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Steven asks…

Home remedies for a sore throat&sinuses? Pls!?

Nearly 3 days now of tea drinking&throat sweets, even tried having chilis last night to clear it out. Just wondering if you know any good remedies to get rid of this fast?

vti answers:

Hey there, sore throat definately honey and lemon.. Two teaspoons of honey and half a lemon topped up with boiling water. Sip this and it sooths your sore throat.
Also if you have a bad throat, avoid dairy products and drink plenty of water as his hydrates your throat!
Dont smoke (obviously) and try to rest your voice, not talking helps a lot and with a sore throat you dont feel like talking!
For the blocked up…try burning tea tree oil, diluted with water, in a burner.
Also try putting your head over a bowl of boiling water and covering head with a towel.. Real old fashioned method but it clears all the blocked up areas!!!

Good luck, hop you feel bettter

George asks…

HELP.. need home remedies for swollen/sore throat ?

I normally use hot tea with lemon and honey, but I am still very hoarse, no other symptons than my usual spring allergies, I am just wanting to know if there are any other home remedies out there so I can try them and see if they work better. BTW, I have already seen my doctor, there’s no infection or other problem, my vocal chords just tend to swell if I have recently done alot of yelling.
OK two add ons… 1st I did’t mean I yell all the time, I meant I yelled for like 5 or more minutes at one time, I try not to yell very often, because of this reason. And number 2 I saw a doctor I do not have anyform of infection, and 3 thanks so far to all who suggested salt water, this took out the soreness and some swelling!

vti answers:

Gargling with warm salt water is good. Another way to help is to squeeze a lime in warm water with 4 teaspoons of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of salt then sip it. Also boil some milk to drink mixed with a pinch of pepper powder. Apply alternating cold and hot compresses to your throat. Gargle with 1 cup warm water and 1 cup apple cider vinegar. One teaspoon of coarsely powdered cinnamon, boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder, and two teaspoons of honey can be taken as a medicine. Two or three drops of cinnamon oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, also give immense relief. Mix equal parts of hydrogen perioxide and warm water and gargle. Eat some hot soup. Mix half a pack of jello with hot water and drink. I know more so if you want more email me at

Maria asks…

What is a good home remedy for a sore throat?

My throat is extremely sore from having bad allergies. The pollen count has been very high in GA. I was going to try drinking some vanilla chai tea, but it tastes horrible! Anything else I could try?

vti answers:

•1: Keep Your Nasal Passages Clear

2: Rest and Take It Easy

3: Gargle
Gargle with warm saltwater. If you can gargle without gagging, make a saline solution by adding 1/2 teaspoon salt to a cup of very warm water. Yes, when your mother told you to gargle with saltwater, she knew what she was talking about. It cuts phlegm and reduces inflammation. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup warm water, and gargle every three to four hours.

Gargle with Listerine. Another good gargling fluid is Listerine mouthwash. If you share the product with anyone else in your household, don’t drink straight from the bottle; instead, pour a small amount into a cup (and don’t share that, either).

4: Drink Cider Vinegar
•For gargling: You’ll need 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, and 1 cup warm water. Dissolve the salt in the vinegar, then mix in the water. Gargle every 15 minutes as necessary.

5: Make a Horseradish Cocktail
Try this Russian sore-throat cure. Combine 1 tablespoon pure horseradish or horseradish root with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon ground cloves. Mix in a glass of warm water and drink slowly.

6: Use Citrus
Sip lemon juice. Mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice in 1 cup warm water and sip away.

Drink lime juice. Combine 1 spoonful with a spoonful of honey and take as often as needed for a sore throat.

7: Take an Analgesic
Plain old aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can do wonders for sore-throat pain

8: Eat a Juice Bar
Juice bars are cold and soothing to a hot throat. Don’t suck, though. Sucking may irritate the throat even more. Simply let small pieces melt in your mouth.

9: Drink Hot Liquids
Especially if you’re not good at gargling, drink hot fluids, such as coffee, tea or hot lemonade.

10: Keep the Fluids Coming
Drink as much fluid as possible — at least eight to 10 8-ounce glasses per day. Keeping your throat well lubricated with soothing liquids can prevent it from becoming dry and irritated and may even help banish the infection faster.


Jenny asks…

Home remedies for sore throats?

My throat is killing me and I was wondering if there are any home remedies?

vti answers:

Depends on what’s causing the sore throat, honestly.

If you’re coughing a lot and your throat is raw from coughing, then making warm lemonade works, but have like a half-pound of honey per gallon of lemonade. The lemon will cleanse the throat and the honey will help lubricate it.

If it’s just sore with no real other reason, you might have anything from a minor cold virus to moderate dehydration going on. In both cases, drinking lots of liquids (NOT MILK) can help with upping your hydration status.

If it’s an air quality problem, then once again all you really can do is to hydrate.

If it’s a bacterial infection, you should see a doctor and get at least diagnosed so that if it’s something really nasty there are at least some treatment options. Garlic used to be great for most illnesses, but since we irradiated our atmosphere there are lots of nasty bugs that are mutating all the time. Our old treatments just don’t work as well as they used to. Antibiotics are about all that kill bacterial infections any more (but they do nothing for viruses). Just be aware that they are strong enough to kill lots of beneficial things, too.

If it’s from trying to swallow something too big, then the only solution is actually time to heal, and take your time and chew your food so that this doesn’t happen! Injuries like this just take a while to heal, and are generally not pleasant.

Hope this covers all the bases!

Linda asks…

What are some home remedies for a sore throat?

vti answers:

Green tea.
I wouldn’t suggest putting too much sugar in it, I find when putting sugar my throat seems to feel worse. But cream or milk is good. Hot liquids help with sore throats.

Gargle warm saltwater. My grandma used to do this with me when I had a sore throat. It works most of the time.

Rest, if you’re also experiencing other symptoms the best remedy is to just rest.

Popsicles help too, then kind of numb the throat, but wont last long. You can make your own with a flavored green tea (raspberry green tea) by adding some tea and honey then putting it in an ice cube tray with toothpicks to hold onto.

Also, another great thing to do would be to steam your face. Get a large bowl and put very hot water in it. Sit so your face is Parallel to the bowl and put a towel over your head so it also drapes over the bowl.

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