I’m sure that you have suffered sore throat in the past or are suffering now; in severe cases, sore throat and ear pain simultaneously.
The throat infection caused by inflammation of the pharynx is a common disease that happens to most people at least once a year.
There are many natural remedies for getting rid of pharyngitis that results in pain and irritation in the throat and several other physical discomforts. The most popular home remedy for pharyngitis is drinking tea, often mixed with other herbal ingredients.
In this article, we are going to discuss the best tea that you can use for sore throat as a natural remedy.
Before we go into the details of the best tea remedies for curing sore throat, let us have a brief understanding of the major facts connected to pharyngitis, the inflammation of the pharynx, a region in the back of the throat.
What Causes Sore Throats?
Pharyngitis or the inflammation of the pharynx occurs because 0f viral/bacterial infection, allergies arising out of environmental pollution, hypersensitivity of the pharynx to certain foods, smoking, or contaminated air and water.
Pharyngitis-causing viruses are most active in cold weather, rainy season, and dampness in the building or surroundings.
A sore throat can also happen because of the common cold, measles, flu, chickenpox, croup, or mononucleosis caused by viral infections. Bacterial infections that cause whooping cough, strep throat, or diphtheria can also lead to pharyngitis.
According to a news report based on a study by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER), there are more than 100 different viruses that can cause the common cold and throat inflammation.
When any of those viruses that cause cold or flue get lodged on the back walls of the throat called the pharynx, the virus causes inflammation which results in a sore throat, earache, fever, body pain, headache, etc.
A common sore throat issue usually lasts up to three days.
As antibiotics do not respond to these viruses, usually, it may take up to a week to overcome the infected throat till the efficacy of those viruses subsides. The antibiotics prescribed for Pharyngitis are mostly meant for suppressing the symptoms of this viral/bacterial infection.
Symptoms Of Pharyngitis
All types of throat pains and earaches are not because of pharyngitis; they could also be due to tonsillitis, overstressed polyps, strep throat, mononucleosis, or food allergy.
The most common symptoms of pharyngitis are:
- Sore Throat
- Ear Pain
- Dry Cough
- Runny Nose
- Body Ache
Not all of these symptoms need to be present in every case of pharyngitis.
Connection Between Earaches And Sore Throat
Earaches and sore throats often do occur to many individuals simultaneously, especially in children. This may appear quite strange on how the viral infection in the throat can also result in ear pain.
The Eustachian tube runs from the back of the throat (pharynx) to the ear. Any type of viral infection that occurs in the pharynx area of the throat can also infect the Eustachian tube.
When you suffer from a common cold or flu, the excess fluid (mucus) in the pharynx enters into the Eustachian tube, and this causes infection and irritation leading to pain in both throat and ear.
For a second reason, a sore throat almost always blocks the Eustachian tube, which is a result of swelling of the tube, and this, in turn, results in increased pressure in the ear causing ear pain.
In adults, the viral infection of the throat may not result in ear pain every time. It is also possible to have a one-sided sore throat and ear pain
It is important to know that the ears, nose, and throat have a strong connection between them which links all the three to one another. Any type of viral or bacterial infection occurring to any one of them produces repercussions on the other two as well.
6 Best Teas For Sore Throat Relief
We have heard a lot about the health benefits of green tea and oolong tea. The brewed tea is high in antioxidants (flavonoids) that reduce inflammation. It is precisely the antioxidants in tea that works well for relieving the sore throat.
It’s nice to try the natural remedies first instead of popping up the antibiotics for every silly disease. However, you need to consult the doctor if the health issues continue to persist longer than the expected period for curing.
Let us have a look at a few of the best tea remedies for getting rid of pharyngitis.
1. Traditional Tea
The regular drinks of tea are derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant; they come in different flavors and types like green tea, black tea, white tea, Pu-erh tea, and oolong tea.
All varieties of tea have some amount of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects. Among the different variants of tea, green tea and oolong tea has the highest amount of natural antioxidants.
Drinking a glass of warm tea instantly produces a soothing effect in reducing throat pain and congestion. Drinking warm tea helps to loosen the mucus and stifle the infectious activity of a virus that causes a throat infection.
2. Ginger Tea
The root of the ginger plant or, Zingiber officinale, is a well-known natural remedy for the common cold, flu, and sore throat.
Ginger tea is, perhaps, the most effective tea for sore throat.
According to a report published in the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, the pungent properties in ginger roots triggers the release of secretions that help clear throat congestion.
The antibacterial and antioxidant elements in ginger root help to decrease throat inflammation and clear laryngitis condition.
There is no scientific backing to prove the benefits of ginger roots as a remedy for pharyngitis; however, the results of ginger tea treatment speak for themselves.
You can prepare ginger tea by boiling 2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger root in the water used for brewing the tea or by pouring a cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger and the required amount of tea leaf granules.
The soothing results from ginger tea can be enhanced by adding two teaspoons of honey into it.
Three or four cups of ginger tea per day are recommended for a better result in getting rid of sore throat.
3. Lemon Tea
Mayo Clinic’s patient care manual recommends a high intake of fluids to relieve the sore throat infection.
Dirking warm tea mixed with a few drops of lemon juice and two teaspoons of honey is one of the best soothing drinks for reducing earache and throat pain associated with pharyngitis. This is also helpful for relieving the congestion in the nasal passages and throat.
Lemon juice helps in the expulsion of mucus and honey from a thin layer of a protective coating over the walls of the throat that prevents the spread of viral infection.
4. Spicy Tea
According to the UCLA History and Special Collections Department of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, spices contain antiviral and antibacterial, and mucus loosening properties.
Aromatic spicy tea that contains spices like cinnamon, ginger root, garlic, and cloves are excellent for soothing the sore throat. They have antiviral and antibacterial elements that suppress the infectious activities of the virus.
Spice mixture must not exceed more than one tablespoon per cup of tea as they have strong penchant effects that might lead to gastric issues.
5. Herbal Tea
There are several varieties of herbal teas that are traditionally used in different cultures for relief from throat congestion and pain; also other health concerns.
Herbal tea is prepared with different herbs that are known to contain mucilage that coats the mucous membranes, anti-inflammatory properties, and antibacterial elements.
According to a research report published by the University of Maryland Medical Center, the herbs that work best for the healing of sore throat are slippery elm, eucalyptus, marshmallow root, licorice root, and peppermint.
For instance, peppermint contains menthol which is a fantastic decongestant and expectorant.
Many traditional medical systems highly recommend drinking warm herbal tea for instant soothing relief for sore throat.
It may be difficult for you to gather all herbs individually and prepare the herbal tea. However, you can purchase the ready-to-use herbal tea mixture that is easily available at your nearest supermarkets or online shops.
6. Licorice Root Tea
Licorice root tea is a highly popular herbal tea that can heal a sore throat.
The licorice root is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which are excellent for reducing the irritation and swelling in the throat and loosening the mucus. You should have at least three cups of licorice root tea per day to get the best results.
You can purchase the licorice root tea kits at your nearest hypermarkets or from online vendors. There are also different ranges of licorice root tea recipes that contain other herbal ingredients such as peppermint and marshmallow root.