A lot of kitchen ingredients are known for their powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and can help fight infections. They can also help in boosting your immunity and making you stronger from within. What causes a throat infection? It could be tonsillitis, cold, or strep throat. It is usually one of the first effects of cold, flu, or congestion. A throat infection is basically caused by some virus or bacteria. It may be an effect of some other ailment that you are suffering from or may be attacked by the pollutants or irritants in the air or some kind of allergies. Some of the common symptoms of a throat infection are.
Look out for the following symptoms if you feel you are suffering from a throat infection. Here’s how you can tell:
1. Swelling of the tonsils
2. Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
3. Throat pain and inflammation
These are the most common symptoms which may be accompanied by other side effects like fever, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, watery eyes, runny nose or cough
1. Gargle with saltwater
This is one of the oldest and easiest home remedies for sore throat that even your grandmother would recommend. Salt is known to have amazing anti-bacterial properties. Mix ¼ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Gargle at least two-three times a day. It will rinse away the bacteria and neutralize the acids that may be causing the burning sensation.
2. Turmeric milk
Another wonderful home remedy for throat infection from granny’s treasure trove, drinking turmeric milk has been considered to be an ancient tradition in our country. It is known to treat a sore throat, cold, and even persistent coughs. It can even relieve swelling and pain. In the world of Ayurveda, it is known as a natural antibiotic.
3. Suck on garlic
We agree, as much as we love garlic in food, chewing raw garlic may sound repulsive but it really works in treating a throat infection. Garlic contains a compound called allicin that can kill the bacteria and fight the germs that may have caused the infection. Place a clove of garlic between your cheek and teeth and suck on it like a candy. Keep it in your mouth, crush it gently and let the juices do the magic.
You can make a decoction of ginger, honey, and a squeeze of lime mixed with warm water or have a teaspoon of raw honey. Honey quotes and moistens the throat and is very effective in treating nigh time cough. Prefer raw honey, over regular honey for medicinal purposes. Honey also acts as a hypertonic osmotic which means that it can draw water out of the inflamed tissues. This helps in reducing swelling and inflammation in the throat.