Here we are, deep in the heart of winter. This can mean different things for different people. Some of you may be enjoying the cooler days by making snowmen or skiing while others prefer to hide indoors under a warm blanky with some hot cocoa and a good book.
No matter how you “celebrate” the season, it is definitely a time that involves slowing down, for all of nature.
This means that your lymph, circulation and digestion may all be running a little slower and the result can be colds, sore throats and general aches and pains.
Today I want to share with you some Ayurvedic tips to soothe a sore throat.
5 Ayurvedic Tips To Soothe A Sore Throat
Sore throat is often a combination of sluggish kapha dosha and irritated pita dosha so we will look at methods that help motivate kapha while easing pita.
1. Yum, honey!
For those of you who have a sweet tooth you’re going to love this medicine.
Honey is a great healer for sore throats. It can be administered in a cup of hot water with a bit of lime or put on a spoon and sucked to ease the throat. Honey and eucalyptus lozenges may also be available in your local health food store so take a look.
Honey is one of the oldest remedies for the sore throat and it really does help ease the pain!
2. Salt Water Gargle
The salty taste is hot and motivating and will often break up mucus in the throat and kill off mild bacteria. Mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water and gargle to help relieve sore throat pain.
3. Licorice Root (Yashtimadhu) Tea
Licorice is a fabulous herb to help with sore throats. Children will enjoy drinking it too because it is sweet and you can add a bit of honey to the tea to make it even more appealing and effective.
It is simplest to buy licorice teabags, but if you live near a health food store that carries the root you can make a fresh tea at home. Boil 1 teaspoon of licorice root to two cups of water for about five to ten minutes to get the medicine out of the root. You can have this tea two or three times a day to help reduce sore throat pain.
4. Warm Oil Massage
One of my favorite ways to treat sore throat is with an upper body massage. The application of warming massage oil to the throat followed by hot cloths to the neck, completed with a massage of the face, throat, upper back and chest is very soothing.
To create a Warming Massage Oil you will need:
- A carrier oil. I suggest something warming – sesame or olive are my favorites.
- Essential oils. Cinnamon, eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary are the ones I like to use.
- A bowl to mix the oils.
Combine about two ounces of your carrier oil with two drops each of your essential oils.
Stir the oils together and then apply to the throat. Massage the oils in and then apply your slightly hot, damp cloth to the throat. This will help the medicine of the oils penetrate more deeply and will soothe the tissue of the throat. Once the cloth cools, remove it and begin to gently massage the throat. Oil can also be placed on the face to help relieve blocked sinuses and lymph and can also be applied to the chest and back to clear the lungs.
This procedure feels so relaxing and nourishing and really uplifts the spirits as well as helps you feel so much better physically. It’s a great way to care for a loved one who is suffering with sore throat and a great way to be nurtured. So if it’s your sore throat we’re talking about, print off this page and hand it to a loved one who can pamper you!
5. Ujjayi Breathing
Yup, there is a breathing technique for sore throat. It’s called Ujjayi pranayama. I have used this technique to help reduce sore throat caused by dust when I was doing home renovations and it totally worked!
Ujjayi pranayama works on clearing congestion in the throat and improving the flow of lymph and sinus fluids.
To perform this technique I find it easiest to do the following.
- Lie on the floor with your chin extended out in front of you.
- Inhale along the back of your throat so you can feel the back of your throat – this will make a noise as though you are snoring, but the noise does not come from your nose.
- Perform the breath for a minute or so and you will begin to notice that the throat releases congestion.
Ujjayi pranayama really helps with increasing energy and also relaxes the nervous system. It enables you to get what you need done in your day, even though you feel a bit under the weather. It also enables you to get great sleep!
I hope you find a tip or two that you can use on yourself or a loved one to reduce the suffering of sore throat.
Nature has a flow and balance and a remedy for when that flow and balance are disturbed. I thank Mother nature for the wondrous gifts she has for us to keep us feeling our best. I wish you health and happiness throughout this winter season and in every season to come.