Ginger Mint Tea
2 tsp tea of your choice
1 tbs dried mint leaves, crushed
1/4 tsp dried ginger OR a few thin slices of fresh ginger root
Dash of lemon juice
Put the tea, mint, and ginger into a tea ball, or a bit of cloth, and steep it in a cup of steaming hot water for about 2 minutes. Add a small dash of lemon juice, and stir in some honey to taste.
The the ginger acts as an expectorant, providing quick relief to the soreness, the mint is cooling and soothing, the lemon cuts the mucous in the back of the throat which causes soreness, and the honey coats the throat. I have been using this for a couple of days and it has definitely helped reduce the pain drastically.
I also read that gargling with cayenne pepper is very beneficial and provides instant relief, so, being my usual insane self, I tried it, and I'll just say I wouldn't recommend it. While it did, in fact, relieve the pain greatly, it basically felt like my mouth was on fire. Thanks, I'll stick with salt water. :)
Have a lovely day!