While nobody enjoys gargling salt water, it’s one of the best remedies for a sore throat. It’s recommended to gargle 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water at least once every hour.
Mixing honey in warm water is one of the most effective ways to soothe a sore throat. All types of honey, particularly manuka, have antiviral and antibacterial properties as well as a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect on the throat.
Drinking herbal teas when you have a sore throat can help to soothe and hydrate. Soothing herbs include sage, thyme, rosemary, ginseng, licorice, elderflower, chamomile, Echinacea, horehound, slippery elm, and marshmallow root.
Sipping on lemon juice mixed with water can help soothe a sore throat as well as help clear congestion.
By itself, tomato juice can be too acidic on a sore throat, but adding milk dilutes it and can help relieve the pain.
When suffering from a sore throat, drinking warm apple cider can help soothe it and clear congestion.