With the onset of winters, comes the risk of diseases and throat infections. At such times, trying out some home remedies to boost your immunity and fight infections like common cold and cough.
While there are many home remedies to cure cough and cold, the most effective one is undoubtedly ginger.
Ginger is a commonly used ingredient in every Indian household and has several medicinal properties. It helps in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm as it breaks down and removes mucus so that you can recover fast from the difficulty in breathing.
Research proves that ginger has many such properties that could help ease the symptoms of a cold or sore throat. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that increase immunity and provide warmth to the body.
Ginger also has antiviral properties and is effective in fighting a fever and also helps in reducing throat pain. More often than not, drinking a cup of ginger tea has been a traditional and often used remedy to fight cold, flu and cough.
It consists of gingerol that helps bolster your body from within and provide instant relief.
Here are some ways in which ginger can be used to treat cough and cold.
1. Ginger Powder:
To consume more ginger in a day, another way to use ginger is to grind it into a fine powder. You can add this powder to your food while cooking it to reap the benefits of this magic ingredient in every meal. Ginger contains gingerols that help in treating the common cold.
2. Ginger And Honey:
To make this, in a pan of boiling water, grate some ginger and add it. Once it comes to a boil, add 1 tsp honey and lemon juice of half a lemon in it. Drinking this beverage will soothe a sore throat and will reduce the pain and inflammation. This combination of Honey and Ginger has been used for a long time for treating problems like cold and cough.
3. Ginger And Lemon:
Add ginger in some water and when it comes to a boil, add some lemon juice in it. Lemon alleviates pain and soreness and helps in getting rid of the mucus. Vitamin C in the lemon helps to protect cells from free radical damage. Ginger root is well-known for its warming properties and for supporting healthy circulation, thought to be due to its mild spice.