It’s the most wonderful time of the year here at The Vocalist Studio and right now, vocal athletes are working hard to maintain their health for singing during the holidays.
To help our fellow athletes make it through this most difficult time of the year, we created this list of 7 winter singing items.
So without further ado, let’s take a closer look as to what they are how they can help!
1) A Steamer
Steam is the only way you can directly hydrate your vocal folds. By purchasing a steamer, you can help your break up thick sticky mucus inside your throat and restore topical moisture to your body.
2) A Neti Pot
Great for flushing out nasty viruses and bacteria from your system, a neti pot is a nice pot to have on hand if gargling salt water isn’t your thing.
To use it, all that you have to do is…
- Fill it with pre-boiled water
- Allow the water to cool to body temperature
- Add a pinch of salt
- Tilt your head to the side and pour the saline solution up one nostril and allow it to drain out of the opposite nostril
- Repeat both sides
That’s it! Pretty easy, isn’t it?
By the way, if you want to keep the delicate membranes from drying out inside your nose, be sure to use this pot on a weekly basis.
3) Natural Salt
Salt is a traditional, all-natural cleanser that reduces inflammation in the back of the throat by drawing out the excess liquid that creates swelling.
While there are many different types that you can use to make sure that your throat is in tip-top shape, we recommend that you use an unprocessed natural salt such as Himalayan pink salt or grey Celtic sea salt for gargling or utilizing inside your neti pot to avoid bleaching compounds.
For more information on this subject, be sure to read this article about gargling salt water by Doctor Sorana Segal-Maurer.
4) A filtered water bottle
A must-have for every single singer in the world, a filtered water bottle is a great way to stay hydrated without worrying as to where the water is coming from.
Since singing is both an art and a sport, it’s especially important to keep your vocal folds properly hydrated on a daily basis. Otherwise, they become irritated more quickly, leading to redness and swelling inside your body.
While there are plenty of amazing filtered water bottles on the market today, one that we especially recommend you purchase here at The Vocalist Studio is a ‘fill and go’ water bottle complete with changeable filters and created by Brita.
5) Manuka Honey
Hailed straight from the lands of Down Under, manuka honey, compared to other types of honey, has a much higher antibacterial power. As such, it can stop the growth of sore throat-causing strep bacteria according to Doctor Josh Axe and treat wounds according to WedMd.
If you want to get the most benefit out of it, try mixing a spoonful of it with warm water and gargle the mixture. If you can handle it, add a pinch of salt to the mixture for extra cleansing.
Otherwise, don’t be afraid to drizzle some on a slice of whole-wheat toast along with a teaspoon of high-quality, organic cinnamon.
6) Vitamin C
Whether you prefer taking effervescent tablets or eating fruit, stocking up on your daily dose of vitamin C throughout the winter is great for preventing viral infections and reducing the length and severity of colds.
Being a singer, much like being a student, is a 24-hour job. In order to continue being the best singer that you can possibly be, it’s important to take stock of things that would allow you to continue using your voice throughout the winter.
According to Dr. Anthony Jahn, in order to ward off a cold using vitamin c, “The most effective way is to stock up early and take 1000 mg per day throughout the Winter season. If a cold does start, then increase the dosage to 4000 mg in divided doses.”
By the way, contrary to popular belief, orange juice does NOT help you get better. Depending on what brand you buy, a typical jug or carton of orange juice can contain just as much sugar as a can of soda. If you want to get as much vitamin c into your system as possible, it is best to eat the fruits themselves.
Made using all-natural, organic vaporous herbs such as menthol and eucalyptus, the TVS voice inhaler is easy-to-use, safe on lungs and is great to have on hand for those touring in areas that don’t have a lot of clean air and/or can’t drink an absorbent amount of caffeine, but nevertheless need to stay awake.
Because of these properties, this voice inhaler is considered a great tool to have for maintaining vocal health.
Hopefully, by utilizing any one of these winter vocal health survival tools:
- A steamer
- A neti pot
- Natural salt
- A filtered water bottle
- Manuka honey
- Vitamin C
- A TVS Voice Inhaler
You should be able to sing just fine during the most difficult time of year!
In the meantime, are there any other tools that we should add to our list? Let us know in the comments, below!
By the way, if you want to continue improving your singing voice, be sure to pick up a copy of Robert Lunte’s “4 Pillars of Singing!“ Otherwise, make sure you join The Vocalist Studio Group on Facebook for help from our community of singers and coaches and subscribe to The Vocalist Studio YouTube Channel for More Help and Content!