Sore Throat – 10 Natural Home Remedies

What Caused My Sore Throat?

Before starting a natural remedy for a sore throat you need to know why your throat is hurting. Some causes need to be seen by a doctor. Even if you choose to treat the pain with a natural remedy you may need a medication to treat the cause.

The most common causes for a sore throat are viruses such as cold, flu, and occasionally mononucleosis. Also bacterial infections such as strep throat and tonsillitis can cause a sever sore throat. A sore throat caused by a virus is great to be treated with home remedies. However if you have a bacterial infection a doctor would need to prescribe an antibiotic to clear the cause of the sore throat.

Sometimes when dealing with a sore throat you may need to use natural remedies to treat a cough. Often the constant hacking can cause the sore throat. So the easiest way to treat the sore throat is to treat the cough.

If you only need to treat a sore throat then here are a few tips.


10 Ways To Treat Your Sore Throat at Home

  1. Salt water– Just mix a couple of teaspoons of salt in warm water and gargle. Do not swallow this mixture. Repeat every couple of hours.
  2. Garlic– Okay so this one doesn’t taste great but it works. Get 3 pieces of garlic out and peel them. Take the first two pieces and place at the back of your teeth and chew them. Let the warm juices go down your throat. After you are done swallow them. Take the third piece and suck on it for a few minutes, then swallow it whole like a pill. Repeat up to 3 times a day.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar– This should be done at the first signs of a sore throat. It can often keep the pain from getting worse and if caught early enough it may get rid of it all together. Just gargle a small amount of Natural apple Cider Vinegar then swallow it.
  4. Honey– Take a teaspoon of natural (preferably local) honey every hour. It will coat your throat and give you some relief.
  5. Ginger– I like to take a 3 quart pot and throw in one peeled ginger root. Boil for 15 minutes then simmer for another 15 minutes (longer if you have time). Remove the ginger root and drink warm to help a sore throat.
  6. Cayenne Pepper– OK so this one taste HORRIBLE but it works so I suggest if all else fails, or if you like cayenne pepper give it a try. You can do this multiple ways. If you have access to just powdered cayenne then add a teaspoon to a cup of warm water and drink. I prefer the actual pepper. You can chop it very fine and eat it straight. I like to let it linger at the back of my mouth to let the juices run down my throat.
  7. Peroxide– Gargle peroxide twice a day. Do NOT swallow. Gargle and spit. This is a good one if you have an infection and are on antibiotics. Peroxide is known for being great at killing bacteria.
  8. Onion– If you can take it raw then that is best. If you however are like me and can’t bite into an onion like an apple you may need to try getting creative with how you use it. Do NOT cook it though. The best solution I have found is to chop it down into tiny pieces and add to a cup of warm water. Then wash it down as quick as you can.
  9. Lemon– Again this is one where you get the most benefit if you can eat it by itself. Just cut in half and eat. Water can be used if you don’t think eating plain lemon will work for you.
  10. Mixture– I have found the best thing is to mix a few of these throughout the day. A nice glass of ginger water with honey and lemon added to it makes a good breakfast time drink. Mix apple cider Vinegar and onion at lunch time. Cayenne pepper and garlic at dinner. Peroxide at night before bed.


If your sore throat persists for more than 7 days see a doctor. Any time you use a new product in your body always talk to your doctor first.

Athlete’s Foot ~ 5 Natural Home Remedies

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a type of rash located on the foot or both feet. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that grows on or in the top layer of skin. This fungi typically grows best in warm and damp locations such as between the toes.

Athlete’s foot is contagious. You can get it from sharing shoes, showering in public showers without shoes, or walking barefoot in public places that may harbor athlete’s foot.

There are three different types of Athletes foot. Between the three almost every part of your foot can be infected, and in severe cases the toe nails can become infected. This can lead to cracking, pealing, discoloration, or even the nail coming off. However the most common part of the foot to become infected with this fungus is between the toes.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

With all the symptoms of athlete’s foot you would think everyone who had it would know. Unfortunately many suffer from this condition and have no idea. Some even think the symptoms are normal parts of age, working on their feet, or just from walking around bare foot. While some things can cause it the symptoms should never be taken as normal. I want bore you with the details of what Athlete’s foot is since if you are here you probably already know what it is. However here are the symptoms if you are unsure.

Painful cracks between and on the bottom of the toes. Peeling blisters and skin. Toenails become yellow. Finally a warm or itchy feeling may be present.

Natural Home Remedies For Athlete’s Foot

  1. Apple Cider vinegar has been one of the most used natural remedies for athlete’s foot (and really almost all other illnesses). The easiest method is to make a warm foot bath and add a cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 15-20 minutes. When you finish dry feet very well. Take an apple cider soaked q-tip and rub along the cuticles. Repeat once or twice a day. Do not put your feet immediately back into shoes. You will need your feet to air out for a bit for them to fully dry before putting shoes or socks back on.
  2. Coconut oil is wonderful for so many things and this is another great use for it. When you wake up in the morning just massage into your feet making sure you get it in between toes and around nails. Let it dry into your foot as best ass possible before adding shoes or socks back on to your feet.
  3. Garlic, while a smelly fix, it does work. It is an antiseptic and anti fungal. You can simply apply crushed raw garlic between the toes and on the nails twice a day for one to two weeks. Now you have to be careful with garlic because too much direct contact with the skin can cause added irritation. The best option is to crush 2 cloves of garlic into a teaspoon of coconut oil. You will then add the blended garlic to your feet. Now you get the added benefits of 2 great products at ones.
  4. Cloves can be used in the form of an essential oil or salve. Apply several times a day or twice a day if using in combination with the garlic. Do not eat any clove essential oil or salve. You can also place the cloves in a food processor with a teaspoon of coconut oil and use it just as you would the garlic. Cloves were used in Chinese medicine since many years B.C.
  5. Tea tree oil is known for its many uses. This is another great use. Just apply a 25% oil solution or cream two to three times a day. The only down side is some dry skin has been reported with long term use. If that is an issue for you and your skin just mix it in with the coconut oil just like with the other 2 natural remedies.


While I am very PRO natural remedy you need to keep in mind that when all else fails see a doctor. It’s not recommended to use natural remedies for more than 3 weeks if there are no signs of improvement. Please see a doctor if symptoms do not improve within 3 weeks.