- Gargle with salt water (1 tsp in a cup of warm water) first. An hour later, gargle with a few sips of extra virgin olive oil, and then gargle with some hot water with a pinch of robust cinnamon powder in the third hour, then repeat. (Often in herbalism how often you do something is more important than what you do.)
- Vaporize conifer essential oils, like pine, in a nebulizer near you, or simply put the essential oils in a bowl of water on a heat source near you. Use therapeutic grade oils, for instance from Floracopeia or Veriditas. Do vapor steam essential oil inhalations of the above oils with the hot-water-in-a-bowl-towel-over-your-head trick. Be careful not to over do this one, especially with kids, and use only a single drop of essential oil, and to be sure, you can gargle with the olive oil or with Aloe Vera before and after this technique. My favorite way to do this is to scrunch some Eucalyptus leaves up and put them in the hot water.
- Rub essential oils like Tulsi and/or lavender and/or tea tree, diluted 1:10 in jojoba or sesame oil, directly onto your throat skin after testing a little to make sure your skin is OK with it.
- Make Tulsi/Ginger topical chest compresses with essential oils, organic castor oil, hot water bottles and towels. It is best to have a loved one do this to you as it also can feel so great to your heart.
Ujjayi is especially known for the soft hissing sound the breather makes by directing her inhales and exhales over the back of her throat. To learn how, try this.
Inhale through your nose, then exhale slowly through a wide-open mouth. Direct the out-going breath slowly across the back of your throat with a drawn-out HA sound. Repeat several times, then close your mouth. Now, as you both inhale and exhale through your nose, direct the breath again slowly across the back of your throat. Ideally, this will create, and you should hear, a soft hissing sound.