The Winter has set in and the oft repeated complain of many people is sore throat, coughing etc. The sore throat is a irritating and infectious condition, which causes immense discomfort including voice problems.
The sore throat is a common disease and is caused by inflammation of throat. The most common cause (80%) is acute viral pharyngitis, a viral infection of the throat, it is a very disconcerting illness and very infectious. Many Doctors and websites may prescribe you some allopathic medicine but I trust my Mom's concoction the best. It is a traditional Indian medicine. If you suffer from sore throat give it a try and I guarantee you that you will be cured within 2 to 3 days without any side effects.
This is really easy medicine. You go to your local grocer and pick up Sweet Licorice sticks (Jestmadh in Hindi and Glycyrrhiza glabra in latin). If you don't find it at your local grocer, go to a store selling Indian goods, you will be sure to get it there.
Take some Milk (1 cup) in a vessel and take three to four sticks of Sweet Licorice(pestle or beat the sticks a little bit) and keep it on the gas stove, put a a little sugar, let the milk come to a boil. Try to drink it a little hot (don't scald your throat). Repeat this till the time your throat feels fine. This concoction is good also for coughs.
Another one of my Mom's concoction for severe coughs and cold is as follows :
Take some dry black pepper, dry ginger and jaggery. Pestle/beat them all into small pieces and boil all of them together with a cup of water. When boiled drink the concoction (again don't scald your throat). This is a sure fire medicine for your coughing bouts and severe cold.
Try them and post your comments if you like them. I will post more of my Mom's medicines if you like the above.