Vocal health is so important – especially for us therapists, educators, and facilitators. Can you imagine walking in front of a group without a voice? Have you ever tried it? I have! It’s not easy. Ten years ago, I learned such a hard lesson about my voice that I even wrote letters to my throat. And ever since then I’ve made sure to take easy, focused actions to improve my vocal health.
Let’s love on our voices together. If you’ve ever had vocal fatigue, laryngitis, or raspiness, this is for you — (I have a gift I want to send you in the mail if you want it! Scroll down for the details.)
As A Singer, You Are An Athlete
How we treat our body directly affects our voice, just like an athlete. Physical exercise, good nutrition, sleep, hydration, and mental focus all contribute to the health of the voice. Hormonal changes and some medications can also affect the voice.
It’s important that we are aware of these things so that we can be proactive about our vocal health!
The Biggest Culprit
The biggest culprit on my list is overuse. The voice can only handle so much singing. From my experiences, I learned that whispering, screaming, using the ‘growling’ effect in a song, and clearing your throat may negatively impact your voice.
If you feel the onset of vocal fatigue (raspiness, achy neck muscles, increased effort to produce a sound), then rest rest rest, drink tons of water, and use essential oils to restore your voice.
Try This Natural Protocol With Me!
In the same way that modern day science validates the healing powers of music, research backs the use of essential oils like Raven, Thieves, and Frankincense, too. Scroll down for some nerdy stuff.
And as soon as you fill this quick form out, I’ll send you a 3-step natural vocal health protocol that you can try with me for free! I haven’t had laryngitis in so long, and I know that I owe it to avoiding overuse, reducing stress, and taking proactive measures with essential oils to assist me in my journey.
Vocal health isn’t the only thing essential oils have helped me with. If you’re curious, you can read more about my story here.
All About Raven
Raven is a blend of ravintsara, peppermint, eucalytptus radiata, lemon, and wintergreen essential oils. The SYNERGY of this blend make it effective – the order and amount and quality of essential oils are so important for the blend to be impactful.
Ravintsara: Lots of different names and spellings exist for Ravintsara, depending on where its grown but we call it Ravintsara, which is the commercial name of the species from Madagascar – usually higher in 1,8 cineole (40 – 50%). The rest of the constituents are Camphor, Alpha-terpineol and Linalool.
The reason I mention those whacky components is not to impress you, it is because they are what gives Raven it’s anti-inflammatory antibacterial, antiviral, and mucus busting skills that make it an excellent remedy for respiratory tract infections and allergies.
One study used a nasal spray on patients with CHRONIC YEAR-ROUND HAY FEVER. These are the poor suckers who are ALWAYS hating life. Researchers found that as the study went on, the oils reduced the number of total number cells that are at the root of allergic reactions. (called eosinophils & mast cells). So not only did it stop symptoms in the short term, but it also attacked the root of them for long term solution. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3523552/
As always, start slowly. Camphor is less than half of one of the 5 oils in Raven. For a cough, stuffy nose or allergies, load up the diffuser. Or add a few drops to the chest diluted with your favorite carrier. Just to be safe – Don’t use it on broken or injured skin. Make sure you’re diluting it well especially on kids.
On a short list of oils I wouldn’t eat. There are some warnings from American Academy of Pediatrics about using higher dose camphor products on kids but it’s in common products like Vicks Vapo Rub. 😬
Here are some more uses of Raven
COUGH – Camphor in ravintsara is FDA-approved as a topical antitussive (chest rub) at 11% concentration.
Pruritus (Itching). Camphor is FDA-approved for topical use at of 3% to 11%… That’s our DOSE!
It is used in many topical products to treat pain related to COLD SORES (see antiviral study below), minor burns, and hemorrhoids.
PAIN – Camphor is FDA-approved for topical use as an analgesic and anesthetic in concentrations of 3% to 11%. Topically, – combined with other counterirritants (like the wintergreen and peppermint in Raven), seem to stimulate nerve endings in the skin. masks/confuses the brain signals about deeper visceral pain with milder pain at the surface of the skin. For Osteoarthritis, it is part of creams that cut severity of symptoms of osteoarthritis by about half. – due to the counterirritant effect
INSECT STINGS and bites – a product with oils similar to Raven reduce the size of mosquito bites after 1-3 hours.
TOE NAIL FUNGUS (onychomycosis) combo with lemon, eucalyptus oil and peppermint applied topically to toenails daily until the infected nail grows out. Clears fungal nail infections in some patients
Other Studies about Ravintsara:
Perennial Allergic Rhinitis… aka HAYFEVER all year long – sneezing, runny nose, and red, watery, itchy eyes etc. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808543/
Antiviral properties https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21214437
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