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Is There a Natural Remedy for a Sore Throat?

Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargle with this four times a day.

To reduce the tickle in your throat, try an astringent gargle -- such as tea that contains tannin -- to tighten the membranes. Or use a viscous gargle made with honey, which is popular in folk medicine. Steep one tablespoon of raspberry leaves or lemon juice in two cups of hot water; mix with one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling.

What Can Soothe a Dry Cough?

Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, prevent dehydration, and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. If you're so congested you can't sleep at night, try a hot toddy, an age-old remedy.

Make a cup of hot herbal tea. Add one teaspoon of honey and one small shot (about 1 ounce) of whiskey or bourbon. Limit yourself to one. Too much alcohol inflames those membranes and works against what you are trying to do.

Are There Natural Supplements to Treat Flu Symptoms?

There are various dietary supplements that are purported to ease flu symptoms, yet none have scientific substantiation. It's important to talk with your doctor before using any natural dietary supplement with flu.

Some natural herbal products can cause allergic reactions. Other natural products may interfere with prescribed medications you're taking. A few natural products have been found to cause liver damage, so use caution.

If you are uncertain about the claims on a natural dietary supplement product label, call your doctor. A health care professional can assess the product to let you know what it contains.

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