The knobby stem of the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) has long had medicinal uses in many regions of the world. Ginger is used in a variety of different ways as a natural cure for a sore throat, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center 2. Using ginger for a sore throat is an inexpensive method of treating throat irritation. Talk to your doctor before starting any naturopathic treatment with ginger at home.
Drinking ginger tea helps to soothe a sore throat, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center 2. To make ginger tea, peel the skin off a small chunk of the ginger root. Then slice about two tablespoons of ginger root. Place it in hot water and let it steep for up to 15 minutes. Remove the loose pieces of ginger root from the water and prepare the tea as you normally do or add items including milk, honey, lemon or sugar.
Ginger Ale Soda
Another way to soothe a sore throat is to drink a ginger ale soda, notes Kids Health 1. Drink the soda chilled to keep the throat calm. Make sure the ginger soda lists natural ginger as an ingredient to ensure it will help treat your sore throat.
Ginger in Hot Water
You can also place several slices of ginger root or a drop of ginger oil in steaming hot water to ease throat pain, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center 2. Inhale the scent of ginger to help soothe your throat. Do not place face too close to the hot water to ensure safety.
Cancer & Sore Throat
Ginger tea is a useful treatment for the sore throat that sometimes occurs with cancer treatment, notes the Ohio State University, James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. Using ice cubes made from ginger ale to place in water or another drink can also soothe the throat. Ginger use can cause problems with some kinds of cancer treatment, so ask your doctor about using ginger tea before starting to use it.
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