11 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

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4. Cayenne

The capsaicin in cayenne is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, so it reduces swelling and infection all at once. However, it’s not a good idea to try to swallow pure cayenne. The easiest way to take it is to add a dash of the spice to a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey. This is also an effective cough suppressant.

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