Sore Throat Relief

Looking for sore throat relief?  No matter what the cause of a sore throat, finding a remedy for its pain and discomfort is certainly welcome when it can be brought quickly and effectively.  We have found therapeutic grade essential oils to accomplish this very thing, as they function as an excellent natural sore throat remedy.

A sore throat can have various causes.  These include common viruses (like cold and flu), breathing through the mouth, sinus drainage, and bacterial infections.  Sore throats can also be a consequence of taking antibiotics or the presence of candida.

When a sore throat lasts for more than two weeks, or is accompanied by a fever, it may indicate a serious illness.  In these cases it is wise to obtain competent medical advice.

When looking for sore throat relief, people will often try various remedies.  Some of the more common are salt gargles, sprays, and lozenges.  Running a humidifier and using a decongestant is also common.

We have tried all of these at one time or another, and have found them to bring some sore throat relief.  Nothing compares, however, with the relief we've found using quality essential oils.

Thieves Jump Start

Ordinarily, if someone in our family encounters a sore throat it is because of a virus (like a cold).  When this happens, we immediately administer the Thieves Jump Start.

As described on the page for Colds and Flus, Thieves is a powerful antiviral essential oil blend containing clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary.  The way to use Thieves to jumpstart your immune system is as follows. . .

Put one drop of Thieves on the inside of your cheek once every minute for 10 minutes. Then, put a drop in the same area once every ten minutes for an hour. After that, apply Thieves once an hour for the rest of the day.

That's it. Simple, but powerful – and we've found it to be extremely effective, bringing noticeable improvement almost immediately.

(NOTE: Because the clove and cinnamon in Thieves gives a spicy hot sensation, children may not like it. In that case, I put a drop in a glass of water or rub Thieves on the bottom of the feet. Children typically have no trouble with this.)

There are a number of other possible ways to use essential oils as a natural sore throat remedy.

Besides Thieves, other single oils and blends that have brought sore throat relief are:  tea tree, ravansara, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, lemon, thyme, oregano, peppermint, myrrh, wintergreen, melrose, and raven.

These oils can be used individually, or in a specially made sore throat blend.

Sore throat blend #1:

  • 2 drops thyme
  • 2 drops cypress
  • 1 drop eucalytpus radiata
  • 1 drop peppermint
  • 1 drop myrrh

Sore throat blend #2:

  • 2 drops eucalyptus globulus
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 2 drops wintergreen


When trying to alleviate sore throat symptoms, there are several possible applications using these oils, according to the Essential Oils Desk Reference.

Inhalation:  People will frequently steam themselves when suffering from congestion and a sore throat.  Adding essential oils make the effort so much more effective.

Topical:  Apply directly to the throat (dilute 50:50 with a quality carrier or vegetable oil), use with compresses on the throat and chest area 2-3 times a day, or apply 1-3 drops on the feet at the Vita flex points, 1-3 times daily.

Ingestion: Mix in warm rice milk and sip slowly.  Another option that we have used with success is an essential oil capsule called “Inner Defense.”

Strep Throat

Strep throat arises from a common bacteria, streptococcus, and is often very painful.  In addition to a very sore throat, strep throat typically involves sore, swollen glands in the neck and white spots all over in the throat.
You may be wondering whether essential oils can be used for strep throat, and the answer is yes.  Although we have not necessarily had a diagnosis of strep throat we have had cases of what to us sure seemed to be strep throat.

We had an incidence of this just recently with our 21 year old son.  He had a lingering sore throat for over two weeks.  Because of his busy schedule, he did not take the time to take care of it, but finally it got so bad he had to attend to it. 

Not only did he have a sore throat that made it very uncomfortable to swallow, he had the white spots and swollen glands.  He had a coworker look at it, and his immediate comment was, “Oh, you have strep throat.”

My son gave me a call to ask what to do, and I recommended he use the Thieves antiseptic spray, and we got some in his hands right away.

The next morning I checked in with him to see how he was doing, and he couldn't believe how much better he felt.  He said the first few times he sprayed the Thieves in his throat it really stung, but it made the original pain feel better.  Then in the morning when he woke up the pain was completely gone.  He was amazed, and very grateful.

This is just another example of how we have found therapeutic essential oils to serve to bring sore throat relief.

It is best to apply the oils at the first sign of a sore throat for the greatest effectiveness.

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