Waking up to that scratchy feeling in the back of your throat, wondering if dry weather, allergies or an impending infection are the culprit. A sore throat is one of the most common health ailments, especially in the winter, and it tends to persist for a few days. Regardless of the cause, it can be uncomfortable at best and unbearable at worst. While finding ways to soothe the soreness is a priority, it’s also important to avoid irritating it even further.

If the pain is severe or persists for a long period, consult your doctor. In the meantime, these remedies may be just enough to keep the discomfort at bay. 


Turn to honey

Add a couple tablespoons of honey to tea or warm water for a sweet something packed with antibacterial properties. Honey is one of the best remedies for a sore throat because it actively heals wounds while working to reduce inflammation. It also has the ability to kill bacteria, fight off viral infections and act as a cough suppressant. In this way, honey can be a cure-all when you’re under the weather.


Gargle salt water

This tried-and-true method of reducing throat pain works by killing bacteria and pulling mucus out of the tissue lining your throat, relieving you of discomfort. Simply add a teaspoon of salt to a tall glass of warm water, stir until dissolved and gargle for several seconds. You can repeat these steps as needed, though it may take time to feel it working.


Force fluids

Keeping a constant flow of fluids through your body will not only keep your throat moist, but it will also prevent dehydration. Staying hydrated allows you to avoid additional throat dryness and ultimately more discomfort. Stick to water, teas and unsweetened beverages while avoiding caffeine and alcohol for the best results.


Find humidity

Cold, dry air can exacerbate cold symptoms and dry out mucus membranes. If you suspect dry air is the culprit for your sore throat, a humidifier is a great way to loosen mucus and subdue irritation. If you’re not willing to make an investment, similar effects can be achieved by taking a warm shower and allowing the bathroom to fill with steam.


Cloves in droves

Relief for your sore throat may be just a garlic clove away. Garlic is known to have natural antibacterial properties. It contains allicin, a compound thought to combat infections. Natural healers may advise you to suck on a clove of garlic to soothe your sore throat, which may have some merit to it. If having a whole clove of garlic in your mouth doesn’t sound appealing, crush it and add it to salsa, pesto or spread it over buttered bread. Just make sure you eat it raw to reap the benefits.

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