During weather changes, the season of flu and at times even otherwise, we find a pain or irritation in our throat that just doesn’t seem to go away. You will in fact be surprised to know that a sore throat is one of the most common reasons for visit to the doctor’s.
We generally get a sore throat because of:
- Common Cold
- Bacterial infection
- Allergic reaction
- Air pollution
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Muscle strain
Apart from gargling with saltwater, sucking on a hard candy/lozenge, using a humidifier to add moisture to the air, getting rid of irritants like smoking, and drinking plenty water; depending upon the cause of your sore throat, the following homemade recipes may work wonders to relieve the pain and irritation:
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
Haritaki, also known as Harad is an Ayurvedic anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich magic herb that helps in getting rid of sore throat and also clearing mucus. The powder of this herb can be infused in warm milk or warm water or had in the form of a decoction/tea.
Apart from having anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial activities, sage is useful in treating sore throat. To consume, simply allow the leaves (dry or fresh) to infuse in boiling water and have it as a tea or use it to gargle with.
Warm water with lemon
Squeeze some fresh lemon juice in a glass of warm water. The Vitamin C present in lemon helps not only prevent sore throat but it also improves immunity and gives pain relief.
Teas are extremely rich in antioxidants and it is even more beneficial to consume them when they are herbal. Some examples of herbal tea are chamomile tea, ginger tea, peppermint tea, and hibiscus tea.
Kadha is an Indian concoction of spices and herbs in hot water. Some of the most common ingredients used are turmeric powder, black pepper, fennel seeds, ginger, mint, giloy leaves, neem and black salt.
Apple Cider Vinegar
1 to 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water to get relief from sore throat. You can also add ACV in saltwater and gargle with it.
Apart from having antibacterial and antiviral properties, when added to a glass of warm milk, turmeric very effectively soothes the hoarse throat.
Chicken soup is almost famous for the way it effectively eases a sore throat. It is nutritious, easy to make, and liked by all.
Grated Ginger in Honey
Also popularly known as ‘Adrak Shahed’, just grate some ginger, add lemon juice (optional) in honey, give it a mix and have a small spoonful. You will notice an instant relief right after gulping down this recipe.