HELPFUL PRODUCTS EVERY SINGER SHOULD HAVE
Over the years I've tried a ton of wellness remedies. When your paycheck depends on it you'll do most anything! Here's what I use now to keep me healthy & singing:
- •Oil of oreganoI take this whenever I think I might be getting sick or feel low-energy. Couple of drops on the tongue, wash it down with water. It will burn a little, but that's okay. Natural germ-killer.
- •Cold FXI found this gingseng-based immunity booster in Canada and am a complete convert. Unlike a lot of the immunity elixir pills being sold over the counter, this one is actually supported by clinical trial.
- •Wellness FormulaSold at most health food stores. Aim for the coated capsules if you can find them, because swallowing the uncoated pills requires you to be a sorcerer.
- •Good ol' fashioned saltSalt has so many good uses, but the two I use it for are warm saltwater gargles (the simplest and one of the most effective cold preventers) and to help dry mouth. My mouth/throat has a habit of getting dry when I get nervous; putting a tiny bit of salt on the end of my tongue right before I head onstage/into the audition room will instantly makes me salivate.
- •GavisconEvery singer's savior!!! If you suffer from even the smallest amount of acid reflux, it's good to have Gaviscon on hand. Instant relief/protection from acid in your throat.
- •Sugar-free Ricola cough dropsAnother pre-audition room staple. These are a great fix for dry mouth/throat, and sugar free keeps them from making you feel crazy if you need a few. Plus, they're smaller than the regular drops.
- •Slippery Elm lozengesSlippery elm is a natural plant based powder that increases saliva, that you can buy in a chalky lozenge. When I was touring, I would hide one of the lozenges in my cheek before going onstage (sounds weird but it totally worked).
- •A steamer/portable humidifierIf you're ever on the road, this is an absolute staple. Helps with vocal fatigue, vocal cord hydration and plus it just feels nice.
- •Neti potGreat for keeping allergies at bay if you're traveling between different climates.
- •Raw garlicGarlic is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. Chop a clove or two very finely, sprinkle on toast with a drizzle of honey and eat. Be sure to chew each bite really finely. You can also put garlic in your juice order at a juice bar. Just don't get to close to anyone afterwards!
- •GingerLike raw garlic, ginger is great for you. Put it into hot water with lemon and honey for a great throat tea.
- •Throat Coat teaI am SO SICK OF THIS TEA but only because I've used it so much!
- •Water. Water water water.A lot of people underestimate water. If your body is fighting something, extra hydration can help to flush it out. Plus even if you're healthy, the more hydrated you are the better your voice will perform.