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Is Ginger Root Good for the Voice?

author image Tara Carson
Based in Richmond, Va., Tara Carson has written articles for editorial and corporate online and print publications for more than 10 years. She has experience as an adjunct professor of nutrition at Northwest Christian University and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and nutrition from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Is Ginger Root Good for the Voice?
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The vocal cords in the larynx occasionally require treatment because irritation from viruses, bacteria and strain cause discomfort and vocal limitations. Resulting laryngitis or hoarseness interferes with verbal communication, which is important for the 25 to 35 percent of the American workforce whose profession requires them to speak frequently or sing. Ginger is a traditional remedy important for soothing disorders of the throat and supporting a speedy recovery.

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Ginger is a spice that has been significant as a healing agent for thousands of years in Asia. An important remedy in the modern alternative medicine movement, fresh ginger is often a physician's recommendation; however, the active constituents, gingerols and zingerone, in dried ginger are also effective. Fresh ginger generally has a more palatable application for tea- or food-based remedies.


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Ginger traditionally reduces inflammation and destroys bacteria, two relevant healing actions for vocal cord irritation. It soothes the throat and may prevent irritation if a professional-voice-user drinks ginger tea regularly to maintain healthy tissue in the vocal cords. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends steeping minced ginger in hot water for 10 minutes and consuming no more than 4 grams a day.

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Because the vocal cords are folds of mucus-lined skin, they require frequent hydration. Drinking water throughout the day is necessary, and other beverages, such as natural ginger brew and iced and hot ginger tea, may heal and refresh. Add honey for an antimicrobial sweetener that also protects cells with antioxidants.


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A serious health condition may cause persistent throat irritation, swelling, hoarseness and laryngitis. Post-nasal drip related to food allergies, a throat polyp or a cancerous tumor, particularly for frequent alcohol and tobacco users, may cause throat and voice disorders. Discuss diagnosis and treatments with a physician.

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