Everyone can get a sore throat from time to time. There are different viral infections and other factors that can cause sore throat. In most cases, sore throat is the first sign of cold and flu, but possible causes can also be mononucleosis, croup, allergies or factors like dry air and outdoor pollution.
Sometimes, bacterial infections such as strep throat, diphtheria or whooping cough, can also cause sore throats. In cases of severe sore throat which is accompanied by a fever, it is recommendable to visit a doctor, but in case of mild sore throat there are a lot of natural remedies that can help. These natural remedies are often inexpensive and very effective. They don’t have side effects and you can prepare them at home.
Many herbal teas can soothe a sore throat, because herbs possess anti-inflammatory properties and they can boost our immune system. Also, some herbs contain a type of mucilage that can expedite the healing process. The best herbs for treating sore throat and cold are peppermint, eucalyptus, echinacea, licorice root, marshmallow root etc.
Also, in cases of sore throat and cold, you should consume some of spiced teas, such as cinnamon, ginger, garlic and cloves. Of course, there are some traditional teas, like black tea, white tea, green tea and oolong tea, which also can be very effective. In this text we will show you some of the best teas that can relieve symptoms of sore throat and cold.
Recipe 1 – Peppermint and Ginger Tea
The tea of peppermint and ginger is very effective for the treatment of sore throat and cold, because peppermint contains menthol, an ingredient that has a function of expectorant and decongestant.
- Peppermint (in teabags or fresh)
- 8 slices of fresh ginger
- 4 cloves of garlic
- Juice of ¼ of a lemon
Peel the garlic cloves and after that whack cloves with a knife, in order to release the essential oils. Then, crushed garlic, boil the peppermint and sliced ginger in 4 cups of water. Boil it for 10 minutes and then add lemon and honey. Your tea is ready and you can drink it.
Recipe 2 – Licorice Root Tea
It is proved that the tea of licorice root can give you some relief from sore throat. Due to its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, licorice root can reduce irritation and swelling in your throat.
- 1 cup of chopped dry licorice root
- ½ cup of cinnamon chips
- 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
- ½ cup of chamomile flowers
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You can put this mixture in a glass and save away from the light. If you want to prepare the tea, take 3 tablespoons of this mixture and 2 ½ cups of cold water. Place that mixture in a saucepan, boil over medium heat and then let it simmer for 10 minutes. After that, strain the tea and you can drink it warm or cold.
Recipe 3 – Chamomile Tea
It has been long known that chamomile is one of the best remedies for sore throats. It has antibacterial, antispasmodic and soothing properties.
- 1 bag of chamomile tea
- 1 cup of boiling water
Boil the water and then add one tea bag in it. Cover the tea and let it steep for 10 minutes. You can also add a bit of lemon or honey. Drink your tea while it is still warm.
Recipe 4 – Ginger Tea
For centuries, ginger has been used to relieve a sore throat. Also, this spice has the ability to calm an upset stomach and to treat nausea and vomiting.
- Fresh ginger root
- 2-3 cups of water
First wash ginger root and then peel it. Slice the root into small pieces or crush it using a mallet. Place the ginger in the boiling water and let it boil for 3-5 minutes. Strain your tea and you can add some honey if you want.
Recipe 5 – Cinnamon Tea
Cinnamon is full of antioxidants and it can open up the sinuses and ease breathing. It also has antiseptic properties.
- 1 cup of coconut, almond or rice milk
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger
- 1 tablespoon of honey
First heat milk and stir the cinnamon and ginger in it. Add honey and enjoy in your tea. It is recommendable to drink cinnamon tea before going to bed at night. It will help you sleep well and it will give you some relief from sore throat.
Recipe 6 – Honey and Lemon Tea
This traditional recipe is one of the most effective for sore throat. Honey possesses the properties which soothe the throat, while lemon cuts through congestion in the throat and thins mucus. Also, lemon is full of vitamin C and it can relieve symptoms if you have already got a cold. Hot water has the ability to relax the throat muscles.
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- ½ cup of hot water
Put hot water in a cup and add honey and lemon juice. Stir all the ingredients and enjoy in your tea. You can also add a sliver of fresh ginger if you want. You can add one teaspoon of white sugar, if you want the tea to be even sweeter.
Recipe 7 – Marshmallow Root Tea
The tea from marshmallow root is very good for sore throat, because marshmallow root can coat and sooth a sore throat.
- Dried marshmallow root
- 1 cup of boiling water
First slice the marshmallow root on small pieces. Then add the marshmallow root in one cup of boiling water. It is necessary to drink this tea 2-3 times daily.
Recipe 8 – Spiced Honey Tea
We have already said that ginger is one of the best natural remedies for sore throat. Cayenne pepper also possesses many health benefits. It is good for warming the whole body and it can help with stomach problems. Cayenne pepper is great for relieving symptoms of cold and sore throat. It also contains capsaicin, which is known like natural pain reliever. Honey has antibacterial properties and it can kill the germs that cause sore throat.
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a cup and add hot water. Stir and strain your tea. It is recommendable to drink this tea right before going to bed.
Recipe 9 – Honey, Ginger, Turmeric, Cinnamon and Lemon Tea
No doubt that this is one of the most effective natural remedies for sore throat. All of the ingredients possess a lot of health benefits. We have already mentioned that lemon and cinnamon are great antioxidants which can relieve symptoms of a cold and sore throat. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and raw honey can soothe the throats. All these ingredients in combination have amazing effects and can cure sore throat for a short period of time.
- 3 cups of water
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 3 slices of fresh ginger
- ¼ teaspoon of cloves
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 ½ tablespoon of raw honey
Put all the ingredients in a pot and boil it. After boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then, add honey and stir. In the end, strain the tea and drink it warm. It is recommendable to drink this tea 2-3 times a day and very soon you will feel relief.
Recipe 10 – Baking Soda ,,Tea”
Baking soda has antibacterial properties and it can relieve sore throat.
- 1 cup of hot water
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
Heat the water and mix in ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Pour some of that liquid in your throat and then gargle it. It is necessary to repeat this 3 times during the day.
Now you have seen some of the best natural teas for sore throat and cold. Apart from these recipes that we have presented you, there are also some other natural remedies for sore throat. For example, you can gargle with salt water several times a day. Also, try to drink more water because it can also soothe your throat. It is very important to stay hydrated and to boost your immune system. Sometimes, also frozen remedies can help because cold can have a soothing effect to our throat. You can simply freeze your herbal tea or you can eat an ice cream.
If sore throat lasts more than a couple of days, or if you have fever, it is necessary to visit a doctor. We also recommend you to consult your doctor before drinking any herbal or medicinal tea, especially if you take some medications. It is possible that some herbs reduce the effectiveness of your medication or to cause some side effects.