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Go Gargle

Have a sore throat? No need to run to the drug store -- instead, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a 1 cup of warm water and gargle. While it doesn’t taste great, it helps soothe a sore throat and should make it easier to swallow. “Salt attracts water out of the swollen cells," says Davtyan, thus reducing inflammation. And since this remedy is not medicinal, "it can be used as often as the patient likes.”

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