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Epsom Salts

3 User Reviews
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Posted by Crystal (North Chicago) on 04/18/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I poured Epsom Salts into a nice hot bath to soak the aches away. Soaked a hand towel in the tub with me, then laid back with it laid over my face and neck, with another one behind my neck. When I got out of the tub, not only did my achy muscles feel better, but my throat was no longer hurting at all.

Eucalyptus Oil

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Marie (New Providence, NJ) on 11/27/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I used to get a sinus infection with every cold I got. then I would take an antibiotic and it would go away. for the last 3 years, I have taken 2 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus directly on my tongue at the first sign of a cold. As a result, I have not had the sore throat and stuffy nose that usually came with my colds AND they have not turned into an infection. I haven't had any antibiotics in 3 years. I recommended this to my sister in law who suffered from the same ailments and she swears by it too.

General Feedback

Posted by Jonathan (Allentown, PA) on 03/04/2008

I have not had a sore throat for over 10 years now. For me, Zinc lozenges were the key.

By the seems some people have sore throats for more than 6 days. If you want to know what it feels like to get a heart valve transplant or artificial heart valve, then do not go to a doctor and do not start antibiotics after a week of sore throat that doesn't get better.

The home remedies only work when the sore throat is caught early. When the infection becomes systemic, it can go to the heart valves, as it did to a dear friend and many patients I have nursed through the years.

The one possible exception is Cayenne Pepper. However, it would need to be taken at least three times a day (preferably early so it does not keep you awake).
This is because the Cayenne (if it is cold processed or not cooked) makes the body shift to alkalotic which will kill both virus and bacterial infections in some cases.

Again, this is only possible. It is your life to gamble with.

Good Health to you.


1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Neva (ME) on 07/12/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I use Goldenseal when I have a sore throat. My grandmother used to get it in powder. She would put a tiny bit into the end of a straw and blow it down my throat.

I use it differently. I take a Golden Seal Capsule, open it up, put it into a cup of boiling water and let it steep for ten minutes. I then pour it through a coffee filter and put it into a bottle with a dropper, and then use a dropper full down my throat.

I warn you that it tastes really bad, but it has always worked for me. You can also use this solution on a bad tooth. It will get rid of the infection.

One really important warning. If you are taking other medications, Golden Seal will rid your body of them, so don't use it if you are on heart medication or other life-giving medication.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Tracy (Dearborn, MI) on 10/16/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne Pepper is great for circulation, but when something is 'hot' like a sore throat, don't you want to cool it? I use Grapefruit Seed Extract now - known for killing the strep virus (and I had strep 6 times in one year and hated taking antibiotics) ... so I was on a quest. Anyways, GSE turns out to be a Godsend, kills internal bugs without biotics... great thing! Brush teeth to kill sore throats - or gargle, if more severe. Great thing is, it numbs it. Raw throat, however, can't seem to snuff. What do you to when your 7 year old has a terrible raw throat and can't swallow? Darn!

Hand Therapy

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1 star (1) 

Posted by Terry (San Francisco, CA) on 07/27/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I tried the Hand therapy and had done for about five minutes. The pain hasn't fully gone away, but the pain has swelled down significantly.

Replied by Alexander
(Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands)

Hand therapy is a form of tissue massage in the areas where the muscles in the neck may become hard due to the soarnness in the throat. If you find the sensitive areas in the neck and massage it softly, pressing gently on the tender muscles, it can help to ease the pain. This also helps reduce tooth ache and many problems - doubtful to be the cure, but sometimes it can be enough to ease the pain in the throat as well in order for the healing process to continue. Just take your time and massage slowly with your hand and fingers to find those little knots or stiffness in the neck. Try it a few times and wait a day in between self treatments.

Hand Therapy
Posted by KK (USA) on 03/31/2008
1 out of 5 stars

I tried the hand remedy for my sore throat, and it didn't really work. I had my hand on my throat, for about 5 minutes, not talking or anything, then I took my hand off. My throat felt better for about 30 seconds, then the pain came back. I have a cough drop right now and it's doing more than the hand thing.

Replied by Dolly
(Dallas, Tx)
5 out of 5 stars

I had a really bad sore throat, so bad it hurt to swallow, talk, eat, even drink a glass of water or tea. I found this website and tried the hand therapy, I'm not sure why but I tried it and withing 3 minutes the my throat healed. No lie and I was sick for 3 days before I tried it. The pain was gone and my throat felt smoother I could swallow without wincing.

Hand Therapy
Posted by Heatre (R'dale , us) on 09/14/2007
4 out of 5 stars

i tried the hand n throat thing! it made less pain but didn't make my sore throat go away! it works better if while you are doing this not to open your mouth!

Hand Therapy
Posted by Rhonda (Independence, KY) on 02/26/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I was looking up ways to get rid of a sore throat, when I came upon this. I tried it, and within 5 mins, my throat felt 10x better! It's natural, quick, easy, and it works!

Hand Therapy
Posted by Elizabeth (Sydney, Australia) on 02/21/2006
5 out of 5 stars

i have just tried this and couldn't believe the improvement! it doesn't necessarily cure the sore throat but it certainly makes it a lot easier to swallow and because it is so simple, it can be done anywhere!

Hand Therapy
Posted by MC (Canada) on 02/10/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Hand therapy worked for me. Although it doesn't make the sore throat go away completely, my throat is much better. Before I tried this method, swallowing saliva was painful, but after the pain is much more bearable. This is also a convenient way because I found this site at school, and didn't have the leisure to get warm tea.

Hand Therapy
Posted by Amy (Kansas) on 11/26/2005
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the hand therapy, and it worked pretty well right away. I'm not sure about long term results, though.

Replied by Syed Waqar
(Wroclaw, Wroclaw Poland)
4 out of 5 stars

Yea, Hand therapy really worked. Now Pain reduced from 100% to 55%.

Hand Therapy
Posted by Bob (Mesa, AZ)
5 out of 5 stars

When I have a sore throat, I place the palm of my hand across my throat with fingers on one side and thumb on the other. The heat generated from the contact of my hand ends my soreness after about 15 or 20 minutes. It works most of the time for me.

Haritaki Powder

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Shreeram Balijepalli (Schenectady, NY, USA) on 01/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Dear All, I had sore throat and so did my baby girl. Both of us tried many remedies and since my girl is just 6 months old we did not know what to do. I tried after reading from the site cayenne- gargling, saltwater gargling, Tabasco sauce, etc. Finally, one thing worked for both of us!! I used Haritaki powder(available in almost all Indian stores). It is a very cheap powder($2.39 or so). It is very bitter powder. Biological name is called Terminalia chebulam (Black Myrobalan in English). Black Myrobalan powder is also available in some health stores but Indian stores offers best price.

I mixed it with honey and rubbed it on to my tounge(end portion near my throat). After some time, phelgm came out. In the case of my baby, I did the same but with small quantity.She barfed within 2 mintues and the full phelgm which she had for 2 months came out as if "manna from heaven". So, you may try it out if nothing works

Homemade Remedy

Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 05/03/2011

Here is a remedy I found in one of my books, Practical Aromatherapy. It works quite well if you have a sore throat, a cough or a virus infection:

Three drops of essential oil (maybe clove, tea trea, lavender or any other antiseptic)

1 tsp of alchool (maybe vodka if you have it or another one, I have only tried with vodka because I try to use alchool I have to use in the kitchen which is then left over)

1/2 a cup of water

Stir before each mouthful. I sometimes use it as a mouthwash.