When I turned 27 I had an epiphany.
In March of 2013 I developed a vocal cord issue that led to me barely being able to speak for an entire day. I’m a middle school music teacher who also had lunch duty; lunch duty= death to one’s voice. The daily shouting plus singing in my classroom, choir practices, and musical rehearsals put tremendous strain on my poor cords. A combination of a doctor’s visit, no singing, limited speaking, and vocal rest did not help. Fast-forward a few months and I knew that during the summer I would need to do whatever it took to improve, since I would have more time off to try new methods and remedies. I was desperate and was running out of ideas.
Then one day I was at Wegmans (yes I know, I’m lucky enough to live near one!) in the organic section looking for stevia. I’d seen a recipe that required the liquid form, and at home I only had the powdery granules. The conventional baking aisle did not have it, so I figured I’d try the organic. Sure enough, there were plenty of liquid stevia choices, lined up in glass bottles. As I read each one, I came to a stevia throat spray. Throat spray, I thought. I hadn’t considered a spray- being a vocal music teacher, I knew that sprays wouldn’t ever touch the vocal cords in the trachea, they would just go down the esophagus and be digested. But as previously mentioned, I was desperate. I picked up a bottle, saw the price, at $15.99 for less than two ounces and wondered if I could do better. I wandered to the herbal section and saw a variety of throat sprays. After comparing a few options, I chose one for $5.89 and figured I had nothing to lose.
After a few uses, I, for the first time in months, felt a difference in my voice. I began to research more herbs and herbal remedies, hoping to figure out which of the ingredients were the ones that were working. Within just a few weeks, I’d used the first bottle and couldn’t believe how quickly I’d done so. I purchased another, but did some quick math and realized how much I would be spending on throat spray if I kept this up. It was going to be nearly $160 for the year, which seemed ridiculous to me. The next time I was at the store, I read the ingredients on the bottle, purchased many of those ingredients separately, and decided to make my own spray at home. I spent $9.99 each on three different liquid herbs, $5.00 for powdered ginger, 99 cents on a gallon of distilled water. I went home to play scientist in my kitchen, mixing the herbs, ginger, distilled water, and some honey in amounts I thought would work. Sure enough, the spray was just as effective and would save me a ton of money.
Needless to say, I learned a lot about natural remedies during my research. In fact, it completely changed my outlook on what we put into our bodies as consumers. As a result, I’ve completely changed my eating habits and beauty products. The articles I read would lead me to another site, or another link filled with valuable information about what has been happening to the American food supply. I immediately decided to swap everything I’d been eating for organic.