Sore, scratchy throat really sucks. This happens when viral or bacterial infections affect the tissues in our throat, thus causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. How can we get rid of it without the need to choke down nasty tasting syrups or medications? Well, simply have a cup of tea and sip to better health.
Ginger Root Tea
Ginger root tea contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds known as gingerol and shogaol. These beneficial components can help fight off infections by targeting the bacteria and viruses that make a person sick. Due to this, it has been used to soothe an irritated throat. Drinking a cup of this tea can help heal by eliminating the harmful pathogens that cause sore throat symptoms.
To make ginger tea, we can start with a one-inch piece of fresh ginger or one teaspoon of dried ginger. Add it to boiling water and steep for about 10 minutes. Add a slice of lemon, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and a dash of honey for a more soothing effect.
For those suffering from a sore throat, classic green tea is a great option. According to research, green tea has anti-inflammatory effects, which may help to reduce swelling of tissues in the throat. Feeling scratchy? Add some lemon and honey on a cup of green tea and sip on it nice and hot.
Peppermint tea contains a compound called menthol which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe the pain of a sore throat.
Rinse 7-10 peppermint leaves. Crush the leaves by rubbing them in between the finger. Doing this helps to release the flavor and aroma of the herb. Place the leaves in a mug. Boil water in an electric kettle, a stovetop kettle, or a pot on the stove. Wait for the water to boil, then turn off the heat and take the kettle or pot off the heat source. Let the water cool for a few minutes, carefully pour the water over the peppermint leaves. Make sure that all the leaves are submerged in the water, then cover the mug and let steep for 7 minutes. Strain the tea into another mug so that all the leaves get caught in the strainer. Add some honey and lemon to taste. Enjoy!
The turmeric root is usually made using the whole or ground root of the turmeric plant. According to studies, it has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help to treat a sore throat at the cause.
For this home remedy, we need to use a one-inch piece of fresh turmeric root or one teaspoon of turmeric powder for every eight ounces of hot water. Simmer in a pot for 20 minutes and strain out the root. Serve with a dash of honey.