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How to Remedy a Sore Throat

An inflamed throat is often the first sign that you're getting sick. Help nip it in the bud with a few simple tricks.


  • Step 1: Gargle a mixture of lemon juice and salt in 8 ounces warm water for one minute every hour. It will wash away mucus and improve circulation.
  • Step 2: Drink a tea of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and honey in a glass of hot water at least three times a day.
  • TIP: Chamomile and licorice teas soothe a sore throat.
  • Step 3: Keep the air moist with a cool or warm humidifier to relieve swollen air passages. Or, set out a shallow pan of water, which will evaporate and naturally humidify the air.
  • TIP: Don’t smoke and stay clear of secondhand smoke and other airborne pollutants.
  • Step 4: Take a hot bath with Epsom salts. The magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin and draws toxins out of the body.
  • Step 5: Take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • FACT: A tonsillectomy is the second most common childhood surgery.

You Will Need

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • A humidifier
  • Epsom salts
  • Ibuprofen
  • Chamomile or licorice tea

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