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2. Salt Water Gargle

Salt, a staple in nearly every household pantry, is a powerful antiseptic. Gargling with warm salt water reduces swelling in the throat and helps rinse away irritating mucus by creating a high-salt barrier that washes the virus out, helping the throat heal more quickly. Make a salt water rinse by dissolving a half teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and gargle with the mixture twice a day.

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