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©2009 Shanna Lea (formerly Shanna Ohmes)
I have had the cold and sore throat for the last week, so I thought I would share some simple home remedies with you that work.
There are many home remedies for sore throats. Some of them are effective at numbing the throat pain. Others provide vitamin C from the lemon juice, and anti-viral properties from raw honey, ginger and apple cider vinegar. Here are 10 sore throat remedies with common ingredients you should have in your pantry or refrigerator.
- Ginger Tea—Grate 3 tablespoons of ginger root and put in pan. Pour 1 cup of water in the pan and bring to a boil. Steep 10 minutes. Add lemon juice and raw honey to taste. Sip throughout the day.
- Hot Lemonade—Heat lemonade to a boil, then turn off heat and pour into a cup. Sip and enjoy. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C.
- Honey Milk—Heat 1-2 cups whole raw milk, but do not boil. Heat with 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon raw honey. The milk and honey coats your throat and reduces swelling. An optional addition is chamomile. Steep 1 chamomile tea bag in with the milk.
- Apple Cider Vinegar—Stir 2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar in a small glass of water and drink.
- Raw Honey—Swallow 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Optional spices to mix in with the honey are a pinch of powdered cinnamon, ginger and /or cloves. Honey relieves the inflammation and fights bacteria and viruses.
- Salt Water Gargle—Mix salt water with warm to hot water and gargle every hour.
- Honey Lemon—Pour boiling water into 1 cup. Stir in juice from 1 lemon and raw honey to taste. You can also add 1 cinnamon stick, crushed red pepper and ginger to your heat tolerance. Breathe in the vapors while it is steeping, and then sip.
- Candy Cane Tea—Put a large candy cane (or peppermint candy) in a small pot. Add 1-2 cups of water. Turn on medium heat and constantly move the candy cane until it is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Pour into a cup and drink. This one is good for babies and toddlers who can’t have honey yet.
- Sage Tea—Steep 1 tea bag, or 1 teaspoon dried herb in 1 cup boiled water for 5-10 minutes. Add raw honey to taste.
- Horseradish—Eat horseradish a bit at a time from the spoon or eat on crackers with a soft cheese.
These 10 sore throat remedies are from a variety of foods and drinks that everyone can find at least one or two that they can try.
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