Colds, phlegm and mucus are annoying at best when it comes to the world of singing. At worst, they can prevent you from singing at all or make you sound nasal and make your voice crack. There’s a whole lot of badness involved when it comes to battling with these nasties but sometimes you still have to sing even if you’re struggling with the big lurgy.

So what can you do about it? If you suffer from a blocked nose, sinusitis, excess phlegm or you have to keep coughing when you’re singing, then today’s video is for you.

I give you 5 all natural remedies to help you clear up phlegm, and keep singing even if you have a cold.

Nicola x

Video Summary

  1. Steam

Steaming is an age old singers trick and it really helps keep your airways clear its one of the reasons you sound awesome in the shower – reverb and steam.

Now I’ve actually done another video on how to steam where I walk you through the process and I’ll put a link to it in the description. Its called how to prepare your voice before a show if you have a cold.

So basically you boil the kettle, pour the the water into a pan, then you get a towel, put it over your head over the pan, make sure you don’t get too close because steam can burn if you get too close and then you spend about five minutes  under your little tent breathing in the steam.

Make you’re you breathe in through your nose and your mouth and it will help to lubricate your vocal folds before you sing and to super charge it if you have a cold… add two drops of eucalyptus oil in the bottom of the pan before you put the water in and this will help to break up the mucus and destroy bacterial infections because Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial.


  1. Use A Nasal Douche

Some people might say ‘OMG I’m not doing that’ but if you suffer from a blocked nose, have cold, get that post nasal drip or sinusitis like I do which not only blocks everything up but makes you feel tired and run down then this will help you so much.

You don’t need to get fancy with it; I use a kit that I got from the pharmacy which cost a tiny $12 . Just make sure you boil the water or use purified water before you start douching (Its very important to kill any bacterial lurking in the water.)

Then you prepare the water with a special nasal water preparing sachet and then you squeeze it into one nostril over a basin and the gunk runs out the other nostril. Then you switch.

I do this every single day twice daily because I suffer from such bad sinusitis but if you have a cold then do it twice daily leading up to a performance. Once in the morning before you wake up, once in the evening before you go to bed and you will notice a difference.


3: This is a weird one, ever weirder than the nasal douche: Put Eucalyptus oil on the soles of your feet and cover them with socks before you go to sleep

The soles of your feet can absorb oil.

Putting Eucalyptus Oil on them at night and covering them with socks will help you to breathe easier and keep your nose clear. Yes its weird but it works so well.

Eucalyptus is my favourite because I find it incredibly effective and it is antibacterial but if you don’t have any, you can use Tiger Balm or Vics Vapour Rub if you’re desperate.


  1. Steer clear of antibiotics 

Antibiotics disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in your gut and as a result you can make your body more susceptible to bad bacteria; making your body fight it off which means more phlegm and sore throats. If you have to take an antibiotic, make sure you take a good quality probiotic at the same time.

I actually recommend taking a probiotic anyway to keep your gut health in tip top condition.


  1. Don’t drink phlegm producing drinks before you sing

Milk is the enemy. It is a phlegm producing drink. Sodas are just as bad. Everyone reacts differently to various substances and I drink a lot of milk in my everyday life, but I don’t drink it just before or during singing.

I don’t drink soda/ soft drinks because they are full of sugar and bad for your teeth and full of chemicals and make you put on weight and they’re just disgusting and I can’t have that stuff in my body. Enough said.


Now I’d love to hear from you:

Do you have any natural remedies you can add to this list? If you do, please let me know in the comments below.




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