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With winter here, feeling a little bit under the weather is almost inevitable. For most of us a normal cold is easy to overcome with a few days of rest but during that time the symptoms can often drive you up the walls.
When you have a sore throat, it’s hard to think about anything else. The coughing, the pain and scratchy feeling are intolerable, making it difficult to even eat or sleep.
So if you’re struggling with a sore throat or trying to prevent the onset of one, here are some of the best home remedies around.
Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of salt into a cup of hot water and gargle it to neutralise acids, kill germs and get rid of that horrible burning sensation. Just remember not to swallow it.
Lemon and water
Mix some lemon juice in water and gargle it or drink it. The acid in the lemon will help reduce the swollen tissue in your throat and kill the bacteria.
Ginger, honey and lemon
This is one of the most powerful home remedies for cold and flu. Honey soothes the throat and has antibacterial properties too.
Peppers and water
Hot sauce or peppers contain papsicum which fights inflammation and pain. Although it can burn a little, try gargle this solution to soothe your sore throat.
Turmeric and water
This is another great gargling solution. Turmeric is one of the most powerful spices, with many antioxidants and disease fighting properties. You can add ½ a teaspoon of turmeric and ½ a teaspoon of salt in the cup of water for a more effective remedy.
Try mixing ground or powdered cloves with some hot water to make a tea. Cloves have anti-inflammatory properties that can heal your throat.
Green tea is one of the healthiest things you can consume for disease fighting and building up your immune system. If you have a sore throat, drinking green tea will ease the pain and kill the bacteria that’s causing your sore throat.
Apple cider vinegar
It’s not the most delicious treat but adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of salt to some hot water will give your throat an acidic coating that germs won’t be able to survive. If you simply can’t muster the courage to swallow it, gargling it a few times throughout the day will help.
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