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Singing tips -How to deal with dryness of the throat

October 21, 2019

So many of you have been asking me lately
whether on youtube, twitter, or sending me an email, “what do I do when my throat is
dry?” So, that’s what I’m going to talk to you about
today. Hi there, everyone! This is Kerri Ho from
the, and today’s subject is how do you combat dryness in your throat. So, here goes, four tips for you today. #1. Drink lots and lots and lots of water.
Now, I know that sounds completely obvious, and maybe you’re thinking, “why is she wasting
my time saying this?”, but, there’s 2 things you need to know about this tip. #1. Don’t wait until you are thirsty before
you drink. Because you see, it’s kind of too late if you wait till that point. Your body
actually takes time to absorb the water in order to hydrate your body. So this is what
I suggest instead. Drink water continuously throughout the day. That will ensure that
your vocal cords have the adequate moisture and hydration it needs especially for singing. #2. Temperature of the water. A lot of singers
love to drink icy cold water. Sorry to buzzle effect you, but that is not good for your
vocal cords. See, just as anything icy cold will freeze up anything, it will do the same
to your vocal cords. So, the best thing to do is to drink room temperature water or if
you don’t mind it, warm water. I’m gonna introduce you to my trustee thermos.
So when I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is I put on the kettle, and then
I fill this up to the brim. And throughout the day, I will be mixing this hot water with
room temperature water. And for me, I find that that gives the best moisture and hydration
to my vocal cords. Why don’t you try that and let me know what you think. You see, when the temperature of the water
is cold, and when we drink that, our body needs to convert that into hot water in order
to absorb it into our body. And so that takes just that little bit more energy and that
little bit more time to hydrate. So even though you down that couple of iced tea cold water
and you feel better, that’s actually just a temporary feeling. But in terms of actually
getting the hydration, it isn’t gonna happen until a little bit later just because it is
a bit cold, and needs to be converted into hot water in order to be observed. #2. Honey and lemon water. Now, for me, I’ve always recommended manuka
honey. Manuka honey is a type of medicated honey. It has antibacterial properties and
healing agents which is obviously really good for health, and particularly for singers,
to kill any throaty infections that we might get. But I am aware of the fact that manuka
honey is not available all around the world coz many of you emailed me and asked me “what
is manuka honey? how come I can’t find it?” And you know what, that’s totally cool. If
that’s your situation, go to your nearest health shop and just ask them, “what is the
best type of honey that they have, that has antibacterial agents and healing properties.
That is just very good for general well-being and health. Just put one teaspoon of that
mix with warm water, couple of drops of lemon and mix it all together and wa-la, you have
an amazing, healthy, warm drink to keep your vocal chords hydrated. Although I love manuka honey, I decided I
would try something different recently and I found this really, really good. The honey
I used is this, it’s called lady peter’s nectar. And the brand is Meilliere. I don’t even know
if I said it correctly. It’s actually made in Australia, it’s actually unheated and unprocessed
honey, so I’ve been having this, along with a few drops of lemon and it’s just delicious
and really, really helpful in just me maintaining my wellbeing as a singer. Tip #3: Steam. So, go to your bathroom, fill up your sink
with boiling water, and then grab a towel, and put over your head and stand over that
sink and inhale the steam. This is the most amazing ways especially if you are really
suffering from chronic dryness and you’re actually feeling husky and hoarse. The steam
really helps to moisturize your vocal cords and hydrate them again. I recommend you do
this twice a day, after you’ve waken up and before you go to sleep, because they seem
to be the times of the day that people are feeling dry. Just to add a little bit more
effectiveness, you might want to add a couple of drops of eucalyptus into the water, just
because that might help to clear up any sinuses and stuff like that. I personally use a product
called Vicks Vaporub. It looks like this… And basically, it’s just a minty gel. And
I just put a bit of it in there, and it just immediately clears the sinuses away. Very
very good stuff. So you might have a product that is very similar, go for it! But, yup,
steam is a very great thing to do to combat dryness. #4 and final tip for the day to combat vocal
dryness is, use natural throat sprays. now, it’s integral that use natural throat
sprays, and not ones that contain antiseptic and what that means is, that you
might be, let’s say you’re going to a gig and you’re not feeling a 100% with your throat,
it’s a bit dry, maybe a cold is coming on or something like that, so you use throat
sprays that has antiseptic and alcohol in it. It’s going to numb your vocal cords, and
you might actually be straining but you don’t even know it because you can’t feel it. Now
that’s actually quite dangerous because you don’t wanna be inflicting upon yourself any
vocal damage especially vocal damage you don’t know you are inflicting upon yourself because
at least if i didn’t have antiseptic in it, you can feel it and you can stop yourself.
It just provides that temporary relief that you need in order to get through a gig, let’s
say, you have a gig coming up tonight but you are not just feeling the best, your throat
to be trying stuff, this is very very effective. One that I would recommend is called, entertainer’s
secret. It looks like this and it says, for dry throat and hoarse voice. So all you do is literally take the cup off,
give it a bit of a shake, and then open your mouth and spray it! And that’s it! Done! And
this one just contains aloe vera, pretty much just aloe vera and water and a couple other
things but it’s all natural. And that’s really quite important. So there you have it songbirds, four tips
on how to combat throat dryness in your throat. #1. Drink lots of water, continuously throughout
the day, and room temperature water. #2. Medicated honey lemon water.
#3. Steam. #4. Natural throat sprays. I really hope that you have found this video
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I would love to know if you have any suggestions for combatting dryness in your throat. Please
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  • Reply Sagacious Being August 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    OMG I tried the steam advice and you know what happened, my throat had been dry for close to 2 weeks but it all cleared out in a matter of minutes. Thanks a lot. I wish I was near you I would have arranged personal singing lessons with you but thanks anyway.

  • Reply eyyyS September 13, 2015 at 5:12 am

    I'm always suffering from dry troat and it's so hard to sing

  • Reply Jeremy OTTO October 31, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    actually, not true, drinking when you are thirsty does not mean your body needs water. See, the body is clever and it will tell you before it actually needs it that it needs it.

  • Reply Key Chemist December 10, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I"ve  been imitating someone voice for the last 4years and my voice got stuck this why how can I get my voice back?

  • Reply Token Kitty GT December 16, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks For The Advice!! I Am Gonna Drink Some Water Now!! ?

  • Reply Ciara ! January 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Trust me buy strepsils in flavour lemon and honey

  • Reply JoseephDunn March 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    This Helped me a lot! I Hope One day I can be on American idol when I'm older so I sing non stop everyday making my voice better and better each day! You Just Earned your self a subscriber

  • Reply SswarNibedita April 10, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    thanks dear

  • Reply Ricky Hall April 20, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I'm in love!! Great tips too! Thank you!!

  • Reply Harry white May 3, 2016 at 6:33 am

    thanks that helped me a lot espesaly because I sing a lot

  • Reply waqar ahmad May 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    1_ message throat with oil and cover it with light cloth , do it at night
    2-one glass warm milk , mix one spoon honey ,drink before sleep
    3- sleep early ,
    4- take deep breath
    5-don't talk much, always speak in low voice

  • Reply Rudra pratap singh May 10, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    thanks u alot …..

  • Reply Ann Millions June 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Awesome. am gonna try it.

  • Reply nicole christian June 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    great tips love your accent

  • Reply woe wild rose June 30, 2016 at 12:35 am

    My throat is always dry

  • Reply Samanmali Jayatillaka July 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    great tips

  • Reply Dhiraj Civil August 3, 2016 at 9:29 am

    great tips dear thanks for the bottom of my heart

  • Reply Isabella Haran August 7, 2016 at 1:38 am

    i was wondering why my throat still hurted.but im sick :(.thx for the tips

  • Reply mickey ! August 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Omg I'm So Happy With My Results, I sound like my dream, oh and I used to drink honey and lemon with warm water and I didn't know it makes my vocal cords better thanks!

  • Reply me August 14, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    can we use a face sauna for steam?

  • Reply gho tham August 21, 2016 at 7:47 am

    thank you very much teacher

  • Reply Vegan Bee August 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    is there a vegan way to take care of your voice?

  • Reply Sarah Michaelis August 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Manuka honey is sadly very expensive in my country.

  • Reply Abraham Samuel September 14, 2016 at 7:49 am

    guys i have a personal suggestion. Many of us have dry throats also because of nervousness or stage fear. a cool relaxed mind and proper breathing will help us avoid dry throat. 🙂 sing for audience and enjoy

  • Reply Maurice September 17, 2016 at 10:20 am

    During my sleep I breath through my mouth causing my vocal chords to dry up. I drink around 2/3 liters of water/thee a day.
    Nothing seems to work :'( does someone have some tips that might work?

  • Reply ElBatuko September 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I got the flu and was coughing a lot two weeks ago. But now I'm not sick, and my throat is really dried up. I can't sing because of it. But, now I'll definitely try this. Thank you.

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  • Reply Wade Wilson October 16, 2016 at 3:17 am

    thanx 4 the tips

  • Reply Wade Wilson October 16, 2016 at 3:18 am

    i need subs so plz sub to me

  • Reply Neha Jain October 21, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Can you Pls suggest if there's any substitute for #Honey ?

  • Reply whah November 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Drink water.

  • Reply victoria p. December 7, 2016 at 2:46 am

    whenever i get nervous, my throat gets really dry so i have a really hard time doing well live and during auditions. this really helped and i have a performance on thursday so hopefully my throat doesnt get all dry!

  • Reply Alexander Gregor January 6, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Kerri, let´s make it clear, you don´t trully have any scientific nor medical understanding of dryness in larynx. And what you propose in video is entirelly wrong. I am not trying to offend you. But not only you but even most ENTs have no understanding what stands behind chronic dryness. i know what things stand behind dryness. No matter how much water I drink my throat is dry. So it´s not the lack of hydration what makes larynx chronically dry. The biggest unrecognised reason for laryngeal dryness is malfunctioning superior laryngeal nerve, especially sensory nerve endings in larynx. In some studies you may read that nerve endings in larynx control and regulate laryngeal submucosal glands. So nerve endings are primary in epithelial fluid regulation besides CFTR . Now many people report throat dryness having diabetes, sjogrens, side effects from pills and laryngeal sensory neuropathy and all have in common local or peripheral neuropathy. Even if you read why so many pills have drying side effect the reason behind it is neurological, interaction with nerve system. I even know more possible causes resulting in dryness, but this is the biggest one, and most unrecognised. You don´t have medical understanding of larynx, pharynx and nose in the extent that I have, so you need to take these new information into consideration, and go to real studies, not internet articles about how hydration is important and so on, because it is not the culprit. you cannot win over chronic dryness by drinking more and more water. It doesn´t help, and I know it from my personal experience.

  • Reply Kobina Edah January 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Does having lemon in the water make a difference ?

  • Reply GONE! bye January 20, 2017 at 12:36 am

    I will definitely try this thank you . and I love your hair

  • Reply Shalyah Fearing January 23, 2017 at 2:26 am

    What is the suggested throat spray called?

  • Reply soretineye cii January 23, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    omg so cool voice ???

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  • Reply Tony Serrano February 11, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Hi my name is Tony im a singer and a Christian and i sing for my God but i ended up smoking cigarettes and will this help me with my throat

  • Reply John Kokujin March 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks. Had a gig last night. I knew some of those tips and actually did sth similiar before! I had always been drinking ginger tea + honey + lemonjuice before a gig and also while we were performing. Ginger tea is healthy as hell, however, i discovered that especially for switching between Growls, Screams and Cleans it will change the normal feeling you get in your throat of those techniques due to the spiciness. Therefore it's way harder to control those switching mechanisms (falsecord/truecords).

    Switching to relatively hot water + honey + lemonjuice made things so much easier for me! Had way more control over my voice and my throat was mostly moist. Hence i could sing almost perfectly on pitch although i always needed to switch between screams and growls.

    Thanks a lot again!

  • Reply Mauwa Malenso April 13, 2017 at 5:27 am

    oh I'm loving it

  • Reply Ashfah Ashraf April 25, 2017 at 3:55 am

    could you tell me does green tea damage your throat,i had green tea 3 times a day with lemon and ginger,now my voice is dry,cracking and very loud,cant even talk properly,,plz help..thank u..

  • Reply KIDRED April 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

    you are so pretty

  • Reply Forest Clements Gallagher May 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you! I always wondered why manuka honey was more expensive… 😀

  • Reply Leafy Ishere May 13, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Just rn I sneezed and I have a dry throat so it's even worse 🙁

  • Reply Dodong vecina May 20, 2017 at 2:29 am

    i like it…

  • Reply bien121hp angelo May 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Is ginger ok for dryness of throat??? ……. just boil the ginger.

  • Reply Everybody Hugs June 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    vicks is not good for health

  • Reply Shikha Srivastava June 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

    why does my mouth dries up while singing specially whilst singing inside recording studio? please help I'm really struggling!

  • Reply Reaper Zoroark June 20, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Can it help with singing

  • Reply Mirna Garcia July 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    wow this actually very helpful thank you!! 🙂

  • Reply Mirna Garcia July 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    How hot should the drink be?

  • Reply Anime Edit's July 11, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Will honey and lemon help your voice to sing better?

  • Reply Frank Dy July 13, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    you sound like you're from Hawaii

  • Reply Samsung Samsung July 19, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    mam when I sing a song my throat feels like a harsh So what should I do

  • Reply Mely Socute August 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

    You are so cute ?date me ?

  • Reply Emily Marett September 27, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I use an oil diffuser for steam my favorites are Lavender and peppermint

  • Reply Kate McDougall October 18, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Thank you! I’ve noticed my throat is starting to get drier with the seasons changing.

  • Reply Peter Lundgren November 17, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Moister is the shit, nothing else!

  • Reply TeoB Duremdes December 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Hello nice vid you have here. I just want to know the generic name or the exact brand of the natural throat spray. Thanks for sharing and God bless!

  • Reply †MeowAndySixxBatman† December 19, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Am I the only singer who loves warm water? Like coffee?

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  • Reply Randomly Awes January 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Runs downstairs grabs water

  • Reply The Art of Happiness January 31, 2018 at 6:59 am

    That was a huge lemon btw, lol

  • Reply Nature cures TV February 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Can this lady sing???

  • Reply Papa 1P3RCY February 8, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    thank you

  • Reply Steve Jeffries March 3, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Thankyou for this xxx

  • Reply Loretta Simmons March 22, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Your tips are helpful to me , I really love singing even if I'm not a singer.?

  • Reply SSSweetShot March 28, 2018 at 8:01 am

    You look Asian but sound Australian..what are you..?

  • Reply Aldren Gilana April 10, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    How about ginger honey lemon tea?

  • Reply Akriti Verma May 5, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    5:02 Hit like all Indians who went like — "Vicks Vaporub!!!"

    I have grown up with Bad Throat and Sinuses. Every winter, I suffer from these problems. And my Dad made me have steam with Vicks Vaporub in it.

  • Reply Kulwant Chandel June 7, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Dear I got your message for the proper cure of a dehydrated throat especially for those who are into passion of Singing; as it is extremely important for such singers to have a soothing and hydrated vocal cord and a touch of clear voice for the listeners to appreciate. Anyway you are cute and you speak sweet, well and eloquently for anybody to understand…wish to very very best of luck in your endeavor, with love from our side….Take care !!!

  • Reply Ken Musto June 18, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Pharmaceuticals, caffeine and lack of sleep will dry up your voice and no amount of water will fix it. I experience this dryness myself. Drinking water can't hurt, but in most cases of chronic dryness it doesn't really help. That said stay hydrated friends! But don't expect a miracle.

  • Reply Natural Beauty July 31, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Hi lately my throat has been sore from singing… Especially after I sing and my voice sounds a little raspy and I have a harder time hitting high notes I used to be able to hit… Is the sore throat a result of an vocal injury? How can I get rid of it?

  • Reply Magic Megan August 25, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Throat soothing tea by Yogi tea which includes slippery elm. Helps to coat and soothe the throat. I bet you can make this tea concentrated and then put it in a little spray bottle to make a throat spray and add aloe vera. Great tips/ideas. Last night I went to a karaoke night and I obviously couldn't bring that tea with me, but now I know I can…if I put it in a spray bottle!!

  • Reply Verbs describe us September 9, 2018 at 2:51 am

    is the raw eggs myth true? 😀

  • Reply J C September 10, 2018 at 4:12 am

    You sound and look like an Asian Kelly Lebrock when she was Younger

  • Reply KG TECHS October 23, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Ma'am when i sing my throat pains a lot specially during high notes and also eaching how to tackle it??

  • Reply gaming with maiker 2 November 11, 2018 at 3:46 am

    My throat got dry from eating a lot of spicy chips

  • Reply Yeep November 13, 2018 at 2:14 am

    My brothers out there. Always hydrate your spouses and give them plenty of honey lemon tea. Thank me later

  • Reply HandCrafted StudioWorkstations November 15, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    She is lovely!

  • Reply J&A JA November 28, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    ty so much

  • Reply Proud MuslimFurry December 26, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Im gonna take all these tips to have a better voice! Thanks!

  • Reply Karolina Biedulewicz January 16, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    I just wanted to say that every natural honey doesn’t have bacteria… Honey is sterile

  • Reply Karolina Biedulewicz January 16, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    But amazing tips… thank you ☺️❤️

  • Reply timmy D= February 9, 2019 at 6:13 am

    My throat is alway dry its annoying. I have such a soft voice

  • Reply YourzTruely, Anastasia February 18, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Can you type me the name of your honey please ? ??

  • Reply Shreyanka Thejaswi February 22, 2019 at 10:14 am

    I just used the steam inhalation with vix vaporub and it just cleared my throat perfectly. It doesnt feel dry anymore and i just hit that note i was struggling with. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Adnap_Music March 22, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I hate peeing 25 times a day. ??‍♂️

  • Reply Eugene Chzhen March 31, 2019 at 11:33 am

    drink WAAATA

  • Reply Kathy Petersen April 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    What is that brand of honey

  • Reply jas- Brave May 5, 2019 at 11:28 am

    My throat always dry when I'm singing someone help me plizz

  • Reply Leojohn Molato June 10, 2019 at 1:12 am

    me just uses lemon makes a very eeekkkk face XD

  • Reply GEETA VOHRA June 11, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Mam can we drink honey and lemon water on an empty stomach ?

  • Reply cheyenne thompson August 7, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Me drinking freezing cold water with ice she says many singers like to drink icy cold water but that's not what you should drink you should drink warm or room temperature water me seriously

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  • Reply Smita Bernadet September 26, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Are u kidding me? If I keep drinking water the entire day, I'll have to keep running to the washroom in every half n hour. I don't want that during a show. It's difficult when you are travelling or performing or anywhere

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