Natural remedies for an irritated throat include gargling with warm salt water, drinking plenty of water, avoiding tobacco products, and using a steroid nasal spray or decongestant, according to WebMD. Other remedies include using peppermint, apricot root, honey, lemon and marshmallow root.
Gargling with warm salt water helps to relieve throat irritation, reduce swelling, break down secretions and ease discomfort. Research confirms that mixing honey in tea soothes upper respiratory infections and suppresses coughs, helping heal a sore throat, reports Healthline. Drinking plenty of fluids helps thin secretions and soothes pain. Consuming hot soup or tea is also effective in relieving an irritated throat.