Sore throat doesn't come announcing itself. It is one of the most common health issue experienced by us. When the mucous membrane in our lower pharynx is inflamed, we have sore throat. Many a time, even the tonsils and larynx can get inflamed. To find out or understand when the symptoms are about to come when you get this itchy, burning, and tight feeling in your throat. When you try to swallow food or drink water, the task becomes difficult due to the burning sensation. During this time, the throat can turn unusually dry and this can create a lot of discomfort. Now note this, sore-scratchy throat and strep throat are two very different, unique health issues. To learn more about both conditions in detail, consult your doctor
What Causes Sore Throat?
There are many reasons why someone can get a sore-scratchy throat. One of the most common reasons is cold. If someone catches a cold, they can quickly get a sore throat as it is a type of viral infection. Other causes may also include:
- Viral infections like mumps, mono, or influenza
- Inflammation of uvula and/or tonsils
- Allergic reaction to dust, pollution, smoke, or low humidity
- Laryngitis - infection of voice box
- Constantly breathing from the mouth
- Yelling for a long period of time
- Extremely tired
How Does the Tea Help
Many people get an infection along with cold and flu. The use of tea is very common in traditional Chinese medicine. It comes very handy during this time. Basically, the taste of tea is very invigorating. With its spicy flavor, it helps calm the inflammation in the throat. It works by dilating the blood vessels in the throat and giving it a warm sensation. As I mentioned before, whenever someone has a sore throat, their throat can turn dry and give that burning feeling. That's what the tea is targeting at - to give you relief from this irritation. Sometimes, few people also complain about being nauseated or feeling uncomfortable. When that individual drinks the tea, it works to reduce the feeling, increase perspiration (if you have a fever), and reduce the soreness in the throat.
Make the Tea
- To prepare the tea, get the ingredients ready―4 cups water, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 slices of lemon, and ¼ cup fresh ginger root.
- In a pot, boil the 4 cups of water first. Once the water is ready, cut a piece of fresh ginger root.
- Cut the piece about 2'' long and 1'' wide. That should be enough for this recipe.
- Peel the skin off and cut the ginger root into small pieces.
- Add these pieces to the boiling water and let it simmer properly.
- Keep the ginger root pieces in it for about 15 minutes or so.
- Turn the heat off and add lemon juice now. You can even add the lemon juice after you have strained the tea.
- Mix the tea properly and strain it in a bowl. Save the ginger root pieces.
- Add the honey in the end and stir till the honey dissolves completely.
- You can even keep the lemon pieces inside the tea for 4―5 minutes and then strain the tea in the end.
- When the tea is ready, drink it when it's still warm. Don't wait for it to get cold as it won't work properly.