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3 effective natural remedies for catarrh, chest congestion and sore throat

The rainy season is almost over, dry season is here with us. One of the major characteristics of the dry season is the lack of rainfall which makes the air dry. The dry air causes catarrh, chest congestion and sore throat.

These ailments are not serious ailments as they clear up on their own in days, but they can be very uncomfortable.

In this article, we will discuss effective natural remedies you can use to prevent these ailments or to treat them if you already have them.

These natural remedies are very cheap to buy and easy to find. You might even have some at home. They are:

1. Bitter kola. The Igbos call it 'aki ilu'. Just like its name says, it is a very bitter kola, but it is very effective in treating cough and chest congestion.

All you need to do is to eat one piece in the morning, and one piece at night. You can also pound about 10 pieces of the bitter kola and add honey in a 1:5 ratio. Mix together, and take one tablespoon morning and night till the symptoms clear.

If you have stomach ulcer, you need to stay away from bitter kola. It is also important not to eat more than 2 pieces in a day, moderation is important.

2. Ginger. This is a personal favorite and it is very effective. All I do is peel a small piece and chew immediately after eating. It helps with digestion, sore throat and catarrh.

You can also prepare ginger tea by pounding a piece of ginger, adding it to boiling water, sieve and drink. You can add honey for maximum benefits.

3. Scent leaves. Scent leaves are very effective in fighting cough and chest congestion as they contain antibacterial properties.

To prepare, add washed, fresh scent leaves to boiling water, let it boil for few minutes. Allow to cool before drinking. You can add pounded ginger and honey for maximum benefits.

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