Good for Your Voice.
For thousands of years, steam has been used as a remedy or therapy. Saunas and steam rooms are usual facilities in health spas, gymnasiums, and fitness centers.
You can use steam therapeutically with a tired, overworked, hoarse, or mucous ladened voice. Shortly we will share Jeannie Deva’s instructions for using a steam treatment to revive your voice.
Heat and steam have an added benefit that is timely to the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Bad for Coronavirus.
According to the World Health Organization and other scientific sources, Coronavirus has poor tolerance to heat. The virus dies at 133 degrees F or 56 C. It makes sense that it tends to enter the body through the nose which has a lower temperature due to being cooled by breathing outside air.
It follows that breathing in steam or going into a sauna where usual temperatures exceed 160 F or 71 C would help sanitize your body of viruses. We are not giving medical advice, but just think it is cool that a remedy for a tired or hoarse voice can double as a preventative to getting a virus.
Vocal Steam Treatment
By Jeannie Deva
Steaming your voice is a soothing treatment you can use to help release the mucous build-up on the membranes of your vocal folds, larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe) 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. Gently inhale the steam for about 4 to 5 minutes. Do not speak nor whisper for about 10 to 15 minutes afterward while you let your voice go through the changes created by the inhaling of the steam.
Simple but Effective
When your voice feels worn out after a long performance or rehearsal, do a cool-down as recommended by Jeannie Deva and then a steam treatment. Or the next time your nose or throat feels like you may have picked up a virus, try a steam treatment to see if it helps you feel better.