My standard treatment to relieve a sore throat used to be a gargle with water and apple cider vinegar. It tasted icky but took most of the soreness out. Usually.
But I have found something WAY better and 100 percent effective. I think it tastes good too. It's called Tomato Tea, or Cayenne Pepper Tea. This concoction uses a HUGE amount of cayenne pepper to, essentially, "nuke" and numb out the inflamed tissues of your throat. It absolutely works, and FAST.
Does the cayenne pepper burn your mouth? Well, kind of. Your lips will buzz for awhile, and as you drink it you will think to yourself, "Am I drinking a soup of very angry bees that are stinging my mouth?" I won't lie to you, it does feel that way, but I kid you not, the buzzing lips go away and so does the sore throat pain. Sweet relief! I think the tea (which is really more of a soup) has other curative powers and speeds recovery from the illness by killing off the virus.
I am one of those who actually enjoys the taste of this beverage. I find it quite soothing. It includes a healthy dose of garlic which is also known to have anti-viral effects. Oh and anti-vampire as well.
Here's the recipe:
CAYENNE PEPPER TOMATO TEA SORE THROAT CURE RECIPE
one can tomato sauce* (or tomato juice, or soup, or whatever)
one can water or thin to preferred consistency
two large cloves garlic, minced fine
one teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
optional: a splash of lemon juice (fresh)
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and heat through to hot soup drinkable temperature.
SIP the concoction, inhaling the fragrance of the garlic. Enjoy the feeling of the pepper as it "burns away" the pain, numbing it out and killing the virus!
This will likely clear you sinuses too.
ALTERNATE GARGLE METHOD:
If you only have cayenne pepper on hand, you can make a simple gargle of a cup of water and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or as much as you can stand). Stir the water to keep the pepper afloat while you gargle with it a few times. Not nearly as pleasnat or tasty, but effective in removing the pain.
The first time I used this cure was last spring, when I had the worst sore throat I had experienced in years. The Vinegar and water gargle didn't touch it. In desperation I searched the net and ran across this recipe. I tried it and it worked so well, it is now my treatment of choice. The cayenne pepper soup may cure it in one dose, possibly another one a few hours later if the sore throat is severe, but in my experience this is a miracle cure and even tasty once you get used to it.