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22 Oct 2018

#HealthBytes: Top 5 natural remedies to cure sore throat

Top 5 natural remedies for sore throat

A sore throat, causing pain and irritation, can be quite uncomfortable, especially when you swallow.

It is essentially body's immune response to viral or bacterial infections, and is caused due to inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes in the throat.

However, certain natural remedies can help you deal with sore throat.

Here are top 5 of them.

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Top 5 natural remedies for sore throat
Salt water gargles can help get rid of sore throat

Salt water

Salt water gargles can help get rid of sore throat

A time-tested treatment to get relief from sore throat is to regularly gargle with salt water.

Salt, for one, helps kill harmful microbes in your throat, and reduces swelling by pulling water out of your throat tissue.

All you have to do is dissolve one tablespoon of salt in a cupful of warm water.

Gargle thoroughly for 30 seconds, every hour, to get relief.

Honey

Because honey is more than just sweet taste

Honey is often used, with other ingredients, to get rid of a sore throat.

It is particularly effective in helping fight infection, and providing relief from pain.

One can mix it with Apple cider vinegar and water to make an effective and natural sore throat remedy.

However, people on a low-sugar or low-carb diet should preferably look for other options.

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Reap some lemony goodness

Lemon water can be a great home-remedy to deal with sore throat. Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, lemon, mixed with warm water and some honey makes for a great health-boosting tonic.

Ginger's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects to the rescue

Ginger Tea

Ginger's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects to the rescue

Ginger, a common Indian spice, packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce pain and irritation from sore throat.

How to make fresh ginger tea?

Peel ginger root and grate into a small bowl. Then boil water in a large saucepan, place one tablespoon grated ginger root and cover the lid, steep for 10 minutes, and add sweetener/lime juice.

Stir and serve hot.

ACV

Go for Apple Cider Vinegar to treat sore throat

The main active ingredient in Apple cider vinegar ie. acetic acid can help fight bacteria.

In order to get relief from sore throat, it is advisable to drink one cup of warm water mixed with one tablespoon of ACV.

You may also add honey.

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