Sore Throat

Symptoms: The throat becomes sore and scratchy. This is often the first sign of an infection.

Causes:  A variety of bacterial or virus infections can cause sore throat. Those which are not Streptococcus Group A origin tend to produce a higher fever than viral sources (upper respiratory infections, cold viruses, flu, etc.).

Anything irritating to the throat can initiate the problem (such as chronic coughing and loud talking). Other irritants include smoke, dust, fumes, very hot foods or drinks, abrasion, tooth and gum infections. Smoking is a major cause of sore throats. A continual throat tickle or cough could be an indication of a food allergy.

Bacteria on toothbrushes can cause sore throats. Buy a new toothbrush or boil the old one at least once a month. Between uses, store the toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide, but rinse it well before using.

A sore throat is a typical first symptom of colds. If a sore throat continues or recurs, it might be the onset of mononucleosis (especially if the sore throat lasts more than 2 weeks). Get plenty of rest, a sore throat can be a first sign of something more serious like a cold, flu, mononucleosis, herpes simplex, or Epstein-Barr virus. Also it might be one of several childhood diseases, such as chicken pox or the measles. Sometimes a sore throat can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome, gingivitis, epiglottitis, diphtheria, laryngeal cancer, or an abscess around the tonsils. A sore throat may be a symptom of streptococcus. If left untreated, it can result in kidney disease or rheumatic fever.

Natural Remedies: 

  • Sip liquid vitamin C. Let it drip down the throat slowly (while trying to keep the liquid off of the teeth).
  • Coat the throat with raw honey, mixed with lemon juice.
  • Drink plenty of liquids/fluids (lots of water and fruits/vegetables juices)
  • Go to bed, get plenty of rest, trust in God and get well.
  • Take enemas
  • Gargle with salt water(1/2 tsp of sea salt in a cup of water). Or every few hours, alternatively gargle with chlorophyll liquid and salt water.
  • Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene(75,000IU daily for 1 week, then 25,000 daily) Vitamin C (1,000-5,000 mg in divided daily doses)
  • Vitamin C is powerful. Take a 250 mg tablet each hour, plus gargling each hour with 500 mg of powdered vitamin C, stirred in a glass of water. Doing this , plus going to bed and resting may eliminate the sore throat by the second day.


The Germans use eucalyptus to treat sore throats. The aromatic oil has a cooling effect on inflamed tissue. And the tannins exert soothing astringent action. Add a few tsp. crushed leaf per cup of boiling water. Drink it

The Chinese use powdered, dried honeysuckle flowers to treat sore throat, colds, flu, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and pneumonia. It has over 20 antiseptic compounds. Honeysuckle flower extract is equally powerful.

Both Europeans and Chinese use licorice to treat sore throat. Add 5-7 tsp. licorice root pieces to 3 cups of water. Bring it to a boil, simmer until half the water is boiled away. Then cool, and drink. It will also help you spit out the phlegm.

Garlic is a powerful remedy for sore throat. It is both antiviral (for colds) and antibacterial (for strep throat). Make a tea and gargle with it.

Both goldenseal and Echinacea fight bacteria and viral infection(but don’t take goldenseal over a week at a time or during pregnancy). Gargling with fenugreek tea will help relieve a sore throat. Marshmallow root tea soothes a scratchy, itchy throat. Hot mullein poultices soothe sore throats.

Drink sage tea and inhale its hot vapors. It will help open nasal and head passages. A vinegar compress to the throat will relieve the most painful sore throat. Add a pinch of cayenne and a tsp. of winter green oil to 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar(Braggs). Soak strips of cloth, place around throat, with dry wool cloth over that.

Mix ginger with lemon juice and honey. And gargle with it. Other powerful herbs for sore throats include: marshmallow, agrimony, myrrh, plantain, slipper elm, German chamomile, and myrtle.

An old herb doctor makes these suggestions: Gargle the throat with cayenne tea, a half teaspoon to a cup. Put an onion poultice on the neck overnight, for 2 – 3 nights. Rub the outside of the neck and cover it with warm flannel.

Hydrotherapy Treatment:

The heating throat compress is an application of a cold cloth, covered with flannel, which then heats up and results in improved circulation and a better flow of healing blood into and out of the affected area. Wring the cotton cloth from cold water and place it around the neck. This should be about 2-3 thicknesses around the neck. Cover it well with flannel (singly or doubly, depending on the thickness). Fit the flannel snugly, but curely. Remove it the next morning. It should be entirely dry, or you have failed to accomplish the desired objective.









Works Cited: Ferrell, V., & Cherne, M.D., H. (2008). Natural Remedies Encyclopedia (Sixth ed.). Altamont, Tennessee: Harvestime Books.




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