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This is great for anyone suffering congestion.
Other remedies that will help are
Peppermint tea is the best herbal tea to use if you suffer from a lot of phlegm. Phlegm is every singer’s enemy because it sticks to the back of your throat and you have to clear it while you are singing.
The qualities in Peppermint tea reduce phlegm production without drying your voice out, so it’s perfect for singers. Add a little honey if you have a sore throat and it works wonders.
Go for the proper leaf stuff that you have to steep in a pot. Quality tea makes a big difference.
TIP: Picking fresh leaves from a peppermint plant and steeping them in hot water works just as well as dried out tea leaves.
If you have a sore throat and you have a big show coming up, Propolis is your go-to remedy. It is a liquid made from bees wax and it has fantastic antibacterial qualities and with rest, can clear up a sore throat overnight.
But be warned, it stinks! It smells so revolting (to me anyway) that I actually have to hold my nose to drink the stuff. It looks gross too. It forms a little hairy looking ball in the bottom of your glass when you drop it into water before you mix it around.
The taste is fine; it’s pretty tasteless actually, so if you can put up with the stench, Propolis works wonders.
TIP: Gargle with Popolis mixed in with water for a bit before you drink the rest of the glass down. You can grab a bottle for around $30 from your local health food store.
Licorice Root Tea
This is hands down the BEST tea for your voice. Like Peppermint tea, Licorice Root tea aids digestion and it somewhat numbs the back of your throat just a little which is fabulous for singers who are performing night after night.
If you don’t like the taste of Licorice, never fear. Licorice Root tea has a much nicer flavor than aniseed and is milder too. You can dunk the tea bag in less if you don’t like your tea to be very strong.
Licorice Root Tea is widely available at health food stores. I even found some down at my local supermarket in the healthy section.
Just boil up some water, grab a cooking pot and throw you’re a towel over your head as you breathe in that steamy goodness. If you’re really suffering from a cold, add two drops of Eucalyptus Oil and it will clear you up instantly.
Just make sure you don’t put too much in otherwise its vapour can sting your eyes.