Skip the cough drops and head to the grocery store
Uh-oh, you’re getting that familiar tickle. Next time that sore and scratchy feeling starts in your throat, make a beeline to the grocery store instead of your pharmacy’s cough syrup aisle. Many fruits, vegetables and herbs contain antioxidants that can help you soothe the pain in your throat.
At the first sign of a sore throat, Chinese traditional medicine and herbal enthusiasts suggest you should reach for cinnamon.
Full of vitamins C and K, sulfur and antioxidants, cabbage has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can fight off cold symptoms, including a sore throat.
Eggs are packed with protein, omega-3s and lutein, but most important, they’re super soft and won’t irritate an already inflamed throat.
Like eggs, bananas are easy on a sore throat. If you’re not a fan of bananas, mix them into a smoothie with other vitamin-packed fruits such as strawberries or blueberries.
Garlic contains significant amounts of allicin, a potent immune system booster, and is also know for its antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Oatmeal is soft enough to slide down your sore throat easily, and it offers a surplus of fiber, omega-3s and vitamins to aid in a speedy recovery.
Stir up a tea containing cloves to help kick a respiratory infection. Cloves are nature’s cough medicine, helping to loosen mucus in the throat and esophagus so you can cough it up.
Ginger contains a wealth of antioxidants that boost immune health, and when added to hot water, creates a soothing tea.
You may think a lemon wedge served with your tea is just a pretty garnish, but this yellow citrus fruit is really a bacteria-fighting, vitamin-rich food that helps heal your sore throat.
Pomegranate, one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits in the world, contains immune-boosting properties and wards off infections by acting as an astringent.
Make tea using hot water and sage, which has been used to soothe sore throats with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.