27 July, 2017
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- Mayo Clinic: Sore Throat: Lifestyle and Home Remedies
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How to Lubricate the Throat
Professional singers know how important to keep the throat lubricated; dry vocal cords will not vibrate well, which leads to a poor quality of tone. Many snorers complain of a dry, sore throat. This is because when a person snores, the soft palate vibrates against the back of the throat or at the base of the tongue so frequently in a short time. Even if you are not a professional singer or habitual snorer, make sure you keep your throat well lubricated to keep it moist and comfortable.
Drink plenty of water. Mayo Clinic recommends 8-9 cups of water per day. Drinking water has many health benefits, including keeping the throat lubricated. Add a teaspoonful of honey to boiled water and leave it to cool until you are able to drink it. The honey will soothe a dry throat. Drink herbal tea -- such as peppermint tea, which has soothing properties -- to add flavor to your fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which dry the throat.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon clear corn syrup and 6 ounces warmed, distilled water. Gargle with the mixture as quietly as possible for at least two minutes. Do not rinse. Repeat regularly to soothe and lubricate a dry throat.
Spray a throat spray in the back of your throat. Follow the manufacturer's directions for use. The natural oils in the spray lubricate the throat tissues.
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