Waking Up Hoarse? When to See an ENT Specialist

Waking up hoarse?

We’ve all had that frog in our throat first thing in the morning — maybe it’s acid reflux, maybe the result of sleeping with the ceiling fan on, or perhaps the effects of the cold you just got over?

These are all potential causes for an early morning raspy voice, however if that 7am hoarseness lasts longer than a month, it may be time to see your doctor. 

shutterstock_571809811

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

Fig Health Benefits

Summer Health Foods – The Fig

One of the world’s oldest (and most delicious) fruits, the humble fig has appeared in biblical stories and fed to great Olympians for centuries. It is one of the most symbolic fruits in ancient history and remains one of nature’s sweetest and most widely consumed natural confections. These fruits of the ficus tree are consumed with everything from breakfast to dessert – and even in one of our favorite cookie/cake confections.

But the ultra-sweet fruit has so much more to it than a Fig Newton.

Continue reading →

SUPER HERBS & SPICES – ECHINACEA

Echinacea is one of the first things we turn to when a cold is coming on, or when we start to feel the aches and pains of the flu. It can be brewed in tea form, taken as a supplement, or an extract to help give our immune system a boost and calm our cold and flu symptoms – but echinacea has a laundry list of health benefits we often overlook.

Did you know you can use echinacea to treat a rattle snake bite or tonsillitis?

Here are some other health benefits of echinacea that go far beyond the common cold:

Continue reading →

Homemade Singer’s Spray

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.

Always consult an ENT specialist if you are experiencing chronic or severe throat pain.

Always consult an ENT specialist if you are experiencing chronic or severe throat pain.

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.

professional-voice-blog-licorice-root-tea-sore-throat-remedy-ear nose throat doctors-denver-remedies-natural-organic-throat spray-singer spray-antibiotic-cure-hoarse-tea-soothing-herbal-marshmallow root-diet-detox-plants-herbs-singer-saving grace

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!

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →