This article is relevant for anyone who makes noise with their mouth, especially singers, rappers, actors, speakers, speech therapists and anyone who wants to engage with others on a heartfelt level.
Our voice is the first thing people hear once we open our mouth. A healthy and attractive voice will resonate with the recipient(s) so as to divinely inspire them and elegantly create unity.
Our speech is also powerfully responsible for the actions in our lives.
This is how it works:
- The universe or cosmic intelligence has an intention.
- That intention bubbles up in our individuality.
- That intention arises into a “thought” in our mind. You get a desire for something. In fact every desire you get (when you are in a state of balance) is the desire of creative intelligence acting through you.
- This thought is expressed through speech.
- That speech becomes action.
Below are 7 Ayurvedic ways to promote a clearer, smoother, firmer and more vibrant voice.
1. Nasya (Nasal Oil)
Sniffing medicated oil up the nose throughout the day is perhaps the most powerful tool for a healthy voice.
Regularly lubricating your head, neck and throat will help maintain a clear and firm voice.
It dilates the channels for vocal cords to vibrate easily and clearly.
This practice is an essential part of the Ayurvedic daily regimen (Dinacharya).
2. Optimise Digestion
Since your Larynx (“voice box”) sits in front of your food pipe and assists in the swallowing process, it is closely related to digestion.
Your state of digestion will be reflected in your voice.
Articles and online courses on my website contains ways to improve digestion and specifically heal, lubricate and nourish your throat region.
3. Oil Pulling (Gandusha/Kavala)
Oil Pulling involves swishing a specific oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes.
In Sanskrit, “Gandusha” means keeping the oil in the mouth, and “Kavala” means to swish it.
This delivers a catalogue of health benefits.
Not only is it another way to lubricate the head, neck and throat, but also oil is lipophilic, meaning it literally ‘pulls’ toxins out of the mouth and throat for greater clarity.
“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.
4. Eat Ghee
Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking.
Using this clarified or purified butter in your cooking daily and adding onto your food is a great way to internally lubricate your whole body and clear the throat.
5. Liquorice (Yasthimadhu / Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Liquorice 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), sip liquorice tea or take a herbal formula that includes liquorice.
6. Vaca Herb (Acorus Calamus/Sweet Flag)
Vaca in sanskrit literally means “speaking.”
It has a specific karma (action) of Lekhaniya (Scrapes out accumulations) - whether it is accumulations of mucous the vocal cords or respiratory system, or scraping pout impurities in the brain and mind.
Thus, this herb stimulates your voice, the power of your speech, self-expression and your intelligence, respiratory system + more. This is why it is a key ingredient in our Nasika nose drops oil.
7. Sip Hot Water
This simple yet incredibly powerful method not only melts toxins and flushes them out and cleanses your lymphatic system, but dilates the channels and vessels in your throat for greater 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.