Monsoon rains, a solace from the baking heat of summers, leave us with a lot more than just relief. The cooling effect these showers may have on your body might not be so equable for your throat. Certainly what can save you from a visit to the doctor for a sore throat gone worse is a simple timely natural cure with the following.
Salt Water Gargling
As easy as it sounds-mix some salt in warm water and gargle regularly; this will not only cure a sore throat but also prevent it from reoccurring. Gargling, a boon for those who are vulnerable to chronic tonsillitis, if made into a regular habit can kill off the bad bacteria present in the mouth responsible for bad breath and much more.
Lemon Honey Tea
Simply boil a cup of water, add a tablespoon of honey and half a lemon into it. Full of taste, warmth and comfort, the tea is easy to make and reduces throat pain like magic. The honey coats your throat and suppresses coughs; the lemon helps break up mucus and the hot water relaxes the throat muscles.
Warm Turmeric Milk
The age-old potion of fighting all kinds of infections is turmeric milk which is a durable fix to those tireless dry night coughs which can be exhausting, especially when it hampers a good night's sleep. Turmeric or 'haldi' has anti-bacterial and healing properties which makes it highly beneficial for a sore throat.
Your body needs fluids to fight infections and other cold symptoms. Hence, the more water you consume during a sore throat, the higher is the rate of cure. Moreover, liquids keep your mucous membranes moist reducing throat irritation and coughs.
Say a firm NO to smoking when you have a sore throat as it leads to elevated irritation and production of mucus.
Acidic foods like tomatoes, oranges and grapefruit can also irritate and worsen your sore throat and so can spicy foods containing chili powder, pepper and cloves. Stay away from them to soothe your sore throat and treat it at the earliest.