Voice-Saving Remedies

Voice-Saving Remedies_Yippee CayenneSoon after we started distributing our Sore Throat Lozenges, customers began telling us about a surprising use for them. Our lozenges weren’t just great for sore throats caused by sickness, they also soothed overworked voices and helped speakers remain strong through hours of teaching!

Our vocal cords are composed of two mucous membranes that are stretched across our larynx. When we speak or sing, these membranes vibrate and modulate the air we expel from our lungs, which produces sound!

We have seen and experienced our lozenges’ powerful effects on sore throats and hoarse voices, but what if you’re out of lozenges? If you need a quick, natural remedy for your hoarse voice, use one of these options!

1. Honey

There are two ways to use honey to soothe your voice. Swallowing a tablespoon of honey several times a day is the quickest and easiest solution. If you have more time, make a honey and lemon tea. Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon and add it to 1-2 tablespoons of honey in a cup of hot water. Drink it once or twice per day.

2. Lemon

Unless you’re a fan of sour lemons, don’t suck on a piece of lemon to help. Instead, try gargling a salt and lemon mixture. Juice a whole lemon, add a pinch of salt or sea salt, and mix thoroughly. Mix a tablespoon of this mixture with one cup of warm water and gargle several times a day. You can also drink hot lemon water or lemon tea before an event to help lubricate your vocal cords.

3. Garlic

You can use garlic in two ways. If you choose the first method, make sure to have strong gum, breath spray, or your toothbrush standing by. First, you can chew or suck on a clove of garlic. Cut the clove in half, place a slice on each side of your mouth, and suck on them like they’re one of our lozenges. Or you can chew the clove until you swallow it. If that’s too much, you can make garlic syrup instead. Add several chopped garlic cloves to equal parts distilled water and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Shake the jar until thoroughly mixed and let it sit for around four hours. Add raw honey and store in the refrigerator. Every 6-8 hours, take 1-3 teaspoons of the syrup.

4. Ginger

Fresh ginger can soothe your vocal cords and strengthen your overused voice. Make a ginger tea by boiling thinly sliced fresh ginger for 10 minutes in a covered pan of water. Strain and cool the liquid, then add lemon juice and honey for taste. Drink it several times a day. If you have candied ginger or slices of ginger root, you can also eat those.

Do you have remedies for a hoarse voice? Share in the comments!

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Voice Saving Tips

Voice Saving Tips_Yippee Cayenne

We mentioned in a previous blog that many of our customers use Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges for relief during speaking engagements and after over-using their voices. We love that our products help people in their jobs and passions! Sometimes, though, it can help to prepare your voice for overuse, along with using our lozenges.

We pulled together some vocal exercises, courtesy of Six Minutes Speaking and Presentation Skills, that you can use to prepare your voice and stretch your vocal chords, so you avoid discomfort and injury.

1. Breathe deeply and exhale on a hisssssssing sound. Repeat 10 times. Proper breathing is the foundation for a healthy voice AND control over nervous energy that can make the voice quiver.

2. Say “Mm-mmm (as in yummy) Mmm-hmm (like yes) ” Repeat 5 times. This develops mask resonance, which creates a clean and vibrant sound by creating a clean approximation of the cords and a resonance that will sound great and project easily.

3. Say “Mm-mmm.  Mmm-hmm.” up and down your vocal range, from low to middle to high and back again, 10 times.

4. Raise your volume a bit and say “Mmmmmmmmy name is…” Repeat this ten times up and down your vocal range. This enhances vocal flexibility and coordination.

5. Say “Ney, ney, ney, ney, ney” loudly but without yelling 10 times up and down your vocal range. This is more mask resonance training.

6. Starting at mid range, make a siren sound with Oooo and Eeeee by sliding down your vocal range several times, starting higher each time. Again, the focus here is on more flexibility and coordination.

7. Say “Mmmmmmm” until you feel a buzzy sensation in the front of your face. Repeat 5 times. Mask resonance again.

8. Now, for isolation of muscles for articulation, try some tongue twisters like those below.  To get the full workout, say them each several times but only as fast as you can go and keep them clear.  You can increase your speed over time:

  • The blue bluebird blinks.
  • Three free throws.
  • What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?
  • Strange strategic statistics.
  • Freshly fried flying fish, freshly fried flesh.

9. To bring it all together, speak a few sentences out loud.  Use an opening or closing of a talk, a favorite poem or long quote, or song lyrics.

10. Every good work out needs a cool down. End with 5 more big, deep breaths.

Are there other vocal exercises you use to warm up your voice? Share in the comments!

Save Your Voice

Saving Your Voice_Yippee CayenneHow often do you use your voice? For most, our voices are only used to talk with friends, family, coworkers, and the clerk at the grocery or to yell at the TV during Monday night football. For others, talking, yelling, and singing are a job requirement. Teachers, pastors, singers, sales people, and performers all use their vocal chords constantly and often have painful consequences as a result.

Strained vocal chords, hoarse voices, and sore throats are all painful and annoying, especially when they inhibit you from using your voice as you need.

Yippee Cayenne has talked to many people who have used Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges to soothe their voices after long days of talking. The soothing cayenne and honey combination is perfect for restoring hoarse voices and relieving achy throats.

But, for when your Yippee Cayenne supply runs low or you leave your lozenges at home, here are some simple tips for keeping your voice healthy and strong.

Avoid Smoking

The inhaled heat nicotine, tobacco, and chemicals in cigarettes can cause inflammation, swelling, and cancer in your mouth, throat, nose, and lungs. You will not only see short-term effects on your voice, but face long-term effects on your overall health. This applies to chewing tobacco, as well. Just avoid it all.

Warm Up

Although vocal exercises are often restricted to singers and performers, it never hurts to prepare your voice for use. Do shoulder and neck stretches and spend a few moments humming to warm up your voice for use.

No Yelling or Screaming

Increasing the volume of your voice may garner attention or show your team spirit, but it also damages your vocal chords. Avoid unnecessary strain by keeping your volume low and controlled.

Take Breaks

When your students are at lunch or it’s time for different act, use the free time to sit quietly. You might be tempted to talk to coworkers or chat with students, but your voice needs a break. Take whatever breaks you can get and let your voice rest.

Hydrate

Our vocal chords are wet and spongy, much like the insides of our cheeks and water lubricates them when they need to vibrate quickly. Avoid water that is too hot or cold because it can tighten your vocal chords instead of loosening them. Don’t drink caffeinated or alcoholic drinks that will dry you out and strain your vocal chords.

Avoid Clearing Your Throat

Clearing your throat is like slamming your vocal chords together. Avoid damage by sipping water or using a Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenge to clear any phlegm or irritation.

Don’t Eat or Drink Before Bed

When you eat or drink before bed, you often get acid reflux while you sleep. You might not feel it, but your vocal chords do. Stay hydrated, but keep your eating and drinking for the daytime.

Listening to your voice is the best thing you can do for it. When you notice hoarseness or strain, give your voice what it needs.

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