Dear Crissy

Simple Self Care: TLC for Your Throat

This post is sponsored by Traditional Medicinals.

I’m a busy wife, mom, and business owner. My days can get pretty crazy!

I drop the ball ALL THE TIME, but, I do my best to take care of my husband, our kids, and even our ornery husky, Luna.

However, sometimes I feel like I’m hyper-focused on my family. For instance, while waiting in line to pick up my kids from school yesterday, it struck me that I’d been feeling under the weather for three days.

I had pressed forward with my endless to-do list for three days without really noticing that I wasn’t feeling my best.

Being a wife and mother are titles that I treasure, and I love my role as a nurturer, but I’m guilty of neglecting myself. What good am I to the people I love if I’ve ignored my own basic needs?

The symptoms I’m having this week reminded me of a time when I was in LA for business.

I was going to be giving a presentation later in the day, so from my hotel room, I called room service and ordered their chicken and rice soup.

I also asked if they could bring me a kettle with some hot water. I had packed a box of Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat tea, and wanted to have a cup before heading out to my event.

They brought my soup on a beautiful tray, and it was such a comforting and delicious soup.

That scrumptious soup paired with Throat Coat tea was the perfect way to show my throat some love.

I decided to clear my schedule today and recreate that soothing hotel experience at home.

I whipped up a quick batch of my simple chicken and rice soup and brewed the perfect cup of Throat Coat tea. I even arranged it all on a tray just like the meal I had at the hotel.

It’s the little things!

Honestly, friends, I’ve loved Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat for YEARS.

It’s made with slippery elm and makes your throat feel a bit slippery, in a really good way. Throat Coat is also made with licorice and marshmallow root. Plus, it tastes great paired with my yummy chicken soup.

Did you know that one of the primary sources of wild slippery elm bark (an ingredient in this tea) is in Eastern Kentucky?

Living in southern Ohio, this is very close to home for me and something that I found really interesting.

Traditional Medicinals partners with rural Appalachian families who approach their bark collection with a deep reverence for the trees and plants. Carefully harvesting limited and sustainable amounts of the bark by hand, they are maintaining the health of the trees and preserving this precious resource for generations to come.

If your throat could use a little tender loving care, you should try my power combo of chicken soup and Throat Coat. It’s a great way to take care of YOU, because you deserve it! ?

Quick Chicken and Rice Soup

Quick Chicken and Rice Soup

A fast and simple chicken soup to soothe your soul.


  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup white rice (I like basmati)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, chopped


  1. Place all ingredients except rice in a dutch oven or stock pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the basmati rice and reduce heat to low. Gently simmer until the rice is tender, about 12 minutes.
  3. When rice is done, stir in the chopped rotisserie chicken. Stir in fresh lemon juice and fresh parsley. Serve immediately and enjoy!

    9 Comments on “Simple Self Care: TLC for Your Throat”

  1. UGH! I have a RAGER of a cold right now and my throat feels like I am swallowing sandpaper. I am totally trying this!

    Rating: 5
  2. Nothing quite like a good cup of tea. I’m a tea drinker, usually a couple cups a day. Prefer it over coffee. Will check this one out for those days the throat needs a little extra TLC.

  3. I used to get sore throats all of the time when I worked in a call center and then large offices. Chicken broth always helped.

  4. Colds are the worst but I do love using traditional ways to cure a cold. This soup sounds super tasty! 

  5. I could have used this combination of tea and soup a few weeks ago when I had a cough and sore throat for a week with no relief. I have got to try this tea and keep it on hand.

    Rating: 4
  6. These colds are never ending! I will have to look into traditional medicine more

  7. I had strep a few weeks ago and was craving a good bowl of soup! I’m going to have to try this recipe!

  8. I am always putting my needs last it seems. I could have used some of this tea when I lost my voice for a week. I’ll have to see if I can get it here.

  9. Sore throats are the worst. There is nothing like a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup!

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