Sore throat in winter, home remedies to get well soon

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New Delhi : Winter season though enjoyable, yet it comes with alarming health problems. One common winter foe is painful sore throat which really makes it difficult to swallow, eat or drift off to sleep. One must know that the prickly throat can be an indicator that a cold virus has penetrated the immune system and the person may have bad days at the end.

The reason behind sore throat is because viruses cause inflammation in the body, particularly in the tonsils or lining of the throat. The burning sensation may switch off after a couple of days but there are a plenty of home remedies to speed up the healing process. Take a look at the best throat-soothing home remedies that you may try for your people and also for yourself.

Have a teaspoon of honey

Honey is also a demulcent, which means it coats the throat with a sticky film that eases irritation when you swallow. It has antibacterial properties that can reduce inflammation and therefore, known as a natural healing agent in traditional science and Ayurveda.

Gargle with saltwater

Mix a half-teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle for a minute or two, taking care not to swallow. Swilling salty water in your throat can help to reduce painful swelling of the tissue and kill any unwanted bacteria.

Drink chamomile tea

Study reveals that chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent properties which may have a soothing effect when you start to feel the first stirrings of a throat prickle. Also, try soothing effect when you start to feel the first stirrings of a throat prickle.

Squeeze some lemon into hot water

Drinking hot lemon water not only aid weight loss and clear skin but also helps to shift unwanted cold symptoms. The citrus fruit has antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting powers to fight against viral and bacterial infection. Studies suggest that lemons are also high in vitamin C which could help to fight colds.