stronger. I have seen this flavor of tea at the store also.

Posted by Zoey (Minneapolis, Minnesota) on 01/11/2008

[YEA]  Whenever I feel a sore throat coming or if many people around me are suffering from it, I chew on small pieces of raw ginger, allowing the liquid to drip down my throat and swallow it all up. I keep some ginger in my purse and chew on pieces of it all through the day. It's not very pleasant as it burns (especially if you already have a sore throat) but it works like a miracle! I've recommended this to some of my friends and it worked wonders for them too!

Another great remedy I got from my grandmother years ago is gargling salt water (a full teaspoon of salt per cup) I melt it with some boiling water, then add cold water as needed.

Posted by Sulaiman (Kuwait City, Kuwait) on 06/10/2007

[YEA]  I think the best alternative remedy is to use the GINGER instead of the red cayenne. It burns nothing but your throat. An old man owns a herbal supplements store told me the secret recipe of the World's-Fastest-Sore-Throat-Remedy:
3 tablespoons of ginger paste
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of honey

Boil up the water then mix it with the ginger paste and keep mixing for 5 minutes. Add the honey then drink the mixture whenever you feel that you can stand the heatness of the water. Do the same thing for 5 to 8 times a day and I guarantee you that the pain will go away 100% as you drink the second cup, and in the last cup the sore-throat will vanish.

Posted by Dan (S., Delaware) on 06/07/2007

[YEA]  Remedy for sore throat: Ok, so let me start of saying this one is extremely nasty in taste, but it worked for me so I figure why not tell it. Just take so regular tea, and mix in lemon juice, some ginger, a dash of salt, a 2 or 3 teaspoons of pickle brine, cayenne pepper. I prefer on the side to have a cup of milk and/or water, to help with the taste and cut down on the taste. This is basically a mix of a lot of little cures I have tried. I got fed up with them and just started trying my own things, good luck.

Posted by Trisha (Singapore) on 02/01/2007

[YEA]  a friend of mine had chronic sore throat and couldn't speak. she was due to give a lecture the following day.. i got a small piece of ginger( about the size of half a thumb) and sliced the ginger into fine pieces. put it in a pot & added a glass of water, boiled it down to 1/4 glass of water. once slightly cooled I added honey and squeezed in a teaspoon full of lemon juice. gave this concentrated liquid to my friend,. believe it or not, the next day the sore throat was completely gone.. she couldn't believe it too.. as she was resigned to canceling the talk

Posted by Ritu (Delhi, India) on 09/14/2006

[YEA]  This is a very old remedy used in our country for sore throat and gives instant relief. The hot liquid is very soothing and the ginger tulsi leaves somehow bring down the pain and inflammation in the throat

Posted by Christina (Queens, NY) on 03/01/2006

[YEA]  I take fresh ginger root, peel and grate about 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons, honey, fresh lemon juice and a shot of vodka or rum. Add these to a cup and pour boiling water over it. Let it steep, then drink. You really have to like ginger as it is super spicy hot. This helps my sore throat and nausea from all the mucus settling in my stomach. The added alcohol helps me go to sleep.

Posted by Laura (Massachusetts) on 02/06/2006

[YEA]  I have to voice my opinion about the ginger tea with lemon! I found it to be very soothing, but I also find that I need to drink a lot of it. I will have the tea for about 2-3 days, 2-3 times a day. It does make me feel better, unless I've let my cold go for a few days without treatment, in that case, it will just soothe the symptoms while I am drinking it, but not relieve the cold completely. In those cases, I've normally had to take OTC meds, in conjunction. I also like zinc in lozenge form with lemon, or zicam (zinc in liquid gel form that is placed directly in the nasal passages), but you have to be careful with these as they can cause nausea if you take too much. Just follow the instructions on the package, it does work!

Posted by Rita (Red Deer, AB) on 01/30/2006

[YEA]  Ginger root tea works great. I am fighting a cold right now with a sore throat. My sore throat had been getting worse then today I had my husband pick me up some ginger root and honey so I could sip the tea all day. It's really been helping!

Posted by Smita (Longmont, CO) on 01/13/2006

[YEA]  This works best for me even for coughs . Fresh ginger juice and honey. Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger juice with 3 teaspoons of honey (to get ginger juice, grate a piece of ginger and squeeze it.) Take 1 teaspoon of this mix 3-4 times a day

Posted by Christy (Twin Cities, MN) on 11/21/2005

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Layla (London)

[YEA]  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.