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Herbal Remedies for Sore Throat

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Sore throats are very common and most people at one point in time have had to deal with a sore throat. Most are caused by minor illnesses such as colds or flu and can be treated at home. They normally get better within a week but can be quite irritating. People looking for simple everyday remedies for a sore throat have found that some herbs help to soothe the throat and speed up recovery. Below are a list of some of these herbs:

  • Acacia Gum. Gum arabic. Acacia senegal – sore throat (gargle)
  • Amaranth. Love-lies-bleeding. Amaranthus hypochondriacus L – sore throat (gargle)
  • Myrrh. Balsamodendron myrrh, Commiphora molmol – infective sore throat
  • Balm of Gilead. Poplar buds. Populus gileadensis – for coughs, colds and sore throats
  • Bilberry. Huckleberry. Vaccinum myrtillus – sore throat (gargle)
  • Blackberry. Rubus villosus – sore throat (gargle)
  • Black Currant. Ribes nigrum – sore throat (tea used as a gargle)
  • Catechu, Black. Acacia catechu – mouth ulcer, spongy and bleeding gums (mouth wash), sore throat (gargle)
  • Chamomile Flowers (German). Wild Chamomile. Matricaria recutita – sore throat and mouth
  • Chestnut, Sweet. Spanish chestnut. Castanea sativa – sore throat (gargle), dry violent spasmodic coughs (whooping cough, croup)
  • Corydalis. Stagger-weed. Root. Corydalis cava – sore throat of syphilis
  • Cudweed, Marsh. Gnaphalium uliginosum – sore throat, tonsillitis, pharyngitis (tea used as a gargle every 2 hours), whooping cough
  • Eucalyptus. Blue gum tree. Eucalyptus globulus – colds, sinusitis, sore throat and respiratory disorders
  • Eyebright. Bright-eye. Birds-eye. Euphrasia officinalis – relax tonsils and sore throat (gargle)
  • Fleabane. Canada fleabane. Erigeron canadensis – sore throat
  • Hyssop. Hyssopus officinalis – bronchitis, colds, catarrh, sore throat
  • Ipecacuanha Root. Cephaelis ipecacuanha – sore throat, whooping cough
  • Labrador Tea. St James tea. Wild Rosemary. Ledum Latifolium, Jacq. – inflamed or malignant sore throat
  • Lemon. Citrus limonum – sore throat (gargle)
  • Lungwort. Pulmonaria officinalis L, Lobaria pulmonaria L – laryngitis, sore throat, children’s dry cough, whooping cough
  • Maidenhair Fern. Venus hair. Adiantum capillus-veneris – coughs, sore throat, bronchitis
  • Oak. English oak. Quercus robur – sore throat, tonsillitis (gargle and mouth-wash)
  • Orris Root. Wild purple flag. Iris florentina L, Iris germanica L – sore throat, coughs
Decoction of Blackberry Root Bark.

2 ounces Blackberry Root Bark (out)
1 quart distilled water

Boil the above for 15 minutes, strain, cool and bottle. Keep in a cool place.

One wineglassful 3 or 4 times a day, between meals. Children: Less according to age.

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Other things to do

In addition to using the herbs, here are some other things to observe:

  • gargle with a homemade mouthwash of warm, salty water
  • drink plenty of cool or warm fluids, and avoid hot drinks, especially very hot
  • eat cool, soft foods
  • avoid smoking
  • avoid smoky and dusty places
  • suck ice cubes or ice lollies (note: don’t give young children anything that would risk choking)


Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Thomas Bartram
Advanced Treatise in Herbology by Dr. Edward Shook

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