Khrrrrrrr…fabjdfjbsnbvb…brrrrrrrrr…sfjbdjkfzbbfb…fffhhhhh…this is exactly how I sounded a week ago when my throat accepted its shameful defeat in the fight against Delhi harsh winter.
It began with nasal congestion and culminated into a sore throat with weird sounds coming out of my mouth instead of words, accompanied with occasional bouts of dry cough. While sipping on hot water made my throat drier, cough syrups made me sleepy and made absolutely no difference to my poor throat.
‘M’ for mom, ‘M’ for mulethi
Now, this may sound like the condition of every second person in Delhi, but what was different in my case was the fact that I have a know-it-all mother, who helps me sail through the trickiest situations.
In this case too, mom and her mulethi a.k.a. liquorice came to my rescue. From making me chew on the aromatic stick twice a day to forcing me to gargle using mulethi water–I did it all.
‘B’ for bye-bye sore throat
Come on, ladies! You can’t expect a natural remedy to solve your problems in a jiffy. I didn’t either. But the truth is that my throat did feel less sore right after chewing my first mulethi stick.
It got better with liquorice-water gargles once or twice a day and within two days, I started sounding like a human being at least, if not like Lata Mangeshkar—all thanks to mom.
Yes, science supports mommy
If your ultra-modern attitude makes you commit the folly of underestimating home remedies, check out what science has to say about mommy’s approach.
According to a study conducted at the Department of Anesthesiology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India, liquorice, which is also used extensively used in many cough and cold preparations, can effectively heal your sore throat.
Basically, mulethi offers hydration to your dry throat and being packed with antioxidants, it gives your immunity system a much-needed boost in the tough times.
Try it to believe it.