Have you been looking for ways to improve your singing voice? Do you keep coming across the same obvious answers? Perhaps you have tried the most common tips on the internet with moderate success, but you’re still looking for an extra edge. The following is a list of three natural health tips that people never seem to mention which will help you dramatically improve your singing voice. These tips are all things that can be worked into your morning and nightly routines.
NOTE: Because these methods are new to many readers, it is important that you do extra research about how to properly perform each one of them for maximum safety and benefit. This article only provides introductory information and therefore is not a complete “how-to” guide for any method.
1) Use A Tongue Scraper – Not only does morning breath smell unpleasant, but you definitely do not want to swallow the bacteria that’s causing it. Your tongue is a hotbed of bacteria growth, and if you don’t do anything to get rid of it, you’re going to swallow it and it’s going to pass over your vocal chords on the way down and have a negative effect on your voice. As an added benefit, scraping the bacteria off your tongue keeps your heart healthy and dramatically reduces the risk of having a heart attack later in life (because you’re not ingesting all that bacteria every day).
Buy a tongue scraper and use it when you wake up and before you go to sleep for the maximum effect. Tongue scrapers are sold at select drug stores (Target, Walgreens, CVS), but you can order them online reliably from places like Drugstore.com. Here is a link to an article explaining how to use a tongue scraper.
2) Oil Pulling – This technique is useful in a number of ways: It helps soothe a sore throat and cough, it helps get rid of raspiness, and it helps break up mucus. All you do is swish extra virgin coconut, sesame, sunflower seed, or olive oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.
Be sure to take extra care in disposing of this bacteria-ridden oil and DO NOT SWALLOW IT! Like all of these methods, you will have to research this method to perform it properly. Here is a link to a helpful how-to video on YouTube.
3) Use A Neti Pot – Many of us suffer from seasonal allergies and general nasal congestion from time to time. It can be a nightmare to wake up on the day of a performance and be totally congested. Rather than taking an allergy pill (or along with taking one), you can clear your sinuses by using a neti pot. This helps remove the nasally tone your voice takes on and allows you to maintain proper breathing and your singing range.
Again, make sure you do more research on your own about how to use a neti pot. I bought my neti pot at a drug store. Here’s a video that shows how to use a neti pot.
These three tips work best when worked into your morning routine. It can help to repeat them again closer to the time you sing as well, but doing these things daily will have a positive overall effect on your health, and as a result, your voice.
FINAL NOTE: The links provided in this article are not the ultimate authorities on any of the methods they explain, and all readers should conduct further independent research. I am not a health professional, nor do I claim that any of these methods are proven to be effective on every person’s health. If you have persistent health problems or problems related to your vocal chords, seek out medical advice from a health professional.