Whenever we feel fatigued or low, complain of body ache or are running a fever, we tend to reach out for a hot cup of tea, not only for its warmth but also the herbal infusions. Tea has been traditionally used as a beverage globally and even if you are not typically a tea drinker, you should be aware that it has a lot of benefits, including treating a sore throat.
Drinking tea has been known to promote good health for a very long time. Most teas contain antioxidants, which help the body to fight off illnesses such as colds and other viruses. They not only boost the immune system, but also aid in healing as they have anti-inflammatory effects. “There are studies supporting the benefits of the ingredients of tea beverages for weight loss, improving gut motility, and also eases body pain and sore throat,” Rashi Chahal, Nutritionist, Rosewalk hospital, told HealthShots.
According to Chahal, “Various teas have been used to relieve sore throats for many years. There are different kinds of teas which contain plant compounds that are a good source of antioxidants, which can reduce throat pain. These are warm liquids and also help prevent dehydration. Hydration helps regulate body temperature and mucus clearance.”
According to her, there are several special concoctions that soothe scratchy throat pain.
Cinnamon is a warming spice and its aroma lifts the mood. It is known for its antibacterial properties, which helps in fighting off throat infections and colds. Since it is packed with lots of antioxidants, it makes it an effective ally against inflammation. To make comforting cinnamon tea, just add a dash of cinnamon with turmeric or by using it alone in lukewarm water.
Turmeric is long used in Ayurvedic medicine, and has gained popularity for its anti-inflammatory properties. This spice has many benefits. It is a powerful antioxidant and has microbial properties, and not only aids in fighting off infections but also helps in quick recovery.
“You can add a dash of it in milk and have it or boil it with black pepper in water or milk and drink before sleeping. Word of caution: Turmeric is to be only consumed in very small quantities, about a dash per serving,” she added.
Ginger is best known for herbal remedies, be it sore throat or upset stomach. It contains active compounds that help to fight off bacteria and viruses, supporting the body’s natural immune defenses and leading in speedy recovery.
“Study supports that its anti-inflammatory compounds are effective in reducing tonsillitis. But if consumed in excess, it can lead to constipation. The best way to make this concoction is to boil it with mint leaves and enjoy the soothing tea,” Chahal signed off.
So, which tea are you planning to try, in case of a sore throat?