And that means spring allergies! This is a friendly reminder to take care of your throat during this season.
With allergies comes drainage and mucous that can build up in our throats. This is not only annoying, but can lead to more serious problems, such as hoarseness, loss of voice, and even infections. No auctioneer needs to lose their voice.
Drinking plenty of water (room temperature is best) is one of the best things you can do. Water naturally helps flush your throat of mucous as well as your entire system. Warm herbal teas are very beneficial, helping strip away mucous that has built up. Try to avoid sugary drinks as bacteria feeds on sugar.
Also, keep honey and lemons nearby. This age old concoction of mixing lemon juice with honey actually really works! The juice helps clear the throat and the honey soothingly coats it. Be sure you are using raw, unfiltered honey for maximum benefits. If you can acquire Manuka honey, use it! The higher the UMF value the better. If you are using lozenges, find a natural one with honey, not sugar.
On the occasion your throat does become irritated, you can gargle with warm salty water. This is not only soothing, but healing. Try to avoid excessive talking if you are hoarse as this can lead to more serious conditions or prolong the problem.
Most of these tips are common knowledge and you probably know of a few others as well. The bottom line is to take care of your throat and health. If at any time you feel your condition is worsening, not improving with care, reach out to your health care professional for treatment options.
KEEP THAT CHANT HEALTHY!