When you have a sore throat, phlegm up to your ears, or are vocally tired, what do you do to make your voice sound (and perform) as usual?
When it comes to treating physical ailments that affect your voice, what are your favorite remedies?
Susan Eichhorn, a widely respected Canadian singing teacher and musical theatre coach now based in midtown Manhattan in New York City, suggested to me in the past that if one were suffering from congestion, boiling some sliced ginger root with lemon rinds in water for a few hours on the stove, straining the liquid, and then consuming at a fairly warm temperature does wonders (I’ve tried it and it works).
Susan, during her time at the University of Western Ontario, also used to recommend raspberry flavored zinc lozenges to help combat a sore throat. Again, a tried and true method that also had a delightful taste. Genius!
For minor irritations, I suggest a warm cup of lemon herbal tea (don’t add sugar), some vocal rest and a good nights sleep. These remedies may do the trick, especially where fatigue is concerned. Of course, one of the best roads to take when maintaining the health of your instrument is prevention, but we’ll touch on that in another post 🙂 Do you have any tried and true remedies to share? Leave a comment!
P.S. What do you think of Echinacea? Is it over-rated?