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Honey & Spice Throat Coat

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(4.83 out of 5 stars) 6 reviews
Honey & Spice Throat Coat Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Soothes-throat, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses
Effect: Ojas, Prana, Rajasic, Tejas, Alkalizing
Meal: Snack-Dessert
Type: Spices
Style: Ayurvedic
Occasion: Cleanse
Preparation: Raw
Nutrient: Antioxidant

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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ayurvedic perspective

This formula is a traditional remedy for sore throats, runny nose and spring allergies.

Early Spring

Early Spring is a watery season full of dramatic shifts from warm to cool temperatures, often within the same day. It is a challenging time of year to stay balanced. A rainy or cold spring day could catch us unaware, unprepared, or in stubborn denial once 'spring fever' sets in. On such days, a deep chill compromises our immune system and could quickly lead to flu systems. Conversely, a warm spring day triggers a surge in the release of winter fats, thickening and congesting the blood. No matter what type of day, spring unearths a never ending flood of saliva and mucus.

Burning Up Spring Allergies & Congestion

Honey & Spice Throat Coat is a quick and efficient way to help reduce spring congestion, regardless of the forecast. In this formula, turmeric, ginger and black pepper invigorate, warm, and circulate the blood. This has the effect of flushing fluids and drying them up. Invigorating the blood also tends to open up the lungs. Honey heats and breaks up mucus. It also provides a quick burst of energy. Its thick texture allows the healing spices to linger and coat the throat. Caution -this formula is strongly pitta provoking.

About Honey & Spice Throat Coat

The sweetness of honey provides a soothing base for the warm heat of the spices. Ginger and black pepper impart an energizing & stimulating lift. This spicy, warm sweet and thick lozenge is delightfully tasty for children and adults alike.
Weights & measures


2 pinchBlack PepperVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
2 pinchGinger (Dried)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1 tbspHoneyVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
2 pinchTurmericVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying


This traditional syrup is designed to be savored and licked slowly from a spoon. The honey coats the back of the throat allowing for sustained contact with the spices. These spices heat the throat, nose and chest -- highly effective for sore throats, runny noses and other allergy or flu-like symptoms.

Prepare this remedy in individual portions using unheated raw honey and take 2 or 3 times a day between meals. Mix together and lick from a spoon over a 15 minute period. The formula should be strong enough to warm the back of the throat.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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- Laura Plumb, Coronado, CA, 03-16-11 (Reply)
Hi is there any reason why this can't be used any time when lung, airway inflammation, colds, all year? I have emphysema and think this would be a good aid to use when needed.
- June, London, 10-02-11 (Reply)
This is really tasty! Thanks for sharing. :-)
- Dawn Bowden, University place, WA, 04-11-12 (Reply)
Delicious. SO much better than cough syrup!
- Shawn Sanders, 10-28-12 (Reply)
I find that if you take this right at the beginning of a cold, when you feel it coming on, it decreases the cold. I make this for my mom often, I will also do a ginger tea with lemon and honey to help combat the cold. With Metta Heather
- heather, Worcester, MA, 04-03-13 (Reply)
I've been to other ayurveda doctors who say black pepper and turmeric are very good for Pitta...
- Naina, CT, 04-03-13 (Reply)
Wow, this is great! I just made some because I got your email with this link in it and happened to be feeling some chest congestion from my allergies and I can already feel it working (and it tastes pretty good too!) I am Pitta-Kapha, so I might be hesitant to use it in the summer months, but I'm a cold Kapha today!
- Angelique Andrae, Alexandria, VA, 04-03-13 (Reply)
I am a Pitta and this doesn't look like something that would work for us Pitta's. Is there another recipe that we should consider?
- Robin, NH, 04-03-13 (Reply)
This is perfect timing! My husband has the flu and congestion to go along with it!
- Heather, 04-04-13 (Reply)
Simple effective and Yummy remedy.
- Judith, Cardiff, 04-08-13 (Reply)
Oh So happy! I can breath! It really does work.
- Nneka, Raleigh, NC, 10-24-13 (Reply)
I like to make this mixture on a saucer, so that I can lick every single drop of it. gives me a childish happy feeling to lick the saucer :-)
- Riemke, Enschede, 01-20-14 (Reply)
Second time around really soothed my throat. Discomfort had generalized to back and left of mouth and throat. When I moved that second serving back and around the gums there, it calmed the discomfort right away. I woke without a sore throat. Yippee! No more OTC!
- mary hollenstein, Bonham, TX, 10-05-14 (Reply)
I started coughing again shortly before going to bed. Mixed this up and slept soundly through the whole night. Thank you!
- Anastasia, Taipei, 03-27-16 (Reply)

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