Gargling with saltwater may provide a double dose of relief by soothing the inflammation in the throat and by cutting through some of the mucus that may be coating and irritating the sensitive throat membranes.
It only takes one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water to do this; too much salt causes burning in the throat, and too little is ineffective. The salty concoction can be a bit off-putting to some taste buds, and the art of gargling this brew may take a bit of practice, but it will make you feel better. Gargle as often as needed but be sure to spit the salty water out after gargling. Otherwise you'll likely end up with a very upset stomach.
If you're reading this desperately seeking some relief from a current illness, this next part is something to keep in mind for future days. Some studies show that regularly gargling water can actually reduce upper respiratory infections, keeping distressing bronchial issues at bay. So once your sickness subsides, it may be time to add gargling to your daily health routine [source: O'Connor].