This morning I looked to the field across the way to see reds, yellows, oranges, and browns brightly sprinkled between the greens signify the change of season. Fall is my favorite time of year. It's a cosy time of layered clothes, bright blue skies and crisp fresh air that begs me to be outside as much as possible.
It's the start of "soup season" too. Warm, brothy bowls infused with herbs that support the immune system. And of tea.
My singers have a ritual when they come for lessons. The tea kettle is turned on, and they make themselves a cuppa. It brews while we warm up, and before long they're happily sipping between exercises. As singers, our bodies are our instruments, and we must learn to maintain them. Voice lessons with me often include tips and suggestions for how to get enough sleep, eat well, and what herbal supports will help keep them going strong.
Ginger (zingibar officinale) is one of my favorites for boosting the immune system in a tasty way. Long known as a friend to the belly, it is often used as a home remedy for nausea, indigestion, and will ease gut inflammation and boost liver health. It is also anti-viral, warming, and makes a great cold and flu remedy.
Specific for the larynx (and singers!) is licorice root (glycyrrhiza glabra). While some dislike it's flavor, it is truly the singer's friend! Licorice enhances immunity by boosting levels of interferon, a key immune system chemical that fights off attacking viruses that cause respiratory distress and an overproduction of mucus, such as voice busting coughs, asthma, and chest infections. It also soothes soreness in the throat, increases energy and eases stress. What's not to love?
Many of the popular teas for the throat contain licorice, and often so much of it, that try as I might, I can't get my singers to drink them. So, instead, I've designed an herbal blend with these precious (and picky?) voices in mind. The Sing & Heal Herbal Tea blend is made to support vocal health, keep immune systems healthy, and keep them singing and performing. And be tasty enough to want to drink every day.
Feel free to check out my blend and buy some for yourself. Or simply grab some bulk herbs and use this same blend at home:
nettle leaf (urtica dioica), lemon balm (melissa officinalis), licorice root (glycyrrhiza glabra), elderflower (sambuccus nigra), ginger root (zingibar officinale), calendula flower (calendula officinalis), and lemon zest (citrus limon)
One Cup at a Time
for a single cup: place 1 Tbs tea blend in infuser. pour 8 oz hot (not boiling) water over infuser and allow to steep, covered, for 10 - 30 minutes. strain into your favorite mug, relax and enjoy.
One Day at a Time
for a daily dose of tea: place 1 rounded palmful of tea blend in a quart sized teapot or heat safe jar. pour 1 quart of hot (not boiling) water over loose tea blend and allow to steep, covered, for 10 - 30 minutes. strain into a thermos to retain heat, and enjoy throughout the day.