Sore throat/throat pain

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , , , , , , |

What is Sore Throat?
Sore throat is the inflammation (infection) of the throat.
Causes of sore Throat
1. Infection like a cold and cough
2. Pollution
3. Change of Weather

Though there is not much one can do to it make disappear at will, but these remedies are sure to make your throat feel a lot better.

1. Salt water gargle: Gargling with warm water made by dissolving two to three pinches of salt is best recommended. Repeat this as often as possible for a speedy recovery.
2. Clove (laung): Two to three lightly roasted cloves should be kept in the mouth. The oils released from the cloves helps to soothe the throat and also keeps your breath fresh.
3. Cinnamon (dalchini): Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and a teaspoon of honey to a cup of warm water and sip on it.
4. Lemon: Combine the juice of ½ lemon with 1 teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water and sip it while it is still warm. Repeat this at least two or three times a day.
5. Ajwain (carom seeds): A quarter to half teaspoon of ajwain mixed in warm milk helps to ease the sore throat. Check out the recipe of Ajwain and Turmeric Milk
6. Tulsi (Holy basil) leaves: A concoction made by boiling basil leaves in water is a very well known remedy for the sore throat. See the recipe of Tulsi Tea.
Foods to be Avoided
Spicy, oily and salty foods
Aerated drinks
Deep fried foods
Confectionery and mithai
Canned and preserved food
Easy Tips for a Soothing Throat
1. Try to serve foods at room temperature or lukewarm as too hot food may cause irritation
2. Have semi-liquid and soft foods which do not require much chewing. However eat enough to meet up your daily nutrient requirement. For example, a bland khichdi, a milk shake, roti dipped in dal are all good choices to ease a sore throat.
3. Do not eat meals in a hurry as this may be irritating as this may be irritating for the throat. Sit down in one place and eat in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
4. Avoid smoking as it aggravates the throat and interferes with the infection-fighting activity of the cells.
5. REST a lot as it gives your body a better chance to fight off the virus.

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