One of the first signs of a cold, a sore throat can be caused due to a number of reasons, the most common being a bacterial or viral infection. However, strained vocal cords, excessive smoking, dry heat or an allergic reaction can also be reasons for an infection.
Though many of you turn to your doctor for advice or pop an OTC pill, one of the quickest ways to get relief from a sore throat lie in your kitchen cabinet.
So, the next time a sore throat troubles you, try some chamomile tea to soothe it.
How It Works
A herbal elixir known for its stress-relieving properties, chamomile is an effective natural aid to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with a sore throat. Alpha-bisabolol, a volatile oil present in chamomile along with other flavonoids, is known to exhibit antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. 
How To Take It
- Brew a strong herbal blend by steeping 2tsp dried chamomile flowers in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Add honey and a dash of lemon for improved results.
- Alternatively, you can also use the above mixture (lukewarm) to gargle three to four times a day.
- Another way to use chamomile is as an external compress. Make a pot of chamomile tea and soak a clean towel in it. Wring it out and apply to the throat twice a day.
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