You may have noticed I’ve been struggling the last several of days- doing a poor imitation of Barry White. I’m suffering from my seasonal battle with a triple whammy: sore throat/laryngitis/sinus trouble. It’s made life miserable- just a couple of hours of sleep last night, alone. At choir practice earlier, I pulled a Milli Vanilli- problem was, my choir director didn’t notice. Dang! Meanwhile, I asked for your help on our WAVY Facebook page - and, boy, did you respond! Check out the top 10 tips [and my comments ]
LROCKA DONET PAIGE: “Sounds nasty but works wonders. Gargle salt, vinegar and baking soda. It will look like a science project at first but man u will be surprised. Had to do this a few weeks ago and it was gone.
[DON: Yeah, and when I start spouting lava on air...]
BONNIE HARRIS: Garlic syrup, made by crushing several cloves of garlic, putting them in a jar and covering with enough strong dark honey tocover. Let sit for a few days to “steep”, then strain to remove garlic. Take one to two tablespoons as needed.”
[DON: If my throat doesn't get better, at least I'll ward off lurking Vampires!]
ANDREA JOHNSON CLAXTON: ” Since sore throats are often caused by sinus drip, I recommend a Neti-Pot or other sinus rinse system at the onset of symptoms. I start using mine as soon as I get the sniffles. It sounds gross and/or scary before you try it, but it works so well that I have become a true believer!”
[DON: I hate Neti-Pots! I almost drowned first time I tried one. But after I stopped whining, my sinuses actually cleared up! ]
TRANLEY DEHAVEN: “A small glass of ginger ale or diet sprite, a cao full of whiskey, a tsp. of honey and a squirt of lemon; stir and sip on it. Works everytime for me!”
[DON: Whiskey, huh? He,he he. I'll feeling better already.]
MARY CAMPBELL THORNTON: Hot tea with honey and a warm scarf around your neck. (Maybe) a shot of brandy, too! lol
[DON: If I can't coordinate the scarf with my suit, I'll just wear a super thick neck tie. But, really, after a 'lil taste of brandy I won't care what I'm wearing!]
BONNIE TOYOU: “Gargle with warm (as you can tolerate) salt water every 4 hours for 24 hours. This is an oldie but goodie!”
[DON: Ah, yes- warm salt water: Translation: spit]
WENDI DUNLO-AMBROSE: Tea, warmed. A spot of sugar and a spoonfull of honey. (If you are lucky enough to find some local honey that’s even better). Feel better soon! And start wearing a scarf and wrap up
[DON: Tea and Honey's the winning ticket. But, there we go with that scarf again. Local HONEY is a good idea- allergies and all...]
ROBERT W. BAIN: Take several shots of Wild Turkey 101 or some Grand Marnier.
[DON: SEVERAL shots, huh? What exactly are we curing here, Robert?]
CYNTHIA C. BAILEY: Nothing hot, it makes it worse. Try something cold -like a smoothie or ice cream. You will feel the soothing right away…
[DON: Alright, "Doctor" Bailey- First time I've heard of this "cold" solution, but, I'm on that tonight!]
VIRGINIA RECKARD BUCKLEY: ”You are gonna love this- my mother, God rest her soul, told me her mother used to put cold salt pork in a scarf and wrap it around her throat. She had to wear it to school and said she didn’t smell too good at the end of the day. LOL
[DON: And, Ms Buckley, I'll bet that remedy worked, your mom was cured, and she was also voted "most likely to get eaten by a bear!"]
WOW! To all who responded, THANK YOU. For the record I’m guzzling hot organic green tea with a heeping spoonful of honey. Plus, I’m chewing on some natural cold care tablets and slippery elm lozenges.