I came down with a seriously sore throat earlier this week, and while I don’t think it’s strep, it’s a literal pain in the neck that I’m ready to be done with.

I’ve been relying on throat spray, cough drops, hot tea with honey and ibuprofen to get through the days and nights, but this morning, I broke out a recipe for Dr. Gould’s Gargle, a concoction that my mom got years ago from a vocal coach that she used to give us to gargle when we got sore throats as kids.

It’s basically amped up salt water with equal parts salt, baking soda and Karo syrup mixed with warm water. Despite a few Google searches, I can’t seem to find out who this Dr. Gould was and why he or she would call for Karo syrup instead of honey, and though Dr. Gould’s die-hards, like the choral students who have to take this test, would insist on the corn syrup, it seems like honey would be a more natural choice.

No matter if you use honey or Karo syrup, this gargle is a good tool for your own sore throat medicine cabinet.

A friend texted me yesterday that I should be drinking whiskey for this sore throat, which got me thinking: What other remedies do you use?

Dr. Gould’s Gargle

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. Karo syrup

3/4 cup warm water

Mix ingredients together and gargle for 15 seconds and spit. Continue until you have gargled all of the mixture, but be careful not to swallow it. Repeat twice a day or up to every few hours, and don’t eat for 20 to 30 minutes after gargling.