This Chamomile + Ginger Tea recipe has been so helpful! I just got back from Jakarta, where I taught two, five hour workshops. It was so fun teaching! But I spoke a lot. And I was in a new environment – from open nature to city air. And my throat and voice suffered! By the end of the class, I sounded like a eighty year old chain smoker. Here’s what I’m drinking to recover….
This tea was prescribed to me by a local Balinese woman where I live here in Bali. She was working behind the counter at the grocery shop, and the moment she hears me speak to place an order – she comes to me “Are you sick, are you okay?” It was such genuine concern, people here are so special.
She starts telling exactly what I need to do to heal ” you need to drink warm water and ginger…”
And let me tell you, the minute I got home – that’s exactly what I did. Like doctor’s orders.
I also decided to add in some chamomile. Here’s why: In researching for the Spring Guidebook, I’ve been learning about chamomile and what an incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory it is. And when you’re throat is inflamed and irritated – that’s what you need. So we get the combination of that ginger to suppress the cough and the chamomile to soothe a raspy, irritated throat. If the pain is severe you can refer to The Journal of Natural Medicine, where you will find more treatments.
And it tastes delicious. I’d happily drink this just to kick back and enjoy it!
So if you ever need to recover your voice, I hope you give this tea a try! That woman at the grocery store was a godsend – and I hope this recipe brings you relief too.
Because when there’s something that you’re doing, that you give every drop of yourself to – wether it’s your home, your family, your work – or all of the above – you need to take care of yourself or you won’t have enough to give.
My voice held up just enough to make it to the end of the workshop – but next time I’m going to sip on this before, during and after!
So go make make some of this tea, and keep giving it your all.
Recover Your Voice Ginger + Chamomile Tea
- 2 cups water
- 2 inches thinly sliced ginger
- 1 tbsp chamomile tea
- 1 tsp honey
Set the water to simmer
Add in the ginger and simmer for 15 minutes
Turn off the heat, and throw in the chamomile. Let it sit for 3 minutes
Strain and add honey to taste
Drink throughout the day
I’d love to know if you have any tips as well to soothe an irritated throat. I reckon singers must have some great tips for keeping a strong voice! Clearly I’m no singer. ha!