Soothe Sore, Scratchy Throats Naturally

Sunday, January 15, 2012 by Health Tips
LemonDaily Health Tips update for January 15:

Dry air, colds and the flu can all cause sore throats. The good news is that sore throat remedies can be made at home, with ingredients found in your own kitchen. Try these popular remedies the next time you’re sounding a little hoarse.

Honey + Lemon
Find some relief by coating your throat. Honey and lemon are known for soothing irritation. Simply blend a tablespoon of honey with lemon in a glass of warm water.

Salt Water
Gargling with salt water solutions helps cut down on sore throats that have been irritated by dry air or allergies. Another throat-soothing gargle includes a teaspoon of licorice syrup or powder mixed with eight ounces of water.

Other Sore Throat Solutions
Throat lozenges that feature natural ingredients are another good option to soothe throats.
Look for ones that feature slippery elm or licorice herbs. Umcka, an African herb, has also been found to prevent sinusitis and bronchitis. If you notice your throat is worse when you first get up in the morning, it might be because the air in your bedroom is too dry. Invest in a humidifier. Another culprit of morning soreness is acid reflux, which can be helped by rearranging pillows so you sleep with your head more elevated.

Source: ABC News
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