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The School Of Singing’s List of Cold Remedies

Posted in Blog, Vocal Health on Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 10:54 am No Comments

I don’t know about you, but just about every one I ran into this week, was sick in some way or another. Whether colds, infections, or stomach viruses, winter is having its last laugh. In fact, as I write this blog, I fit into one of these categories. What better time to write about some steps we can take to help the healing process along. The list compiled below is years of talking to other singers, musicians, and voice teachers on cold remedies. This list is a simple suggestion, but I recommend talking to your doctor or nutritionist for additional guidance.

General Symptoms:

~ Airborne or Emergency C are good products for that extra boost. These products can be purchased at your local pharmacy.

Remedies for a sore throat:

~Salt and baking soda in warm water or as hot as you can stand it, gargle for up to 2 minutes. Repeat this numerous times a day.
~ A slice of toast and scratch a clove of garlic onto the toast. This is one is great, but make sure you are not going out anytime soon.

Chest congestion is always a battle:

~ Mucinex expectorant can be purchased at your  local pharmacy.

Post nasal drip:

~ Post nasal drip is a danger because it can easily lead to a sinus infection and if not dealt with immediately, it will cause ear and throat infections.
~ Ayr is a nasal spray that should be used every hour to rinse out the nasal passages.
~ Benadryl antihistamine is used for night time and Claritin antihistamine is used during the day.
~ Flonase is a steroid nasal spray, but is only through a prescription from your doctor.
~ Hot Chicken soup is always a help.

Nasal Congestion:

~ Menthol/Eucalyptus in an inhalant steamer. If you do not have a personal steamer use a small pot bring it to a boil and pour in the menthol/eucalyptus and mix. Put a towel over your head and breathe deeply.
~ Hot Chicken soup is always a help.
~ Vicks VapoRub on your chest and back right before you go to sleep.
~ Mist Vaporizer is always a wonderful help.

Tough Cough:

~ Robitussin maximum strength cough suppressant.
~ Buckley’s Cough Syrup – only is you can stomach it because it is the worst tasting cough medicine in the world.

Mom’s remedy:
~ Take one lime and squeeze it into a small pot with a cup of water. Bring it to a boil and continue to boil for two minutes. Pour it into a cup that all ready has two tablespoons of honey. Drink it as hot as you can stand it and if you have a fever, take a fever reducing over the counter medicine. I personally like Advil.

How do I know if I have a bacterial infection? The moment you see dark yellow or green mucus, head to the hills and call your doctor.

While you are sick you should avoid the following foods and drinks: All dairy products and that includes ice cream. If you are a super ice cream lover like myself then soy ice cream is your answer. Avoid spicy foods.

I hope this list adds a little more ammunition to help prevent and fight against a cold, virus, or infection. Our goal is to heal as quickly as possible that we may return to our daily lives and most importantly the stage.

Have anything to add to the list?

We all would like to know.

Daniel is an accomplished vocalist, performer, and a highly sought after voice instructor. He is the founder of The School of Singing in Long Island, New York. For more information on Daniel’s expertise visit

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