Wives Tales and Sore Throat Remedies – Fact or Fiction?

OK – You’re lying in bed dreading going to work because your throat is burning. You may also have a big lump in your throat and find it hard to swallow. Maybe you are all stuffed up and that nasal drainage into your throat is making it raw. These are all sore throat symptoms. If you have them, then I want you to know that I have gone into my mother and granny archives and have pulled out some old wives tales, and other remedies for your sore throat.

Remedy 1: Honey and Lemon

This soothing remedy is an old one that is not so much a tale. As a matter of fact, our family doctor just prescribed this one for my 8 year old who had a sore throat and a cough. The trick to this one is the anti-oxidants in the lemon, and the soothing ability of honey to coat the throat. It actually works. Here is the recipe:

• 1 cup of warm water

• 2 Tablespoons of Pure Lemon Juice

• 1 Teaspoon of honey

Remedy 2: Gargle with Salt Water

My mother was a Registered Nurse and whenever I got a sore throat, she would pull out the salt and a glass of water, and mix it together. I could have sworn it was a 50/50 mixture of salt and water, but I’m sure it wasn’t. All I can remember was the uncontrollable gag reflex as I tried to gargle with the mixture. Anyway it did work. Why? Salt is an antiseptic, and gargling with it mixed with water, helps to kill the bacteria in your throat causing the soreness. It’s not a cure, but it helps.

Remedy 3: Tickle Cocktail

This one is for those that are familiar with health supplements. Basically what do I mean by a tickle cocktail. The “tickle” in the phrase refers to the feeling you get at the back of your throat when you know you are coming down with something. The instant you get this feeling here is what you do. You need to take a 3 pronged supplement mixture: Garlic, Vitamin C, and Echinacea. Take these 3 times per day immediately when you feel the tickle at the back of your throat.

Remedy 4: A little Cognac (A Toddy) every evening before bed

This one is for adults only, obviously. This is one of the wives tales, I think. My grandmother used to make toddy for my grandfather every night. She claimed it kept the colds and sore throats away. I’m not sure about that, but it definitely made his nose red. Anyway, I kind of enjoy this little wives tale for obvious reasons.

Remedy 5: Gargling with Vinegar

I’m not sure about this one, but there are people that swear by this remedy. All you have to do is search the web. Basically all you have to do with this one is mix about 3 tablespoons of vinegar in water, and gargle it taking a tablespoon at a time. This remedy has an added benefit. If your ailment is due to tonsil stones, the vinegar in the solution works to dissolve the calcium that forms the tonsil stones. If you’re not sure what these are, they are calcified deposits around your tonsils that can cause bad breath, and soreness in your throat.

So if you have a sore throat, I hope I was able to give you some ideas that your mom would be glad to take credit for – and yes they do work.