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Prevention (USA) - - HEALTH -

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

FOR ACNE

“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

FOR WARTS

“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

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