Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Jan 22, 2005 12:30 PM

Best Home Made Sore Throat Recipe??

  • n

I'm in search of a sore throat soother that doesn't involve store-bought lozenges and syrups. I'll include the two that I've been using since I was a kid, but I wanted to see if other people had more potent recipes!

1 mug hot water
lemon juice to taste (1/2 a lemon, usually)
honey to taste (2 Tbs, roughly)

small pot of water
palm-sized piece of ginger, sliced
brown or rock sugar

Simmer the ginger in the water for an hour or more, then add sugar. This makes a potent drink, and personally I think it tastes better (more mellow) after it's sat around and re-heated the next day. It's QUITE spicy right after you make it, but has more depth of flavor and syrupiness the next day. If you make this too strong or have too much at once, it might make you salivate uncontrollably. Ginger is weird that way.

Thanks in advance for sharing!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Can you buy Traditional Medicinal teas where you live? They offer one called "Throat Coat" which involves below...I've not ever tried it but knew of it when I worked in a Health Food store a few years ago...the manager would bring all of us a cup of the TM Ginger Aid tea at 4:00 each afternoon...I loved that! She grew up on Barbados. I only know of the lemon & honey that you already mentioned...hope you feel better soon!


    1 Reply
    1. re: Val/FL

      I think throat coat is indispensable when I have a sore throat. It's made from Slippery Elm and really helps relieve the pain (without the upset stomach and numbness that lozenges can sometimes give you) I swear by that stuff.

    2. If you have a British goods store around, check for Lemsip, which is sorta like hot lemonade, but really works for sore throats.

      1 Reply
      1. re: Karl S.

        Yes - I swear by lemsip. It's kind of like theraflu, but tastes a heck of a lot better and doesn't make me feel speedy. Here's a link to an online pharmacy that will deliver it.

      2. This is sort of a summertime variation of what you posted. I found it very helpful last summer when I had a virus.

        About 1/2 T coarsely grated ginger, steeped in 12 oz. boiling water. Strain. Stir in honey to taste and let cool. Chill, then add lime juice to taste.

        1. A friend used to make jello into a drink, she would dilute a little so it never quite set. Apparently it is very soothing. I never tried it but it sounds good.I imagine you could substitute juice for water and get some needed vitamins that way.

          1. Ginger makes you salivate uncontrollably? At the risk of being crude, it makes me urinate about 5 times for every 8 ounces of ginger tea or ginger makes it rather unpleasant.

            I thought it was just me.