That annoying tickle in your throat!

That annoying tickle in your throat!


While attending a piano concert yesterday, I heard all around me little coughs, sounds of sniffles and many ‘harrumphs’ of people clearing their throats. Whether it is from sinus congestion, allergy, cold or sometimes referred to as “winter funk”, people are experiencing that irritating tickle in their throats.

So what can you do?

Breathing over a bowl of boiling water that has slivers of fresh ginger root in it with a towel draped over your head, trapping the steam coming up into your mouth and nasal passageways, really helps clear out the mucous and open the sinuses. ‘The medicinal components of ginger are its essential oils, antioxidants and oleoresin…they can relieve, soothe and suppress coughing.’

You can also make an Ayurvedic tea: boil one cup water in a pot on the stove with 1/8 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and juice of one half of a lemon. Pour into a cup and add one tablespoon of raw honey. *Please note that it is not advised for children under the age of two to consume honey.

While lemon supports your body’s health by alkalinizing your body (bringing the ph value back into balance), honey kills pathonogenic bacteria. For other recipes using ginger, honey and lemon to make your own cough medicine go to

What are some of your remedies for a cough?