Due to its spicy taste and sensation, ginger may not be the first product thought of when it comes to finding relief from a dry and sore throat but it has been used for centuries as a treatment for throat ailments. This root herb is not only an anti-inflammatory, which reduces swelling and pain, but also as an antimicrobial, which helps combat current infections and an antioxidant, preventing new infections from forming. It is incredibly helpful for dry throats caused by viral or bacterial illness. For soothing relief, the root (either fresh and sliced or ground) can be steeped into a tea, combined with honey and drank warm. To increase absorption of all the beneficial properties ginger can provide, it is best to squeeze fresh lemon juice into the tea.