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Thank you for visiting my website.

I have been contemplating about starting this website and blog for quite a long time now. I must say that fear took the upper hand for some time. But not anymore! I am very happy to have launched this website and blog which will serve as a platform to share my personal experiences, thoughts, tips and discuss with you all.

My passion in life is singing and music. Those who know me closely, know that I started singing way back in 2002 with the encouragement of my music teacher at the time and help and support of my parents. I have gained extensive experience from then on and I felt that it is now time that I share what I know, learn from your discussions and feedback so that we can grow in our careers, together. I am a singer but also an accountant (we need a stable income to finance our singing career, right?). But I am hoping that someday singing and music will become a more dominant feature in my life. This blog is also a steppingstone towards that goal.

I really hope that you join me in this journey, by adding your email address to my mailing list and contact me if you have any queries and feedback that you would like to share. In the meantime, feel free to follow my social media for more updates and stay on the lookout for the next blog post.

Until then,

Yours Truly,

Jessica

Hey there,

Welcome back to my Blog! Hope you are enjoying summer!

When I was younger, I used to love summer. For me it meant the end of another scholastic year and end of exams. When I started working full time in an office environment, the a/c is set to ‘freeze’ all day, every day. This is when summer love faded away to summer hate! I started realizing that I fall sick more frequently in summer compared to winter. At first I couldn’t understand why, but then the reason dawned on me; because of the excessive use of air-conditioning.

As a singer I had to learn to adapt to such an environment and to try to prevent sickness as much as possible. To this end, I am going to share with you what I do to take care of myself and my voice during the ‘Air-conditioning Season’.

1) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Air-conditioning cools the air by drawing moisture from it. So, breathing air-conditioned air results in drying out the vocal chords. I am not a fan of water, however it is the main element to keep air-conditioning from effecting your vocal chords negatively. I keep a bottle of water on my desk at all times so that I remember to drink water during the day. When I am not at work, I schedule a reminder on my phone to remember to drink water. It is also healthy for you!

2) Switch off the air-conditioning during the day

I was that annoying person that used to switch off the air-conditioning in the office I used to work in. Some applauded me and others cursed me. For me, it was a relief to breath in ‘normal air’ for some minutes. There is nothing wrong in regulating the room temperature in small intervals during the day, and also it is a relief to your vocal chords.

3) Wear a light scarf

This method may seem too extreme especially in Malta’s summers. However, in a freezing office, a light scarf is actually a welcome piece of clothing. Also, a cotton or silk scarf is very thin and still acts as a protection for your throat.

4) Air-condition during the night

This is actually harmful not only to your voice but to your health in general. If you must sleep with the air-conditioning blasting during the night, at least keep a humidifier on in the room to put some moisture back in the air.

Do you have any other methods to help against the ‘air-conditioning season’? Feel free to leave them down in the comments below.

Until next time,

Yours Truly,

Jessica

Hey there,

Welcome back to my blog! Hope you are having a great week so far.

Every now and then I feel a tickle in my throat. It is a big red flag for me and I imagine this is for every singer and daily voice user. I immediately start to search for natural effective remedies to prevent the tickle from becoming any worse. Also, I am not a fan of over the counter pills, so I try to choose natural remedies as much as possible.

My frustration is that I do not always find what I need online, or I search for quite some time before I find the answer. So, here is a list of 4 effective natural remedies so all of us can have easier access.

1) Honey & Lemon

This is my first ‘go-to’ remedy. The ingredients are simple and easily accessible. Just mix 2 tablespoons of honey and half a lemon together with warm water. Honey soothes the throat and the lemon in water is good to clean the vocal cords. Never use fresh boiling water since this kills off the benefits of honey.

2) Carob Syrup

This may not be as easily accessible so when you find it for sale be ready to stock up as many as possible! It is a natural antibiotic and is good for our overall health. I use it not only when I have a tickle in my throat but also before a major concert or performance to prep my voice for singing. It is very soothing and improves the quality of the voice.

3) Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea has been a recent discovery which has helped me a lot. This can be found at any local market. It helps to reduce a dry throat; phlegm production and it is also very soothing. It’s great benefit is that it does not contain caffeine so you can drink as much as you want.

4) Ginger

Ginger is a must to cure a sensitive throat. It has anti-bacterial compositions that helps to prevent an infection. I use fresh Ginger to make Ginger tea by just boiling it for about 10 minutes. Then I add honey to the tea to make the tea sweeter.

The most important step is to hydrate the vocal cords as much as possible in addition to the remedies mentioned above. Do you use any other natural remedies? Would love to know what they are by writing them in the comments below.

Until next time,

Yours Truly,

Jessica