Sore Throat
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Sore Throat Cures

Tongue Stretch

Posted by Lauren (Santa rosa, California) on 02/17/2008
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Here are the instructions to easing your sore throat pain:

Stick out your tongue as far as possible, trying to touch the tip of it to your chin. This is an extreme stretch; when you feel you have reached full stretch capacity, stretch it further, and then even further. You should give this all you've got. You should stretch your tongue toward your chin until you nearly gag. That's it! Usually, sore throat pain will be minimized (if not removed!) immediately. Repeat this technique every half hour until signifigant improvement is gained. I have used and shared this technique for over 10 years with family, friends, and clients, with nearly 100% of people reporting moderate to complete pain relief. -richelle hawks

i tried this and it worked for me.

Replied by Jfnj
Manteno, Il
1 out of 5 stars

Doesn't work for me, now it's 10 times worse!

Replied by Annsmeal
Bailey, Colorado

I have used the tongue stretch for many years as well. I always tell people to look in mirror when doing this because your tongue should be rounded not pointed when sticking it out. This method uses different muscles and works better for a sore throat.

Replied by Ruby
Omaha, Ne
1 out of 5 stars

I tried it and it worked for about five seconds.

Replied by Macy
Yakima, Wa
5 out of 5 stars

Actually worked, really well. I can swallow now! So weird

Replied by Felicia
1 out of 5 stars

That did not work at all!

Replied by Sabrina

I use this method all the time but I stretch my tongue side to side instead. As a child I was told to do this by an ENT specialist. It helps with tense muscles in the neck as well.

Tonic Water

Posted by Joshua (Dubai, Uae) on 06/20/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Go into any good store an buy some tonic water (the yellow label) and make sure it says with quinine at the bottom. Drink this and when you throat feels painful and it will ease the pain instantly. Drink whenever pain returns.

Replied by Linstor
5 out of 5 stars

Tonic water with Q has always worked for my sore throats, great to read not the only one.


Posted by Charlie (Jacksonville, Fl) on 12/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Turmeric powder! Its a miracle worker! Gargle some of this in warm water a couple times and bam! Your sore throat is gone! I swear! Old Indian secret taught to me by a friend.

Posted by Grayson (Orlando, Fl) on 07/26/2009
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SORE THROAT RELIEF: Having recently stopped a respiratory infection in it's tracks by spraying a solution of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide directly into the throat using a saline nasal spray bottle that I emptied of nasal spray and filled with H202, I found that the virus has left my throat raw, sore and irritated and I was coughing up copious amounts of greenish phlegm. To alleviate the soreness, I put approximately 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric in my mouth and held it there until it was thoroughly mixed with saliva then slowly swallowed the mixture aided with a little liquid of choice such as water or coffee,etc..A very similar technique to oil pulling except there was only turmeric and saliva-no oil was used.WHAT A RELIEF!!!The turmeric will slightly numb the tongue but this passes quickly. I do not spray the H202 into the nose as it tends to decrease my sense of taste.

Posted by Elsy (Singapore) on 03/24/2008
1 out of 5 stars

I am having a bad sore throat. I tried your remedy of turmeric, pepper, ginger in warm water. While drinking the water, the pain reduced. But it returned soon after. Then I cut up half a clove of garlic and added a teaspoon of honey to it. I was unable to take the garlic due to its burning taste. But the honey coated the 'scratchy and painful' parts of my throat. The skin has gone off at the back of my throat. So it is still painful..!

Posted by Ellen D. (USA) on 01/10/2008
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Turmeric: An Indian friend of mine gave me a recipe for sore throat, colds, flu, sinusitis: Take about a teaspoonful of turmeric powder, a teaspoon full of grated fresh ginger (or equivalent of dried ginger powder), a pinch of ground black pepper, honey or sugar to taste, and put it into about half a cup of water and bring to a boil. Then add about half a cup of milk, heat to just below boiling point, and drink the mixture slowly, while hot. I also supplement this treatment by inhaling steam and keeping a hot water bottle on my head, throat or chest. I used to have colds that lasted two weeks; now I can get over them within three days.

Posted by Anj (UK) on 10/06/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Mum always used this when the cough/cold would not go away. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 1 teaspoon of turmeric and couple of drops of water to make this into paste. Wrap cotton wool around your finger or toothbrush and put the paste on the cotton wool and try and paint the inside of your throat as deep down the throat as possible.

Posted by Anj (UK) on 10/06/2006
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This remedy cures a ticklish or itchy throat. Mum used to say salt with turmeric works as an antibiotic and the ghee/butter soothes inside of your throat like a film that stops the tickling/itchiness inside.

Turmeric, Salt

Posted by Jjg (Tallahasee, Fl) on 10/12/2011
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Warm one cup of water for 30secs to 1 min. Put a tablespoon of turmeric powder and less than half a tablespoon of salt. Drink. Will help sore throat and prevent oncoming cold and flu or lessen symptoms.

Urine Therapy

Posted by Dianna (Austin, TX) on 08/25/2008
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hello! i wanted to write that when i read about urine therapy someone it made sense to me and i tried it. at first i just tried putting morning pee on my hands and face and i could really tell the difference - my skin looks way younger when i do this and i do not get pimples unless i stop! i am 48 and just starting menopause and was having terrible acne for the first time in years and this really helped. then i got a sore throat and decided to try the universal remedy after other remedies didn't seem to be helping. well, when i put 4 drops of the universal remedy under my tongue - within a few minutes my throat felt better! also i found that if i sniffed a couple of drops of fresh urine in my nose that my stuffed up nose would clear up almost immediately! this works folks! i am amazed!
i even have my boyfriend peeing on his feet when he has foot fungus now. he was skeptical - but it worked for him too!
also i put a drop in my eyes when they are red and/or itchy and get relief.
try it! it is free and it won't hurt you - it is yours.

EC: Read more about Urine Therapy here.

Vicks Vapor Rub

Posted by Candy (O Fallon, Mo, Us) on 09/19/2010

Back when we were kids when we had a sore throat my parents put vapo rub on our throats. Of course the label says external use only. Is it really harmful in any way. I just remember that our sore throat was gone the next day and nothing we have now comes close to being that good but I wonder if I should use it. Of course I am still alive today so it is not toxic, but has it changed at all in these many years and is it ok to use internally? Nothing in the ingredients looks like to me it would be harmful.

Replied by Ben
Columbus, Oh

Please don't try this!! At the first sign of cold/sore throat, sip a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass (8 oz!! ) of water.. Every hour if you can, or as often as you can throughout the day.. By the end of the day, symptoms will be gone.. This works by alkalinizing the bloodstream.. If you already have the sore throat, gargle a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in, again, 8 oz glass of water.. Gargle the whole glass, but spit out each time... Do this about every 3 -4 hrs and you will no longer have a sore throat!!! When I was younger I got sore throats fairly regularly; this was the only thing that worked!! OH remember to rinse rinse rinse your mouth out after using the vinegar!

Posted by Mary (Altadena, CA) on 04/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

for immediate sore throat relief try spreading vicks vabor rub on your neck at the thorat and wrapping tightly with a rag pinning it so it does not come off.

Replied by Raymond
Kongiganak, Alaska

Im trying this vaporrub... See if it works. Yesterday I had a bad headache. Hope it works. God blessing :)

Posted by Stacy (Delhi, california) on 02/15/2008
5 out of 5 stars

easy steps to get rid of your sore throat. this really works!!!

rub vicks vapor rub on your neck and wear a scarf.

drink hot tea with lemon and honey.

get lots of sleep

rest your voice

to keep you distracted from going out watch tv

take hot showers the steam helps

Posted by Esvl (Strand, South Africa) on 07/14/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the sore throat cure of vicks vapour rub and a scarve around my neck and it helped.

Posted by Julia (OR) on 02/13/2006
5 out of 5 stars

PREVENTING a cold/flu: My mom learned this from a nurse years back. If you take a pea-sized amount of Vick's Vaporub with a glass of water right before you go to bed when you feel your throat starting to get sore, etc., and you'll wake up feeling great. If it starts to come back the next evening, take another. But be careful only to take a small amount. Also, I keep mine jar in the freezer so it's easier to swallow. Whenever I do this, I NEVER get sick.