In this post, we will be going to share 11 natural remedies for sore throat.
Honey contains over 200 different types of microbes, it contains trace minerals and actually has anti-microbial properties especially if it’s raw and local.
There was a study done at Texas A&M University and they found nearly 80% of store bought honey did not have any pollen in it and did not have any enzymes because it was pasteurized and all of those nutrients were killed off.
This is for raw, local honey or Manuka honey, not certain other types of honey. You really do want to make sure that again, it is the real deal raw honey when you’re using honey.
Raw honey is great for soothing sore throat as well. You can take it at just a little bit of raw honey and a teaspoon. You can add it to tea. And then by way, I also love Manuka honey for the same reason.
Manuka honey might be just as good or better than regular honey for soothing a sore throat because of all of its antiseptic properties. It’s actually a type of honey that’s found in New Zealand. Works really well.
When somebody got sick in China, if you study traditional Chinese medicine or classical Chinese medicine, you’ll read and find out that typically people were given a lot of broth soups and herbal teas.
Well, bone broth, especially a warm chicken broth, contains type 2 collagen which helps seal and heals the gut lining, helps soothe a sore throat. One of the best things you can ever consume is warm bone broth. We also know bone broth contains reparative compounds such as hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, and chondroitin, as well as the amino acids proline, glycine, and glutamine all of which support the immune system.
Remember this, 70% of your immune system is located in your gut. If you want to fight that virus or that infection that is causing your throat to be irritated, you’ve got to strengthen up your immunity. Bone broth is a great way to do just that.
You know, garlic has really powerful antiviral properties. A lot of times when we come down with a sore throat, sometimes it can be a viral infection.
Garlic contains a compound called allicin and is part of the allium family. Well, allicin has antiviral properties and garlic has been used for thousands of years for treating sore throats, colds, and flu. Oftentimes, when people made the chicken broth with the chicken bone broth, they would add in garlic and onions because of those allicin properties which are antiviral and antibacterial in nature.
Also, it’s really high in something called sulfur, often known as vitamin U, which also supports the immune system. So garlic really, really unique at its benefits and one other thing about garlic it contains prebiotics. Prebiotics are like the fertilizer for probiotics, helping them grow within your body. So again, garlic also contains prebiotics so that’s going to be good for feeding and nourishing your gut lining and boosting that immune system to kick a sore throat fast.
If you are sick with a sore throat, do not consume cold water, do not consume really, really hot water. You want to consume warm water, like a warm cup of tea is ideal. You want to get a lot of warm liquids in your body if you have a sore throat, staying hydrated, helping your body cleanse there as well.
Vitamin C naturally supports the immune system. It really works with actually, what’s found in chicken broth or a type of bone broth powder which has proline. Vitamin C and proline work together to really support the immune system. So again, vitamin C is great.
Here are some of the top vitamin C rich foods like citrus fruits, oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits are great. Also, broccoli is packed with vitamin C. Red bell peppers have a lot of vitamin C. Mango and papaya have high levels. Kiwi is a vitamin C powerhouse. So all of those are vitamin C powerhouses. You know, get more vitamin C in your diet.
I recommend typically, if you’re going to take it as a supplement when you have a sore throat, a thousand milligrams five times a day for adults.
Echinacea works in a really unique way that really helps oxygenate your body. And there was a study that was done that found when people supplemented with Echinacea, it cut their cold and flu time down by a day and a half, okay, almost in half for the study. So it really helps strengthen the immune system and the body’s overall energy level as well.
If you’re kind of like just dragging and exhausted and you’re just really not feeling well, Echinacea will give you that natural booster as well.
The way that I like to do a licorice root is typically in the form of a tea. You know, licorice has that natural sort of sweet that on the base of the aftertaste of licorice root.
And licorice root is known to actually soothe irritated lining. So if you have a red and scratchy throat, just drinking that licorice root tea is going to really soothe that pain and discomfort that you have in your throat.
Now, licorice root is also known as an adaptogenic urban Chinese medicine. It’s been shown to help heal stomach ulcers. The benefits of licorice root are tremendous but really drinking it as a tea is definitely going to help soothe the sore throat.
What I recommend you do with colloidal silver if you have a sore throat is gargle with it three to five times a day or more. Also just doing a little bit internally as well typically a teaspoon depending on the parts per million. But colloidal silver gargling with it on a regular basis can actually help relieve a sore throat as well.
Zinc is known as the immune system mineral. Now, so you’ve heard vitamin C is the vitamin for the immune system, well zinc is the mineral for the immune system.
It’s also important for healing and sealing again the gut lining. Remember, this is all about boosting your immune system. Typically doing 30 milligrams two to four times daily when you’re sick. It does really well.
And you can get zinc lozenges that you just sort of suck on or zinc in elderberry or zinc in Manuka honey lozenges. But doing those zinc lozenges can be very effective at fighting and soothing a sore throat.
Probiotics, one of the things it’s responsible for is killing off bad bacteria in your body. So if you’re coming down with a bad bacteria or virus or yeast or something within your system and you want to get rid of it, well, probiotics really help with communication, producing certain vitamins and minerals, major immune system support, taking probiotics. I typically do a triple dose of probiotics a day or more if I come down or have any sort of signs of a sore throat there as well.
Go to bed early, sleep in, maybe take a nap in the middle of the day but get some good quality sleep. It is the key to overcoming chronic illness.
And listen, if you can’t sleep, maybe take something to support, something natural to support you in sleeping. Passionflower can help. Roman chamomile, lavender oil, sometimes taking melatonin, but really doing everything you can to help your body get a good quality night sleep.
Lemon essential oil
Lemon contains a compound called D-Limonene, which is actually been shown to help with lymphatic drainage. You’ll notice when you have a sore throat these lymph nodes in the neck are all swollen.
Well, lemon oil helps drain those lymph nodes and helps to actually acts as an expectorant helping your body get rid of some of that mucus and excess phlegm within your body.
So lemon oil, what I do is typically when you’re doing that licorice root tea, getting all those warm liquids in tea form, doing about two to three drops of lemon oil in that a few times a day can be very effective as well.
Or doing a tablespoon of honey with some ginger powder and actually sucking on that honey with lemon oil can be good as well.
Eucalyptus essential oil
This is especially effective if things get into your lungs and sinuses. But for a sore throat, eucalyptus oil is very effective.
What I would do with this is make a homemade vapor rub. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil, about five to seven drops of eucalyptus oil and rub it all over your chest and your lymph nodes. You want to rub it right on that area of your neck and your upper chest and then go into a hot shower and let that beat down on you. But eucalyptus oil, a great essential oil for really helping relieved that pain associated with a sore throat.
And the other great thing is eucalyptus oil acts as a natural antibiotic and natural antiviral so can actually help kill that pathogen that’s causing you to have a sore throat in the first place.