Voice-acting tips from
"The Art of Voice Acting Workshop"


Deanna Johnson offers up this cold and flu season remedy that she simply calls "Cold Killer Tea:"

  • To one cup of tea (I use green tea), add
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 dash of cayenne pepper

I drink one cup a day of this if I think I've been exposed to a cold, several if I've got symptoms myself, and it sure seems to help me, which is why I started calling it cold killer tea.

I learned this from Dr. Meltzer in Del Mar, though he recommends using red zinger tea, and using half a lemon and a tablespoon of the cider vinegar. That can be hard for many of us to swallow <g>, so I modified it a bit for my use. The key ingredients are the vinegar and the cayenne pepper - the honey can be omitted, though for taste, I think it's necessary. You can leave the lemon juice out too, but again, it really helps offset the taste of the vinegar, and of course has cleansing properties itself. The pepper helps increase circulationin the throat area, which also seems to give your immune system a boost.

A couple of other boosters - I take astragalus tablets (an herbal supplement you can get at any health food store) if I think I've been exposed to a cold, or if I'm beginning to have any symptoms.I also drink 5 drops of Rescue Remedy in a small glass of water several times a day if I'm not feeling well. It's one of the Bach Flower Remedy products.

Last, but not least, keeping an alkaline balance in your body can reduce nasal congestion, so taking a half teaspoon of baking soda in water several times a day can help with that!

(Editors note: Another excellent homeopathic remedy for colds and flu is the over the counter retail product Zicam, available at most pharmacies. Zicam is a formula of concentrated zinc that immediately gets into the blood stream through nasal capillaries. I highly recommend Zicam as a supplement to other cold remedies—it can make a big difference in just a few short hours.)

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