The flu season is upon us! It’s time to refill our arsenal of medical supplies with everything that can keep the cold and cough at bay. One of the simplest and healthy ways to improve your immunity is through the magical brew called tea! Tea soothes your throat and fills your insides with warmth.
When it comes to sore throat, there are specific concoctions that can relieve your throat from pain and also clear the mucus. There’s no doubt that India is a treasure chest of healing teas when it comes to treating viral infections. Here’s a list of tried and tested best teas for treating sore throat and give you a good night’s sleep!
Turmeric – the most important ingredient in the Indian kitchen and the most sought over item across the globe. Known for its ayurvedic properties, turmeric has powerful antioxidants which when brewed as a tea can ward off infections and aid in faster recovery. It has microbial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it the #1 remedy for sore throat. Add a pinch of turmeric to any masala tea that you brew or add a pinch of it to warm milk along with pepper.
Ginger contains Gingerol which is an active ingredient that is anti-inflammatory in nature. It is very effective in soothing the throat and reducing tonsilitis and also does double-duty by easing your stomach. Also, Ginger tea is a delicious beverage that can be enjoyed every single day! To make it more scrumptious, add a few mint leaves while the tea boils over and enjoy it with milk.
India is a land blessed with the mere presence of Tulsi. A natural remedy to treat the flu and every symptom associated with it. Being a wonderful adaptogen, Tulsi tea can relieve one from respiratory sicknesses and strengthen the immune system.
Sit back and relax as your loved one prepares you a warm cup of Kadha when you are under the weather. Kadha tea is a precious beverage that originated from the Indian kitchen – filled with the goodness of pepper, cumin, turmeric, cloves and cardamom, Kadha can soothe your body and provide relief to your throat.
Green tea is known as a good detox beverage but it is also used to treat illnesses related to the pharynx due to its anti-inflammatory nature. Drinking hot green tea is a good way to soothe the throat, another lesser-known way is to gargle warm green tea. Either way, you can alleviate throat pain.
Lemon Honey Tea
Lemon Honey Tea is the ideal beverage to treat sore throat. Honey and lemon can coat the inner lining of the throat and relieve it from any irritation just like lozenges. Plus, this tea is so delicious that you would prefer to have it almost every single day. This is a drink that you must have especially during the rainy season.
Cinnamon, the warm and toasty spice makes any food delicious, let alone a hot cup of tea. Not only does cinnamon tea soothe your throat but it also calms your senses. A dash of cinnamon to your tea can effectively treat any inflammation and give you instant relief.
Mentha Piperita, commonly referred to as Peppermint contains Menthol. Menthol has both anti-bacterial as well as anti-viral properties making it just the right ingredient to go into piping hot tea. It just sounds right, doesn’t it? Piping hot peppermint tea! Just the sound of it is a treat to the senses while it truly does soothe your throat.
Fenugreek has compounds that can loosen mucus and cleanse the pharyngeal area. The herb is also rich in anti-oxidants such as flavonoids and phenolic acid. Fenugreek tea can be made from seeds and also the plant’s leaves. For sore throat, it is better to brew tea with the seeds, owing to the high concentration.
Masala chai, the king of all teas is also an effective drink to fight the flu. It is no secret that it contains all the essential spices which are rich in immune boosting compounds. Ginger has Gingerol, Clove has anti-inflammatory properties, Cinnamon is loaded with immune boosters, Pepper is a good antibiotic and also rich in Vit-C, Star Anise is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, Tulsi and Mint effectively clear congestion. These make it an ideal drink to treat sore throat.
Well, well, you would have noticed the pattern! Teas with anti-inflammatory ingredients have made it to the list. So, what are you going to brew to treat your sore throat?