Natural Sore Throat Remedies

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Listed below are some natural techniques you could employ for use as Natural Sore Throat Remedies.

Natural Technique #1 - Essential Oils

Essential Oils Used Alone:

Single Oils: Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Oregano, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), Myrrh, Thyme

Possible Blends: Protective Blend (See Generic Name Comparison Chart)

Aromatic Application:

Use any of the oils mentioned on this page in a diffuser. 

Recipe #1

  • 8 oz. hot water
  • 2 T. honey
  • 3 d. lemon essential oil

Combine ingredients and sip.

Recipe #2

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 d. tea tree (melaleuca) 

Combine ingredients. Gargle, spit out and repeat until water is gone.

Recipe #3

  • 8 oz of water
  • 1 d. peppermint

Drink several glasses during the day.

Recipe #4

  • 2 oz of warm water
  • 2 d. lemon
  • 2 d. protective blend
  • 1 d. oregano (stronger solution)

Gargle this solution as long as possible. Repeat every few hours until pain is reduced. Continue for a few days past symptom relief.

Recipe #5

  • 10 d. carrier oil
  • 1 d. lemon
  • 1 d. oregano

Combine oils. Make a warm compress using a wash cloth and hot water.  Add 2 drops of solution on cloth and wrap your neck.

Natural Technique #2 - Gargling

Gargling speeds healing as well as opens congested ears. The idea is to keep a healing solution in contact with the tissues of the throat. The warm water increases blood flow t the affected areas.


  1. 1/4 tsp. salt added to one cup of warm water
  2. 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide added to 1/4 cup hot water

Gargle for a few minutes at a time at least four times a day.

Natural Technique #3 - Garlic

When a sore throat is caused by a virus infection, eating garlic may bring relief. It has been known to have anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.  You could mix it in cocktail of tomato juice, two garlic cloves and a some Worcestershire sauce. Put ingredients in the blender and them drink.  Whether you use fresh or powdered garlic won't make a difference.

Natural Technique #4 - Humidifier

Heating your home can create the ideal climate - for a cactus! When your furnace is roaring day and night, your household's relative humidity can dip below 15 percent.  That's drier than Death Valley! But you need about 40 percent relative humidity for optimum health and comfort. A dry home means dry, itchy skin and a greater chance of catching colds, flu, sore throats, sinusitis and other upper airway infections.

When humidity drops below 40 percent, the mucous film that lines the nose and throat becomes thick and sticky instead of free flowing. As a result, bacteria and viruses may get trapped in the stagnant mucus. Some ear, nose and throat specialists recommend humidifiers to add moisture to the air to help people avoid these problems.  

Using a humidifier also keeps precious moisture in your skin. One of the chief reasons we have dry skin is the low humidity in the air which allows our own skin water to evaporate. One solution to dry skin is to increase humidity in the air where you spend most of your time - usually your home.

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