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.


‘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, type in ‘chopsticks for piano’ and you can download it.

Here is a good tutorial for the piece as well: