When you think of a quick shot remedy to a niggling sore throat – gargling immediately comes to mind! While gargling with salted lukewarm water is generally recommended, you can also replace the salt with ginger, lemon, and honey and then gargle. Alternatively, along with salt you can also add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to lukewarm water and gargle. This yellow spice is an effective antioxidant which can immediately soothe the irritation in the throat.
Before we get into other recommended and highly effective home remedies, let’s first understand some commonly observed symptoms of throat infection which eventually leads to a sore throat. They are:
- Throat pain and inflammation
- Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck area
- Swelling of tonsils
- Pain in the ears
- Watery eyes, running nose, fatigue, and headache, to name a few
Grandma’s hidden remedy – Hot turmeric milk is an age-old tradition that is followed since generations in our country. Along with sore throat, it even helps in treating a persistent cold, thanks to its natural antibiotic properties.
Fenugreek is a natural remedy for sore throats and is known to offer numerous health benefits. You can either consume these in the seed format or use the oil form or plain and simple, sip into a nice hot piping cup of fenugreek tea. Blessed with antifungal properties, it kills bacteria that cause irritation.
Since centuries, the sweet Licorice root has been used in the treatment of sore throat. One of the most recommended ways to use this root is to mix it with water and gargle with that water.
Peppermint not only freshens breath but also relieves throat pain. Menthol which is its essential ingredient aids in soothing the soreness and thins the mucus. Peppermint also is high on anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties and thus augments the healing process.
There is nothing better than a hot cup of Herbal tea to soothe an aching throat! Just add a few shreds of ginger, a few leaves of Tulsi (Holy basil), some black peppercorns to a cup full of water and boil for 3-5 minutes. Add a spoonful of sugar or even better, add honey, and consume hot. Honey helps to moisten the throat and helps in keeping the irritation at bay.
Lemon water is not only a refreshing beverage but a delicious one too. Since it is loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants it can comfort the soreness of the throat and help in its healing. Squeeze a lemon in warm water; add a dash of honey or a pinch of salt to get instant relief from an irritating throat pain.
Cinnamon is another fragrant and delicious spice that can aid in treating a sore throat. Used in Chinese medicine, cinnamon is a traditional remedy that is known to ease throat pain. You can either consume it in form an herbal tea or add a few sticks of cinnamon or grounded cinnamon powder to your black or herbal tea and consume to keep throat infections under control.