We have often popped a medicated lozenge or two to fight an approaching throat infection. Effective? Yes, but these lozenges also come loaded with sugars and other preservatives. Ditch them for these tried-and-tested remedies that have long been used in Indian households for fighting throat infections. These natural lozenges are as good as, if not better than, their processed counterparts.
Cloves: They are known to have a powerful anaesthetic or a pain-numbing effect. Chewing on a piece of clove can help you rid of the inflammation and its antibacterial properties help fight the primary cause of the throat ache . What's more? It helps you freshen your breath instantly.
Garlic: It's probably not wise to eat a clove of garlic just before to go work or meet someone. But this kitchen ingredient is full of antimicrobial properties that help sooth a sore throat . It's best if you have it at night and pop a clove in the morning to remove its strong aftertaste.
Ginger: The humble ginger, found in every Indian household, is a blessing for those suffering from a sore throat. This wonderful remedy not only relieves your throat ache but also clears mucus congestion. Apart from these benefits, ginger also has anti-bacterial properties that help fight the Streptococcus bacteria responsible for the infection .
Rock candy: Rock candy or crystallised sugar is used as a base for many homemade cold medicines. Dr Swapnil Dharmadhikari, an ayurvedic practitioner, believes that a nagging sore throat can be effectively relieved by popping a piece of rock candy.
Mulethi: Mulethi or liquorice is a tried and tested herb known for its throat-soothing properties. Chew on a small piece of mulethi if your sore throat is giving you a hard time. Combining it with honey can up its anti-bacterial properties .