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Welcome to Winter: Natural remedies for a sore throat




A sore throat can be a painful and uncomfortable experience. They come around more often this time of year, especially with all the crazy weather we've had and having some natural remedies in your back pocket can help. 

 

Here are a few ways you can try to soothe a sore throat:

 

Honey: Honey has antibacterial properties and can help soothe a sore throat. Mix a tablespoon of honey into a warm cup of tea or hot water to help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation.

 

Saltwater gargle: Gargling with salt water can help reduce inflammation and loosen mucus in the throat. Mix a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and gargle for 30 seconds. Repeat this a few times a day.

 

Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and can help reduce inflammation. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a cup of warm water and gargle with it. You can also add a tablespoon of honey for added benefits.

 

Ginger tea: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe a sore throat. Boil a few slices of fresh ginger in a cup of water for a few minutes. Add honey and lemon juice to taste.

 

Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea can help reduce inflammation and soothe a sore throat. Brew a cup of chamomile tea and add honey and lemon juice to taste.

 

Steam inhalation: Inhaling steam can help reduce inflammation and loosen mucus in the throat. Boil a pot of water, remove it from the heat, and drape a towel over your head. Lean over the pot and breathe in the steam for a few minutes. Add a drop of Eucalyptus or Peppermint oil to help open your nasal passages. 

 

It's important to note that while these natural remedies can help soothe a sore throat, they may not cure the underlying condition. If your sore throat persists for more than a few days or is accompanied by other symptoms, a call to your doctor can help. 

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