Monsoons are around us and you guys have probably already gotten sick with fever and sore throat. Blech! Sore throat can be a cause of bacterial or viral infections with symptoms like irritation, pain, chills and fever. Coping with sore throats can be very challenging. If you are done with the traditional salt water gargles and OTC medicines (which of course aren’t doing the trick) it’s time to try these effective natural home remedies for sore throats. We have collated a list of some super healing and easy to swallow foods that help you soothe your throat.
Foods That Help Combat Sore Throat
Honey And Lemon
Everyone knows taking honey and lemon in luke warm water is a miraculous cure for sore throat. The remedy is simple, natural, and very easy to implement. All you need to do is mix equal quantities of honey and lemon juice in hot water to make a concoction. Honey and lemon have beneficial antibacterial properties that aid healing and soothing of sore throat.
Many of us think that we should not eat icy stuff while having sore throat. However, the fact is when you consume cold stuff the pain sensations are tamed down considerably. Unless you’re allergic to dairy products ice-cream is the best thing you should eat for sore throat.
Licorice root or its powdered form has numerous health benefits. Steep some licorice root into water overnight and drink this every morning to boost your immune system. How can it help in sore throat? Gargle using licorice extract for 1-2 minutes thrice daily to reduce soreness of throat. This extract is a great remedy for those with post-operative throat irritation and pain also.
Eggs Or Egg Whites
Egg whites or scrambles eggs help to deal with pain and inflammation of the soar throat. They are easy to digest and soft to swallow (causing lesser pain while swallowing). Generally egg yolk is not recommended when you’re looking for a fat free diet but at times they are too healthy and nutri-packed. Make sure you don’t load your dish with too many spices as this may worsen irritation and pain.
Clove is a miracle spice with many health benefits assigned to its name. Along with antiseptic and analgesic properties cloves act as excellent expectorant that loosens the mucus so it becomes easy for you to cough it out. Make a decoction of clove and cinnamon, add some honey to it and drink its twice a day to gain relief from cough.
Like we mentioned earlier, soft food are easy to swallow when you’re suffering from sore throat. Eating bananas is one thing your should surely try. It’s a non-acidic fruits that soothes the throat and relieves irritation. Blend it with different vitamin-packed fruits like strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, etc. to make refreshing smoothies.
Sipping some hot liquids is an age-old therapy for fighting off sore throats. Having a bowl of hot chicken soup is known to beat the antibiotics along with some anti-inflammatory actions to relieve congestion. Enrich your chicken soup with lots of veggies like onions, celery, turnips, carrots, bell peppers, etc. (all of these are known to be super nutritional foods with healing properties).
Cinnamon is a common spice used in our kitchen. Many herbal enthusiasts encourage us to consume cinnamon in various forms and combinations for different ailments. It is one of the best wonder foods to ward off sore throat. You can mix cinnamon powder with honey or add it to your milk and take at bedtime.
Pomegranate is high in its anti-oxidant content with an assortment of numerous health benefits. This super fruit contains immune-boosting properties and is effective in treating infections. Pomegranates are good astringents that contract body tissues thereby reducing swelling in the throat. This yummy tarty fruits is a great for everyone.
Sage is a medicinal herb used since ancient times for sore throat remedies. It contains flavanoids, phenolic acid and oxygen-handling enzymes that helps fight inflammation and alleviates pain. Steep some fried sage in a mug of hot water, soup or tea to gain from its numerous health benefits. It also enhances the flavor of food.
As we mentioned earlier sipping hot fluids helps soothe your throat. Tea is a classic remedy and a flavorsome delight for those who need a kick to fight infections. Brew yourself a cup of hot ginger, chamomile, black or green tea, and relax with its additional distressing and anti-inflammatory powers.
In olden days people used to wrap cabbage leaf around the neck to cure throat infections. These days, eating cabbage also does the trick. Cabbage is loaded with vitamin C, anti-oxidants, sulphur and other nutrients that reduce inflammation and soothe your throat. Eating raw cabbage salads with fruits and veggies is a great and delicious idea to treat throat inflammation.
Marshmallow root is a demulcent (a substance that relieves irritation of mucous membranes in the mouth by forming a protective film) which can be used to treat sore throats. It is known to loosen the mucus in throat to relieve cough. This herb can be taken in form of tea.
Ginger tea? It’s like a retreat to all lovers. The spice has wondrous healing powers when it comes to battling infections and inflammations. It’s a helpful home remedy for sore throat. Ginger is known to open up sinuses and clear mucus from throat and nose.
Oatmeal is a great breakfast option for health conscious people. But, it’s the best thing to eat when you’re feeling sick. It is full of nutrients and fiber that keep you full for long and helps ward off illness. Oatmeal is high in proteins, low in cholesterol and contains omega-3 fatty acids, potassium and folate to speed up the healing process.
So avoid that trip to the doctor and treat sore throat with these wonder foods. Let us know which remedy has helped you and mention if we have missed any key foods to combat sore throat.
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