Sage tea or gargleSage is also an astringent that can work on reducing the swelling. Plus, its phenolic acids are beneficial for targeting throat bacteria. Both features help ease the scratchy sensation in the throat and subside the pain. To make a tea, pour one cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried sage leaves. Let steep for a few minutes and strain. To improve taste, add honey or lemon and enjoy the tea. The brewed concoction may also be used as a throat gargle.