I had a bout of laryngitis (completely lost my voice) and then had to
call a dance (really, really wanted to call it, too) as my voice was
barely back. I had heard on my Lord of the Rings extra discs that
Andy Serkis had a hard time with Gollum's voice and had been given a
concoction called "Gollum Juice" that he found helped to keep his
voice together. I found a couple of recipes online - the best seemed
A LOT of raw ginger - peeled and sliced up or grated - I used about a
cup sliced. Add 4 cups of water and simmer for a while (10-15
minutes). Crush and add two to four whole cloves (turn heat off). Add
the juice of one or two lemons (I have a Meyer lemon tree - it's the
best). Add a lot of honey, essentially to taste. Pour it into a
thermos to keep it warm.
Sip on this while you are calling. It feels really good on a bad
throat. But after that - rest, rest, rest.
I find honey lemon lozenges useful while I'm calling if necessary.
Also, sometimes if you change the pitch of your voice - for example,
I'll say some words a little higher pitched than usual - it can ease
up on the vocal burden. At least it helps a little for me.
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On another note, and while I have your "ears", I have a question. As
callers, if you feel you are losing your voice, or you have a cold, is
there anything you have found that can help clear your throat?
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On the subject of vocal inflammation, which is the reason you lose
your voice, I have more experience as a singer than as a caller.
are truly very ill and the bug is in the tissues perpetually renewing
the inflammatory response, there isn't a whole lot you can do in the
short term, but I have had success with: ice (cold takes down the
inflammation quickly, but it doesn't last long, so count on keeping it
up), cooled ginger tea, cooled mint tea, ginger and mint both have
antinflammatory properties, honey, thai coconut soup, slippery elm
lozenges, salt gargle, or if you are out and can't do a home remedy
salty food that is a little oily (like a salad with fish or chicken
vinaigrette, or a good soup or stew), drink icy drinks and get some
halls or something to get you through till you can really take
goes without saying, that rest is the preferred remedy.
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