Last Modified on Jun 30, 2015
Whether you've developed a sore throat from yelling too much at a sporting event or it's just an unpleasant symptom of the cold you caught somewhere, it only takes the right natural treatment to start feeling better. We've reviewed multiple home treatment options and came up with a few good home cures. One of the most unusual on the list is tabasco sauce, but surprising as it may be, it works.
What Is a Sore Throat?
A painful and annoying condition, sore throats are caused by inflammation in the throat, usually caused by a viral infection. Most of the time, the sore throat is a symptom of the common cold, but there could be another cause. Mono, the flu, strep, tonsillitis, allergies, a dry environment, and acid reflux can all cause soreness and an inflamed throat.
Can I Use Over-the-Counter Medication?
If you?re like most people, you may first consider common over-the-counter treatment options to relieve your sore throat. While ibuprofen and other pain relievers do reduce the soreness associated with a scratchy throat, they do little to actually treat the underlying cause.
Does Tabasco Sauce Really Relieve a Sore Throat?
As unusual as it sounds, tabasco sauce is actually and effective home remedy for a sore throat. This spicy red sauce seems like the exact opposite of what you?d want to use to treat a sore throat; however, it is actually one of the most best home remedies for a sore throat.
How Does It Work?
Tabasco sauce is made from a unique combination of distilled vinegar, red pepper, and salt. Each of these ingredients functions in specific ways to treat a sore throat. Vinegar works to balance the pH in the body and eliminate infection. Red pepper contains capsaicin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, reducing pain and infection at the same time. And, salt functions to cleanse the throat and reduce infection.
How Do I Use It?
You use tabasco sauce in almost the same way as a cough drop or medicine. Place 20 drops of the sauce on your tongue and then swallow. Do this a couple of times a day or whenever you have a "coughing fit."
We have discovered some of the best treatments in the most unlikely spots. Tabasco sauce does sound pretty strange, we'll admit, but it's actually very effective. Let us know what you think.
Scroll down the page to read about how tabasco sauce worked as a natural cure for sore throats for Earth Clinic posters.
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[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.
[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!
[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!!!!!
[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.