What causes sore throat? Generally it is marked that the problem of sore throat occurs due to air pollution. The dry and dusty air or allergic condition can lead to itching of throat. Other conditions in which throat infection can start are the health ailments like common cold and cough, flue, chickenpox or measles etc. Overall we can say that the root cause behind sore throat is viral infection.
In case of bacterial infections, sometimes the problem can lead to fever or tonsils problem. The pain and itching of the throat and dry cough are the commonly seen symptoms of the problem. Taking heavy self medicines or antibiotics can be harmful. Try some herbal remedy treatments at home, is the problem worsens it is advisable to take advice of your physician.
Licorice Root Licorice roots are very beneficial for the problem of sore throat. It is proved that the roots extracts of licorice should be mixed with water and the patient should use this water for gargling. This remedy can giving soothing effect to your throat and you can get rid of dry cough also. So instead of going to doctor you can try out this easy herbal remedy to reduce pain of sore throat.
Honey Honey is the best remedy for all throat related problems. Consume a spoonful of honey or mix it with warm water and sip it to get rid of sore throat or throat infection. You can also mix honey in your hot cup of tea. The studies have proved that honey is the very beneficial option of common cough and cold and other respiratory problems. Drinking warm water with honey can give you relief from night time cough easily.
Salt water gargle Gargling with hot salt water is the most famous remedy for sore throat. It can give instant relief from sore throat and also clean of bacteria causing throat pain and irritation easily. Those who are suffering from throat pain, swelling of throat and dry cough can take advantage of this easy remedy. Add half spoon of salt in a glassful of warm water and gargle with it twice or thrice a day.
Peppermint oil The research has proved that the peppermint oil is very beneficial for sore throat and other respiratory problems. It can also keep your breath fresh. The peppermint contains menthol, which is very beneficial in soothing sore throat, giving relief from cough and thinning the mucus. The antibacterial, anti inflammatory and antiviral properties of peppermint can give a quick relief from cold, cough and sore throat.
Sage or cone flower The combination of sage and cone flower can be the very good remedy for sore throat. The spray made with sage or cone flower can give effective results for sore or itching throat. Sage and cone flower extracts are equally beneficial for common cold and cough. Cone flower oil steaming is recommended in ayurvedic herbal treatment to reduce throat infections.
Ulmas Rubra or slippery Elm It is one of the old remedies for sore throat. The plant extracts can give positive effect on sore throat and cough. The plant carries a gel like substance in it. This gel is mixed with water before consuming. The slippery substance can give soothing coat over sore throat and reduces the irritation effectively.
Marshmallow roots Marshmallow roots also contain gel like stuff inside. The consumption of the extracts can give relief in sore throat instantly. Marshmallow roots powder is available in the market, if you get the fresh dried root of marshmallow, and then add in boiling water to make herbal tea. Consumption of this medicinal tea thrice a day can give you aid from sore throat and dry cough.
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Licorice root is popularly known as 'mulaithee kee jad' in Hindi language and is easily available in the market. It is well known to cause relief to sore throat conditions and is used also by many. In case it is not available easily, then sucking a piece of ginger also gives relief.
However as far as other herbs like marshmallow roots, ulmas rubran etc., the author may consider furnishing its names in major Indian languages enabling the readers to easily understand and derive its benefits also.
In our house my grand mother and my mother used to give us the following as medicine when we suffer from any sort of throat infection or sore throat-
Take pepper corns in three, five, seven or nine in numbers and fry them in one spoonful ghee. Once the peppers pop, allow them to cool. The peppers should then be chewed well and the ghee should be swallowed. In doing so even for once, the throat sore will go away.