Make Vinegar Tea for Your Singing Voice

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Voice coaches and singers know that many factors can affect the quality of the singing voice. What you eat, drink, and the ever-changing environment can all wreak havoc on your voice, regardless of how well you take care of it. As a singer, you can be smarter if you can avoid or minimize the things that negatively affect your vocal cords. One homemade remedy to improve your singing voice is vinegar tea for your singing voice.

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Soothing Teas

Soothing remedies for your singing voice.

Vinegar Tea

An easy but effective recipe.

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    Things You'll Need
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    1. 1 tbsp. honey
    2. 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
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    Procedure
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    1. Put the honey and vinegar into a mug.
    2. Pour boiling water into it until the mug.
    3. Stir so the honey dissolves completely.
    4. You're all set to drink and enjoy your soothing vocal remedy.
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Ginger Tea

A more intense remedy for your singing voice.

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    Things You'll Need
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    1. 3 minced cloves of garlic
    2. 4 grated chunks of ginger root
    3. juice of 1 lemon
    4. 1/2 tsp. honey
    5. a dash of cayenne pepper
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    1. Put all the ingredients in a big mug or a teapot.
    2. Pour over some boiling water.
    3. Let it steep for 20 minutes.
    4. Strain and enjoy.
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Saline Gargle for Sore Throat

A simple solution for a sore throat, something singers are especially vulnerable to. This will soothe your throat, provided that is the only problem.

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    1. 1 teaspoon of rock salt dissolved in warm water.
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    1. Gargle as often as needed until the sore throat is eased. Don't swallow.
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Pickle Juice

If you truly believe the magic of vinegar, but cannot stand the taste, then this is a good alternative. Just grab some pickle juice from your local grocery. Jarred pickles have a vinegar base, and remember, the higher its vinegar content, the more it will do your vocal cords good. Just have it with you in a hot or cold container so you can sip it throughout the day, wherever, whenever.

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Throat Sprays

Now, if you don't have the time to make your homemade soothers, teas, coats, or remedies, throat sprays can be a quick fix. Still, it's best to ask your doctor about them first to make sure it will work for you 100 percent. Also do a little research to make sure there aren't any long-term effects of using throat spray.

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Do's and Don'ts

Now, Here are other Do's and Don'ts that are just as vital to keeping your vocal cords in tip-top condition:

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    Power Naps
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    If your schedule makes it impossible to enjoy normal sleeping hours, take every chance you get to rest. Five to 10 minute power naps can really make a big difference. Do this during lull periods, while traveling, or in between gigs. It's also important that you learn to condition yourself to rest and sleep, no matter how noisy your environment may be. It takes some practice, but you'll eventually get the hang of it.
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    Avoid talking too much, especially if you have a killer singing itinerary
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    Find a way to communicate with your team or band mates without having to talk. It's also a good idea to come up with hand gestures or written signs so they'll know it's a "no talking day" for you. You may find this a bit cumbersome, but you'll know it's worth it once you see fellow singers who have abused their vocal cords and cannot use them for long periods, like months on end.
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    Clear your throat the right way
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    This does not include coughing and strenuous ahems. Drink some tea or warm water instead.
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    Plenty of fluids
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    Drink plenty of water - as much as eight to 10 glasses of water a day. Not only will this keep you hydrated, this will also prevent your vocal cords from running dry and becoming screechy.
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    1. Add 1 tsp. of Vicks Vapor rub into your vaporizer.
    2. Place a towel around your head while taking deep breaths, so all the steam will penetrate your lungs and not escape into the air.
    3. Do this prior to a concert or recording session because it's easier to sing with moist and open vocal cords.
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    Just eat enough before a singing gig
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    Have something to tide you over until the show is through and you can enjoy a full meal. Otherwise, you'll likely have indigestion and also difficulty breathing, which is a big no-no when singing. Also, veer away from cold, diary and sugary foods, especially before your show, if you don't want your vocal cords to get seriously messed up.
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    Quit yelling
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    This can be really challenging, especially when you're doing concerts in jam-packed venues, but avoid it as much as possible. And don't force yourself to sing in ranges you know you can't reach. If you continue to abuse your voice, you may find yourself not being able to sing - at all.
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    Boost your immune system
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    Have your daily dose of Vitamin C tablets and eat lots of fruits and veggies as well, especially those rich in vitamin C, to boost your immune system and ward off possible throat infections. Blackcurrant has vitamin C and anti-viral properties, while ginger has anti-inflammatory properties.
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TIPS for Reducing your Throat's Mucus Levels

  • Avoid your potential allergens. If this has been a chronic problem for you, try and figure out the external factors that you can control that may be causing the problems, such as smoking, nutritional deficiencies, heavy accumulation of metal in your system, or excessive consumption of mucus-forming foods such as dairy products or fatty foods. If need be, have yourself allergy-tested.
  • Take in vitamin supplements rich in vitamins C, E, and zinc. This will avoid excessive formation of mucus. Calendula, golden seal, and echinacea are herbs containing antibiotic properties that will help treat infection, and that often lead to more production of mucus. They will also reduce the chance of you becoming ill in the first place.
  • Detoxify your body. Help detoxify your body by getting lots of exercise, fresh air, deep massages, and sauna baths. The more you detoxify your body, the less your mucus production will be.
  • Loosen your mucus. You can do this by eating horseradish and other spicy foods. Drink lots of warm liquids to break up your mucus while loosening up your airways.
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So you see, it takes so much more than learning to make vinegar tea for your singing voice to actually keep those vocal cords in perfect shape. It's a holistic effort that involves your physical, mental and emotional well-being, as well as a great amount of self-control and discipline, if you want to stay in the concert scene. Remember, it's a cut-throat competition out there as it is, so don't give your competitors the edge they need by you neglecting your most valued asset - your voice. Good luck!

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Questions and Answers

Are pickles good for vocal cords before singing?

Pickle juice contains vinegar, so it's likely that it will have a similar effect. Pickles themselves likely won't do anything for your voice.

Can I just use regular vinegar?

I don't have any apple cider vinegar to mix with the honey and water.

No, regular vinegar is too acidic, while apple cider vinegar has an alkaline effect in our bodies. Regular vinegar may cause heartburn and acid reflux that will cause damage to your voice.

If you don't have apple cider vinegar, then you can prepare licorice root tea as described in our tutorial on how to boost your immune system with echinacea and licorice. Scroll down to "A simple licorice root tea recipe". This tea is one of the best teas that you can drink as a singer, but you have to keep it warm.

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I'm trying to get a raspy voice.

Starting to rap, and I want a raspy voice. I have tried: Lemon juice, screaming, tightening throat.

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