When the cold season shows it’s freezing head, many of us will likely experience symptoms of a sore throat. It’s no fun coughing, burning and itching if you’re at work, or in your spare time. Not to mention sleep can be a real issue if coughing becomes an involuntary ritual before bed. It can even ruin your whole night, and the last thing you need when fighting a virus or bacteria is sleep deprivation. So here are our top 8 ways to soothe a sore throat and get rid of the misery.

Cloves in droves

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This little spice has been used for centuries in Asian Medicine for treating toothache and all kinds of ailments of the oral cavity. It was even used as an anesthetic by dentists, and some still recommend it to this day. They are a great painkiller thanks to Eugenol which is the active substance found in them. Just chew on a few cloves and let the saliva wash back on your inflamed area of the throat. It will take away the pain in a jiffy.

Saltwater

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Salt is not only great for spicing up foods, but also for decreasing inflammation. How you may ask. It’s quite simple – salt draws out water, and thus would shrink the swollen cells that are inflamed reducing pain and discomfort. Get a cup of warm water, and thoroughly mix in ½ to 1 teaspoon of table salt. Gargle the resulting concoction to ease that pain. Repeat as needed.

Garlic

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It may sound a bit repulsive, and you should probably avoid kissing anyone afterward, but garlic contains a powerful compound called allicin, that has antiseptic properties, which kills your throat germs. Just take one clove of fresh garlic and cut two thin slices out. Then place them on the inside of each cheek and suck on them like a cough pill. You can try this once a day.

Marshmallow root

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Marshmallow root has been used to treat ulcers and sore throats for ages. It contains a gelatin-like substance called mucilage, which can coat and lubricate your throat and offer a soothing protective layer. Your mucus membranes will thank you for it. Put some dried root in a cup and pour boiling water over it. Let it infuse for half and an hour to an hour, then drain and then drink it.

Licorice root

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Licorice root tea can help both your throat and stomach tremendously. It has anti-inflammatory and even anti-viral properties which is exactly what you want to hear when dealing with a sore throat. It will also help soothe the mucous membranes just like the marshmallow root we talked about above. It also tastes yummy ass it is often used to flavor candy and sweets. You can even try mixing both the marshmallow root and licorice root together for that double whammy on your throat. Just like before, pour boiling water over and let it infuse. Strain and drink afterward.

Kogel Mogel

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Also known as “gogl-mogl, gogel-mogel, gogol-mogol, gogli-mogli, or gogle-mogle”. This was originally a homemade desert popular in Central and Eastern Europe. It includes egg yolks, sugar or honey, vanilla, rum and sometimes cinnamon. It’s is quite similar to eggnog. You can leave the cooking and desert part behind and just use egg yolks, honey, milk, and rum to give it some extra punch. Use as-hot-as-you-can-handle milk and lots of honey. Also, try swishing it around in your throat before swallowing it. Besides the fact that it’s absolutely delicious it will also calm your inflammation and pain. Sweet!

Pomegranate

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We all know that this is one of those superfoods that has a myriad of beneficial effects on the body, sore throat or not. It can boost your immune system and help fight off infection with the help of antioxidants. They also contain astringents which will help lower swelling, in turn diminishing the pain. You can either make some tea out of it or gargle and drink the juice directly.

Ginger

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Ginger has long been used as a spice or food. So how, you may ask, does it help with a tender and sore throat? Well, it just so happens that ginger has some brilliant properties. For starters it is a great expectorant, meaning it will help you cough out the extra mucus in your bronchi and throat. Secondly, it is a great circulatory stimulant. This, in turn, helps speed up the healing process of your throat. Finally, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory which will relieve some of the discomforts. You will need to peel the ginger and crush it in a bowl. Add everything to a cup and as before, pour some hot water on top. You can add some honey and lemon to boost the immune-enhancing properties. It will also make it a lot more flavorful. Give it a try and you’ll be amazed!