Today I want to share a little voiceover “hack” with which you may or may not be familiar.It’s apple cider vinegar. What is apple cider vinegar? Well, first off, it’s not obscure health nut elixir – it’s something you can pick up at pretty much any grocery store for just a couple bucks. And as far as composition (without bringing us all back to high school chemistry class), apple cider vinegar is basically just aged, distilled apple juice.
And, not only is it quite healthy, but it can also be a boon for your vocal cords.
Using apple cider vinegar to improve your speaking voice is actually an old trick that’s been around for generations. Performers of all kinds – teachers, speakers, actors – have been making and drinking a simple and tasty tonic for those days when the voice needs using and just doesn’t seem to want to cooperate.
Now, before I share the recipe: is this something you want to make and drink every day? Probably not – I’d recommend doing it on an as-needed basis. The last thing we want is to feel we need any sort of crutch to lean on to do our best work when we sit down in front of the mic . But – this can be a really great tool to have for those days (or nights) where you’ve got long audiobook sessions or animation work booked, or even when you’ve just got a couple of hours set aside for auditions or podcasting.
Okay – without further ado, here’s the recipe. It’s simple, inexpensive, healthy, – and, with the right tweaks, can taste great, too:
Mix a splash of apple cider vinegar (a tablespoon or two) with some honey, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and room temperature water. That’s it. Feel free to play with the proportions until you find a combination that works well for you.
Also, if you’re not of the honey-consuming ilk (like me), you can substitute some maple syrup (Grade B is best) or agave nectar. Or – you can try store bought throat coat teas; they work great, too. You should be able to find several different variations on a “throat coat tea” at the grocery store, but the key ingredients you’re looking for are licorice root and / or slippery elm bark. Your throat and vocal cords (and taste buds) will love either of those.
And lastly, of course, you’ll want to do your own research and consult your doctor or physician before trying any new home remedy or ingredient with which you’re unfamiliar. Be smart, be resourceful, be safe.
Have you ever tried a home remedy like this? What has been your experience? Or do you have your a home remedy of your own to share? We’d love to hear – leave a comment below.
Hope this helps!