4 Teas Good For Treating Sore Throat
A sore throat is really troublesome. You have to suffer from the pain clubbed with fever and you are out of action for a minimum of three days! Not fair! The common symptoms that accompany it apart from fever are cough, fatigue or body pain.
A sore throat is due to the inflammation of the pharynx and is called pharyngitis (I bet you didn’t know that!). This inflammation is due to a number of reasons that may include environmental allergies, bacterial or viral infection or food sensitivity.
In order to soothe your sore throat, you can take the help of teas. However, it would be better to discuss the symptoms with a doctor before relying on tea as a cure.
‘Tea’- be it of any kind, is most welcome when one has a sore throat. It is warm and soothing to the throat and what else do you need? Have a look at the different teas that help treat a sore throat.
1) Herbal teas
Herbal teas are known to be effective in soothing a sore throat. The herbs have a kind of mucilage that coats the mucous membranes and speeds up the healing process. The herbs also possess anti-inflammatory properties. Herbal teas are capable of enhancing the immune system too. To treat a sore throat, herbs like licorice root, eucalyptus, peppermint, slippery elm and marshmallow root are known to be effective according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Peppermint, as you must be aware contains menthol, the active ingredient that functions both as a decongestant and expectorant.
Going a little away from herbal teas, you will find peppermint and eucalyptus in most of the balms that are meant for decongestion. Who can forget covering your head with a towel and inhaling the vapour of vicks in hot water 😛 ? Doing so is effective in providing relief from a blocked nose.
2) Spiced teas
Spiced teas are known to contain components that are antifungal, antibacterial and capable of loosening mucous. All these properties are great in soothing an aching throat. The recommended spices are cinnamon, cloves, garlic and ginger. Simmering whole or grated cinnamon bark, sliced ginger, crushed cloves and garlic pods in water makes an aromatic spiced tea that both soothing to the throat and to the senses.
Spices are also used in other ways to treat symptoms of a sore throat. Not to forget the desi cough syrup that our grandmas used to make with ginger, honey and betel leaf.
3) Traditional teas
Drinking traditional teas such as black tea, white tea, green tea or oolong tea found commonly in households is also said to provide relief from a sore throat. Tea contains powerful antioxidants that help in supporting a healthy immune system.
4) Fusion teas
You can make fusion teas by adding extra ingredients to normal tea. Honey and citrus fruits are the most commonly added ingredients that have medicinal properties apart from adding flavour to tea. For instance, honey helps in reducing inflammation of the throat and citrus fruits like lemon and orange are rich in vitamin C, which is known to boost immunity.
A word of caution
If you are under medication for an existing health condition, do talk to your doc before drinking any kind of herbal and medicinal tea. Certain herbs are known to interact with the effectiveness of the medication. At times there can be serious side effects.
Hope this post was useful!
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