Sore Throat
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A Fresh Remedy - Lemon for Sore Throat

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Posted by Valentyna (Perth) on 07/02/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Having my tonsils taken out as a little girl I was always having sore throats. But then in Australia someone suggested nibbling on a slice of lemon (with the peel on) helps - and yes it does.

Posted by Nathalie (Farrockaway, Ny) on 06/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

okay I tried the lemon juice just a little bit and put like half a cup of hot water the lemon juice was bottled in the fridge so it came out warm with the hot water from the sink. I gargled it a few times but im not a a very good gargler idk I dont do it as much but then I tried gargling it deeper and when I did that mucus or w. E it may be started spittin back up im guessin thats either the thing that was causing strep throat or idk it was cleaning it out and I feel as if it worked.... But I only did it for a little and though my throat is cleared I still feel the soreness im sure if I did it for a while longer it wouldve been gone , I just dont have the time so im making me a tea... to clear off the rest im hoping and pretty sure itll be better after the tea if not ill go back to deep gargling the lemon juice with hot water ....

Posted by Selena (Fredericton, New Brunswick) on 09/15/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Lemons work. I have had many sore throats. The only reason that some people say lemons are bad is because you're not supposed to eat lemons when u have strep throat. If the lemon is too sour, boil some water and put a teaspoon of honey in with two slices of lemon. Stir and let set for 2-6 min. Hope it helps

Posted by Julie (Charleston, SC) on 09/25/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Sore Throat: Lemon and Salt work for a sore throat because they dry up infection. Most sore throats are caused by infection in the glands in your throat and lemon, salt, ginger kill infection.

Posted by Becka (Brighton, MI) on 09/13/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Honey and lemon on Peanut Butter helped my sore throat. Mix Two heaping tablespoons of peanut butter, A tablespoon and a 1/2 of lemon juice and honey. Eat with spoon when throat is sore.

Posted by Kyle (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) on 06/15/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Sore Throat: well you get a lemon and cut it off at the top and you put a pepper mint in the center of the lemon then in a bout a hour of sucking on the lemon bammm baby its gone i got this from my 73 year old grampa

Posted by Dave (Boston, MA) on 05/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I squeezed the juice of one lemon plus a tablesoon of honey and a dash of ground ginger and microwaved the mixture for 30 seconds. It was very soothing, cleared up my sore throat, and it tastes good too!

Posted by Fabio (Toronto, canada) on 07/10/2007
5 out of 5 stars

so i wake up in the morning almost everyday with a sore throat so i got sick and tired of it and started looking for cures on the internet and came across this page, i tried lemon water and honey and a few minutes later BAMM no more sore throat lol. this works great.

Posted by Susan (Edmonton, Canada) on 05/30/2007
5 out of 5 stars

For a sore throat...1/2 cup of warm water, fresh lemon or lemon juice squeezed into warm water and 1 tsp honey. It really works....and it is very soothing.

Posted by Djuana (Brooklyn, NY) on 01/24/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I tried fresh lemon squeezed on half a spoon and honey on the other half and swallow it down. This really works for sore throat!

Posted by Anonymous on 12/30/2006
5 out of 5 stars

a mug half full of hot water. A good sized lemon. Cut in half (use a strainer or de seed if desired)squeeze lemon juice in to mug of hot water. And most important ingredient: HONEY. 2 TSP depending on how sweet you prefer. IMPORTANT FYI : When sick w/ a cold or flu try not to drink orange juice or apple juice they tend to en flame a sore throat. So since you must drink lots of fluids Gatorade/Powerade ,7up, teas (best if hot no caffeine too) but stay away from cold juices that are citric acid HOT IS BEST

Posted by Anj (London, UK) on 10/06/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Equal amount of lemon juice/ fresh ginger juice/ honey/ fresh onion juice mix everything together have a tablespoonful every hour for two to three days. This cures a cold/ cough/ sore throat. Mum used to keep a bottleful in the freeze and you had to make an effort do drink about six to eight times a day, has a nice taste. People who don't like onions can make it without.

Posted by Lud (Australia) on 06/11/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the lemon sucking thing and I couldn't take it, so I went out to the back and found an orange that was safe to eat, but just a bit sour. It was pretty big, and by the time I finished it my throat was feeling a lot better.

Posted by Danielle (Jupiter, FL) on 05/02/2006
5 out of 5 stars

SUCK ON A LEMON! Before I drank it I could barely breathe. Now my throat feels much better and it feels more opened up so I don't feel like I'm gagging. I took half of a lemon and squeezed the juice into a glass along with any of the pulp. Then I added some water and a lot of sugar because I don't like sour tastes and it works great and tastes even better!

Posted by Rob (Houston) on 04/23/2006
5 out of 5 stars

A very old woman from Oregon told me about this about 20 years ago, and it's got a 100% success rate so far, at least for me and the friends I've suggested it to.

To permanently cure most kinds of sore throats, you merely need to suck on a lemon. Use either one small lemon or a little more than one-half of a big lemon. Cut it into sections as you would an orange, and suck the juice out of each section. Try one more time an hour later if the sore throat still hasn't passed. If it's still sore after an hour after your second dose, you should strongly consider seeking medical assistance.

Lemon juice is very acidic, and can erode the enamel on your teeth, so I would recommend brushing your teeth soon afterwards. You can just drink lemon juice instead if you don't have an actual lemon handy. On one occasion I mixed about three-fourths of a cup of lemon juice with about 2 cups of water and gulping that down seemed to work just as well. After reading some of the other cures posted here, it occurred to me that gargling with a lemon juice / water mixture might have been a good idea. Merely having a glass of lemonade or two doesn't seem to work very well--I suppose because it doesn't have enough lemon juice in it. I feel that the idea is to assault your throat with the acidity of the lemon juice, and if you get enough down there at one time, the soreness just stops. I am no doctor, but I have not yet had a sore throat for the last 20 years or so that a lemon didn't permanently cure.