it is i, your local witch and grown-up theatre kid, here to give you yet another throat coat recipe since its officially cold season. now, if you live somewhere that the tea is sold, you’re golden. go stock up on that. if, like me, you are in the ass end of nowhere and/or just like making your own, here’s what every single theatre kid in my hometown swears by.
-Black Tea (or green, I’m not here to cramp your style)
-Other Citrus if you want (oranges, grapefruit, whatever boats your float)
1. Cut up all fruits and prepare the ginger root. I use less ginger and more fruit because I don’t like the taste of ginger, but you do you.
2. Place fruits and ginger in a sauce pan and cover in water. Bring to a boil.
3. Add honey, stirring to ensure it dissolves.
4. Pour into mug/thermos. Put your tea leaves/bag in there to steep.
Lots of people added so much honey that it was basically syrup, and then added lemon juice as well. Some people added cinnamon sticks for no reason that I could tell. You can also boil down the water that the fruit/ginger are in to make a simple syrup which you can save and just add to tea as you need it. Some people I know would let the fruit mixture sit overnight or for a few days until it became this sludgy mixture, but honestly that wasn’t for me so I can’t say how it tastes or it works.
Ugh. All this shouting for the Mystery House takes a number on my voice.. It becomes such a task just to falsetto and sing good. I need to really pump it up, get some throat coat or something… I like being able to sing…
Have you used any Throat Coar/Neti pot/cliche "vocal tips"? If so, is there any you really recommend?
Ohhhh yeah, I’ve tried a whole slew of those. So, I find throat coat vile so I just can’t drink it. I just find that water in copious amounts makes me feel so much better in the long run, and I think throat coat just has this notorious reputation in the theatre community. It’s like… Everybody hates it, it’s disgusting, I don’t think it does much for me personally, but everybody drinks it.
I’ve tried a neti pot, and I felt like I was drowning. So I don’t use it anymore. =) But most of my friends swear by irrigation, and my teacher has recommended it often. Some people irrigate daily, and I just can’t imagine feeling like a drowning cat daily, so… I also read about people dying from using like…River water or something with their neti pot, which is obviously terrible for you. The water does go through your sinus cavity, and so they got a bacterial infection that killed them. So. Conclusion. Always use filtered water in your neti pot.
I’m just not much of a follower of odd superstitions and tips and tricks. I drink milk before singing, I (used to) drink soda before singing, sugar doesn’t bother me, eating doesn’t bother me…But for some people these things do impact their singing greatly. So, with all of these tips, I think it’s worth a try to see if it works for you, because it could change your life! Many of my friends said that getting a neti pot changed their entire singing career. Who knows! Some people drink throat coat religiously because they genuinely feel as if it helps them, which is great! I’m just one to not make any hard and fast rules (except that advil one…That one’s some serious business) because everybody functions differently, and what helps or hurts one person may not do the same to another!
I really hate organic grocery food markets, because I feel like buying everything in the store. I set a $20 cap budget for my outing today, so I’m quite pleased to see that I only spent $13.74 at the grocery store. I was about to buy rice protein powder, but it cost nearly $22 and I couldn’t buy my necessities if I chose to buy my protein powder. I bought an organic throat coat with lemon echinacea, bulk sweetened pineapple rings, apple cinnamon morning rounds, and Clark’s Wildflower Honey.
I have an electric kettle with a place to put the tea bag. After I boiled the water, I simply poured the kettle over a cup and stirred a spoonful of honey. Along with my tea, I’ve been munching on these apple cinnamon morning rounds. 33g of carbohydrates and 5g of protein. It’s pretty delicious and I looooove it whenever I find apple or raisin pieces in the cinnamon-y wheat bread. :3 This is such a relaxing feeling to just be drinking tea, nibbling on my bread, and scrolling through Tumblr on a Saturday afternoon.
I’m also pretty happy that Alex is recovering well after getting enough rest last night. The Benadryl alleviated his symptoms and I’ll be brewing some tea for him later. I think it’ll be better to give him the tea before he sleeps, so he’ll be more relaxed. I hope he’s fully restored by Monday, since we’re going rock climbing. He’s my favorite workout buddy and the gym feels so lonely lately without him. :(
Just buy me throat coat. Boxes and boxes of throat coat and bottles of honey. I literally drink that stuff every day. it’s the best. Plus I have an audition on Friday and I’m running out so send some love
I just tried throat coat for the first time and I think I’m going to cry. This stuff tastes like shit. I can’t stop gagging and I have a terrible headache now. Like does this stuff come in different flavours cause idk if I can handle drinking this often.
I come home from a 9-5 rehearsal and I can’t decide if I should eat or drink throat coat (because I don’t like eating and drinking tea……I don’t know it just doesn’t appeal to me for some reason). And I planned to get to bed early because I had things to get done this morning but instead I spend 5 hours contemplating what to do… So. I eat. That’s when I realize it’s 10pm and I realize I can’t eat then go right to sleep, so I showered for 15minutes, listened to the score of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, read half of Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon; when I realized it was 4am……. So much for gettin’ my rest…. I will be exhausted all day and probably experience temporary moments of insanity… #theatrekidproblems
sometimes, you get put on vocal rest because you “are sicker than my dog, and he threw up on my music today” and you “haven’t eaten a vegetable in a week and a half” and you “aren’t taking care of yourself” so here’s what you do if that happens!
Vocal Rest Tea:
-your favorite tea, preferably something herbal
-slippery elm bark
make your tea as usual with the elm and licorice root, add lemon and honey, and enjoy! chill out and rest your voice while you recover.
I’ve never had throat coat before. I’ve always been skeptical about it actually helping and people constantly talk about how gross it is. I decided to buy some today since my throat has been a tad scratchy and wanted to add to my tea collection.
It’s fuckingdelicious. It’s like sweet licorice with a hint of cinnamon. How do people not love this? Like I’m drinking the shit out of this.
Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals is the best herbal tea if you have a sore, dry, or scratchy throat. It does have licorice root but the flavour isn’t too strong. I put honey in it too, and sometimes lemon. This stuff will save your sanity.
No, I’m not being compensated for saying this. Geez, I wish. I love their teas.
I’m gonna run out of the tolerable throat coat soon and that means I have to switch to the licorice tasting one and I don’t want to do that but I also don’t know where to buy the other throat coat.
Life is hard.
1. My brother went to Mexico last week and apparently bought me a baja hoodie, you know, the stoner hoodie. According to him it’s “the real shit, I bought it from a woman named Maria off a street stall, none of that Trader Joe’s wannabe fake shit”. Righteous, dude. (No but seriously, that was sweet of you ♥) 2. Business has been slow this week. A blessing in disguise because I’ve been sick and coughing up what looks like bits of my lung. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be all better tomorrow. 3. On a related note, Throat Coat tea is a godsend. 4.I found a hidden cache of broken jewelry in the stockroom of one of our stores so I have a ton of new stuff to tinker with! 5. Thanks to Aaron I’m actually not dreading turning 26 tomorrow. Well, thanks to him and a bottle of Henriot champagne I’ve been hoarding.
Is throat coat tea really beneficial? My voice teacher recommended it because I’ve been super sick lately (two weeks straight in the summer and a full week since school has started), and I’m generally a phlegmy person.
Should I buy some throat coat? Is there a specific brand? What does it taste like?
god i hate throat coat tea. the taste is just. ehgkldgah. i tried to make that read like how my tongue feels when i consume it. idk if it worked. i hate it. but it makes my throat feel amazing. and it helps me sing better. decisions, decisions.
The brand is TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS, and the specific tea is called THROAT COAT. I’m a singer, I SWEAR by this stuff. It tastes delicious, works BETTER if you stir in a little honey, and pretty much is wonderful and soothing to your throat. Pretty much every tea in this line that I have tried has done EXACTLY what it said it would do, so I'mma be sticking with it.
I was just thinking, since I’ve delivered some of this tea from my personal stash to SEVERAL of my coworkers who are suffering from “throat things” that seem to be going around, that maybe I should spread the info if I can’t spread the wealth. Traditional Medicinals. Throat Coat. GOOD SH*T.
(Also if you get constipated, I can *assure* you that their “Smooth Move” tea is exactly what you’re looking for. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PRECISELY, tho. Preferably when you’ll have quite a few hours home.)
I have tea, of course. I have a lot of tea. Green tea, vanilla chai tea, breakfast tea, peach tea, a variety pack of fruit tea… But I need Throat Coat, and the Walgreens by my house doesn’t stock it anymore, and my mother doesn’t let me order things like that online.
I just… somebody order some for me and have it sent to my home. Wouldn’t that be a nice gift because you love me?
Me: I sold my soul to my director
Friend: Umm… I’ll go out on a limb and say rehearsals aren’t great?
Me: Rehearsals are good. BUT HELL WEEK STARTS THIS WEEK (instrumental for that scary part of Phantom of the Opera title song here)
Me: I’m talking about tech week. *Rolls eyes while drinking throat coat tea*