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Homemade Singer's Spray - Alcohol Free & Natural
A staple inside recording studios, green-rooms, hotel rooms, and tour buses -- singer's spray is almost always in a vocalist's arsenal. However, the wrong mixture of ingredients can also mean that your beloved singer's spray is either a giant waste of your time and money, or potentially harmful to your precious pipes. Averaging between $5 and $25 a bottle for commercial products, and containing a laundry list of ingredients you have no idea how to pronounce - let alone what they do - is a gamble you shouldn't take with your voice.
For example, some throat-soothing sprays contain alcohol, which can be drying and damaging to your vocal chords and throat, or some sprays (chloroseptic) contain powerful anesthetics in which dosages can be overlooked by vocalists who use sprays frequently throughout the day or extend the use far beyond the recommended dosage. *Always consult a physician before using a throat spray to treat pain, infection, or swelling.
To avoid potentially harmful effects from commercial throat sprays, do your body and your wallet a favor by mixing up your own natural throat spray. Not only will you be in control of the ingredients, but you can also keep the cost down by making your own and avoid having to drive out of the way to find these sprays at drug stores - all you need is a local grocery store and one shopping trip a week at the most!
Another benefit to making your own is that you can adjust the ingredients to cater to your specific ailments. Throat feeling extra dry? Cut back on the acid. Think you have a cold coming on? Boost your anti-septic and anti-microbials. Did you have a salty meal the morning before your performance, or a little too much alcohol the night before? Boost the depuratives.
Here is one of our favorite combinations you can make from home, in your hotel room, or on your tour bus to help you keep your pipes in top shape. We will be putting up more recipes for homemade vocal remedies in the next few weeks - each aimed for different ailments and health benefits.
Today, we are tackling the over-used, sore throat:
Soothing & Immune-System Boosting Throat Spray
Use For: Vocal fatigue, sore throat from overuse, aiding in fighting bacterial and viral infection
Ingredients (for one 8oz spray bottle)
2 Cups Boiling Water
4 Marshmallow Root Tea Bags or 3 TBSP of dried Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow Root contains mucilage, which will help coat the throat and soothe pain
2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is full of bacteria-killing compounds that will help to clean out your system and give your immune system an early morning boost.
3 TBSP Raw Unfiltered Honey
The honey will coat the throat and its antibiotic properties will help to fight bacteria and soothe soreness and inflammation.
3 TBSP dried Licorice Root or 3 Licorice Root tea bags
Licorice is very effective in soothing sore throats by softening mucous membranes and loosening phlegm in the respiratory system, as well as promoting immune support.
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Studies have found that the expectorant compounds in Licorice Root are what make the herb beneficial for treating sore throats, and bacterial or viral infections effecting the respiratory system. The root's saponin glycosides, which have an expectorant activity, promote the bronchial secretions that help break down thick phlegm. The antiviral, anti-inflammatory and demulcent properties also help to lubricate an inflamed throat or respiratory tract, relax bronchial spasms, and fight harmful bacteria or viral flu or other respiratory tract infections like asthma or bronchitis. (http://www.homeremediesweb.com/licorice-root-health-benefits.php)[/caption]
Boil hot water on the stove - bring to a rapid boil
Prepare all the ingredients in a heat-resistant bowl (preferable a measuring glass that has a pour spout)
Once the water has come to a boil, pour over the ingredients and allow to steep for ten minutes.
Poor the liquid through a strainer and into an 8oz (clean) spray bottle (wait for the mixture to cool slightly).
Do not spray on your throat or in your mouth while hot.
Keep the mixture stored in a cool, dry place.
This mixture can also be consumed hot as a tea, however cut back the ingredient dosages by half (the spray is meant to be stronger). Add a bit of lemon if your throat is feeling phlegmy, or if you want even more antibacterial boosters! A good rule of thumb is to add more acid when your throat feels phlegmy and more moisture-boosting ingredients like honey or licorice root when dry.
For more recipes and advice on ENT health, visit the ColoradoVoiceClinic.com
*Consult a physician before taking anything to treat an infection or when introducing a new diet plan to your regimen.
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by David Hoffmann pg. 526
Colorado Voice Clinic
Tue, Apr 7, 2015 @ 12:40 PM MDT
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