Updated: Nov 20, 2019
You are practicing every day, your voice is getting stronger, and your range is expanding! Then it starts to creep up on you...the dreaded cold or flu! You think 'How can I possibly sing with a sore throat and stuffy nose?". The short story is you probably shouldn't. Wait until your throat is no longer irritated and inflamed from all the nasty phlegm and extra mucus (ew!).
Here are four things you can do to help recover your voice and get back to singing!
1. Hot water, honey, fresh garlic, lemon, ginger, and cayenne pepper tea.
You can make your own combinations from the ingredient list - just add hot water! For a sweeter, more pleasant tasting drink try honey, lemon, ginger (pictured above). Remember a little fresh garlic and cayenne pepper goes a VERY long way. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients mentioned above, please exclude them from your drink.
2. Water, herbal tea and electrolytes
In my experience, you can significantly reduce your nasal and throat discomfort by staying well hydrated. Keep mixing it up if you get bored of drinking the same thing all day!
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3. Do NOT cough
This one comes straight from the mouth of speech pathologists. Think of it this way: you have an inflamed throat, and then you are going to clap (cough), slap (cough) and grind (cough) the super-delicate muscles of your vocal cords together in an attempt to bring the descending phlegm (ew, again) back up. This effort is usually pointless since the phlegm will just descend again to make you repeat the process. Break the cycle. If you feel the mucus building up in your throat, swallow, don't cough. It is just about as gross as it sounds, but you will probably do it while you are sleeping, anyway.
4. Steam, glorious steam
Loosen up your clogged nasal passages and help the phlegm (I'm ok with the word now if you are) down your throat and on its merry way (ew!!!) with a good, old fashioned bowl of steaming water on a table and a towel over your head. You can also use a personal steamer with a thinner attachment to direct the steam towards your nose.
5. Keep Your Throat Lubricated!
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This post and the information within it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information provided by this post, website, and company is not a substitute for individual medical advice.