Its that time of year again when your nose starts to get blocked up and your throat feels like you have swallowed a cactus.

To relieve these symptoms, you could suppress your gag reflex long enough to drink a commercial lemon based powdered drink, or you could make your own using natural ingredients.

To make this, you will require:

Boil some water, pour into a mug, add the lemon juice and stir in two teaspoons of honey (or to taste).

Curl up in a comfy chair in front of a roaring fire and feel a lot better very soon. The effect should last for a couple of hours and brings almost total relief to sore throats and blocked noses.

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