We use our voices everyday to communicate and engage with people. It is the first thing people hear once we open our mouth. A healthy and attractive voice will resonate with the recipient so as to divinely inspire them and elegantly create unite.
Below are 6 Ayurvedic ways that will ensure your voice is clearer, smoother, firmer and more vibrant than ever before.
Healthy Digestion = A clear voice.
Since your Larynx (a.k.a. “voice box” that holds your vocal cords) sits in front of your food pipe and assists in the swallowing process, it is closely related to digestion. It delivers air to your lungs which is also needed so there is ‘space’ in the stomach to churn the food. Your state of digestion will be reflected in your voice.
Below are some ways that not only improve digestion, but specifically heal, lubricate and nourish your throat region. Ayurveda is all about prevention, so incorporate these methods into your daily regimen and sing all night long, regularly.
1. “Nasya” – Nasal Drops
It is all about lubrication. Regularly lubricate your head, neck and throat to maintain a clear and firm voice. Nasya is the most powerful lubricating tool for healthy voice and an essential part of the Ayurvedic daily regimen (“Dinacharya”) prescribed for everyone. This involves sniffing and inhaling 1-3 drops of medicated oil or plain-cold-pressed black sesame oil into each nostril.
The idea is to sniff it up the brain, as one of the benefits of Nasya is to stimulate the pineal and pituitary glands to regulate hormones, as well as purify the mind emotionally and physically for more mental clarity. It also strengthens and cleans all the sense organs. It dilates the channels for vocal chords to vibrate easily and clearly.
Nasya is contra-indicated during fever, runny nose, and laryngitis.
Medicated Oils to use: Raju/Vital Veda “Nasika” or Anu Taila
2. Oil Pulling – “Kavala/Gandusha”
One of the finer crazes of the alternative/natural health scene today, Oil Pulling has been part of the Ayurvedic daily routine for thousands of years, and for many more reasons than just teeth-whitening and cosmetic benefits. In the Sanskrit, “Gandusha” means keeping the oil in the mouth, and “Kavala” means to swish it. Swishing oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes daily claims to deliver a catalogue of health benefits:
“Keeping of oil gargle provides strength in jaws and voice, development of the face, maximum taste and relish of food. One does not suffer from dryness of throat, lip cracking and teeth become firmly rooted. The teeth do not ache or become sensitive and can chew the hardest food items.”
~ Caraka Samhita Ch V -78 to 80.
Oil Pulling is another way to lubricate the head, neck and throat. Further, oil is lipophilic, meaning is literally ‘pulls’ toxins out of the mouth and throat such as mucus.
Swish one teaspoon of sesame oil or medicated oil in the mouth for 15-20 minutes.
“Gandusha” – Medicated Oil for Oil Pulling is available at Vital Veda
3. Eat More Ghee
Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking. Ghee is clarified or purified butter. Using it in your cooking daily is the best way to internally lubricate your whole body including the throat.
Liquorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) tea is a gem for your voice. It aids digestion, calms your nervous system and soothes your throat. Chew on a piece of liquorice root (very different to liquorice lollies).
5. Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove
Chew on some cardamom pods before a gig to lubricate. Suck on a clove bud if your throat or mouth is dry to instantly secrete saliva. Use these spices in your cooking regularly to support digestion and overall oral health.
6. Sipping Hot Water
This simple yet incredibly powerful method not only melts toxins and flushes them out and cleans your lymphatic system, but dilates the channels and vessels in your throat for more clarity and ease in projecting your voice.
On that note, avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol that will dry out your throat. Strictly avoid cold food and drinks as they will put out your digestive fire, contract and constrict your throat channels. Like playing sport, you want to be nice and warmed up before going up ‘to play.’ Transition to sipping on some hot liquorice tea instead of ice cold “schooners” before you get up on stage, and you’ll be feeling (and singing) goooood.