Four home remedies that can soothe a winter sore throat

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The worst thing about catching a winter cold isn’t the fact that you’re constantly dabbing at your streaming nose. Nor is it the sensation of going from hot to cold faster than a forgotten cup of tea.

No, the most irritating symptom of all is a painful sore throat that makes it difficult to swallow, eat or drift off to sleep.Waking up with a prickly throat can be an indicator that a cold virus has penetrated the immune system.

The reason you begin to feel like you’ve eaten an extra-hot portion of Vindaloo is because viruses cause inflammation in the body, particularly in the tonsils or lining of the throat.

The burning sensation should pass after a couple of days, but in the meantime, there are plenty of ways to help the healing process along.

1. Have a teaspoon of honey

Not only is it delicious when drizzled over a steaming bowl of creamy porridge, but honey has long been touted as a natural healing agent in traditional medicine, thanks to its antibacterial properties that can reduce inflammation.

Honey is also a demulcent, which means it coats the throat with a sticky film that eases irritation when you swallow.

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