Sore throat is a very common respiratory ailment which all of us face once or more every year, but is particularly common in young children. Many factors may be responsible for it, ranging from weather changes to consumption of cold and sour foods, allergies and viral infections. When you suffer from sore throat, the symptoms pain/irritation in the throat, inflammation and redness at the back of the tongue, blocked nose and cough may be seen. In more acute conditions, there may be an increase in body temperature, resulting in fever.
It can lead to discomfort, sleeplessness and loss of appetite, as it becomes difficult to swallow food. Medical treatment can give fast relief from the problem, but you can save both your money and side effects of treatment with some simple home remedies for sore throat. Simple herbs and spices can be used effectively for this purpose.
Listed below are 10 common home remedies which can relieve the problem of sore throat:
Ginger is a wonderful home remedy for sore throat. You can prepare a ginger tea by boiling a small piece of ginger in a glass of water for a few minutes and adding some honey to it before drinking. You can also add a few leaves of basil and a clove or two of cardamom to the tea for better taste and enhanced effect.
Honey works magic on sore throat. Mix a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a glass of warm water and consume the drink thrice a day for instant relief from sore throat. You can alternatively have a teaspoon of honey, with a pinch of ginger powder and black pepper powder added to it.
3. Gargling with Salted Water
The classic remedy for a sore throat is gargling with warm salted water for a few times a day. It is particularly useful if done at bed time and you may generally be normal in the morning. Another gargle solution can be prepared by boiling some cloves in water and cooling it.
4. Fenugreek Seeds
Another useful remedial measure for sore throat is fenugreek seeds boiled in water and then cooled down. This cooled concoction can be used for gargling for instant relief from inflammation and soreness.
5. Garlic Kadha
Kadha is a homemade beverage, which has medicinal values. It can be prepared by boiling some cloves of garlic in water, along with a piece of ginger and some cumin seeds. It can be stored and had a few times in a day to treat this problem.
6. Betel Leaves
Another remedial measure for inflammation of throat is a paste made by crushing some betel leaves. External application of this paste on your throat can treat the problem quickly.
7. Clarified Butter
An age old home remedy to relieve soreness of throat is external massage on the throat area with some clarified butter (desi ghee).
Another useful herb for treating sore throat at home is cinnamon. You can boil a piece of cinnamon in water to prepare cinnamon tea. Add some honey to it and consume it. Alternatively, you can use it (without honey) for gargling.
9. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice can also come to your rescue when suffering from sore throat. A mixture of a tablespoon of lemon juice along with a pinch of salt and black pepper is heated and consumed for lasting relief.
10. Onion Juice
A concoction can be prepared by mixing onion juice with honey in 1:2 ratio. This mixture can be used as a cough syrup. One spoon twice a day can do wonders for sore throat.
In addition to these home remedies, you need to avoid cold and sour food items, carbonated drinks, fried food and heavy food. Drinking warm water and herbal tea is also helpful.