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23 Old-Time Home Remedies We’ve Forgotten—but Need to Bring Back ASAP

Reader's Digest.CA logo Reader's Digest.CA 31-03-2018

Salt water for a sore throat:Salt doesn't just make food taste good—it's extremely useful around the house for a variety of purposes, one of which is an old-fashioned remedy to soothe a sore throat. 'Gargling with salt water when you have a sore throat may help relieve some of the pain and irritation,' says Dan McGee, MD, a pediatric hospitalist at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. 'But don't overdo it—one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water should do it.' And be sure not to swallow it—yuck! Studies have shown gargling to be effective, but if the symptoms persist, see your doctor to make sure you don't have an infection.

Salt water for a sore throat:

Salt doesn't just make food taste good—it's extremely useful around the house for a variety of purposes, one of which is an old-fashioned remedy to soothe a sore throat. 'Gargling with salt water when you have a sore throat may help relieve some of the pain and irritation,' says Dan McGee, MD, a pediatric hospitalist at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. 'But don't overdo it—one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water should do it.' And be sure not to swallow it—yuck! Studies have shown gargling to be effective, but if the symptoms persist, see your doctor to make sure you don't have an infection.
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