Four home reme­dies that can soothe a sore throat

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Health & Lifestyle -

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

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