{{ (view.userParams.hasLive) ? 'Browse Classes' : 'TRY IT FREE' }}

Which Throat Remedies Actually Work for Singers? Lozenges, Sprays & Teas

Feeling a sore throat coming on, or just want to keep your voice in the best shape possible? Here’s a rundown of the products and throat remedies to keep on hand, as recommended by our teachers.

When you have a performance coming up, staying healthy should be a priority — but sometimes, your immune system has other plans for you! Sometimes you have to ask yourself honestly, whether you should sing if you’re sick or not, but if you’re feeling okay, you may just need a little TLC.

There are quite a few products out there that claim to be beneficial for singers — special sprays, lozenges, teas, etc. So, which are the ones that actually work?

Throat Lozenges for Singers: VocalZone & Thayer’s

Two of the most popular lozenges are VocalZone, which claims to help “keep a clear voice,” and Thayer’s, which has been used by professional singers since 1847. The difference is in the ingredients: VocalZone uses menthol, which you can find in your run-of-the-mill drugstore lozenges, whereas Thayer’s uses slippery elm, a natural ingredient known to soothe throats. Though menthol sometimes delivers instant relief for an irritated throat, the smell can be overpowering to some — and it can even be drying! Thayer’s lozenges are more soothing and can be used more regularly without any unpleasant smell or aftertaste. Try VocalZone for when there is actual irritation, and Thayer’s for basic maintenance of overall throat health.

Throat Sprays: Clyor Voice37 & Vocal EZE

One of the top picks for throat remedies for singers is Clyor’s Voice37 vocal booster. Try this over other basic drugstore throat sprays, because it uses natural ingredients (herbs) to be effective. Some drugstore sprays have alcohol in them, which can dry your throat out. This particular product also uses slippery elm, as well as horseradish, two things known to soothe and clarify! Another popular natural spray many singers swear by is Vocal EZE — and fortunately the taste is not too strong or unpleasant.

Teas: Throat Coat Tea & Yogi Tea’s Throat Comfort

Although there is no particular “singer’s tea,” if you sing professionally then you’ve likely heard of Throat Coat Tea. Even Taylor Swift is a fan and asks to have some backstage at every concert! Why is this particular tea one of the best throat remedies for singers, and not… say, chamomile? It’s that slippery elm again! Though any tea feels great to drink, Throat Coat has a thick consistency that is ideal for those days when your throat is irritated for any reason. One warning, though: the taste of this is STRONG! Singers either love it or hate it. Try using honey in it either way (honey also has a wonderful soothing effect on the throat). Other singers and teachers also love Yogi Tea’s Throat Comfort.

Please remember that it’s best not to rely on these products, but to use them on an as-needed basis (with the exception of tea, which is fine to drink daily).

If you’re struggling with continuous vocal discomfort, please discuss this matter with a voice teacher and a health professional.

Photo Credit: Sprouts Remedies

Comments

Heather L.

February 11, 2015 at 1:45pm

Great article, Molly! Thanks for the tips!

Elena

January 26, 2018 at 9:34pm

Is it good to stay in a cold place if are to sing the next morning, and will drinking egg also help?….

Comments are closed

Need help learning Singing?

Try one of our most popular online Singing classes for free

Beginning Vocal Training for All Ages
Ready to start singing? In this class, you will learn the basics of learning how to sing properly so you do not damage your voice and can see steady improvement over time. Your expert instructor will guide you through simple exercises to start warming up your voice and will help you identify your vocal range so you know what areas to work on. This class is perfect for beginners who want to start taking the first steps toward becoming a skilled vocalist!
Choosing the Best Songs to Sing for Your Voice
Singers should be prepared to perform in a variety of settings. This online singing class will help you determine the types of songs that are appropriate for different occasions. Your instructor will also cover a few songs that every singer should know. Join in to find out the best songs to sing for your voice, and take your vocal training to the next level.
Learning to Sing - How to Find Your Voice
The voice is an instrument too! Learn how to use yours in these beginner singing classes. Your instructor will teach you how your voice works as you start exploring your unique sound. You’ll be impressed with how much you progress and improve each week as you learn new concepts and gain experience in singing.
Songwriting: Elements of a Great Song
When chords, melodies, and lyrics blend together in harmony, a new song is born. This interactive class will explore the many components of a great song. A live teacher will guide the class in real time to discuss and showcase different elements of songwriting, including rhyme, rhythm, melody, chords, and lyrics. The class is designed to inspire creativity, and the live group dynamic will encourage sharing and feedback. Students can expect to analyze popular songs and engage in practical exercises to create new songs. During class, students will start with fundamental melodies and evolve to chorus treatments and original lyric writing. Every musician has a new song inside, and this class will bring that music to life.
Breathing Exercises for Singing & Vocal Health
Two things in singing are non-negotiable: breath support and jaw placement. This online singing class will teach you both! You’ll learn breathing exercises for singing as well as proper jaw placement. Your instructor will even discuss diet for singers and the impact it can have on vocal health. A little homework will give you even more vocal training so you can build on a solid foundation of singing skills.
Proper Breathing Techniques for Singers
You can’t be a great singer without proper breathing technique! In these online singing classes, you’ll learn to master your breath so you can sing like a pro. Join in to practice with other students at your level, and then apply what you’ve learned in some vocalizations.
How to Sing Harmony & Other Singing Tips
Singing can be done alone, but it’s more fun with others! This group singing class will show you how to sing harmony confidently with other vocalists. The vocal training you’ll receive will help you understand how harmonies work as well. Choir singers, band members, and duet singers can all benefit from these vital singing tips!
Techniques for the Jazz Vocalist
Are you an aspiring Jazz singer? This in-depth class will put you on the right path, with a musical exploration of Jazz history, culture, and vocal techniques. A live teacher will guide the class in real-time to explain the history of Jazz music, the array of Jazz singing techniques and styles, and the cool culture that brings it all together on stage. Students can look forward to learning about Swing, Bossa Nova, and traditional Jazz ballads, with song selections from each genre recommended for practice. Enjoy peer performances and live teacher feedback, while you embrace Jazz rhythm and expand your vocal repertoire.