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Home remedies for cold and flu season
Break up congestion, stress with simple assists
Published Thursday, November 5, 2015 10:08 am
by Ashley Mahoney

Pass the tissues.  

Does anyone have a cough drop?  

November has officially arrived, and with it the continuation of colds, the flu, and various other inconveniences. Try these home remedies to combat sore throat, congestion, and other seasonal hassles.  

1) Gargle with warm salt water  

When your throat is sore and you feel congested, try this to break up the mess.   

2) Honey and lemon tea

It’s cold and raining…again. Your throat hurts, and your head aches. Boil a few cups of water and stir in a few teaspoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey to break down whatever’s clogging your throat while soothing that lemon bite with honey.   

3) Soak in an Epsom salt bath

Also known as magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt (which can be purchased at markets, pharmacies, as well as other general stores) baths serve a number of purposes.
From clearing congestion, to reducing stress, light a few candles, turn on your favorite music, and relax for a few minutes (approximately 20 minutes should do the trick).    

4) Apple cider vinegar water

It tastes gross, but does the trick. Add a splash to a glass of water and drink up. This combination alleviates anything from sinus congestion to sore throat.   

5) Sleep    

Hectic schedules leave little time for breathing, let alone sleeping.

Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours every night (it varies on the individual), but a lack of proper rest weakens the immune system.  


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