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Try these simple solutions to ease your sore throat symptoms.

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There's nothing worse than being sick after the busy festive season. What can you do about that persistent sore throat? Here are a few simple solutions to get some relief.
Garlic infused honey in a jar

Honey-infused garlic cloves

Symptom: First sign of a sore throat

How it soothes: Despite how it sounds, this combination actually works. Garlic is a great immunity booster while honey has fantastic antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. When the two are combined they create an ultimate sore throat solution. The honey helps make the raw garlic more palatable.

Tip: Have a jar ready in the event of a sore throat. Start the "dosage" at one clove every two hours on the first day of the sore throat (up to 6 a day) and decrease the amount until you feel better.

Serving size 1 jar or approximately 26 cloves

Ingredients:

  • 3 garlic bulbs, separated and peeled
  • 1 jar of raw honey (Manuka is a great choice)

Directions:

  1. Take an empty sterilised jar and fill it with the garlic cloves. Slowly pour the honey over the cloves until they are completely covered. Seal the jar.
  2. Set the jar aside and allow the cloves to infuse for at least a week before using. They will keep in the fridge for up to a year.

Warm salt water

Salt

Symptoms: Sore and scratchy throat

How it soothes: When it comes to that irritating scratchy throat, this tried and tested home remedy cannot be beaten. Gargling warm saltwater helps reduce swelling and relieves discomfort.

Tip: Gargle at least once an hour with 5 grams of sea salt dissolved in 240 millilitres of warm water. It is recommended that you gargle more often if you have post-nasal drip to prevent more throat irritation.

Humidifier

Symptom: Dry sore throat and tight chest

How it soothes: Humidifiers increase the moisture in the air. While central heating is great, it dries out our mucous membranes and often leaves us feeling uncomfortable.

Tip: Basic humidifiers will cost you from £20. To get the maximum benefit, ensure the humidifier is kept clean to prevent mould growth. Otherwise this could potentially lead to respiratory issues

Herbal teaHerbal tea

Symptoms: Persistent pain and dehydration

How it soothes: In order to soothe your throat and prevent dehydration, herbal teas contain different immunity-boosting properties. Some may contain mucilage, which coats the mucous membranes and helps with the healing process. Other herbal teas, such as those made with liquorice and ribwort plantain, may exhibit more anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Tip: When you're ill, always ensure that your fluid levels are maintained by drinking lots of water, tea and soups.

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