Do not shout , do not scream , and do not whisper , drink lot's of water . and honey and lemon tea , and if you can , rest your voice for a few days , and treat yourself with loving kindness . For the infection and soreness of the throat try a warm salt water gargle. and take vitamin C.
But most of all get some rest , and your voice will return . Chris Grant .
If you lost your voice due to Laryngitis, there's not much you can do except hum, drink warm water and find another pitch that your voice might let you perform in. If you've over worked yourself, again you need to hum, not whisper, and try drinking something warm and merely wait before exerting yourself again.
Hope that helps.
There is also a brilliant throat gargle/medicine you can get in the the UK. Either on line or order from a good chemist. It's called 'Sanderson's Specific'. It's been used by singers and actors for years, and it works!
Still bangin' on about Sanderson's bleedin' Specific are we?
Does anyone know about the 4 billion one pound shares you have in the company?
Heh heh heh.
I am, of course, joking.
Meanwhile, as I currently 'ave a cold in bye dose as I type this very missive, over 'ere in the colonies, I've discovered the wonders of (drum roll) "Pretorius Therapeutic", an alleged "rapid action" Throat-Clear type thing in pastille lozenge form.
It contains [quote] "sugarfree herbal antibiotic pasitille lozenge with Nigella, Astragalus, Echinacea, Primula, Zinc, Vitamin C, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Anise, Peppermint and Thyme" [unquote] (no Rosemary, Sage or Parsley I'm afraid).
Hey, I don't do pastilles and throaty-things much if I'm ever sans voice (which these days, I'm pleased to say, is hardly ever), but these babies sure help a huge whack when I am!
For years I've been using my grandmother's advice -- when I start feeling scratchy-throated, I sip a cup of (and it sounds icky, but it works) equal parts VERY warm (not hot) water & apple cider vinegar, with about a tablespoon of honey and a squirt of fresh lemon juice.
Thanks for the tip, Barry! Dairy certainly has a way with my throat, so I try and stay away from it before doing voice work. Though I've heard some people aren't affected by dairy... jerks!
Coffee, though, is actually a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates you, which also isn't great for your vocal cords! To you and anyone else reading, I'd say if you're going to drink coffee, drink a lot more water than you normally would to counteract the dehydration. The same goes for alcohol, sugar, and decongestants (Claritin-D, Mucinex), just to name a few. And keep in mind: it's the water you drank two hours ago that is hydrating your cords--not the water you're drinking now.