The Indian form of medicine known as Ayurveda is one of the oldest healing traditions in the world, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Indian tradition uses herbs, nutrition and meditative practices to help achieve an internal balance that prevents and treats illnesses such as sore throat. Several Indian remedies for sore throat exist. While most sore throats are related to colds, flu and allergies, see your doctor to rule out strep throat, which often requires antibiotics. Always check with your health care practitioner before using any herbal remedies.
Salt and Turmeric Gargle
While most Americans are familiar with the salt gargle cure for sore throats, in India, turmeric is added to the mix. Bill Gottlieb's book, “New Choices in Natural Healing”, notes this potent Ayurvedic treatment for sore throat.
At bedtime, blend 1 tsp. turmeric and ½ tsp. salt in 1 cup hot water. Gargle with the water, making sure the water isn’t hot enough to burn you.
Ginger and Cumin Seed Infusion
If sore throat is accompanied by a cold, add 1 tsp. cumin seeds and a few pieces dried ginger root to 1 cup boiling water. Lower the heat and simmer for about five minutes. Strain the mixture and drink when it is cool enough to tolerate. Prepare this mixture up to 12 times a day while sore throat and cold persist.
Tea prepared from the root of the licorice plant contains a “cooling energy” ideal for healing sore throats, according to “Yoga Journal”. Use the herb, not the artificial candy. The herb may be easily grown, harvested and dried from your garden, or you may buy it from health food stores.
Among those who should avoid licorice products are patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, liver or kidney disease and pregnant or nursing women, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The common burdock weed is a useful Indian medicine for soothing sore throats, according to the University of Vermont. Decoction of the roots are common Ayurvedic remedies for the malady. Make a decoction from your own burdock-gathering, or look for burdock tea in the health food store.
An easily-grown home remedy for sore throats, mint tea is is a popular Ayurveda home remedy for sore throats, notes the University of Vermont. Use tea bags from the store or fresh or dried leaves from the garden. This Indian remedy works especially well for sore throats associated with colds and fever that are accompanied by headaches and earaches. The University of Maryland Medical Center specifically recommends peppermint as the mint remedy of choice for sore throats.
In Ayurveda, foods and habits to be avoided are as crucial as the spices and herbs that should be given. For sore throat, avoid sour food, fried food and vegetable oils. Do not consume foods that are refrigerated, or foods that have cooling properties, such as watermelon, cucumber and papaya.