I have a couple of remedies, but my favorite is boiling water for tea, and then steeping crushed red pepper and ginger in it instead of tea (I do this by wrapping the red pepper and ginger in a coffee filter). Don't let it get too strong for your own heat/spice tolerance. I also leeave a cinnammon stick in the water. Then, I add tons of honey, a little sugar (to taste) and some fresh squeezed lemon juice. I leave a little bit of lemon rind in the water after squeezing out the juice. I breathe in the vapors while everything is steeping, then I drink this 'tea,' preferably in the early stages of the sore throat. I go to bed right away. When I wake up, I'm usually OK. It's a way of fending off a full-blown sore throat when you know it's on the way.
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