6 of the Best Teas for a Sore Throat

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Let's face it: Getting sick is the worst. And thatВ stinging feeling in your throat that makes it painful to talk, sleep, or swallow might be the worst symptom of all. Fortunately, there are a number of soothing teas you can sip on to relieve a sore throat. Why is tea such a great natural remedy? It has to do with the ingredients and the specific blend of herbs that works to soothe pain and kill bacteria.

Key ingredients in soothing teas include slippery elm, licorice, marshmallow root, peppermint, and turmeric. Slippery elm comes from tree bark and when mixed with water produces a tacky substance called mucilage-a calming salve that was used by soldiersВ during the American RevolutionВ to treat wounds. Marshmallow root-not to be confused with itsВ sweetВ form-containsВ a sticky healing substance similar to that of slippery elm. Meanwhile, peppermint contains menthol, which works to thin mucus and soothe irritation. Licorice root has also been proven effective in soothing sore throats when mixed with water and gargled. Lastly, turmeric (as you've likely heard) is a key anti-inflammatory ingredient.

Now that you know more about these ingredients, scroll through to see some of the top-rated teas that contain them (and their healing properties).

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Soothe your throat with tea made from slippery elm, licorice, and marshmallow root. “I've been using it for years-it also helps when you have a stuffy nose,” says one Reddit reader.

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This tea contains slippery elm, which has chemicals that ease throat pain and kill germs. One user raves, “What a wonderful product. Never fails to make me feel good when I have a cough or a tightening in my chest. A real need in your medicine chest.”

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We've always been fans of Celestial Seasonings' Sleepytime teas, but who knew they also had a throat-coat option? One user says, “This is the best tea I have found for soothing a sore throat and flu-like symptoms. The licorice ingredient literally coats the throat and the feeling of instant relief lasts much longer past the last sip. I don't like licorice, but I love how this tea tastes.”

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Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory ingredient and can be particularly helpful in healing a sore throat, according to family physicianВ Mia Finkelston, MD. In addition to the spice, this tea contains yummy ingredients like vanilla bean and cinnamon.

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“My wife got her degree in vocal performance, so taking care of her voice was crucial,” explainsВ one Reddit user, “This is the best tea.” It's a classic European blend made primarily of elder, yarrow, and calming peppermint.В

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One reviewer says, “The herbs in this tea help to keep the throat moist and get rid of phlegm and sore throat. I like to take it with honey and propolis.” These benefits are likely due to its ancient formula, which includes Sterculia, asparagus root, peppermint, and licorice.