We’re all familiar with that scratchy, itchy, painful-to-swallow feeling we call a sore throat. Some episodes of pharyngitis (the more technical term for the miserable condition) come with colds or the flu, while others stand alone to create your misery. No matter what the cause, these time-tested natural remedies served up by top doctors will have you feeling better in no time.
The best part? You probably have most of them in your kitchen already to save you a trip to the drug store. Even better, some home remedies give you good reason to revisit childhood joys. (Popsicles and chicken soup? Yes, please!)
Some research shows that honey works better at relieving sore throats than a placebo and dextromethorphan, a common over-the-counter medicine. Not only does it give the throat a protective coating, it also has antibacterial properties. “Honey contains a compound that is converted into hydrogen peroxide in addition to other antimicrobial compounds,” says Caroline Roberts, M.D., assistant residency director at UNC Family Medicine. “However, children less than a year old should not be given any honey because of an increased risk of botulism.”