Salt water gargling is a popular, first-line-of-defence therapy to ease a sore throat. Research shows that just 3 days of gargling with warm water can lower upper respiratory tract infections by 40%. Add salt to the water and it will draw out water from the swollen, infected areas of the throat, providing quick symptomatic relief. Ayurveda recommends adding a pinch of turmeric powder as well to enhance the effectiveness of this remedy.
The accumulation of excess saliva in your mouth can be uncomfortable and even distressing. A host of conditions can cause this problem – mononucleosis, strep throat, tonsillitis, peritonsillar abscess, and gastroesophageal reflux disease are a few. Excessive salivation is also common if you have nausea, are pregnant, or are on certain medicines. Swollen adenoids, exposure to toxins, and certain nervous system disorders can be triggers as well.
Sleeping on your side, losing excess weight, and avoiding alcohol and smoking can help if you are snoring regularly. Anti-snoring devices like nasal strips, chin strips, and mandibular advancement devices can also reduce snoring by allowing you to breathe properly through your nose. Natural remedies such as yogurt, turmeric, and pineapple, as well as saline nasal washes and peppermint steam inhalations, can come in handy if a stuffy nose is making you snore.
A strep throat, caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria, can sometimes lead to complications that affect your heart and kidneys. That's why you need to see a doctor and take prescribed medication if you have this condition. Some simple home remedies can, however, ease your symptoms. Use a humidifier, gargle with salt water, and suck on ice for relief. Honey, turmeric, ginger, and date vinegar are other natural remedies you can try.
Secondhand smoke releases about 250 harmful chemicals out of which 50 are carcinogens. These impact different parts of the body differently depending on the intensity and frequency of exposure. Passive smoking causes lung cancer and increases the risk of breast, throat, rectum, bladder, stomach, and brain cancer. In children, it manifolds the risk of leukemia, lymphoma, and liver cancer.
Chakras are the energy centers in our body located along the spinal cord through which energy flows. Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit. So, a chakra is similar to a whirling, vortex-like, powerhouse of energy. There are seven major chakras in our body and many more minor ones. The seven chakras[.....]
Allergies and infections can cause excess mucus (phlegm) which irritates your throat. Sipping on warm fluids like chicken soup, thyme or aniseed tea, or just a plain glass of warm honey-lemon water can help loosen up or thin out the mucus, making it easier to expectorate. Equally soothing can be gargling with salt water and inhaling the eucalyptus-scented steam.
A common cause of sore and scratchy throat in kids, strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. While surgical resection of the tonsils is successful in reducing throat infections, it doesn't guarantee long-term protection from strep throat or other throat infections. All it offers is a lowered risk of contracting strep throat!
The bacterial film in your teeth, commonly known as plaque, is responsible for tooth decay, cavities, staining, infections, and bad breath. ACV, being antibacterial, can fix all these problems by removing the bacteria. It also treats fungal infections in the mouth, eases digestion, and treats sore throat, thereby eliminating the root causes of bad breath. But use it with caution for undiluted ACV can erode the tooth enamel.
Put a small amount of the gargling liquid in your mouth and swish it around. Tilt your head back slightly, pull your tongue back a little and without swallowing the liquid, try to open your mouth and make an "ahhh" sound. Allow the gargling liquid to bubble through the upper throat and in the mouth for about 30 seconds. Spit the gargling liquid out into the sink.
Chop 1 whole garlic and then pound it in a mortar until it becomes transparent. Mix it with honey and store it in a jar. It contains vitamins including niacin, riboflavin, B6, amino acids and minerals like copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium and zinc. Use 1/2 a tsp a day to boost immunity and treat cold, cough and flu. It’s also a natural antioxidant.
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