Sore Throat
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Rubbing Alcohol

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Posted by Courtney (SLC, UT) on 02/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

When my sister and I were little and getting a sore throat, my mom would tie a rubbing alcohol soaked rag around our throat (as we slept because we hated it soo much). When we woke up, the sore throat was completely gone! Has anyone else heard of this?

Replied by Marina
(San Diego, CA USA)
04/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Yes. My mom used to do that to us too and we were cured the next day in most cases except strep throat. Always needed antibiotics for that.

Replied by Gabi
(United States)
02/03/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Yes! I'm from Brazil and I grew up with my mom and grandma doing this to me, my brothers and cousins. It DOES work! I have a cloth with rubbing alcohol around my neck as I type.

Was 100% healthy, went to the doctor for my yearly physical and boom... next day woke up with a sore throat. :/ For now on I'll only be getting physicals during the summer... This stinks.


Rum

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Posted by Tina (Park Forest, Illinois) on 05/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Sore Throat Remedies: Rum worked great for me -- i gargled with it for about 30 seconds and then spit it out and took a small swallow of the mouthwash and within a minute my sore throat was gone it is so nice to be able to talk without wanting to cry!!!

Replied by Minyen
(Los Angeles, CA)
07/25/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Haha. well it really worked....me && my friend tried it . BUT the thing that killed it was the mouthwash....that made me throw up ! Ew.. But the RUM worked good.. && THINK TWICE ABOUT THE MOUTH WASH !

Replied by Robin
(Rural, VA)
07/26/2008

Do I understand that you are supposed to "swallow" the mouthwash?

Replied by Nadine
(Brooklyn, New York)
11/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the Rum and/or Listerine Mouthwash and it works ! I took a shot of Mexican Tequila and tried to gargle as long as I possibly could. As soon as I spat out the Tequila, my tonsils felt instantly better. The irration went right away and it almost feels like they aren't there. I will probably take another one here soon since I took a very little one the first time. Also with the Mouthwash, it works as well. I used it every morning with brushing my teeth, however, do not swallow this one. Simply just gargle and spit. I personally think Rum or Tequila works alot better because it has a stronger alcohol content then mouthwash. Goodluck!

Replied by Sam
(Dayton, Oregon)
07/14/2011

why do you spit out the rum, but drink the mouthwash? since your not sapose to swallow mouthwash but drink rum.


Salsa

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Posted by Renee (Melbourne Beach, FL) on 04/11/2008
5 out of 5 stars

A few month ago, I came down with a sore throat. That afternoon I grabbed some salsa and tortilla chips as a snack - my sore throat was gone almost instantly! After coming across your website, now everything makes sense. Since most salsas have vinegar, garlic & spices in them, this is a great snack for anyone to grab with a sore throat - only have mild salsa on hand: spinkle cayenne pepper in it and voila!

Replied by Mara
(Somewherreee., Florida)
07/04/2010

I have not tried using Salsa but after reading this I sent my dad to the store to buy it for me, I did try gargling salt water but it did not cure it just took some of the pain away.


Salt

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Posted by Chris Herring (Beaverton, Oregon, Usa) on 03/13/2011

A small handful of salt is easier than cayyene pepper, salt on a wet finger placed under ones tongue won't make you sneeze as much.

Replied by Tasha
(Bancroft, Ontario)
07/09/2011
5 out of 5 stars

HOORAY FOR SALT! It's been my best friend today. I was sick yesterday (bad cold), I went out to help walk the dogs in the kennel and had to break up a dog fight. I was bit on my hand, punctured my palm deeply, inflamed the back of my hand. It's still inflamed and it's been about 12h. I soaked my hand in warm salt water and so far no infection, less pain in the wound :)

My throat is still sore from the cold, so I found this site. I just tried the salt water gargle and already is feels much better. Before I was cringing with each swallow, but now it's a little more bearable. I'm definitely going to continue with it until I feel better! Thanks, everyone.


Salt Water

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Posted by Turtle6685 (Dallas, Tx) on 01/28/2013
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Since I was a child we would gargle warm water with salt to get rid of sore throats. It works wonders. Use 1 tsp of salt for 8 oz of water. Do this every 4 to 6 hours and sore throat should be gone within 24 hours.

Replied by Vikki
(Solihull, Uk)
02/27/2013
5 out of 5 stars

When we are kids we gargle with anything, but as u get older u get boring & forget!

Had severe sore throat for couple days now from blocked/runny sinuses. Decided to do the salt water gargle, started with small mouthfuls first then built my way up!! Plus kitchen towel on hand. After first cup I coughed up (sorry) lots of phlegm, did a second cup & feel much better.

Also had lemon juice (from bottle in fridge), honey & hot water as a "chaser". Have filled up my gardening flask & going to sip it tucked up in bed. Will repeat later & see how it goes. Anything's worth a try & cheaper than meds, plus the old ones are the best ;-)


Side Effects

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Posted by Debbie (Webster Springs, Wv) on 02/28/2010
0 out of 5 stars

I tried apple cider vinegar and honey for a sore throat, it cured my sore throat. The next morning i have 6 canker sores.. Hurts bad...


Slippery Elm

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Posted by Kali (Anchorage, AK)
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Angela
(Tonasket, WA.)
08/13/2008

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

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Posted by Extra Guy! (Honolulu, Hawaii, honolulu ) on 03/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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! )


Soup
Posted by Joe (Congleton, england) on 07/13/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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!!


Soup
Posted by Kayla (Spokane, Washington) on 04/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by John (Omaha, Nebraska) on 04/08/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Ann-Taylor (Private, Caliornia) on 01/12/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Tea Tree Oil

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Posted by Dana (Fort Worth, Texas) on 12/05/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have had a sore throat twice in the last two weeks, probably due to allergies, and both times I have COMPLETELY kicked it by gargling with tea tree oil mouthwash (I found it at a health food store). I would use it maybe 3 or 4 times during the day whenever it started hurting again, but w/each use it hurt less and then was all gone! Gasp! It had felt swollen as well and that also went away... it just seemed to kill whatever was causing it. I didn't even gargle that long, since it has a sort of medicinal, monkey urine flavor --but don't be scared. Hope this helps somebody!


Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Jammie (Wilmington, OH) on 03/03/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I was reading some of the things people posted and when i saw the tea tree oil I saw my bottle sitting on my computer table as if saying here I am - I thought doesn't hurt to try so far it has helped some I can swallow my own saliva without having the think about it and cringe when I finally do- thanks for the advice!


Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Luke (Glasgow) on 02/06/2006
1 out of 5 stars

i used tea tree oil and it made my tonsils swell up even worse than they were. didn't work at all.



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