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Vocal Care for SingersSteaming your voice is a soothing treatment you can use to help clear the mucous build-up on the membranes of your vocal folds, larynx (voice box), trachea (wind pipe) and bronchial tubes in your lungs. You can buy a personal steam inhaler or use this home remedy:

Boil some water, pour it into a soup bowl. Cover your head with a large towel and make a tent over the bowl being careful not to burn yourself. Avoid burning mucous membrane by inhaling steam gently, slowly and not deeply for about 5 minutes.

Do not speak nor whisper for about 10 to 15 minutes afterwards while your voice goes through the changes caused by the inhaling of the steam. If it's cold outside, definitely wait at least 30 minutes prior to exiting the house.

I suggest that you only do this for several days in a row if needed, then begin spacing it out to every other day or so until no longer required. Additionally, only use plain water; do not add anything to the water.

This is a wonderful remedy for those times when you find your voice tired after a gig, a night out shouting over club noise, or recovering from laryngitis resulting from an illness.


  1. Sandy on July 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM said:
    Another thing that has worked for me to alleviate laryngitis is jack-in-the-pulpit extract, which my own teacher as well as an ENT have told me helps reduce laryngeal edema. Singer’s Saving Grace spray has it--but it is important to use only its alcohol-free varieties (Professional Strength or Citrus Honey), as alcohol can be an irritant. I’ve also been told that ultrasound and 30 minutes of swishing coconut oil in one’s mouth help too, but I haven’t tried the latter and didn’t notice improvement from the former.
  2. She sings on October 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM said:
    I am constantly hoarse. What are some remedies to relieve hoarseness?
  3. Jeannie Deva on October 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM said:
    Steaming will help, as will my vocal warm-up exercises, as long as you do them in the way I direct. Does it seem you're hoarse from singing? Do you talk a lot during the day? Give me more info.
  4. Nicolette Shallow on April 23, 2017 at 3:00 AM said:
    How long must you steam your voice before you sing?Can you do it the same day at leat an hour before?
  5. Studio Staff on April 23, 2017 at 9:54 AM said:
    Dear Nicolette, Thanks for your question. You can do the treatment the same day as singing. One to two hours before would be fine, but not less than 30 minutes.
  6. Austin on April 29, 2017 at 8:31 PM said:
    I was wondering if you were willing to answer a question: Could I drink the water after inhaling the steam? Why or why not? Thank you!
  7. Studio Staff on April 30, 2017 at 10:08 AM said:
    Austin, Not sure why you would want to do that. We would not recommend drinking the water. The steam treatment loosens mucous and impurities from your tissues. Some of that probably goes into the water. You would not want to put them back into your body by drinking the water. Make sense?
  8. Austin on April 30, 2017 at 1:01 PM said:
    @Studio Staff Thanks! To answer why, well, warm liquids are good for the throat, right? Like lemon/ginger/honey tea? So I figured it'd be killing two birds with one stone/a double-whammy sort of thing. Is that just totally off-base?
  9. Studio Staff on May 1, 2017 at 12:22 AM said:
    Austin, Warm liquids are okay for the throat but not right before or during singing. Jeannie Deva recommended room temperature water for singers just before and during singing. Hot or cold beverages during singing are not good. It would be like a marathon runner putting ice packs or heating pads on his muscles just before a run. Not a good idea to subject the muscles in your larynx (voice box) to extreme temperatures during singing.
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