Effectively Treat Your Sore Throat — Naturally

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • One of the most common reasons for a sore throat is a viral infection; before picking up an over-the-counter drug, consider these effective and natural options
  • Zinc lozenges work locally in your upper respiratory tract to shorten a cold; hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal has been ignored, but is effective
  • An apple cider vinegar gargle helps create an inhospitable environment for germs; garlic may shorten the length and severity of your cold and raw honey is as effective as cough drops or syrup
  • Vitamin C may shorten your cold; echinacea tea soothes your throat and reduces the recurrence of an infection; bee propolis extract may reduce the duration of a cold, and gargling with saltwater is soothing
  • Preventive measures include getting plenty of exercise and quality sleep; using good handwashing techniques; eating fermented foods and taking in optimal levels of vitamin D

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