Four home remedies that can soothe a sore throat
ONE of the worst things about catching a winter cold is a painful sore throat, which can indicate that a cold virus has penetrated the immune system. Here are some home remedies to try.
1 HAVE A TEASPOON OF HONEY
HONEY has long been touted as a natural healing agent in traditional medicine, thanks to its antibacterial properties that can reduce inflammation. It is also a demulcent, which means it coats the throat with a sticky film that eases irritation when you swallow.
2 GARGLE WITH SALTWATER
SWILLING salty water in your throat can help to reduce painful swelling of the tissue and kill any unwanted bacteria. Mix a halfteaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle for a minute or two, taking care not to swallow.
3 DRINK CHAMOMILE TEA
STUDIES have found that chamomile’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent properties may have a soothing effect when you start to feel the first stirrings of a throat prickle.
It’s also naturally free of caffeine, so you can drink it before bed and it won’t disrupt your sleep pattern.
4 SQUEEZE OF LEMON IN HOT WATER
LEMONS create an acidic environment in the throat, making it harder for viruses and bacteria to breed. They are also high in vitamin C, which some studies suggest could help to fight colds.
Don’t suffer with a sore throat