Here’s how you lessen the pain and misery of a sore throat – all in the comfort of your own home.
A sore throat makes life miserable – you are unable to speak, all anyone hears when you say anything is a dry croak, and even simple activities like swallowing water become acts of torture. A sore throat normally occurs due to a cough and cold, and takes about three days to heal and become less painful. However, a sore throat may also be an allergic reaction to outside conditions or a new medication.
Whatever the cause, a sore throat causes misery and pain. You can save yourself the trauma by eliminating not just the pain, but also removing the cause of the sore throat, which could be a bacterial infection or an inflammatory response to cough and cold. You don’t need to see a doctor for medication; all the ingredients you need are in your own kitchen. Just be sure to get enough sleep and rest your throat while you get better.
Here’s how you treat a sore throat at home:
- A good gargle helps. Gargling with warm water and salt is an age-old remedy, but some people are put off by this concoction. Instead, spice things up a bit – add a dash of lemon juice to the water before you gargle. Or, if you don’t have a strong gag reflex, take a mouthful of the gargle, tilt your head back and ‘hold’ the water in your throat for about 10 seconds. Spit out the water, don’t swallow. This helps in loosening up mucus lodged in the throat cavity which will then come out with each spitting.
- Honey and lemon concoction. Make this simple medicine to cure your throat: take two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, mix them together. Mix a teaspoon of this mixture in a glass of warm water and drink thrice a day. The lemon juice is an anti-bacterial agent while the honey will soothe the throat and reduce inflammation and cough.
- A strong home brew. Make this brew using half an inch of fresh ginger, a teaspoon of honey, three of four large basil leaves, a teaspoon of lemon juice and a cup of water. Add all the ingredients to a pot of water and warm over a low flame. Do not bring to a boil. When the water develops tiny bubbles, take it off the flame and cool. Sip on this concoction thrice a day, warming it each time.
- Ginger and pomegranate tea. Both ginger and pomegranate have anti-inflammatory properties – you might want to remember this the next time you have swollen gums and require a home remedy to soothe them. Take the rind of one medium-sized pomegranate and an inch of fresh ginger, and make a medicinal tea by boiling them in two cups of water till the water is reduced to half. Strain and drink the tea when cool.