Turmeric is multipurpose and precious in home remedies as an anti-inflammatory. For the throat, make a drink of a cup of hot milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder added to it. You could add a teaspoon of honey too, and maybe a little sliced up fresh ginger. The turmeric really eases the inflammation in your throat.
To get your turmeric healing fix without drinking it, gargle with a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric added to a glass of water.
Liquorice root is another anti-inflammatory, and also known for easing bronchial congestion. It has been used for years as an infusion in hot water to soothe the throat. Certainly it was what my mum was given as little girl. You should be able to buy the root – or liquorice root teabags – from health food shops.
Hot carrot juice.
Mix 2 tablespoons of honey into your glass of orange juice.
The oils from thyme leaves are also great for healing a throat. Put 3 or 4 sprigs of fresh thyme into a teapot (or 2 teaspoons of dried, but then you’ll need to use a tea-leaf strainer to avoid lots of bits floating in your mug) and fill with hot – not boiling – water to make a tea.
And finally, one which I love for its sheer bonkersness but in no way recommend – from ‘Victorian Family Save All’. It reads like a witches brew. “Collect two dozen garden snails, and add to these the hind quarters of two dozen steam frogs, skinned. Bruise them together in a mortar, after which, put them in a stewpan with a couple of turnips chopped small, a little salt, a quarter of an ounce of hay saffron, and three pints of spring water. Stir these on the fire untill the broth begins to boil, then skim it well and set it by the fire to simmer for half an hour; after which it should be strained by pressure through a tammy cloth, into a basin for use.”