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Now there is nothing more annoying than having a sore throat. That stinging, blades down the throat feeling every time you swallow is something that nobody likes. I suffer from sore throats a lot when I'm ill and also when I'm tired, I've tried many different thing to try and cure the sore throats but most only contain the problem, improving its feeling for a small amount of time before it returns to normal when the medication wears off. The sort sof things I am alluding to are throat sweets. Don't get me wrong, throat sweets are an absolute savour throughout the day, calming the pain, but I've never found that item that actually cures my sore throat quicker than if it just left it. That was until I found Sandersons. Sandersons can also be used for excessive amounts of catarrh, something I have never suffered from.
I was introduced to Sandersons by my dad, who I believed had used the stuff for years without me knowing about it. It is a browny/orange liquid and can be purchased from most good drug stores for around £4-5 for 200ml. The directions on the bottle state that for a sore throat or similar gargle with 10mls in twice the amount of water, hourly. Also swallow slowly one 5ml spoonful undiluted, three times daily. I must admit this seems over the top, but depending on how sore your throat is and how often you can use it throughout the day it's up to you whether you can meet these directions. I generally don't use it diluted in water, I gargle and swallow 5-10mls in the morning and in the evening just before bed. If I can gargle a couple of times within the day I do, but its not always possible!
The only issue I have with this throat mixture is the fact it tastes like death! It's a very plastic-like taste and is very very strong. The taste stays with you for a while which is unfortunate as you shouldn't drink or clean your teeth for a while after so it gets time to work on your throat. I find it hard to actually convey how bad this stuff tastes, it is absolutely vile. But this is a small price to pay for something that works so well on your throat. That's the only downside to the product.
I would recommend this to anyone who suffers from sore throats. It is used to good effect quite a lot in the acting/singing world to cure and even to prevent hoarseness and sore throats. 4 stars out of 5 for me, the taste just slightly lets the product down.
When I say I'm a teacher most people jump straight on the "You have so many holidays it's just not fair" or some pessimistic, child hating folk opt for the "I could not work with snotty children all day even for all the money in the world." Now when it comes to response one I would agree that we do have a lot of holidays (one of which is rapidly approaching and I cannot wait!) but we do spend sometime during our holidays planning for the following term and with regard to response two I'd disagree, children are only snotty for seventy two percent of the year! One of the things that people rarely mention is how often I manage to get a sore voice or even loose my voice during an average year due to the fact that I spend most of the day talking (and the children just don't have a choice about whether or not to listen, the dream job for me really)!
When I first started teaching I lost my voice within about a fortnight and it still goes a little bit croaky from time to time although I've not completely lost it recently. Due to the extreme amount of talking I do on a daily basis it's rather expected that my voice will go every now and then, there have even been court cases about teachers who have experienced permanent damage to their voices and vocal chords due to the nature of the job. When I was suffering last year someone mentioned that I try Sanderson's Throat Specific Mixture which I'd never actually heard of but after a day of trying to keep a class of thirty five children quiet using facial expressions, sign language and a tambourine I was willing to give anything a go. I managed to get hold of a bottle from Sainsburys although it doesn't seem to be widely stocked and I've since had to ask them to order it in for me. The mixture comes in a clear glass bottle with a white screw on lid that is "child proof" as I like to call them, it's one where you have to press it down as you twist it in order to release it - I often find this a bit of a challenge! There is a light gold and white label that goes around the middle of the bottle and gives some basic information regarding brand name, product name and usage of the product. Overall the bottle looks a little dated compared to current brands on the market but I didn't buy it for the bottle!
The liquid itself is honey coloured and smells quite strong, it's a herbal product and it smells a bit like acidic vinegar... it's really not attractive! The taste is equally off putting, it's strong, vinegar like and it does create a slight burning sensation. There's two different ways to use this product - you can either use it as a gargle if you have a sore throat, hoarse voice or loss of voice or actually swallow it if you have a really bad throat. If you want to gargle with it then you are told to use 10ml of the mixture with 10ml of water, if the throat / voice isn't overly bad you can dilute it in twice the amount of water. It's recommended you do this twice a day but as it's a herbal product there isn't really a limit as to how often you can use it. The bottle also suggests that you slowly swallow a 5ml spoonful three times a day as well for added relief. The mixture is really easy to administer but the taste is horrific, it really makes me shake my head in disgust but as my mum always told me... things that taste that bad have to be good for you!
I've been using this for the past six months or so and I can honestly say it's been a life saver at times... without a voice my classroom resembles a wild jungle! I've since recommended it to several of my colleagues and friends and they've all started using it and swearing by it as well. Sanderson's Throat Specific Mixture is available in a 100ml bottle or a 200ml bottle and the use by dates tend to be really good - the latest bottle I bought doesn't expire until 2015 so a bottle can last you a long time. A 200ml bottle currently retails on Amazon for £3.54 which is what I paid in Sainsburys for it, a 100ml bottle is obviously slightly less and I have seen it online for £1.99 (Pharmacy At Hand). I would thoroughly recommend this throat mixture, it really does help to soothe sore throats and restore lost voices too. Gargling with this twice a day and swallowing some three times a day really has got me out of some "quiet" situations! Using it for two to three days cured my lost voice and sore throat easily. The biting, bitter and sharp taste isn't ideal at all but it really does work wonders, it's getting five stars from me despite the awful taste... as my mum always said - things that taste bad always do you good!
Thanks for reading.