Grab flu by the throat

Nat­u­ral-born soothers can be more ef­fec­tive than medicines

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - with Jody Allen Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stay­ath­ome­mum.com.au

A SORE throat is one of the most an­noy­ing symp­toms of any cold or flu. Medicines like Panadol and cold and flu treat­ments of­ten do not do a thing to help ease the pain of a sore throat, which is why many peo­ple turn to home reme­dies to help. If your throat is dry, itchy and sore, mak­ing eat­ing, talk­ing and swal­low­ing a night­mare, then try some of th­ese tried and tested home reme­dies.

1. Rasp­berry tea. One of the best ways to be rid of a sore throat is to gar­gle. Many peo­ple rec­om­mend gar­gling with salt wa­ter but rasp­berry tea is a much bet­ter and more ef­fec­tive op­tion. Use the dried tea leaves and steep for 10 min­utes be­fore strain­ing. Wait un­til the mix­ture cools be­fore you gar­gle. It’s not ad­vis­able to drink this tea if you are preg­nant.

2. Sage, vine­gar and honey. An­other good gar­gling mix­ture is sage (steeped for 10 min­utes then strained) mixed with a tea­spoon of ap­ple cider vine­gar and honey. Fol­low the same steps as above and gar­gle a few times a day.

3. Mouth­wash. If you are all out of herbs and tea leaves, then head into your bath­room and grab the bot­tle of mouth­wash. The com­mer­cial mouth­washes are not only a bad breath killer but can also aid in sooth­ing a sore throat.

4. Turmeric and salt. Salt wa­ter mixed with warm wa­ter and gar­gled has been used to cure a sore throat for years and years. My dad still swears by this method ev­ery time he gets a sore throat. How­ever, for an even more ef­fec­tive op­tion, add turmeric to the mix­ture as well. Add ½ tea­spoon of turmeric and ½ tea­spoon of salt to a 1 cup of hot wa­ter. Just make sure you don’t swal­low the mix­ture.

5. Honey and vine­gar. Here’s one you can en­joy as a warm cuppa. Mix 1 ta­ble­spoon of honey, 1 ta­ble­spoon of ap­ple cider vine­gar and 1 cup of hot wa­ter. Stir to­gether and drink slowly to soothe a sore throat.

6. Horseradish and honey. Have some horseradish ly­ing around the house? Mix up 1 ta­ble­spoon of pure horseradish or horseradish root with 1 tea­spoon of honey, as well as 1 tea­spoon of ground cloves. Add the mix­ture to hot wa­ter and drink (if you can stom­ach it).

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◗ Honey mixed with ap­ple cidar vine­gar and hot wa­ter is a home rem­edy to try for sooth­ing a sore throat. DOC­TOR ON CALL: The in­gre­di­ents for many home reme­dies for an as­sort­ment of ail­ments can be found in your kitchen.

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