Throat Care

Homeopathic care for Sore Throats

Say  ‘ahhh.’  Red swollen and painful, a sore throat lets you know it is time to pay attention to what your body needs. Especially after big blows or sudden icy storms, a sore throat may spell the beginning of a cold or the flu. It might come from a  virus or bacteria, an allergy,  nutritional deficiency or general inflammation.  Treat the throat and boost the immune. Read on to see what remedies can alleviate symptoms and put you on a firm road to good health

article updated Feb 13, 2023

For the early stages of sore throat Ainworths pharmacy in London recommends a combination of three remedies: Belladonna, Apis, and  Merc sol.  Apis addresses the dry mouth and burning pains (no thirst, despite this).  Red throat and tongue.  Belladonna symptoms include a raw, irritated throat with swollen glands and stitching pains. Merc sol has sore stitching pains that spread up to the ears and neck. Tonsils are often swollen, they are worse at night, and on right side, will be worse for swallowing.

Usually, it’s best to take one remedy so you know what works. Below is a list of the top sore throat solutions: 

Best solutions


early stage, symptoms appear suddenly after cold dry wind. The patient may be hoarse. The throat is dry, angry, and constricted.


bad taste in the mouth.  Pains in the neck and ears, intensified when swallowing.  Flu symptoms: chills and fever, weak, heavy exhaustion.

Baryta mur 

Right-sided pain. Feels as if there is a lump in the throat. Swollen neck glands, dry lips. Thirsty but no hunger. 

Hepar Sulph 

Sore throat accompanied by pus or mucus.  The sense that a hair or splinter is stuck in the throat.  Pain shoots to ears on swallowing. Smelly breath, phlegm. Later stages. Irritable and sensitive to cold


Dry painful throat with hoarseness. Talking can cause tickling in the throat. Worse evening. The desire for icy cold drinks.

Throat Care Natural Solutions


Saltwater or tea tree gargle. Sea salt, Himalayan, or Celtic rock salt (not iodised table salt). Boil about 1 cup water, add 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir until the salt is almost dissolved. Very warm water is best. Stand over the sink and growl gently at the moon. Repeat until no water is left in the glass or mug. First thing in the morning, last thing before bed. (Substitute a few drops of Tea tree oil, if you prefer)

Propolis Tincture

Pure extract of bee propolis – eye dropperful, down the throat. This resin-like syrup, made by bees, comes from buds of cone-bearing trees. (find potable tincture in the erboristeria).

Colloidal Silver

The potable kind comes in spray and liquid. This mineral binds to and destroys proteins, kills germs, and is rumoured to eliminate 500+ strains of bacteria. A few sprays into the throat thrice daily will alleviate symptoms. (find in erboristeria).

Ginger Shot

(Salabat as the Filipinos call it)

A natural whisky that decreases inflammation and aids recovery from sore throats, heavy colds and chest infections.

Peel (or wash well) two inches of fresh ginger root. Add one small red chili pepper for fortification. Chop into small pieces and toss into a saucepan with two cups of filtered water. Simmer without lid for about 15-20 min until liquid reduces by half.  Strain.

Pour into a mug, stir in tsp. honey or agave syrup. Cheers!

Honey lemon drink

½ fresh lemon and small tsp. honey in boiled water or….

Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne, and Honey Tea

This is made with lemon, apple cider vinegar, cayenne, and honey. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper,  juice of 1/4 lemon, and one teaspoon of honey to a cup of hot water. Typically, up to four cups a day is suggested.

Sage tea

A soothing restorative to the throat. Don’t use if pregnant, nursing, or prone to seizures


Take daily, alongside Vitamin C and zinc tablets 

General advice

Drink plenty of fluids, which keep the throat lubricated. Get plenty of rest.

Eliminate dry air, which can irritate a sore throat, by using a cold air humidifier.

Soft silk or wool scarf wrapped snuggly but not tightly around the neck will keep the neck and throat warm

There’s usually a bit more to it that the signals above. Seek assistance if you are unsure.


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