Sore throats can hit you in the most inconvenient of times. For those times when acetaminophen isn't enough and time is of the essence, you are going to unleash all hell and use every single home remedy in the book. Since a book is beyond the scope of this post, we picked out eleven classics for you to try out. You can try these out individually, or if you're adventurous, you can try mixing them all into one super-drink.
The piece that helps is mucilage, which is a gel-like matter that thickens when mixed with water. Take three of four times a day to coat the throat and reduce irritation.
Licorice has long been used and known as an effective sore throat remedy. You can drink a daily cup of licorice root tea and/or gargle a solution of root powder and water.
Drink as a tea. This herb has been used just as long as licorice and known to be quite effective.
It tastes and smells sweet, and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for sore throats. Drop onto tongue or add to your tea.
A traditional remedy in Korean medicine, you can take raw, freshly minced ginger and boil in water. Add honey to sweeten, and watch your sore throat get soothed in seconds.
Universal, tried and true classic.
Gargle a diluted mixture of corn syrup and water.
Apple cider vinegar is one of those hidden gems of home remedies. Dilute with water, mix with lemon, salt, and honey, and drink it warm. It's soothing and effective!
You can mix black pepper with warm water and gargle, or you can mix with honey (without water) and swallow. The honey will lubricate the throat and the pepper will do its magic.
The equivalent of napalm, biting into a washed raw onion like would an apple will carpet bomb your throat and cause absolute destruction to the irritants within. You will be on the floor crying as the onion works its incendiary fury, but you will also wake up with a new, cleansed throat.
You can take as is, or mix with black pepper as mentioned above.