Today, I bring you some herbs which are good for all ENT problems. Take a print out and stick it on your desk for the winters.
Tonsilitis – Sore throat, pain when you swallow food, blocked nose. Caused by inflammation of the tonsils. Some herbs which help are elder-flower, catnip, marshmallow, turmeric, holy basil, ginger, black pepper etc. Use any of these or a mixture to be used in saline water as a gargle or mouthwash. Someone told me that mixing salt in brewed, hot black coffee can also help.
Pharyngitis – Inflammation of the Pharynx causes a sore throat. Its caused by overuse of the voice or abuse by smoking or alcohol. Pharynx connects the back of the nose to the back of the throat. Gargle with Ginger, Cider Vinegar and Honey (remember, not to boil honey). You can also gargle with lukewarm water by putting in a few drops of lavender and sandalwood oil. Inhale steam with a few drops of Eucalyptus or Spearmint Oil. Drink a herbal tea made from ginger, black pepper, Holy basil and green tea. Licorice can also help if sucked in lozenge or pills form.
Laryngitis – Excessive cough and mucus discharge, accompanied by throat pain and inflamed throat. Sage and thyme infused water when gargled or sipped every eight hours can help. Drink marshmallow leaf infusion also several times a day to reduce hoarseness. Take some Sitopladi Churna mixed with honey to find immediate relief.
Sore Throat or viral infection - Boil water with 2 drops of lemon essential oil, powdered root of licorice, and reduce the water to half. Sip it several times a day. You can also try a similar infusion with red sage, or goldenseal. Use an ointment from Eucalyptus, Spearmint oil with Camphor or Menthol and apply it on your neck and chest. Keep yourselves warm with clothing.