What warm or hot drinks can help vocal chords besides tea?

I've heard and read that hot tea works well for vocal chords, but I don't like tea. I'm not a big tea person.

I've also read that warm water works well for vocals, but I want to drink something that will help.

I know that I can't sing, but I still love singing anyways and at one point my throat started to get sore when I was singing.

So, besides Tea and Warm Water, are there any other Warm or Hot drinks out there that might help???


Thanks for all the answers.

Also @birdgirl, I've improved quite a bit. I started singing a little bit when I was 11 and every now and then when I was about 13-15. I have figured out a few things 'cause I've looked at tips online to see what could help and I've been able to manage it. It's weird 'cause my voice isn't as horrible as that guy that sang Candy Girl on The X Factor USA, but it's not as incredible as Demi Lovato's voice.

--Pretty much, it's not terrible, but it's not amazing either. And also, if I practice enough, I'm capable of teaching myself how to sing and I've also got a best friend who can help me out cuz she can sing.

But I've gotten a lot more into singing my 1st semester of college/when I basically turned 18. I'm 19 now and I still love to write as well as sing. But I've been writing lyrics since I was 11 and I'm still writing lyrics...

15 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    Nothing really. If you WANT to drink tea or warm water (or hot chicken soup), they can be soothing (especially if you have a cold)--but nothing actually touches your vocal cords. Just plain water is fine so you can keep hydrated. Some singers will avoid dairy or caffeinated drinks because it might cause problems (phlegm for the dairy, caffeine can be drying)--but other singers are not affected by these things at all.

    What you should be worrying about instead of what can make your sore throat feel better, is why your throat hurts in the first place. Singing isn't supposed to hurt. It's your body's way of telling you that you are doing something very wrong. You are straining your voice in some way, and this constant strain can lead to some seriously damaged vocal cords.

    Drinks--warm or otherwise--are not going to help you. You want to sing properly? Take voice lessons from the best and most patient teacher you can find. Fees and scheduling vary a lot, so do some research before you decide you can't afford it. If you can't sing (and many people who never took a lesson in their lives CAN) , then there is no way you can train yourself even if you sent away for the best possible course there is. You have no CLUE on how to do things that many find instinctual. A voice teacher will be there to show you EXACTLY what you should--and shouldn't--do. Depending on how what your singing is really like now, it won't be an overnight fix, but most people should be able to learn to sing in tune with a fairly pleasant tone. You can only train the voice you have from nature. Voice lessons aren't magic. Neither are hot drinks.

    Source(s): personal experience and knowledge as a classically trained singer
  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Weak chamomile tea with a tablespoon of Manuka honey (it's a soothing, natural antibacterial). Skip the lemon, it's an astringent so will dry you out. Note though that this is not a magic drink, it's good for hydration, lubrication and vocal health but there is not a drink in the world that will make you a better singer!

    Also, I know Birdgirl isn't saying what you want to hear but she is 100% correct. You cannot teach yourself to sing. You may think that you're improving with practice but the fact that your throat gets sore when you sing is a dead giveaway that your technique is poor. Singing is like sport - a tennis player who constantly practices with bad technique is not making themselves a better tennis player, they're just reinforcing their bad technique which will ultimately result in injury.

    While YouTube videos may seem helpful you have no way of knowing a) that the person is teaching you safe technique and b) that you're actually doing it correctly. Don't mistake good singers for good voice teachers. Just because your friend is a good singer doesn't mean she has the skills to teach you good technique. I know plenty of incredible singers who have terrible technique and I can tell you now, they won't have voices to sing with 20 years from now. The ONLY way to learn safe singing technique is with a trained voice coach.

    Source(s): I'm a singer, vocal arranger/producer and have 15 years training in laryngeal biomechanics.
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