Ancient Indian medicine, Ayurveda, tells us how uniquely important herbs like Manjistha, Mulethi, etc., were for curing sore throat, cough and other respiratory troubles. Especially cough and sore throat, which are common problems during any season. Mulethi, or Licorice, was given the top spot for curing these two conditions. A traditional natural herb found in many parts of Europe and Asia, its consumption also helps build immunity. Here is how you can use Mulethi for Sore Throat and Cough, and its other potential benefits.
Mulethi Home Remedies: How to Use it for Sore Throat and Cough
Did you know that the potent anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-asthmatic properties of Mulethi make it a one-shot remedy for all respiratory troubles? It helps fight against the common cold, sore throat, flu, cough, and many other respiratory tract infections without any adverse effects.
Here are a few quick and effective Mulethi home remedies to treat respiratory tract infections, cough and cold:
- Boil a few mulethi sticks in water to make Mulethi kadha or decoction and sip it slowly to cure sore throat..
- You can also mix a spoonful of Honey with some Mulethi Powder and mix the two in a cupful of lukewarm water to cure your dry cough. It is an effective home remedy, especially for kids.
- Mulethi juice is really effective for sore throat and cough as it thins and slackens the deposited phlegm within the nasal cavities and respiratory tract. To get immediate relief from sore throat, chewing Mulethi Sticks is advisable 2-3 times a day.
- Another effective Mulethi Kadha that you can easily make at home is by boiling Mulethi roots with a few leaves of Tulsi and Pudina, or Garden Mint (rich in antioxidants), at low flame for 10 minutes. Drink this Kadha daily 1-2 times a day to treat common cold, flu, cough and other respiratory infections.
Why is Mulethi Beneficial and Effective in Fighting Respiratory Infections—its Nutritional and Therapeutic Properties:
The scientific name of Mulethi is Glycyrrhiza, derived from the Greek term ‘glykos’, which means ‘sweet’ and the word ‘rhiza’ which means ‘root’, i.e. ‘sweet root’, Mulethi has plenty of nutritional and therapeutic properties that make it an effective constituent in Ayurvedic medicines. Mulethi helps build immunity and treats multiple respiratory and digestive problems.
An array of vitamins, potassium, bioactive constituents like glycyrrhizin, anethole, sterols, tannins, flavonoids, biotin, resins, tannins, sucrose, iodine, saponins, niacin, isoflavones, chalcones, volatile oils, etc. make Mulethi an effective medicinal herb.
In Sanskrit, Mulethi is called Yashtimadhu, where Yashti means wood and “Madhu” means honey. This honey-like wood, which is 40-50 times sweeter than the ordinary sugar we eat, effectively controls blood sugar levels, helps build immunity, cures digestive problems.
Its active constituent glycyrrhizin has powerful adaptogenic, sedative, alexiteric and synergistic properties, making it an all-in-one natural solution for almost all health anomalies.
Apart from treating Respiratory Tract Infections, Here are Some Other Potential Mulethi Benefits and Uses:
1. Cures Digestive Tract Problems
Mulethi is an excellent and natural digestive herb. Plenty of Mulethi Home Remedies are used to treat bloating, indigestion, constipation and other digestive problems. The anti-flatulent property of Mulethi root reduces gas formation in the alimentary canal and promotes better absorption of nutrients in the body.
Mulethi acts as a mild laxative and reduces bowel movements. Also, its anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation in acidity, peptic ulcers, heartburns, etc., to provide immediate relief.
It also helps in treating Gastritis by suppressing the growth of toxic bacteria Helicobacter pylori in the gut. The immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid in Mulethi reduces HCL secretion in the gut to treat gastritis conditions.
2. Purifies the Liver to Protect from Diseases
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Mulethi Root protect the liver from free radical damages and other diseases such as liver damage, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis, jaundice, etc. Regular intake of Mulethi Powder in warm water or tea detoxifies the liver and keeps it healthy.
3. Helps in Weight Reduction
Abundant flavanoids, fiber and essential nutrients in Mulethi reduce the accumulation of Bad Cholesterol or Low-Density Lipoproteins that are otherwise responsible for obesity.
According to some research, Mulethi effectively reduces Visceral fat and body fat in overweight people and can play a pivotal role in losing weight.
4. Promotes Oral Health
Remember using Mulethi Daatun in childhood to keep your gums and teeth healthy? Well, nothing has changed yet. Many ayurvedic toothpastes still use Mulethi essence to fight against bad breath, plaque and cavities to protect oral health.
Make best use of Mulethi home remedies to derive the potential Mulethi benefits to treat various infections and diseases.
But remember, just as excess of anything can be bad, so can be excessive Mulethi consumption too, leading to adverse health effects like high-blood pressure, liver or heart diseases. And do consult your doctor before consuming Mulethi during pregnancy.
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