Herbs for Immunity and Vocal Health
No matter how much we practice, take lessons or rehearse, if our immune system is weak, sooner or later our voice will be weak and our body will break down. We will not have enough strength and energy to produce the sounds we know we are capable of. Proper diet, plenty of sleep and exercise are crucial for a healthy immune system. However, when we get on a roll and are not able to properly satisfy these areas of our life, herbs can help tremendously to bolster and strengthen our immune system as well as keep our voice in great shape.
Echinacea and Goldenseal for Vocal Health
Echinacea is considered one of nature's most useful herbs. Echinacea has such powerful antibiotic effects that it is often prescribed as an ongoing remediation to boost and support the immune system by helping rid the body of toxins. It can also work wonders for a sore throat or any mouth, gum or throat issue when applied directly to the affected area or when used as a gargle. If you feel symptoms of sickness coming on, begin taking a full dropper of liquid extract in juice or water or two capsules three times a day for one week.
Goldenseal has been called a “miracle herb” because of its total healing effect. Powder or extract is generally considered to be more effective than tea. For upper respiratory infections and boosting the immune system, it should be used when infection has already set in and the mucus is yellow or greenish. Goldenseal is very effective when used for tonsillitis and other difficult throat troubles. It may be used as a gargle (five drops of extract in two ounces of warm water). It may also be taken internally for digestion difficulties or infection in the sinus passages and respiratory tract.
Note: Most herbalists do not recommend taking Goldenseal for more than a week at a time because it can reduce the absorption of the B vitamins. If you do take Goldenseal, it is recommended to allow at least two weeks in between dosages. Do not use if pregnant, as it may stimulate the uterus. If you experience diarrhea and nausea, stop taking immediately. If you have any heart disease or hypertension, do not take Goldenseal as it can stimulate the heart muscle so increasing blood pressure.
Garlic is one of the most powerful herbs known for fighting infection and bolstering the immune system, especially when it comes to infections of the throat. Garlic is a natural antibiotic; however, it does not destroy the body's natural flora in the intestine and colon. In fact, it is praised for its digestion benefits. It is a serious immune booster. When used as a detoxifier, garlic rejuvenates the entire system and purges the body of unwanted debris. If you feel some kind of sickness or sore throat coming on, chop up one or two cloves of garlic into small pieces. Chew the pieces slowly until they are like liquid. Make sure you chew though, allowing the juice to coat and sit in your throat and mouth for at least two minutes then swallow. Chewing is very important because the antibiotic healing element in garlic, allicin, is only activated when it is crushed. Once allicin enters the stomach, it begins to heal your entire body. Chewing garlic may stop the infection altogether or stop it from getting worse.
Super Immune Booster Herbs
Keep all the above herbs with you wherever you are on the road, rehearsing or in between presentations and use them continuously. Your voice and immune system will thank you for it every time you sing or present.
As always I wish you the best on your quest for Superior Vocal Health.