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Treating a sore throat naturally

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Radhika Ram
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Sore throats are a common occurrence usually caused by acute inflammation. Rather than rush off to your general practitioner for pharmaceutical aid, try these natural home remedies for self healing.

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Gargling
This is a very effective way to cure a sore throat and related irritations. Be sure to gargle during early morning and before going to sleep, and then whenever you can fit it in during the day. There are various substances to chose from for gargling:

Salt water - acts as a mild antiseptic and draws water out of mucous membranes to provide relief. Add a teaspoon of salt to warm water and gargle at least twice or thrice in a day.

Tea tree oil - add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil to a glass of room temperature or warm water - it has antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties.

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Baking soda - mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water and gargle.

Cinnamon powder and black pepper - mix 1 teaspoon of each with hot water and gargle with it once a day, preferably in the morning. Do not consume anything for the next 30 minutes..

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Ginger and honey
Grate fresh ginger, squeeze its juice out, mix with 1 teaspoon of honey and consume before going to sleep.

Garlic
Contains allicin which has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Crush the raw garlic clove with your teeth and eat it.

Alternatively, make a pot of tea with fresh garlic, ginger, lemon and honey - consume as long as the sore throat persists.

These home remedies have been used for centuries, so give them a go before rushing off to the doctor or chemist.

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