Soothe A Sore Throat By Eating Marshmallows

If gargling whisky or downing some mustard doesn't sound like a pleasant way to ease your sore throat, you can get some relief by popping a few marshmallows.

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Blogger Ashley Brown notes that the gelatin in marhsmallows can be quite soothing:

Eat three or four marshmallows to sooth a sore throat. Greg has actually used this a few times but I've always thought it to be quite odd. Come to find out, there's a scientific reason as to why it works. Apparently, the gelatin is very helpful when it comes to relieving irritation and soothing pain in your throat. And I'm sure it's a lot more tasty than nasty throat lozenges.

In fact, it turns out the sap of the marshmallow root — which is what marshmallows used to be made out of — is also quite effective, and many recommend marshmallow tea for an even more soothing treatment. Hit the link to read more, and while you're at it, be sure to check out how to make your own marshmallows at home.

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    Sugar in lollies actually feeds the bacteria so this is very dumb advice.

      The vast majority of sore throats are caused by viruses, which don't eat sugar. Sugar does have quite a few negative effects though, so I'm still not sure how good this advice is. It smacks of an outdated old wives tail involving the original marshmallows that were medicated with Althaea officinalis extracts.

    Meh, I'll stick to Strepsils.

    I've found things with high content usually give me a sore throat...

    I'm trying this. Even if it doesn't work, I get to eat marshmallows! No way I can lose in this situation.

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