Banish the throat gremlins

Several of you already know that I have a background in Nutritional Therapy and holistic practice, and I’ve been thinking about how my experience can be applied to the world of Voiceover.

Today I’m going to share a simple recipe for a throat soother which has been a lifesaver for me and my voice. You know the feeling the day before you come down with a cold? And the anxiety that starts to rise when you realise you have an important job to voice tomorrow? Half a teaspoon of this concoction a few times a day works wonders and is a little more convenient than steaming every half hour while you try to record. 

It’s a twist on an ancient Ayurvedic remedy, and it goes something like this:

  • Mix together a teaspoon of coconut fat (extra virgin is best if you can get it) with a similar amount of Manuka honey
  • Now press in as much turmeric powder as you can, until you get a stiff paste – probably at least 2 teaspoons, maybe more
  • You can adjust the amount of honey to taste, but it honestly doesn’t taste too bad

Let half a teaspoon of the mixture glide down the back of your throat at the first sign of any trouble, repeat after an hour and then a couple more times throughout the day. As well as being soothing and lubricating, the ingredients have surprisingly powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, so if you can catch a sore throat early you can sometimes stop it in its tracks.

The great thing is that none of the ingredients need refrigeration. I only make a small amount at a time and keep it in a little glass jar – the kind of mini jam jar you get at breakfast in a B&B is perfect for a couple of day’s supply and also easy to sneak into a recording studio 😉

 Photo by Austin Santaniello Bucholtz on Unsplash