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How to reduce muscle tension and release your voice 🗣✨(a FREE webinar!)

vocal health tips Jan 08, 2019

I've got some fun news: I'm going to be offering a FREE webinar this month! (Woot!!)

If you're not familiar with my story, I became a voice coach because I had issues with my own voice. To summarize it all briefly, I was over-singing and abusing my vocal cords during my final semester of college. I lost my voice for a period of time due to a vocal hemorrhage, acid reflux, and muscle tension dysphonia.

The muscle tension part was the real humdinger. Because even when my cords healed, I was...

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Essential Oils For Your Voice

vocal health tips Nov 15, 2018

Do you use essential oils? Do you know what they are?? (Hint hint: they’re plant extracts ).

I’ve been using them for about three years now. A friend reached out to me when I posted about the big psoriasis flare I was having (it was this post) and said “Hey lady, do you want to talk about essential oils? I think they could really help you!”And my first reaction was like:

“Um, I’m majorly sick right now. Why are you suggesting aromatherapy?!?”

Boy have...

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My Recs For Lozenges

vocal health tips Nov 07, 2018

Friendly service announcement from your local vocal health educator during this cold season in the northern hemisphere: Be careful with those menthol and eucalyptus lozenges! And especially the ones with benzocaine!

Even though it may feel better to be numbing your throat in the short term, in the long term you could do damage. In today’s vocal health video, I’ll share the cough drops I choose over the ones with numbing medication, and I’ll encourage you to follow...

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Use a Humidifier!

vocal health tips Oct 24, 2018

Should you use a humidifier for your voice?

I've got a really simple answer: YES!

The very best way to lubricate your vocal cords is through vapor. So in today’s vocal health video, learn why having a humidifier on, especially while you’re sleeping, is extremely beneficial for keeping your voice in tip top shape. 

Watch the Use A Humidifier video here: 

It’s that time of year! Go get thee a humidifier


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Room Temp Water Is Better Than Ice Water

vocal health tips Oct 18, 2018

I don’t always have a completely resolute opinion about the best remedy for your voice, because what works for one person may not work as well for another. But when it comes to the question of what temperature your water should be, I do have a strong opinion: Don’t drink ice water!

If you didn’t know why, check out today’s vocal health video where I share why ice water is truly not ideal for your voice (or really any of the internal tissues of your...

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What To Put In Your Hot Water

vocal health tips Oct 11, 2018

Cold season is officially upon us here in the Northern hemisphere, and I want you to stay healthy! One of the best ways to do that is to drink lots of warm liquids, but people say so many different things about what kind of hot beverage to drink to soothe your voice… Use honey! Use lemon! Use ashwaganda! (That last one is an awesome ayurvedic remedy, fyi ). But look, the best thing for your voice is not actually that complicated: it’s plain ole’ hot water.


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Gargle Instead of Clearing Your Throat

vocal health tips Oct 04, 2018

Are you guilty of clearing your throat? Even if it’s not a frequent habit and you only do it when you’re sick, it’s just not the best. Why? Well clearing your throat is actually pretty darn violent for your vocal cords – you’re essentially smashing them together trying to get the gunk off – when the truth is that the gunk is going to just settle back down anyway.

What’s a better thing to do? Gargle with warm salt water! It not only...

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How to Steam Your Vocal Cords

vocal health tips Nov 25, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving all! Coming at you with a special edition video straight from my parent’s kitchen in Northern California. It’s that time of year where a lot of us get sick, get laryngitis, feel vocally dry because our heaters are on, etc etc. My top vocal health recommendation always is to steam to lubricate your vocal cords, and it’s extra important at this time of year! So in order to encourage you to steam, I’ve filmed this instructional video. I hope you enjoy,...

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Use a neti pot for World Voice Day!

vocal health tips Apr 16, 2017

Happy World Voice Day!

I wanted to do something special in honor of this relatively new annual celebration, so today I’m sharing a very special video. It’s allergy season, and I’ve frequently been recommending neti pots. But when I tell people to use them, I often get incredulous cross-eyes and hear “that’s the thing where I pour water through my nose right?!? I don’t think I could do that!”

I’ll admit neti pots are...

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Interview with Line Hilton: Getting the medical care you need as a performer

vocal health tips Mar 23, 2017

It’s vocal health time! I recently interviewed my incredibly knowledgeable colleague Line Hilton. Line is a voice coach, performing arts medicine specialist, and founder of the online magazine iSing. In this special bonus video for my online course How Your Voice Works, Line and I talk about what performers need from their medical care, and how doctors and other clinicians can support artists.

Check out our interview here:

And if you have any questions, comment to let us know!


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