Top 10 Throat Soothing Tips

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1 Inhale steam from a bowl  with a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil,  to clear the sinuses and moisturise the vocal chords, or use a humidifier to moisten the air around you.

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2 Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, and try to avoid caffeine and alcohol.

3 Moisten the throat by sucking on lozenges such as Grether’s Pastilles from (A list celebs like Katy Perry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bette Midler and Ariana Grande swear by Grether’s as their lifesavers).

Grethers throat pastilles

Grethers Pastilles available as traditional or sugar free in 60g tin (£3.99), 110g tin (£5.99), 440g tin (£19.99) or 100g refill pouch (£4.23) from

4 Eat fruits/vegetables rich in Vitamin C or use a supplement to help your body’s natural defences.

5 Grate some anti-inflammatory ginger into hot water and sweeten with honey to coat the throat and ease symptoms.

6 Gargle with warm salty water (preferably sea salt).

7 Try to avoid talking or whispering to give the voice rest.

8 Suck ice cubes to hydrate and numb the soreness.

9 Drink a cup of warm herbal tea with a boost of added honey (Manuka works well).

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10 Good old fashioned chicken soup.  The sodium can help ease a sore throat with its anti-inflammatory properties.


Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!