FROM THE PANTRY
FOR A SCRATCHY THROAT
“A sore throat is most often caused by a viral infection, which usually resolves on its own.
But the scratchiness is uncomfortable, and swallowing worsens the irritation. Speed up the healing by dissolving ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water and gargle several times a day. Salt acts like a water magnet and pulls the excess fluid to reduce swelling and loosen mucus, helping flush out irritants or bacteria.” —Dr. Mejia de Grubb
“People with acne tend to overdry their skin, which triggers more oil production. Apply a thin coat of coconut oil after cleansing with a salicylic wash. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and its ingredients, including vitamin E, repair the skin barrier and help the marks heal.” —Diane Madfes, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital
“Soak a cotton ball or swab in vinegar and apply several times a day. Dilute with water if it stings too much. Warts are caused by a viral infection in the top layer of skin.
The vinegar probably works because its acidity is toxic to the replicating viral cells.” —Tanya Kormeili, M.D., dermatologist, Santa Monica, CA
TO BOOST IMMUNITY
“Studies that immune-boosting garlic suggest has properties. cloves and leave Mince them or crush exposed one to to three air for a few minutes.This boosts a sulfur compound called allicin, which acts like an antimicrobial to kill viruses and bacteria. Heating can destroy allicin, so add garlic at the very end of cooking.” —Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D., associate director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine