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6 Drinks to Soothe a Sore Throat (Slideshow)

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Drink these to help soothe a painful sore throat
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Salt Water

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While nobody enjoys gargling salt water, it’s one of the best remedies for a sore throat. It’s recommended to gargle 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water at least once every hour. 

Honey Water

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Mixing honey in warm water is one of the most effective ways to soothe a sore throat. All types of honey, particularly manuka, have antiviral and antibacterial properties as well as a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect on the throat. 

Herbal Teas

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Drinking herbal teas when you have a sore throat can help to soothe and hydrate. Soothing herbs include sage, thyme, rosemary, ginseng, licorice, elderflower, chamomile, Echinacea, horehound, slippery elm, and marshmallow root. 

Lemon Juice

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Sipping on lemon juice mixed with water can help soothe a sore throat as well as help clear congestion.

Tomato Juice with Milk

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By itself, tomato juice can be too acidic on a sore throat, but adding milk dilutes it and can help relieve the pain.

Apple Cider

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When suffering from a sore throat, drinking warm apple cider can help soothe it and clear congestion.