10 TOP VOCAL HEALTH TIPS FOR SINGERS PART 5
10. Steaming @singingexercises_femifaronbi
Steaming is the only way to directly hydrate the vocal folds. Usually prescribed for tired and husky voices, or when recovering from illness like a cold, flu or laryngitis, steam is the cheapest and simplest vocal health cure in the world. But did you know steaming is also worth doing even when you’re not experiencing any vocal problems?
Steaming daily can keep the vocal folds lubricated to help avoid injury. Consider adding steaming to your vocal hydration plan especially during flu season, during periods when you use your voice a lot, or when you’re in a dry environment.
To steam, you don’t necessarily need to buy any fancy gadgets. You just pour boiling water into a bowl, cover your head with a towel, and lean over the bowl to inhale the steam. There’s no need to add anything to the water, though some singers like to add camomile, thyme or other herbs with anti-inflammatory properties. You could do this in case you’re steaming for recovery purposes, but for maintenance purposes it’s not really necessary. In any case, don’t add menthol or eucalyptus to the water, because that’s just going to dry up your vocal folds.
Your voice will really appreciate ten minutes of steaming. After steaming, let the mucus membranes rest, and avoid speaking for 20-30 minutes.
Benefits of Steaming for Singers
1. It helps your voice box or vocal cords stay moist and supple
2 It is very soothing to irritated or scratchy vocal cords
3. It helps to clear your throat which is very necessary especially when you have a big event or performance.
4. It also helps to soothe irritation, help break up phlegm in your nasal passages and keep your vocal cords moist and supple.
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