1. Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks. The heat combined with the gooey nature of the caramel soothes a sore throat instantly!
2. When I'm desperate for relief and don't feel up to heading out to Starbucks, I drink a lot of echinacea tea, sweetened with honey. Same effect as the Caramel Apple Spice. If it's a severe sore throat, I've tried taking Dad's advice to gargle saltwater. All this seems to do for me is send me into dry heaves. So I've tried my own concoction of warm water, salt, and honey. The honey seems to help reduce the gag factor, and it really does seem to help.
3. Spicy Food! I'm not generally too big on this one. I like food with a bit of a kick, but when my lips start burning and my nose is running, it's not a sensation that appeals to me. Unless I have a sore throat. The idea is to burn the heck out of the top layer of your throat. Sure, my lips, my mouth, and my throat burn for awhile, but once it dies down, the pain in my throat is either gone or greatly reduce. Why this works, I haven't a clue. But it does! I did this today with a Volcano Burrito from Taco Bell. I'm feeling much better!
4. Finally, my go-to cure for the common cold: Kentucky Fried Chicken. Seriously. I've never really been a fan of KFC, but every time I get a cold, suddenly I'm craving it. Maybe it's the fact that it's swimming in sodium (along with all other kinds of badness), but something about it is comforting when you're sick, and makes you feel so much better! And as you can see, my kids seem to agree!