Braving the Cold Weather? 5 Ways To Protect Your Voice During Winter Outdoor Activities

Whether you are a weekend warrior on the slopes or heading out to watch Sunday night football, even a few minutes of exposure to cold winter temperatures can be harmful on your pipes.

So, if you are planning on heading out in this upcoming cold snap, venturing to a football game or hitting the high altitude Rocky Mountain resorts, you should definitely pay attention.

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SUPER HERBS & SPICES – BASIL

Continuing our Super Herbs and Spices Series, today we are looking into the health benefits of one of nature’s oldest and most widely used herbs — basil.

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Earache or Blockage? How to Clean Your Ears – Ear Health Part 2

Pain or blockage in your ears can be both painful and annoying. Often caused by an excess of ear wax production, and the use of objects like q-tips that push wax further into the ear canal, the blockage can often be accompanied by difficulty hearing, itching, and sometimes dizziness, which should be addressed by an ENT specialist. There are some at-home remedies to help move things along though.

When your ears are feeling a bit more full than usual, try to break up the excess ear wax with some of the following gentle at home remedies:

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Professional Voice Blog - What is Ear Wax and how NOT to Clean Your Ears

What Exactly is Ear Wax? And How NOT To Clean It Out – Ear Health Series Part 1

“Approximately 12 million people a year in the U.S. seek medical care for impacted or excessive cerumen,” – Richard Rosenfeld, MD. Chair of the AAO-HNSF Guideline Development Task Force.

It’s one of those “ignorance is bliss” kind of topics. We all have it…but nobody really wants to talk about it.

What is it? Ear wax.

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Beauty & The Voice – Five Household Items To Keep Your Voice in Shape…And Keep Your Skin Looking Amazing

Let’s face it, the bulk of professions that employ top-notch vocals also require a flawless complexion. From broadcasters to politicians, musicians to actors, even lawyers and teachers, your skin is under as much stress as your voice.

So why not kill two birds with one stone? A healthy diet of vocal-friendly foods, and a few household items can not only keep your valuable pipes in shape, but your skin glowing…and chances are, you already have everything you need at home.

Here are five household items that every professional vocalist and speaker should have on hand.

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What Is Otolaryngology? Back to ENT Basics

The oldest medical specialty in the United States, otolaryngology (more commonly referred to as ENT) is the treatment of medical conditions involving primarily the ear, nose, throat as well as certain cases involving the ENT support structures – the head neck – as well as the sinuses, larynx, and mouth.

When Should You Consult an Otolaryngologist?

If you ever experience problems or have concerns that directly relate to the function of the above mentioned body parts, you should start with an otolaryngologist to get the best diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Peppermint Tea- Professional Voice Blog

Soothe Your Sore Throat, & Freshen Your Breath with Peppermint

Not just a remedy for bad breath, peppermint can also double as a sore throat reliever. Peppermint contains menthol, which naturally alleviates sore throat pain and thins the excess mucus in your system. Studies have also shown that peppermint contains antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a natural defense for your sore throat.

From the University of Maryland Medical Center:

Peppermint and its main active agent, menthol, are effective decongestants. Because menthol thins mucus, it is also a good expectorant, meaning that it helps loosen phlegm and breaks up coughs. It is soothing and calming for sore throats (pharyngitis) and dry coughs as well.

Steeping peppermint in tea form is the best way to treat your sore throat symptoms. Here is one of our favorite recipes for peppermint tea:
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Peppermint Tea with lemon and honey will naturally help soothe your sore throat and clear an excess of music. Decrease the lemon if your throat feels dry.

Peppermint Tea with lemon and honey will naturally help soothe your sore throat and clear an excess of music. Decrease the lemon if your throat feels dry.

Ingredients

  • 4 peppermint flavored tea bags (choose your favorite brand)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice (If you have excess phlegm, increase the amount of lemon to help clear out your throat)
  • 1 lemon wedge per cup

Instructions

  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil
  2. Pour water over tea bags in a heat-safe container
  3.  Steep for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bag (keep in the cup if you like your tea strong, however remove after 10 minutes to keep your tea from turning bitter.
  5. Add honey and lemon juice.
  6. Serve in individual tea cups
  7. Add a lemon wedge.
For more information, or to make an appointment with an ENT specialist, visit us as the ColoradoVoiceClinic.com.