5 quick home remedies for sore throat and other common cold symptoms
Food & Health  

People are likely to experience a sore throat every once in a while, especially during seasons like monsoon and winters. Here are a few home remedies for a sore throat and other symptoms of a common cold.


New Delhi: Sore throat is a common symptom where the throat experiences painful dryness, irritation, tenderness, itchiness or even burning for a prolonged period of time. It is, in fact, one of the most prevalent symptoms out there and affects millions of people each year. A person with a sore throat may go through difficulties such as red tonsils and experiencing distress in talking and swallowing. The most common causes of sore throat include colds, flu, and other viral and infections, allergies, etc. Sometimes, symptoms such as cough, nasal congestion, headache, appetite loss, hoarse voice and sneezing may accompany the condition of a sore throat. The good news is, you can treat most sore throats with home remedies.
Home remedies for sore throat
Although there are medications that can help you get rid of the trouble in no time, it is advisable to go for natural treatments that you can find at home. You can refer to these 5 home remedies that will prove to be extremely effective for you:
Salt water gargle: This is the most common method of dealing with a sore that. It provides safe and immediate relief and is also effective in eliminating bacteria present in the throat.
To prepare this, take a cup of warm water and mix 1/2 tsp of salt in it. Mix well and gargle. 
Honey: Honey has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It can help a sore throat extensively by reducing inflammation and soothing the throat.
To prepare this, mix 2 tbsp of honey in a cup of warm water. Drink the mixture for at least 5 times a day at regular intervals.
Chamomile tea: Soothe your throat with the amazing camomile tea that is known for its medicinal excellence. It has anti-inflammatory, astringent and antioxidant properties that can be very effective in symptoms such as a sore throat, cough, cold and sneeze.
To prepare chamomile tea, add 1 tbsp of loose chamomile tea in 1 cup of water boiled water and let steep for 5 minutes. Drain and drink. 
Lemon: This can help to loosen up the mucus and provide pain relief to a sore throat. The vitamin C present in it helps to boost the immune system and fight against infections.
To prepare this, mix 1 tsp of lemon juice with a cup of warm water and drink.
Baking soda gargle: This is an effective method that can help you prevent the increase of fungi and yeast in your throat, thereby, blocking out further infection. 
To prepare this, you need to take 1/8 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of baking soda and 1 cup water. Mix the ingredients together and gargle. Repeat at an interval of at least 3 hours.



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