Feeling a little under the weather? These natural juices and teas can help to soothe or cure your sore, scratchy throat…
This time of year, germs start to run rampant as we all hole up indoors to hide from the cold. Colds and flu are just a fact of life – especially for those with kids in school, but they’re never fun, especially around the holidays! Fortunately, there are many natural remedies to help keep you healthy or get you feeling better faster if you are already sick. For example, some juices can help soothe a sore throat, and your kids may find them more palatable than many medicines. Many fruits contain high levels of antioxidants and other immune-boosting compounds that may help to relieve minor throat pain while giving your immune system a little extra support.
If you or your children are feeling a little under the weather, here are a few safe and natural immune-boosting juices and teas that may help cure that annoying sore throat.* If the flavors are too potent, you can combine them with another juice, or dilute them with water. However, to emphasize their medicinal benefits, you may wish to just drink them straight.
* Note: The CDC recommends that if you or your child experiences a high fever, difficulty swallowing or breathing, a rash, joint pain, or a sore throat that lasts longer than a week, you should seek medical attention.
#1. Ginger Juice
Ginger is full of minerals and antioxidants. The antibacterial properties of ginger can help to treat a number of infections in the throat. Consume a half cup of ginger juice at the first sign of an itchy throat. A combination of ginger and honey can work wonders and can help to cure a sore throat in no time at all.
#2. Garlic Juice
Having natural antibacterial and antibiotic properties, garlic juice has proven to be an effective solution for people who catch cold easily. Take two teaspoons of garlic juice in a glass of warm water, and it can heal your sore throat without the need for any medications.
#3. Licorice Root Tea
Known for its naturally sweet and mild flavor, licorice root is another great herbal remedy for a sore throat. According to herbwisdom.com, licorice root “soothes soreness in the throat and fights viruses that cause respiratory illnesses and and overproduction of mucus.” Licorice root is also widely used in treating stomach ulcers, as compounds in the root are useful for lowering stomach acid levels—relieving heartburn and indigestion, and even acting as a mild laxative.
#4. Pineapple Juice
Did you ever think that pineapple juice could help you when you are suffering from a sore throat? In addition to providing a good source of vitamin C and manganese, pineapple juice contains bromelain, a combination of protein-digesting enzymes that is only found in pineapples. Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) are looking into bromelain as a potential treatment for many conditions including viral and bacterial infections—although UMMC advises taking bromelain as a supplement to get a higher concentration of the enzymes.
#5. Watermelon Juice
Watermelon is more than 90% water, so it’s great for keeping yourself hydrated. It’s also a good source of vitamins C and A. And watermelon is a traditional cure for sore throats in Chinese herbal medicine. A glass of cool, sweet watermelon juice can cool your sore throat and help to bring relief.