A few weeks ago, I had a sore throat that lasted for a week. One of those sore throats that hurt all day and all night and don’t ease off, no matter how many throat sweets you eat or hot drinks you drink. There were a couple of benefits to having a sore throat though:
1) I found out that my local chemist sells wine; and
2) waking up in pain at 4am and not being able to get back to sleep made for some very productive days
but, ideally, I’d have liked my sore throat to have disappeared and as my throat sweets and hot water with lemon didn’t seem to be working, I Googled for some remedies and saw one that involved apple cider vinegar and, lo! it just happened that that week, I’d been sent some from a supplier of vitamins, supplements and organic foods called Higher Nature. When I’d been sent the apple cider vinegar, I hadn’t known what to do with it, as the only time I’ve used it in the past was when I sprained my ankle while out running and I wasn’t about to purposely fall down a ditch just to get a review written.
Most of the sore throat remedies I saw involved gargling with vinegar, and I didn’t fancy gargling so I found a recipe that consisted of a mug of hot water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (I’m going by memory, as I can’t find the exact recipe).
It won’t surprise you that it tasted vinegary, but with the lemon juice and honey, it wasn’t overpowering and it went down easily. I can’t say it was a miracle cure for my throat but it did ease it for a while and my sore throat disappeared a couple of days later.