Use Ginger to Improve Your Singing Voice

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If you're a singer, then you probably know just how hard it is to keep your voice in top condition. Many things can negatively affect your voice, such as a cold, poor air quality, allergies, smoking, and overuse of your voice. The rhizome of the ginger plant, Zingiber officinale, is widely touted as an effective home remedy for many conditions that affect the voice. Ginger has warming properties, and it increases blood flow to any areas that it touches. It's also anti-inflammatory and it's full of antioxidants, so it can help to soothe an irritated throat and boost your immune system when you're sick. It also has the widely-researched benefit of reducing nausea and increasing motility of the digestive system. Ginger is also believed to have antimicrobial properties, which means it may reduce the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungus on contact. Utilize this aromatic rhizome in all sorts of food and beverages to get rid of throat irritation and improve your singing voice.

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How to Make Ginger Tea for Your Voice

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Many singers claim that ginger tea is good for their voice. Although the tea itself doesn't reach the vocal cords, there's quite a few reasons why this tea is beneficial for the voice. A sore or irritated throat will ruin the sound of your voice, but the ginger, honey and steam can help soothe inflamed throat tissues and loosen secretions when you're sick. You can use fresh or dried ginger, but fresh ginger makes the tastiest tea. Sweeten it with a honey, which also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Many people like to add lemon to ginger tea, though the acidic juice may not be good for an irritated throat. If you do decide to add lemon, stick to a small amount, such as the juice from one small lemon wedge. The following recipe makes two 1-cup servings. It is recommended that you drink up to three cups of ginger tea daily if using it to soothe your throat. You can easily double or triple this recipe and keep it in the fridge for a few days. Just heat up a cup in the microwave, or drink it iced.

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  1. 1
    Boil 2 cups of filtered water in a saucepan.
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    Prepare 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger.
    Peel the ginger with a spoon. Grate the ginger with a box grater, or slice it thinly. You can also use 2 teaspoons of ginger powder in a pinch, though it will not be quite as tasty as fresh.
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    Add the ginger to the boiling water, and turn off the heat.
    You can also add a cinnamon stick or mint leaves for additional flavor, though these are not necessary for medicinal benefits. Cover the pot with a lid, and allow it to steep for 10 minutes.
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    Strain the tea through a strainer, and discard the solids.
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    Add a tablespoon or two of honey to sweeten the tea.
    You can also add the juice from a lemon wedge, if desired. Serve the tea hot, or allow it to cool and place it in the fridge in a closed container. Serve it in a glass with ice cubes for a refreshing iced tea.
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How to Make Homemade Throat Drops

Instead of purchasing commercial throat drops with all sorts of artificial ingredients in them, you can make your own homemade throat drops out of ginger tea, honey and sugar. These drops will last a few weeks or longer if kept in a cool, dry place. They're great when you're on the go and you need something to soothe your throat and get your voice back. Get everything ready before you start to make the throat drops because you'll need to work quickly once the liquid reaches the correct temperature. You'll also need a calibrated candy thermometer to make sure the sugar reaches the correct temperature.

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    Prepare the mold that you'll use to shape the lozenges.
    You can use a silicone mold in any shape. If you don't have one, you can make one out of powdered sugar. Fill a cake pan with powdered sugar and create indentations in it with the end of a spoon. You'll want to make them about 1/2 an inch in size. Make plenty of indentations so that you won't need to stop half-way through and make more.
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    Make ginger tea.
    Boil 1 cup of filtered water in a saucepan and add 2 tablespoons of fresh, grated ginger. You can also add a cinnamon stick or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for flavor. Cover the pot with a lid and turn off the heat. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
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    Strain the ginger tea.
    Pour the tea into a large, heavy-bottomed pot and stir in 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of honey. Set up a candy thermometer
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    Cook the mixture over medium-high heat.
    Bring it to a boil, stirring often to keep it from burning on the bottom. Do not scrape the sides of the pot with the spoon.
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    Keep stirring until the temperature reaches 302 degrees Fahrenheit.
    The sugar needs to reach the hard-crack stage. Once it does, immediately remove the pot from the stove, and pour the mixture carefully into the molds. You can pour the mixture into a measuring cup with a spout to make it easier to pour into the molds. Use a spoon or spatula to guide the sugar syrup into the molds, if needed.
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    Allow the mixture to cool for a few hours.
    Remove the drops from the molds and store them in a cool, dry place in a glass jar or another sealed container.
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How to Select and Store Fresh Ginger Root

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Look for ginger that has smooth, unblemished skin and a pleasant, spicy scent. Avoid ginger that feels light for its size, shows signs of mold, or feels soft with wrinkly skin. These are signs that the ginger isn't fresh. If your ginger is sold in large "hands", break off just the pieces you need if you don't want to purchase a huge amount of ginger. If you cut into the ginger and notice blue in it, there's nothing wrong with it as long as it's otherwise fresh. It's a special type of ginger from Hawaii which is more flavorful than other types, and it's available from December to April.

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You can store ginger in the refrigerator for up to three weeks in the fridge, wrapped in paper towels and placed in a plastic bag. Just pull or cut off a piece of the ginger as needed. You can also peel the ginger root with a spoon, and wrap it thoroughly in plastic wrap. Store it in the freezer for up to a few months. When you need some ginger, just unwrap it and grate the amount you need while it's still frozen. Wrap it back up and return it to the freezer when you're done.

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Important Precautions

  • Ginger can react with certain medications, so if you plan to consume it regularly or in reasonably large quantities, consult your doctor first.
  • People with bleeding disorders, gallstones, or upcoming surgery should not drink ginger tea.

Questions and Answers

What should I do to make my voice back,so that I can sing a high notes again?

Before, when I am not pregnant I can handle to sing a high notes like Celine Dion's song..but after my delivery..I can't sing very high notes

During pregnancy Estrogen and Progesterone cause swelling of our vocal cords. Increased blood vessel dilation is a common irritant to our vocal folds during pregnancy. You can use remedies such as the ginger but if after a month there is no improvement, it may be time to seek a laryngologist medical opinion. There are simple surgical improvements that can be made.

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Ginger stay on my mouth, is this helpful?

My friend told us to put a ginger on our mouths. Let it stay there for minutes and not swallowing it. Can this be helpful?. I have tried: Not yet that's why I'm asking. I think it was caused by: We're going to have a recording of our own music later dude

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Yes, chewing ginger is a natural remedy for nausea for example. Some singers always gave a bit of ginger in their mouth during vocal training to soothe their throat.

Can we try the ginger to be come a beautiful voice?

So that I can sing well because my voice is not really good, got the pain throat. I can't sing because of my voice

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Can I use table sugar instead of honey juice?

I have no honey juice. There is no available source of honey juice here.

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How could I make my voice more clearly using ginger?

Because I'm a call center agent, and most of the time on the 3rd hour of my shift, I could not speak clearly because of my throat.. I have tried: Ginger. I think it was caused by: Do not have any vitamins, and I only sleep 4 hrs a day, and I am not used to speak in english

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What will I drink to make my voice sweet?

What will I drink to make my voice sweet and good. I have tried: Lemon. I think it was caused by: I do not know

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How do I prepare the ginger tea?

Step in preparing it ,harmful effects and so on

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