How To Take Care Of Your Voice

8 Tips For a Healthy Voice in Any Season

By Kacey Baugh-Lee

 

We all know this time of year can bring havoc on the voice. It feels like a never-ending cycle of sneezing, dryness, sore throats & colds. I put together a list of, “8 Tips for a Healthy Voice in Any Season,” to help with different seasons and the transitions between.

Germs
o To combat the spread of germs in your studio, make

sure to disinfect: doors, handles, pens, pencils, keyboards, picks, tuners etc. We love regular old,Lysol Wipes Double check with your students after they finish using the bathroom, that they washed their hands. This will minimize the transfer of germs from one student to the next.

o Keep a bottle of Purell beside the piano, in the lobby, and in the bathroom.

Sleep
o Sleep is one way the body heals itself. So it is essential for good health, not just during cold weather. Feel Free to snooze away. Calms forte and Melatonin are great ways to help you fall asleep naturally.

Water
o Winter is known for its dry air. Add in the necessary evil of central heat and air, drinking enough water can be very difficult. Staying hydrated keeps the vocal folds flexible, and helps maintain the delicate mucous lining. So drink up.

 

o Remember, it actually takes about 20 minutes for the effects of water to effect the voice.
o Try drinking one or two more glasses of water per day.  More if you drink caffeine. • Warm Liquids

o Hot drinks help keep your throat warm and vocal folds ‘warmed up,’ or limber.

o If you’re in the middle of summer and a hot drink isn’t quite what you’re craving, try drinking water at room temperature. This is better than ice-cold water.

o Caffeine tends to dehydrate your body and affect the protective mucosal lining on your vocal folds. So, if you like caffeinated tea or coffee go ahead and drink one or two more glasses of water per cup of caffeinated tea or coffee.

o Add Ins. There are many things you can add into your tea or coffee for flavor that
have added vocal benefits.

  • Honey is great to soothe the voice. I
    love Honey Sticks. You can get them in a variety of flavors, too.
  • Oranges or Lemons are great if you have excessive mucous. They cut through the excess mucous.
  • Cinnamon. Holy Moly the benefits of cinnamon are incredible. Cinnamon, like honey, has antimicrobial benefits. This spice also helps with inflammation, circulation, and sore throats!
  • Ginger can help ease the pain of a sore throat. Add this into your tea with honey and feel the wonderful effects.
  • I like Vocal Tonic, a Citrus and Cinnamon  vocal spray or warm beverage additive. This is actually a formula I came up with and is available on our website.  You spray it either on your tongue and swish it around and swallow, or you spray 2 or 3 spritzes in your warm water, tea, or lemon water and sip until your cup is empty. The ingredients offer vitamins, minerals, coconut oil, aloe vera, almond oil (Zinc rich), cinnamon (for circulation) etc. for a healthy voice. It’s been described as Christmas in a Cup.

Don’t forget to Warm-Up
o Warming up is essential all year round, but especially in the cold months. It might even take longer in the colder months. Also, if you’re just coming in from cold air and strong winds, allow your body a few minutes to warm up before you begin your vocal warm ups.

Immunity Support
o Help your immune system fight! Use Multi-Vitamins & Minerals. My favorite mineral for a sore throat is Zinc. Using Zinc can help with stress in even increase the rate for healing.

o Gargle with warm salt water. This can help detoxify the throat and get germs out! This is great for a sore throat, as well.

• Lozenges or Pastilles
o I love Grether’s Sugarfree Pastilles and Fontus Green Apple Throat Lozenges. The Grether’s Pastilles help promote healthy saliva production and the Fontus Lozenges’ main ingredient is Aloe Vera. The Aloe Vera helps

with vocal dryness. I like these because they don’t contain sugar. Sugar creates excess mucous and can weaken the immune system.

• Watch out for Cold Remedies or Medication
o Some decongestants dry the vocal tract and nasal passages. If you must take these medications, please make sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It is also ok, if your schedule allows for it, to take a vocal break until you are back to 100%.

Teachers, the best thing you can do is prepared yourself and your studio. Have water and tea available for students, make sure to warm them up properly, and keep everything disinfected. Well, there you have it, “8 Tips for a Healthy Voice in Any Season.”

This article is not meant to treat or diagnose any disease or illness. Please see a doctor for any and all sickness, disease, and or infection.  This article does contain affiliate links.

 

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Kacey Baugh-Lee

Owner of The Maple Leaf Music Company: http://www.themapleleafmusiccompany@gmail.com

Singer/Songwriter: iTunes Link
Author/Speaker:  “Starting Your Own Teaching Studio:  The Basics”

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