How to Keep Your Throat Healthy With 6 Easy Tips - RemedyGrove - Holistic Wellness
Updated date:

How to Keep Your Throat Healthy With 6 Easy Tips

Audrey Hunt, a renowned vocal coach, shares valuable information for singing like a professional. Learn how to improve your present voice.

keep-your-throat-healthy-with-6-easy-tips

Practice Good Health Habits To Avoid Getting Sick

We rarely give much thought to our throat unless it begins to hurt, feel dry, or make no sounds when we wake up. When this happens, we go from not giving our throats much thought to not giving much thought to anything else, especially when we feel pain every time we swallow. Then we run around looking for something to take to help it return to normal.

During flu and cold season, most of us are getting better at preparing to head off as many germs as possible. We build up our immune system, get a flu shot, wash our hands more often, and learn to direct our cough and sneezes into our bent arms.

Let's face it, you can't be a part of the human race and not come into contact with all sorts of germs and people who are sick. Practicing good health habits is the best way to avoid getting sick.

Anatomy of the throat

Anatomy of the throat

Six Ways to Keep Your Throat Healthy

Your throat is a finely tuned structure of tissues, nerves, glands, and blood vessels. It needs looking after. If you overuse some of the delicate organs and tissues of the throat, you’ll end up with problems, or even damage, to those organs and tissues.

Learning how to take care of your throat is easy, and in most cases, the benefits are well worth the effort. Here are six of my favorite ways for keeping your throat healthy:

1. Protect Your Throat From Cold Temperatures

Get in the habit of wearing a scarf around your neck to keep the throat area warm. Do you know that the neck is one of the most overlooked sources of heat loss? Anywhere from 40-50% of our body heat can be lost from the surface of the head and neck. Changes in extreme temperatures, such as going from a heated car into the cold outside and vice versa, should be avoided when possible.

2. Avoid Sharing Eating Utensils

Don't ever drink from the same glass, cup, or bottle that someone else is using, as you may be at risk for cross-contamination. The same is true for sharing eating utensils and even napkins.

3. Clean Your Toothbrush

One source of infection that is overlooked by most people is the toothbrush. Left overnight, it can be a potential source of a problem for the throat and mouth. Every morning, before brushing the teeth, soak your toothbrush in a glass of hot salt water (a teaspoon will suffice). This will help to disinfect the toothbrush and also helps keep it clean.

Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head regularly. The ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and sooner if the brush becomes frayed. It's also a good idea to store your toothbrush upright and avoid storing in closed containers. Keep your toothbrush in a dry climate instead of a moist environment which is conducive to microorganisms.

4. Gargle With Salt

Gargle every night with a mixture of warm water and salt. Just a pinch of salt will do. During cold and flu season, this is a habit that will help to disinfect the mouth and throat. This is a timeless remedy, in fact -- your grandmother probably knew the benefits of making this a habit. If you catch a sore throat early enough, salt water will give you fast relief.

Bonus tip: Salt water can also be used to clear a stuffy nose. Just lightly sniff the above mixture into each nostril. You'll instantly begin breathing better through the nose.

5. Use Honey and Ginger to Protect Your Throat

One of the very best ways to protect the throat is with ginger juice and honey. After a good brush in the morning, squeeze a little fresh ginger juice (3-4 ml) with 5 ml of honey, and see for yourself what a good insurance policy this is for protecting your throat all day.

  • I make my own ginger juice by boiling 2-3 slices of real ginger (found in the vegetable section), then cool it a little.
  • I have also used turmeric. Simply take 1/2 cup of hot water and add a pinch of salt and 5 grams of turmeric powder to it. Drink this every night during cold and flu season to protect your throat.
  • Another tip for relieving sore throat pain is to gargle with warm water and cayenne pepper. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to a cup of warm water. Stir just before gargling as the pepper tens to settle at the bottom of the cup. Gargle every 15 minutes for about 30 - 40 minutes or so. If you happen to swallow a few drops don't worry. It may burn a little but it won't hurt you. Cayenne Pepper is a natural antibiotic.

6. Vocal Warm-Ups for Professionals and Teachers

Daily vocal warm-ups are a must for singers, speakers, doctors, actors, and the like. However, not just any warm-ups will do. In fact, some warm-ups can do more damage to the throat than not engaging in any at all.

  • Slow, gentle humming on comfortable tones are excellent warm-ups. Feel for vibrations across the mask area. To keep the lips loose and relaxed, include the buzzing sound (buzz your lips the same way you would on a baby’s belly to make the baby giggle).
  • Sigh lightly on a soft "ahhhh," feeling completely relaxed. Even yawning is an excellent warm-up for the voice.
  • Imitate a siren. Beginning on a low tone, slide your voice up, through the break, and up into the head voice and back down until you reach a low tone. Use plenty of breath support and keep the sound easy and relaxed. Using the vowel "Ee" will help to keep the tone forward.

Note:

A voice should be unforced, natural, and flowing. It should be produced in an easy manner. Keep the throat well hydrated by drinking room temperature water.

Healthy Tips for the Voice

Severe Throat Conditions, Polyps, and Infections

Strep throat

Strep throat

Polyps or vocal nodules (nodes)

Polyps or vocal nodules (nodes)

Severe sore throat with infection

Severe sore throat with infection

When the Vocal Cords Are Inflamed

Fungus and bacteria can affect the vocal cords in several different ways:

  • When the tissue is inflamed, the vocal cords swell making them stiffer. The vocal pitch becomes deeper from the swelling, and if the vocal cords become stiff enough, they may stop vibrating, and the person loses his or her voice (laryngitis). This is primarily from the inflammatory response of the body against the offending virus, fungus, or bacteria.
  • Some types of viruses, fungus, and bacteria can physically grow on the surface of the vocal cord, and then they act like a tumor. The growth can act as a weight on a vocal cord, which stiffens the vibrating surface of the vocal cords or creates an irregularity on a vocal cord. (A possible polyp or node).
  • Treatment may involve medication or at times a surgical procedure. Obviously, you want to avoid this at all costs. This can be prevented by protecting the voice from straining, yelling, and smoking.
  • Avoid harsh singing or speaking when the vocal cords are inflamed. Complete rest is advised.
  • Keep the throat hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid coffee which is drying to the voice.
  • Keep a humidifier running especially at night. Make sure you rinse it out daily to prevent mold from growing in the left-over water. This is especially helpful during the winter when the heater can dry out your home.

A Description of the Throat

The larynx, or voice box, is located in the neck and performs several important functions. The larynx is involved in swallowing, breathing, and voice production. Sound is produced when the air that passes through the vocal cords causes them to vibrate and create sound waves in the pharynx, nose, and mouth. The pitch of the sound is determined by the amount of tension on the vocal folds (cords).

The vocal cords are inside the larynx which is the wonderful source for singing. These vocal cords are two small bands of tissue that stretch across the larynx causing vibrations to occur and create a pitch.

Breath is needed to make vibrations and to sustain the pitch. If you run out of air, the sound will stop.

Last But Not Least: Preventative Care for the Throat

By following the above six tips you will have more control over keeping your throat healthy. Preventative measures are always the best. Remember to stock up on hand sanitizer wipes for those shopping carts and gas pumps.

Be sure to get a good night's sleep. We need at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to maintain good health. And make time to exercise every day. Find a form of aerobic exercise that you enjoy such as dancing, tennis, walking, swimming or pilates.

Keep your distance from people who are sick, You never know if a nearby cough or sneeze is because of allergies or something more serious like the flue.

Begin now to form better habits on a daily basis. Take good care of yourself. Should you have questions about throat problems, I am available to answer them below.

If your body is not in shape to sing from the diaphragm, you will push and push but keep falling back on your throat to make the sound. This will ruin your voice.

— Luciano Pavarotti

Recipes for Natural Gargling and Sore Throat Cures

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

Question: I always feel phlegm in my throat. How can I clear my throat with home remedies?

Answer: Phlegm is made worse with dairy products. They can even be the cause of phlegm. Avoid dairy and never clear your throat. Swallow a few times instead of clearing your throat.

Question: How to increase the volume of my voice which has reduced over the years..?

Answer: The 2 most important factors for projecting your voice is:

1. Use diaphragmatic breathing.

2. Make sure you are mixing your voice by incorporating the chest register during the transition from the chest to the head voice.

Never sing hard! Always support your tone with plenty of belly breath.

Question: As a singer, which foods can I eat?

Answer: The best thing you can do is to maintain a healthy diet. Avoid dairy products before singing as dairy can produce mucus. Limit sugar and junk food. Your body is your instrument so take good care of it.

Question: Can I take ginger juice and honey daily during the rainy season for throat health?

Answer: Yes, but only a little honey.

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 02, 2020:

Thank you for reading my article. During these difficult times, we all need to practice good health.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 02, 2020:

Tatyana

Thanks for reading my article and finding it helpful. During these difficult times, it's important to take care of ourselves and practice the rules for good health. Stay safe!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 20, 2020:

success79

Thank you, kindly for reading my article on "How to Keep Your Throat Healthy." I appreciate your comments very much."

Audrey

Sonia from New York on February 08, 2020:

Very well written article with good tips and insights. Also written with clarity.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 30, 2019:

Ruthanne

I'm so sorry about this problem. Have you seen an otolaryngologist? Perhaps it's time. This must be frustrating for you. Try not to get to the point where you're depressed. Do think about seeing another doctor or throat specialist. I wish you well and do let me know what another doctor has to say.

Audrey

Ruthanne Anthony on October 30, 2019:

Started off having thrush. 3 rounds of meds taken. Doc said gone but have felt just as bad ever since. Now my throat hurts just as bad no meds. This has been going on about 2 .5 mos. I just wnt it gone .to feel like me . I jye thi. Im tired. Please lord help me be ,

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on February 23, 2019:

Hey, vocalcoauch, I appreciated your comments. My best to you, and thanks.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 22, 2019:

Miebakagh,

You are so welcome. This should have been noted and I've made the changes. Thanks to you!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on February 22, 2019:

Hello, Audrey Hunt, I appreciated your comments, especially the part that says to dilute pepper with plenty of water to ease a hurt. Thanks for sharing, and have a nice weekend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 21, 2019:

Miebakagh,

Thank you kindly for sharing my article on Facebook. So nice of you!

The different remedies you've mentioned in your comments are all helpful. Adding cayenne pepper to warm water is fine as long as it's just a pinch or two. You will need to constantly stir the elixir right before you gargle as the cayenne likes to settle at the bottom. Also, gargle every 15 min. If you happen to swallow some pepper, it may burn, but cayenne is a natural antibiotic and won't hurt you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 19, 2018:

Hello, Miebakagh Fiberesima

So nice to find you here, reading my article on keeping the throat healthy. I'll try the lime juice in warm water. The reason I mentioned cayenne pepper is that it helps stop the pain due to a sore throat. When diluted with plenty of water, there is no damage to the tissues. I want to thank you for posting this hub on Facebook.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 19, 2018:

Hi, Audrey Hunt, this is a good article. I regularly used lime juice in warm water to gangle my throat, so that cold or flu could not affect me and my family. Using ginger is also good. But I was surprised you include cayenne pepper. I think this would be much hurtful to the soft and tenderly tissues of the throat. I learned about using salt water to wash mouth and throat from an Indian doctor while in secondary school. I am sharing this your story on facebook. Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 07, 2018:

Rachael

I suggest you see an Otolaryngologist (throat doctor.) He will examine your throat and diagnose the problem. I wish you good luck.

Rachael on July 07, 2018:

Whenever I eat,I feel like some of the food particles has shocked my throat.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 04, 2018:

Michael

I would consult with your doctor on this matter. My expertise is in teaching folks how to avoid vocal problems in the first place. I do, however, suggest you avoid further singing, talking for long periods of time, whispering or screaming. I wish you fast healing if you go with surgery.

lourica

We can't live without drinking water! I suggest a visit to the doctor may be in order. I wish you good luck.

Lourica on January 03, 2018:

Is it possible to have a sore throat with no pain? Sometimes it is extremely difficult to swallow water and at times it makes me very dehydrated. I can swallow food just fine but water is such a problem for whatever reason. It is killing me! Any suggestions?

Michael on December 27, 2017:

Question - I was recently diagonosed with a throat polyup on one vocal chord. What specific tactics can you give me to treat this. I have done a lot of research but you seem to be an expert. I want to avoid surgery, but it seems like it's 50-50 whether this would be needed. Please help.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 25, 2017:

Hi Ciaran

Thanks for reading my article. I'm adding one more tip for keeping the voice healthy - Avoid Screaming. :) Not sure if you can do this with your job. However, if you learn diaphragmatic breathing this can help some.

Glad these tips are helpful for you. This is my reason for writing this hub.

My best to you.

Audrey

Ciaran on August 25, 2017:

Hi i am a livestock auctioneer I take manuka honey tablets to help look after my throat I find ur tips and advice helpful is there anything else I can do to keep my voicebox/throat healthy???

Amrita Aswani on June 25, 2017:

I am an aspiring singer. I sing all the songs in different voices depending on how my throats supports..almost four times a week, my throat doesn't support. I practice fr an hour and my throats feels sore and uncomfortable. I want a stronger throat. I want to know if there are more tips that can be used to have a much stronger throat so that I can sing for long hours and still not feel tired.

Maira on February 03, 2017:

Not everyone among us is a singer, but it does not mean that throat clearing is not your concern. You should never take your throat for granted for it is one of the greatest blessings we human have. When the throat is itchy, feels dry or swollen or there is a problem in producing voice, it has to be dealt in a way that offers you no side effects. What’s more better than dealing with few home ingredients.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 27, 2016:

sunil singh

Tell me exactly what your throat problem is. The more specific you are the more I can help you.

Thanks,

vocalcoach

sunil singh on July 26, 2016:

hi, i have throat prob ,100

what i do

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2016:

Awais

Thanks for reading my article. Eat garlic, either raw or added to food. Garlic helps to control phlegm.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2016:

Awais

Garlic helps to reduce phlegm better than most other natural remedies. Either mix garlic with your food or eat it raw. I have tried both which works well. Thank you.

Audrey

Awais on April 19, 2016:

Dear expert,

I have a feeling of phlegm in my throat that just wont go away.I need to press my throat with my hand to constrict it while coughing.This gives me short term relief.This feeling of mine aggravates in closed rooms etc. Kindly advise!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 05, 2016:

Thank you for your comments. I hope to see you again.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 22, 2015:

Khushboo - I suggest the following:

1. Speak in a relaxed tone. Tension will strain your vocal cords.

2. Keep your throat hydrated by sipping on room temperature water throughout the teaching sessions.

3. Avoid dairy as this is the cause of phlegm.

4. Never xlear your throat. Swallow a few times instead.

5. Breathe from the diaphragm

6. When you can, do a few neck rolls and shoulder shrugs to release tension.

You do not have to quit your job. Ridiculous!

Thanks,

Audrey

Khushboo on December 17, 2015:

Hi,

I am a teacher and sometimes speak continuously for more than 8 hours,

My cords swell and i choke up many times.

My ent says quit your job

But i can't.

Please suggest me

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on November 13, 2015:

My pleasure, Audrey, Always good to hear from you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 13, 2015:

rebeccamealey - Strep is the worst! It can lead to other problems. Glad to see you here and thanks.

Kristen Howe - Glad you are sharing this information on keeping our throats healthy. A sore throat, especially strep, is no picnic. The pain that occurs when swallowing can be terrible. Thanks for your comments Kristen. My best to you.

Audrey

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on November 13, 2015:

Audrey, these are great tips I'll be happy to give to my SIL, since she had gotten Strep a few times this year. I'll keep these tips for myself for this cold and flu season. Thanks for this hub!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 21, 2015:

Ouch! I used to get Strepp every year when I was a kid. Cool idea for a hub, and thanks for sharing with ua.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 08, 2014:

sosown

I'm so sorry to hear that you had throat cancer and hope you are completely well and enjoying good health. I, too have ginger every day!

sosown on December 07, 2014:

Had vocal chord cancer, I have ginger every morning since. But, I didn't know about the toothbrush in salt water, great tip I am going to start tomorrow.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 06, 2014:

prasetio30

Thank you my friend for reading this hub and commenting on it. It is important to keep the throat healthy. Glad it was useful. Take care.

Audrey

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 07, 2014:

Very informative hub. I should taking care my throat after rearing this hub. Thanks for sharing. My vote always for you. Take care!

Prasetio

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 06, 2014:

martin - Thank you for reading my hub on keeping your throat healthy. And yes, this is my favorite quote. Come by and see me again. vocalcoach

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 06, 2014:

Stephanie36

Hi there and thanks for being here Stephanie. About your toothbrush. Many of us fail to realize that when we get sick and use our toothbrush, we keep using it even when we are well again. We either need to clean it, using lemon juice or soda or toss it and get a new one.

Glad you learned something from my hub. Take care my friend. Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 06, 2014:

Joel Mugabi - I'm sorry to hear that you are having throat problems. I am not a doctor. I suggest you see your own doctor for a diagnosis and possible cure. Thank you.

sosowan - It's important to see a doctor at the first sign of throat problems. Thanks for your comments.

Manisi4

I do this too. Salt and water can do wonders. I prefer natural methods when possible. Thanks.

martin shononglii on November 06, 2014:

"If i can't fly, let me sing"

Stephanie from Canada on October 10, 2014:

These are some great tips to stay healthy! I knew some, but I definitely learned a few new things. I hadn't thought of keeping my toothbrush clean, but it makes perfect sense, and wearing a scarf is so easy! Thanks for the great ideas!

Manasi4 on October 10, 2014:

i do gargle with salt occasionally and honey does help during coughs

Kelly from NJ, USA on October 10, 2014:

Great article and very timely. More people are getting diagnosed with vocal chord cancer, which is very curable.

Joel Mugabi from Kasubi on August 28, 2014:

Hello doctor. Am having a throat blockage characterised by stick mucus and fliud.but i have tried all medicines but the blockage has insisited. I need your help

brijesh barot on August 19, 2014:

meri voice bahuta hi kharab he

Muje allergy reh ti he (zhukham)

Is li ye me sing nahi kar sakta ta or mere galeme kaf jada reh tahe

To kaf nikal jaye or mera gala clean ho jaye aesi dava muje do

Plz

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 16, 2014:

ChitrangadaSharan

I use plain salt water to gargle with when my throat is sore. Thank you for sharing your comments my friend. Have a beautiful day.

Bishop55

Thank you for finding this information useful and for voting up.

ARUN KANTI

I, too, use a salt water gargle. I do believe this is the best solution for keeping a healthy throat. Thank you for being here.

Blond Logic

I hope by now you are over your laryngitis and speaking once again. After reading your comments I'm glad I wrote this hub. One thing to remember for protecting your throat is to avoid whispering. Thanks and happy thoughts.

tony55

Hi there. I'm sorry to hear that you suffer with colds and sore throats. Miserable stuff! Thank you for your comments tony.

femi from Nigeria on August 12, 2014:

I fight with cold aand sore throat all the time even now, very useful stuf. Thanks and voted up

Mary Wickison from Brazil on August 11, 2014:

Your hub came up in my feed today and it was very timely as I now can't speak above a whisper or it is crackly.

I will keep going with the salt water. I never considered cleaning the toothbrush before using it. It is a good idea especially in the tropics where there are insects all over the place.

Although ginger is difficult to find, I do have lemon so will use that as well.

As you say, prevention is the way to go.

Great advice. Voted up and useful and shared.

ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE from KOLKATA on August 11, 2014:

I go for salted water gargle after dinner. It works for me to keep at bay sore throat or tooth cavity related problems while working as a mouth wash as well. Thanks for the useful hub.

Rebecca from USA on August 11, 2014:

Useful! Voted up and shared.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 11, 2014:

Great suggestions for throat care!

How painful it is if your throat goes wrong and I know singers always have to take care of their throat. Ginger-Honey always works for me and even salted water gargle.

Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub! Voted up and shared on HP!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 21, 2014:

Edna - Thanks for being here. I appreciate your kind comments. Please feel free to visit some of my other articles on singing and throat problems.

Good health and happiness to you.

Edna on July 21, 2014:

It's hard to find any throat/vocal treatments tips, i love this post. I think honey, ginger and vocal train are the best, but the salt water also good to kill bacterias : http://throatproblems.webs.com/ , great post Madam. Thanks

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 16, 2013:

carol3san - Thanks so much for being here and for taking time to comment! I appreciate you for confirming how well the saltwater works for a sore throat. Good health to you! ~ Audrey

Carolyn Sands from Hollywood Florida on July 14, 2013:

Thanks for all of this great advice. About once or twice a year I suffer with a simple soar throat for a few days...nothing serious, and usually during the winter months. But it is a quick turn round when I gargle with salt and warm water.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 13, 2013:

krbairam - Gargeling with warm salt water is just about the best way to cure a sore throat (unless it is strep.) Thanks for finding this hub useful and for voting up and sharing. Appreciate it!

rahul from Bangalore on May 12, 2013:

vocalcoach,you tips are quite natural,we in used to gargle with hot water whenever we have throt infection.Very useful hub.I am voting up and sharing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 11, 2013:

jamaru - The best thing to do is to gargle with warm salt water. If the sore throat persists - please go see your Doctor!

Gowtham - Thanks so much!

siva - I'm so glad you read this. Thanks you!

siva on February 06, 2013:

saved me... thanks a lot...

Gowtham.t on February 06, 2013:

exllent

jamaru on November 04, 2012:

i have a sick thort so what sold i do?

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 22, 2012:

NOYB - Thank you for reading my hub. I'm not quite a Doctor yet as I don't have a PHD. But thanks for the compliment:)

NOYB on October 21, 2012:

omg this is a great use and awsom news. Keep em commming Doctor!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 28, 2012:

alocsin ~ Thanks for voting my hub up and useful. And thanks for taking good care of your throat!

Alecia ~ These tips are food for all of us. I'm glad you liked them. Thank you.

Dear Audrey ~ It doesn't surprice me that you are so good about using these tips. I'm like you - wash my hands all day everyday. Thank you so much Audrey.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 04, 2012:

Deborah ~ I'm so glad you found my hub useful and full of good information. I really appreciate you taking time to read and comment. Thanks very much!

Audrey Howitt from California on February 22, 2012:

Great hub! I am all about hydration, gargling with salt water, using my neti pot and washing my hands frequently---I sing and exercise everyday!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 22, 2012:

I don't sing but I do use my voice. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 09, 2012:

I'm involved with acting and directing, so these are necessary tips for me. Voting this Up and Useful.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 03, 2012:

Apryl ~ You are so right about preventative measures. Very glad to see you here and hope you visit again soon. Thank you.

Support Med. from Michigan on January 11, 2012:

Very useful info and I'm taking the gargling with salt water literally -- been doing it everyday for about 2 weeks now and the benefits show. Just could not seem to get rid a throat irriation I had, but the salt water has made things well again.Wearing a neck scarf is a definite essential for me. Good one and very educational too. voted and rated.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 16, 2011:

formosangirl - Your mom gave you very good advice. Nice to see you here. Thank you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 15, 2011:

carol3san - You are lucky that you never have throat problems. Wonderful! Very nice to see you here and thank you for your nice comments.

Dr. Mohammad Rable - Gee, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving the nice comment. Appreciate it!

Glenn Ryall from Karachi, Pakistan on December 15, 2011:

Awesome, well written and full of useful information, protecting the throat during winters is really a tough job. Seems all easy to me now :p

Apryl Schwarz from Nebraska on December 12, 2011:

Great advice! It is so much easier to take preventative measures to avoid a sore or infected throat than it is to treat it once it has showed up.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 09, 2011:

Yes Zzron - This article is applicable to everyone. Preventative measures are important, especially for those of us who dislike having a sore throat. I like your comments. Thanks for visiting!

formosangirl from Los Angeles on December 09, 2011:

Great hub. My mom always tells me to wear a scare. I now know why. Plus, the worst part of a cold is the sore throat. I will try some of your suggestions.

Dr Mohamed Rabie on December 09, 2011:

Sore throat is a good health problem that almost everyone has experience more than once during his/her life.

Great advice!

Thanks!

Dr Mohamed Rabie on December 09, 2011:

Sore throat is a good health problem that almost everyone has experience more than once during his/her life.

Great advice!

Thanks!

Carolyn Sands from Hollywood Florida on December 07, 2011:

Hi Vocalcoach, thanks for the nice info. I am the only one in my family that seldom suffer with a cold or the flu. I guess I'm doing something right. Voted up and useful.

zzron from Houston, TX. on December 02, 2011:

Very nice tips. Even though I do not sing, I do talk a lot so I believe I will try this.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 24, 2011:

Dear plinka - So sorry you have the nasty flu. I just hate getting the flu and I hope you are beginning to recover. Your comments are detailed and specific - helpful for me. I thank you for that. And I'm glad you like my "attack dog" photo for comments.

Take good care of yourself. Thanks so much.

plinka from Budapest, Hungary on November 24, 2011:

Hi, I like your tips, they are quite useful as I have a flu. I'm trying everything to recover from my illness. Cleaning the toothbrush is a good idea. I will also try salty water, I know this method anyway, I've just forgotten it. Gargling with lemon juice is also an effective way, though it's more expensive. The part for professionals is also interesting, I may apply it to one of my friends who is a professional singer. I like the "send me a comment" photo at the end of the hub. :-)))) Great hub, voted up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 20, 2011:

Derdriu - Your comments are most welcomed. You have given me good detail and feedback. I truly appreciate it!

This is one of the best comments I have received and I thank you so much!

Derdriu on November 20, 2011:

VocalCoach: What a helpful, practical, useful presentation on how to take care of one's throat and therefore of one's voice! It is most helpful the way in which you not only explain the challenge but also provide six preventative and protective measures. It also is interesting the way in which you identify key conditions, both by clear discussions and graphic photos. The quotes at the end also are most effective in summarizing your concerns over the voice, as entryway to the body (Pavarotti) and as expression of thoughts (Buddha).

Thank you, etc.,

Derdriu

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 17, 2011:

Dear Cristina327 - Thank you for liking my hub. I'm glad these tips are helpful to you. It is a joy to add you to my list of friends here on wonderful Hubpages. I appreciate your blessings sent to me and want you to be blessed as well.

Cristine Santander from Manila on November 16, 2011:

Great hub, great tips to live by. These are indeed great wealth of information. Thank you for sharing these useful tips. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 15, 2011:

Prasetio - Hello, my friend. It is always a joy to see you. I am pleased that you found my hub useful. Turmeric really is a natural wonder drug for the throat. My vocal students have been using it with pure honey to heal sore throats. By the next day, the troat is fine. Thank you for your support and voting. Blessings.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 15, 2011:

Paradise7 - So glad you enjoyed this hub. And BTW - you have written such great hubs yourself!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 14, 2011:

Thank you thelyricwriter for your great comments. I am so glad you found something here that you can use. And your throat should never hurt after singing, so be sure you are good and relaxed and not holding tension in the neck and shoulder area. Also, don't oversing. Keep me posted on your album!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on November 13, 2011:

Up, useful, and interesting. Great useful information. I am beginning an album soon and I have noticed that my throat hurts after just a few songs. I believe I will take longer warmups and do them daily. I never knew to cover the outside throat from the cold or the ginger/honey coating on the throat. Very wise tips and many thanks for this solid information.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 12, 2011:

Anytime. It is my joy.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on November 12, 2011:

That's what i hear/ Thanks again for writing this!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 11, 2011:

Herbal tea, especially lemon, can help singers and speakers. Thanks.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on November 09, 2011:

what about Tea? I have a friend who is the growler in a heavy metal band and he says tea keeps his throat healthy and allows him to be able to perform 200 times a year without pain or hoarseness.

good Hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 06, 2011:

Charlotte - Love your comments! And I have to thank you for the suggestion for a new hub. Wow! I will get right on it...and thanks a bunch!!!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 06, 2011:

treat gout naturally - I'm very glad to see you here. Appreciate your comments and will check out the link to your hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 05, 2011:

Happyboomernurse - I am forever doing research on protecting the throat, what with the cold weather coming on and singers voices to protect.

If just a few people have learned something new about taking care of their throat, I am thrilled. That includes you, dear lady. Thank you so much!

vocalcoach~

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 05, 2011:

b. Malin - Hello, ny friend! I liked your comments as I feel about cold weather like you do. I loved living in Hawaii for that reason. I'm so glad that you liked this hub. Please take good care of yourself. Hugs.

vocalcoach~

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 02, 2011:

Gypsy Willow - How nice to see you! Thank you for your comments. I must go see what your hubs have in store for me now. Thank You!