I am allergic to bees now, so the honey is out, but I agree with the black tea....very strong black tea is great to gargle for sore throats. I haven't done sugar in 20 yrs. except for my dark cacao nibs, the one treat I refuse to give up. A girl's gotta have some fun! I only use stevia.
Mucinex is my savior, along with a saline nasal rinse. I wish this was my biggest health problem, but my susceptibility to it and the need for CPAP are all just more effects of my late stage Lyme Disease.
The good news is I've been on a waiting list for 1 1/2 yrs. for the only local Lyme specialist who takes insurance and I have now got an appt. in 3 weeks! This is my last chance after 33 yrs. of fighting and slowly going down for the count. There is one antibiotic that totally cures me when I'm on it, so I am hoping she can pin down what it is killing and then help me wipe it out with herbs, since you can't take antibiotics forever. (Lyme does not come by itself, but with a whole bunch of co-infections, which are often far worse than the Lyme).
You also mentioned my having neck problems, so I looked up something I'd long suspected and sure enough, I have every symptom of Chiari Malformation Type I. I'm too old and sick to have a piece of my skull cut out to fix it though!
I will go to my profile and update my ticket with Elise and ask her if she has found an answer to the PM problem. If you could start a ticket too and tell her that people cannot PM you, that would probably help. She may be wondering why I am doing it, instead of you, and figure it's not a problem or you would've said something. Thanks.