Ayurvedic Home Remedies For A Sore Throat + Common Cold

Ayurvedic Home Remedies For A Sore Throat
At one time or another almost everyone has had a sore throat. A sore throat is caused by irritation and inflammation of the throat and is most commonly due to a virus and to a lesser extent by bacteria. That said, if your sore throat lasts more than a few days or if it’s accompanied by fever, nausea, or abdominal pain, see a doctor.

Supports natural immunity; helps detoxify blood and promotes cellular regeneration

Cold Weather Defense
Supports the body’s natural defenses; helps remove toxins; useful as an all-season defense.

Common Causes of Sore Throat

  • Viral infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Fungal infection
  • Smoking
  • Shouting
  • Allergies


Catch It Early - Gargle! 
In order to catch your sore throat early, consider a gargle with turmeric and salt. According to Ayurveda, one of the simplest and most effective remedy for managing a sore throat is gargling. Therefore, gargle with 1 cup of hot water [not too hot that it burns] mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Clear Throat
This fast-acting throat formula cools and soothes the throat, and aids in removing impurities from the respiratory system.

Throat Ease
These tasty, refreshing lozenges help remove impurities and soothe a dry, irritated throat.

"Throat Soothing Herbal Tea"
Steep 1 teaspoon of the following mixture in water for 5-10 mins.
Drink this throat soothing herbal tea up to 3 times a day.

  • ginger [2 parts]
  • cinnamon [2 parts]
  • licorice [3 parts]

* Source: The Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies

Ayurvedic Home Remedies For A Dry Cough & Sore Throat

"Honey is a natural home remedy for a dry cough, as it soothes the irritated tissue lining at the back of the throat. Depending on the severity of the cough, you can take a tablespoon of honey one to three times a day."

Sore Throat + Common Cold
First and foremost, rest is the best remedy for the common cold. That said, make sure to get enough Vitamin C and there is no better source of Vitamin C than Amalaki. Amalaki is the indian gooseberry, the word “amla” means ‘sour’ and has a very high content of vitamin C.

Also consider taking 1 tablet or ½ tsp of neem at least 3x day.
After neem, mix about:
- 1/2 tsp sitopaladi
- 1 pinch pippali (or regular black pepper, if pippali not available)
- 1 tsp honey

Lick this mixture and avoid eating or drinking for at least ½ hr. You will notice a little bit of burning in your throat after you take this sitopaladi/pippali/honey mixture.

Sniffle Free
To improve natural resistance against cold; helps drain excess mucus from the sinuses

What To Eat?
There may be nothing more frustrating than eating a meal while experiencing a sore throat. During these moments, kitchari is a good choice. Kichari is easily digested allowing your body the energy for healing itself.  Click Here - To Learn How To Easily Make Kitchari

Organic Digest Tone
Supports digestive system and elimination; assists body in absorbing nutrients; high-quality antioxidant; wide range of benefits.

Organic Ayurvedic Spice Selections
Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance.

Foods to Avoid:
When you have a sore throat it may be best to avoid dairy:

  • cheese
  • yogurt
  • ice cream

... Want More?
Lemon, Black Pepper & Salt:
1 tbsp lemon juice
Add ½ tsp black pepper powder
Add 1 pinch salt
Mix well then heat the mixture till it turns lukewarm
Consume once everyday

Black pepper, Salt and Cinnamon:
1 glass hot water
Add ½ tsp black pepper powder
Add 1 tsp salt
Add ½ tsp cinnamon powder
Allow it to rest till it turns lukewarm
Gargle with this mixture 2 times a day

Turmeric Immune Boosting Milk
“Drinking 1 cup of hot milk boiled with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric is also helpful for a sore throat.”
- Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Physician
Click Here - To Learn More Benefits Of Turmeric

Nature's Greatest Antioxidant!! 
Full-spectrum antioxidant: targets mind & nervous system

  1. 1000x more effective in eliminating free radicals (the root cause of aging) than vitamins C or E1
  2. powerful food for the brain
  3. significantly boosts immunity & vitality
  4. best taken with Amrit Nectar

This is strictly for educational purpose only and NOT considered medical advice. Always first seek the consultation of your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.

How To Easily Make Delicious Kitchari

How To  Make Kitchari
For its easy digestibility and flavored simplicity, kitchari has long been valued in nearly every indian household. Despite its name in hindi, which means “a mess” or “all mixed up”, India’s traditional science of Ayurveda considers this dish to be nourishing and is often used as part of its seasonal cleansing programs [i.e. Panchakarma]. Not only is kitchadi nourishing but with certain spice combinations, kitchadi can also greatly help to improve digestion.

Kitchari Kit This kit provides all the basic supplies you need to make Kitchari for 7 days.

The Spice Of Life
Spiced generously or by adding extra ginger you can make kitchari a simple lunch on a cool autumn or winter afternoon. Likewise, the addition of ghee [clarified butter] garnished with fresh cilantro and a splash of lime helps to make kitchari the most delicious and satisfying  meal anytime of the year.


  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup mung daal [split yellow]
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 -1 inch ginger root [chopped or grated]
  • pinch of mineral salt [approx. 1/4 tsp]
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida [hing]
  • handful fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1  1/2 cups of assorted vegetables [optional]

Easy Preparation:

Add 6 cups of water to the rice and daal in a heavy-bottomed pot
Cook on medium heat while covered for approx 20 minutes; until cooked softly
In another saucepan, sauté the seeds [cumin, mustard] in ghee until they begin to pop.
Next, add the other spices [coriander, cumin powder and turmeric] to this mix
Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked daal, rice, [and vegetable] mixture
Add mineral salt and cilantro. Then enjoy.

The Ayurvedic Institute - Online Resource: Kitchari Recipe
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