What’s a musician to do with three shows this week and a raspy throat that makes her sound like Scuttle in the Little Mermaid?? Well, let’s open up the pantry…zicam, airborne, lemon, honey, zinc, garlic, chicken broth, vitamin C, throat coat tea, neti pot, cough drops, apple cider vinegar…
OK, I’ve got enough vitamins and superfoods to start a homeopathy side business, but even still, sometimes a cold manages to kick my I’m-sick-so-I-get-to-sit-on-the-couch-and-watch-Netflix butt! (Hey, any excuse will do 🤧 😬)
Point is, this up-and-down weather’s got me keeping Kleenex in steady business this year and it’s likely you’re in the same 2-play boat. Thankfully, I learned of a new trick to bolster my medicine bag when I visited Music City Tea yesterday…
First of all, I just love visiting this locally owned and operated teashop. I go there to stock up on this killer Black Water Fairy Oolong that's sourced straight from the Chinese province that the owner, Jenny, comes from; her family has been making green, white, black and oolong teas in the Wuyishan area of the Fujian Province for over three generations, and it tastes like it, too!
So I was about to head out the door with my oolong when Jenny noticed my hoarse voice and suggested Farmer’s Tea. Well…OK, let’s give it a try! Another great thing about this teashop is that you can try any of the teas before you buy. Believe me, if you sit down at her tea table the teas will keep coming!
So I sat down and she poured me up some Farmer’s Tea with fair warning that it does not taste good. After following her instructions to slurp (yes, noisily slurp), gargle, swallow, and repeat two more times I can say that indeed, you don’t drink Farmer’s Tea for the flavor; however, it doesn’t taste horrible.
As yesterday progressed and a few hours went by I’ve gotta say my voice started doing much better! Guys, I think I’ll be ready for my shows this week! Next time I feel a cold coming on I’ll make sure to get the Farmer’s Tea out right away.
To check out Music City Tea’s various teas and tea sets, visit: www.musiccitytea.com.