Home remedies for winter sniffles

Sore throats are something we all experience, especially at this time of year. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can ease the pain and comfort yourself with home remedies.

Sore throats are something we all experience particularly in winter, whether because of a cold, allergy, or some other source of irritation or infection. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can ease the pain and comfort yourself with home remedies.

Below are some home cures for sore throats, many of which have been handed down as family cure-alls over many generations:

Salt water – gargling salt water is probably the oldest remedy for sore throats. It works by reducing inflammation and drawing bacteria from the infected tissue lining your throat.

Chicken soup – it’s thought that the sodium in the soup has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to relieve a sore throat. The soup is not only comforting, but will give you the nutrients you need when swallowing hard food may be too painful.

Honey and lemon – a classic soothing remedy which also has antibacterial and antioxidant effects. Suck on a hard boiled sweet – this can keep your mouth moist and more comfortable. It is also thought that sugar can soothe a sore throat, and help prevent coughing.

Apple cider vinegar - vinegar apparently has antibacterial properties so will neutralise any infection which may be causing your sore throat.

Other natural remedies which can help include adding spices such as ginger, cloves, sage or cinnamon to warm water. All these ingredients have the healing properties of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

You can also treat yourself to a hot toddy by adding a tot of whisky to hot water with a teaspoon of honey and one of lemon juice. This helps to soothe the throat—particularly one accompanied by a cold— as the honey and lemon soothes your throat, while the alcohol helps you sleep.

Do you have a tried and tested recipe you have found eases winter ailments? Email editor@oddfellowstimes.com to share your home remedies.