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Avoid the Doctor with These Three Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat

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Speaking of which, did you know that most sore throats do not need antibiotics to treat them? Instead, people suffering from a sore throat need a soothing strategy. These tactics can help you feel better while you are waiting on your throat to heal. Check them out below!

Gargle Salt Water 

A study in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that when people with a sore throat gargled salt water three times a day, 40 percent of them saw an improvement in their upper respiratory tract discomfort. Salt can reduce the amount of bacteria in your throat, leading to faster resolution of your illness. To make a salt gargle at home, mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of salt. Gargle for 30 seconds three times a day.

A Spoonful of Honey 

Honey is another natural infection fighter. Because it is so thick, honey works well to coat and soothe a sore throat. Choose honey that is darker in color, as this contains more antioxidants. Mix a heaping teaspoon of honey into a mug of hot water and the juice of half a lemon. This honey tea can calm coughing that is due to a sore throat and aids in healing.  

Peppermint 

Studies have found that peppermint contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, which all will help your throat heal faster. Peppermint also contains menthol. This substance helps thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs. Look for mouth sprays that contain peppermint oil, not just ones that are peppermint flavored. 

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