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Essential Oil Sage Tea for a Sore Throat

Tis’ the season for coughs, colds and sore throats (again.) To honor this most meh of seasonal occurrences I’ve revived this post written at some point in a fevered state last year. The upside is that I’ll now be prepared for the impending germs with an essential oil sore throat tea to stave off my demise.

Sage and Citrus Essential Oils Tea For Sore Throats

I’ve come to the conclusion that I live in a 2,800 square foot petri dish. Oh, it’s not so bad in the summer or even in spring, but come winter germs swarm the place like the biblical plague. At some point sucking on zinc lozenges, rubbing oneself with camphor goop, and crossing of fingers starts to lose its effectiveness. So, now what? Essential oil tea!

Thanks to my pal Barb – brilliant blogger, awesome travel companion, and a ringer for any scavenger hunt- I’ve started to explore the world of essential oils.   Oh, what a world!

There are people out there who freely espouse their views on the ability of essential oils to treat everything from a bug bite to a mangy cat. (cue: put Windex on it) I pretty much just thought of them as a great way to make it smell like I’d just cleaned house. A diffuser is a nice addition to that homey feel of home. Turns out, I was wrong. 

Yep, I just publicly admitted to being incorrect. Take a screenshot NOW!

Somewhere in all of this, my Italian mother-in-law gets some credit as well. She’s always “prescribing” one herb or another. Ah, but she never figured out sage could help with a sore throat. One point for me!

Putting on my Professor Sprout hat here for a little lesson in herbology. Sage or (Salvia officinalis) has antibacterial qualities. For centuries it’s been used as both an astringent, and anti-inflammatory. When you’ve got a sore throat you’re likely dealing with inflammation, maybe even a bit of bacteria. Salvia officinalis to the rescue with an herbaceous, fragrant, easy to make tea! 

Sage & Citrus Essential Oil Tea (For Sore Throats)
Serves 1
Essentials Oils make this DIY tea a perfect salve for a sore throat.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 min
  1. Sage - 2 teaspoons fresh, chopped. 1 teaspoon dry
  2. Citrus Essential Oil - 2-3 drops
  3. Honey 1 teaspoon
  4. Water
  1. Bring water to a boil. Steep sage in water for 2-3 minutes. Add honey and oil(s). To keep the full, healthful effects of the oils, you don't want to over-heat it.
  1. Honey is essential as it helps coat the throat. If you can't have honey, replace it with agava nectar. You may also add 1 to 2 drops of sage oil if so desired for a stronger tea. Don't want to drink the tea? Allow it to cool and use as a gargle.
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Note: Most natralpaths and traditional doctors warn that sage tea should not be used by expectant mothers or those breastfeeding.

Cool Photo Apps – Yarn

I take too many pictures. Really. My whole family is trained not to take a bite of any meal until I’ve snapped a pic. DropBox might just have to invent a whole new category of storage just for me. Thing is, many of them just sit around collecting digital dust. Enter the cool photo apps like – Yarn. Cool Photo Apps Yarn
I’ve been playing around with Yarn like a cat who’s been hitting the nip… hard.  The app accesses your photos and groups them into collages based on relationship.  For example, I took about 2,457 photos {okay, maybe a few less… maybe} at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter over a three day visit.

Culling through all those snaps would have snapped my attention span in about fifteen minutes. Those photos would just sit there in Dropbox until my kids dug them out for my 50th birthday or something. Yarn weaved some of the best into a collage that I could easily share on social media, text to my mom -who is always bugging me for photos– or even embed it into a blog post.

Diagon Alley Universal Studios Waring: Once you’ve figured out how to use Yarn it might be hard to stop playing with it. Your cat may judge you for this – just so you know.

Mad props to the developers of this app. They built a great tutorial into it that is simple and intuitive.  If you don’t “get it” on the first try you can just go back and run it all over again.

Pull down on your screen to “grab” a Yarn. The app pulls images into the collage for you and tells you when they were taken.

Yarn App

Like it? Add your own title and notes, say something about the photos, then save them in a “book.” It’s like micro blogging and visual storytelling had a baby – or a kitten.

cool photo apps - YarnLove it lots? Share it. Yarn will build you a link for sharing or share to apps on your phone that you’ve given it permission to access. Don’t dig it all that much? Remove it to the trash can with just a swipe.

Yarn reminds you to bask in the awesomeness of the photos you’ve captured with a daily Yarn in your inbox. It’s been fun to forward that to the hubs for giggles, and/or bribery. I’m sure there are a ton of things I’ve yet to discover about this app, but so far I’m loving it.

Do you have a favorite app for sharing all those pics that languish in your smartphone? I’d love recommendations for apps that can help free up storage space for more photos. Nothing like a little codependent  kvetching, eh? 

Cool Photo Apps: Yarn

Did I mention it’s a free app? BONUS!
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As a member of a very cool team of influencers for Verizon Wireless I sometimes receive compensation, cool gadgets to test drive, or get attend special events. This post was inspired by weekly #VZWbuzz chats that often feature apps. I found this app on my own and it is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Verizon Wireless.  All opinions entirely my own, based on my experiences, because you deserve nothing less! 


Diagon Alley!

It is no secret that I am a 40-something mud blood still waiting for my letter from Hogwarts. I remain convinced that a wolf ate the owl that was headed to my house, letter in beak. Further proving that I am no muggle, Universal Studios has finally announced the opening date for the NEW Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter… July 8th, 2014

My Birthday!!!!