December 15, 2018 by Courtney Cutchins
5 Natural Remedies for Singers
As singers, we try our very best to take care of our instruments during the winter months – but between the weather, festivities, stress and sugar (yum!), sometimes vocal fatigue, strain or illness is inevitable. Here are a few of my favorite vocal remedies that have helped me relieve those unwanted symptoms and keep my voice healthy and happy!
Oregano is an herb that, when concentrated into an essential oil, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. (It’s also delicious when fresh and sprinkled on lasagna.)
I started gargling with oregano oil twice a day when I was having issues with “static” in my voice. I was having allergies at the time and was on an intense practice regimen which resulted in general overuse. I mixed 5-10 drops with about 2 tbsp of water, gargled and swallowed (it’s good for digestion as well) – and after about a month, my symptoms had significantly improved. This stuff makes my voice feel smoother, stronger and more flexible, so much so that I like to use it before any performance. What more could you ask for!?
My favorite brand is TMRG Classic Oil which is a blend of a few things, but formulated specifically for the voice. It’s worth the high price tag! Otherwise, there are more budget-friendly options as well.