Coating the throat and gargling can help soothe a scratchy throat. Common household ingredients make effective home treatments to help with mild throat irritants, according to the Mayo Clinic.
One well-known remedy is to mix a tablespoon of honey into some warm water and lemon juice. Drink this hot or cold. Honey acts as a coating for the throat and soothes irritation. Lozenges and teas containing slippery elm also help to coat the throat and ease scratchiness.
Gargling with saltwater or apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy that has existed for hundreds of years and also works well for throat irritations. Try a mix of a teaspoon salt or organic apple cider vinegar in eight ounces of warm water. Gargling is especially useful for throat problems caused by dry air or allergies.
Licorice has natural anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a gargle or a beverage. Mix a teaspoon of licorice in an 8-ounce glass of water. Be sure to use real licorice powder or liquid. The best place to find this licorice is a natural remedy shop.
If there is pain along with the scratchiness, an alcohol gargle may be most effective. Not only does the alcohol soothe the throat, it also provides a numbing effect. Add a teaspoon of bourbon or whiskey to an 8-ounce glass of warm water.