What Causes Sore Throat?
A sore throat is a discomforting pain or scratchiness which affects the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common causes of throat infection is a viral infection like cold or flu. It can also result due to environmental factors, such as dry air.
Different kinds of sore throat problems include:
- Pharyngitis – affects the area right behind the mouth.
- Tonsillitis – The swelling and redness of soft tissues at the back of the mouth.
- Laryngitis – The swelling and redness of the voice box.
Symptoms of sore throat include:
- A burning, raw, and irritating sensation in the throat.
- The throat or tonsils may appear red.
- White patches or areas of pus formation on tonsils.
Home Remedies for Sore Throat
Nature is the best physician. Here are some quick remedies from your kitchen, which can help you heal your sore throat.
- Warm Honey Tea:
Drink warm tea with honey. It helps soothe the soreness of the throat due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Also, it is very beneficial for soothing and alleviating other respiratory problems, such as cough and bronchial ailments.
- Salt–Water Gargling:
The most commonly used remedy since ancient times is gargling with water with salt mixed in it. Gargling with salt water several times a day reduces the swelling in the throat, breaks down the mucus, and helps in flushing out the bacteria.
- Gargling with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar boosts the body’s immune system, maintains the pH balance of the body, and promotes alkalinity.
- Eat cloves or drink clove tea
Clove contains Eugenol, which acts as a painkiller, that reduces the pain and provides a numbing effect on the throat. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of the clove help relieve the inflammation and kill bacteria that cause the sore throat.
- Eat Garlic
Garlic possesses antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, which commonly relieve you of the sore throat due to the presence of its active constituent Allicin.
- Drink Turmeric Milk or Turmeric Tea
Turmeric contains Curcumin, which is antibacterial or antiseptic and helps to relieve you of the sore throat.
Turmeric Tea is quite easy to prepare. Mix a half teaspoon of turmeric in 1 cup of lukewarm water and have it.
- Take Honey and Cinnamon
Since ancient times, the mixture of honey and cinnamon has been widely used for relieving you of a sore throat.
- Eat Lemon
The citrus acid in lemon helps to break the mucus up that causes the sore throat and helps to relieve you of the pain and inflammation. It is a natural antiseptic that kills bacteria and viruses in the throat.
- Drink Basil Tea
Basil, also known as Tulsi, is essential Ayurvedic cough medicine. It helps to loosen up the mucus for easy expectoration. Drink water boiled with Basil leaves and use it to gargle for relieving sore throat.
- Have Ginger Tea
Ginger’s an active constituent called Gingerol has anti-inflammatory properties, which gives a soothing and fast relief in sore throat.
Your body is precious so treat it with care! Let healthy and nutritious food be your first medicine, and kitchen be your first pharmacy!