Monthly Archives: November 2018

Croaky Throat Rescue Remedies

It is the time of the year when all kinds of germs are circling around and it is so easy to catch a nasty cold or throat and nose infection. When you rely on your voice a lot, such as we teachers do in our profession or if you sing a lot. Best remedy is to rest and recuperate; however, we all know that, in today’s busy world, it is not always possible to take as much time off as would be necessary for a full recovery.

If you are feeling the need to be on the go while not fully well, there are different herbal remedies that you can try to self-medicate. We share our top ten list below:

1. Marshmallow Root: this herb contains a substance called mucilage that hydrates and soothes the throat when you swallow it.

2. Sage: this herb is antiseptic and has been found to relieve throat pain.

3. Echinacea: this herb is known for fighting infection and reducing inflammation.

4. Salt water: mixing about 1 teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargling with it can help clear a throat infection.

5. Licorice root: this herb similar properties to aspirin and can help reduce sore throat pain.

6. Lemon water: lemon is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that can speed up recovery from sore throats.

7. Ginger: ginger is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and so ideal to helping cure sore throats.

8. Cinnamon: this herb is high in antioxidants and provides antibacterial benefits.

9. Peppermint: Drunk as a tea, peppermint can help numb throat pain.

10. Chamomile: most importantly chamomile can help promote restful sleep which is crucial for a full recovery and it can also reduce pain and fight infection.

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‘Chopsticks’ on the Piano

Everyone who learns to play the piano (or at least nearly everyone!) will have come across ‘Chopsticks’ at some point – it is one of those pieces that everyone randomly learns either from others or from a book.

It is a fun piece to play but that’s not all – it is a actually technically a good piece to practice and it also helps you to build confidence in moving your right hand in particular on the piano/ keyboard.

If you haven’t got your hands on the sheet music yet, go to http://www.musescore.com, type in ‘chopsticks for piano’ and you can download it.

Here is a good tutorial for the piece as well: