Laryngitis is the inflammation, swelling or irritation of the vocal cords (larynx) due to bacteria or viral infection or repeatedly straining the vocal folds. However, smoking is the major cause of chronic laryngitis.
Another cause of laryngitis is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which is also known as heartburn or acid reflux.
Common symptoms of short-term laryngitis are a pain in the throat or larynx, loss of voice range (frog-like voice), hoarse, husky, raspy or weak voice. Laryngitis could also be accompanied by a dry cough or sore throat. Furthermore, in some cases, a person suffering from laryngitis may not be able to talk.
Laryngitis is usually a temporary inconvenience without serious consequences. The problem usually lasts a few days or up to 2 weeks. Laryngitis normally heals with time. However, you could use home remedies to get rid of the pain, irritation, and inflammation that accompanies laryngitis. You could also use home remedies to make the healing process faster.
If laryngitis persists for too long, then it is likely chronic laryngitis. Chronic laryngitis could include coughing up blood, extreme difficulty in swallowing food, wheezing, loss of appetite and high fever. You would need to consult your doctor for chronic laryngitis.
Below are 35 home remedies and natural treatments for laryngitis;
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Gargle diluted apple cider vinegar, frequently, throughout the day. Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that help fight infections causing laryngitis.
2. Onion Syrup
Sip diluted onion syrup. You can make the onion syrup by simmering chopped up onions in water till it has a syrup-like consistency. Add honey and lemon juice to this syrup. You could then dilute a little of this onion syrup in water anytime you want to drink it.
Onion has natural expectorant properties. This means it helps clear mucus from the airways and larynx which might have built up due to laryngitis. This makes onion an effective home remedy for larynx inflammation.
3. Ginger Tea
Drink ginger tea several times a day. You could make this ginger tea by boiling chopped ginger roots in water and straining the water. The water becomes the healthy ginger tea. Ginger helps to soothe an inflamed and irritated larynx.
4. Salt Water
Gargle warm salt water several times during the day. Warm salt water helps fight bacteria-causing laryngitis and also helps soothe an irritated larynx.
5. Slippery Elm
Put some fresh slippery elm in warm water. The slippery elm would gelatinize (i.e. it would form to gel). Take this gel several times throughout the day. Alternatively, You could also take slippery elm lozenges.
Slippery elms high mucilage helps to soothe the throat and larynx from irritation, swelling, and inflammation. However, slippery elm is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Swallow honey several times throughout the day. Alternatively, you could add honey to your usual herbal tea. Honey has numerous healing properties that help provide relief from aching laryngitis. Honey also soothes the irritated and swollen larynx as well as quicken the healing process.
Dilute fresh lemon juice in warm water and gargle. You could also add a pinch of Himalayan, sea or table salt. Lemon juice helps loosen viscous mucus. Also, the acidic nature of lemon helps inhibit the growth and spread of the bacteria or virus causing laryngitis. Lemon also helps provide soothing relief to laryngitis symptoms.
Chew and swallow garlic clove, intermittently, throughout the day. Alternatively, you could sip ginger tea throughout the day. To make garlic tea, simmer chopped garlic gloves in boiling water. Then, strain the water. The water would become the garlic tea.
Garlic is a natural mucus expectorant and it helps flush out mucus buildup around the larynx. Also, garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help inhibit the growth and spread of the bacteria or virus causing laryngitis.
Add turmeric to a glass of milk. Turmeric also helps to relieve soreness and irritation of the throat and larynx. Also, turmeric’s antimicrobial properties would help quicken the healing process.
Gargle mouthwash at least twice a day. Mouthwash helps get rid of virus and bacteria in the mouth and throat. This helps alleviate the symptoms of laryngitis.
Mix cinnamon powder in honey and water and drink several times daily. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that help quicken the healing process from laryngitis and also provide sustain relief from laryngitis’ symptoms.
12. Eucalyptus Oil
Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in boiling water. Cover your head with towel and inhale the steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, you could take lozenges or cough syrup containing eucalyptus oil.
Eucalyptus oil has potent natural antiviral and antimicrobial properties that inhibit the spread and growth of the bacteria and virus causing the laryngitis. Eucalyptus oil also provides soothing relief to the pain and irritation of the larynx and throat.
Drink licorice tea. You can make this licorice tea by boiling dried licorice root in water. Then strain the water out. The water becomes licorice tea. Alternatively, you could also try licorice lozenges or a herbal cough syrup containing licorice.
Add 3 or 4 drops of clove oil to a teaspoon of honey and swallow. Do this 3 times daily. Clove has potent antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that alleviate the larynx infection as well as providing warmth and soothing relief to the throat.
15. Green Tea
Sip green tea throughout the day. Green tea is a good remedy as it provides relief to the throat and larynx.
16. Herbal Tea
Sip herbal tea or decoction, of your choice, several times a day. This could be chamomile tea, peppermint tea, or sage tea. To make this tea, boil the leaves of the herb in water for about 10 minutes. Strain the water. The water becomes the tea. You can also use this herbal tea as mouthwash and gargle it before spitting it out.
17. Stay Hydrated
Drink water. Keep your body and throat hydrated by drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. A dried throat worsens the symptoms of laryngitis while a hydrated body helps speed up recovery. You could also take herbal tea or fresh juice to complement water and stay hydrated.
Eating marshmallows also help relieve sore throat and laryngitis. marshmallow contains mucilage which protects the throat from irritation and inflammation. Alternatively, you could also make marshmallow tea with marshmallow roots for sustained relief.
19. Couch Grass
Make tea with couch grass and drink. Couch grass has natural expectorant properties that help make mucus and phlegm, around the larynx and throat, less viscous so that they can be expunged from the throat.
20. Prevent Acid Reflux
Acid reflux is known to be a major cause of laryngitis especially amongst the elderly. Thus, you could take some precautions to avoid having acid reflux or GERD by not going to bed immediately after eating. Try to wait for about 2 or 3 hours before going to bed. Also, raise your head about 6 inches above heart and stomach level with a pillow.
21. Steam Inhalation
Steam inhalation helps keep the throat moist and warm which helps alleviate laryngitis and helps in the recovery process. You could inhale steam by covering your head, with towel over a bowel, or by inhaling built up steam inside a hot shower. You could also add essential oil, such as sage oil, lavender oil, or sandalwood oil, into the bowl during the steam inhalation.
22. Anise Seed
Boil 2 teaspoons of anise seed in water, for 10 minutes, and drink this tea several times a day. You could also get anise oil and apply it to the neck and chest. You could also swab anise oil, with a Q-tip, to the back of the throat for speedy recovery from laryngitis.
23. Hot Soup
Take hot soup. This could be chicken soup or vegetable soup or any other healthy soup. However, stay away from sodium-laden soup. Soup helps provide quick relief from symptoms of laryngitis such as mucus buildup and pain.
The soup would help make the mucus less viscous, thus, making it easier to flush out from the throat. Soup also provides the necessary warmth needed by the throat.
Use humidifier to maintain a moist atmosphere in your house. The moist atmosphere helps reduce irritation caused by laryngitis by thinning out and breaking thick mucus of around the throat.
25. Hydrogen Peroxide
Gargle 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral properties that inhibit the growth and spread of the throat infection while alleviating the symptoms of laryngitis.
26. Rest Your Voice
Rest your voice especially if the cause of laryngitis is due to yelling or singing. You would need to rest your vocal cords for a while. Try not to talk often or talk in a soft tone when you have to talk. However, do not whisper as whispering puts more strain to your vocal cords than talking does.
27. Mixed Juice
You can take a numerous combination of mixed juice. You could mix lemon, orange, cranberry, grapefruit juice together. You could also add carrot, ginger or radish. Fresh juice is very rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that help boost the immune system. Thus, making the immune system more capable of fighting the infection causing laryngitis.
Apply a paste of thyme herb directly to the skin or throat to alleviate the hoarseness caused by laryngitis (https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-823-thyme.aspx?activeingredientid=823&activeingredientname=thyme)
29. Aloe Vera
Take 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera or mix fresh aloe vera with honey and swallow. You can also use aloe vera as a natural mouthwash and gargle diluted aloe vera before spitting it out. Aloe vera is potent with antimicrobial, antioxidant and healing properties that provide soothing relief to the throat, fights the infections and quickens recovery from laryngitis.
30. Avoid Clearing Your Throat
Try not to clear your throat. If you have a hoarse or funny voice, there is a tendency to want to cough or clear your throat. Don’t do this as this might make the condition worse. If you have a cough accompanying laryngitis, then try a cough home remedy or take an over-the-counter cough syrup.
31. Drop Bad Habits
Drop bad habits such as smoking and drinking. Smoking is a major cause of chronic laryngitis. Continue to smoke and drink would make laryngitis worse.
Make an echinacea root decoction or tea and drink. You could make this decoction by boiling and simmering this root for 10 to 15 minutes. Echinacea decoction has antimicrobial and anti-catarrhal properties that make it capable of fighting the infection causing laryngitis as well as providing relief from the excess mucus in the throat. (http://courseweb.ischool.illinois.edu/~pnimmer2/LIS590DPL/Portfolio/FinalHerbal/allherbs.html)
Drink horehound tea about 3 times a day. Boil, simmer and strain this herb. The decoction, from this process, is the tea. Alternatively, you could get a horehound tincture, add 15 to 30 drops in warm water and take as tea 1 to 3 times daily.
Horehound has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a potent remedy for mouth and throat ailments such as laryngitis, sore throat, and tonsillitis. (http://www.natural-health-remedies-4u.com/laryngitis-treatment.html)
Cinquefoil, also known as Potentilla reptans, helps provide relief for hoarseness of the throat and cough that could be caused by laryngitis.
35. Dusty Environments
Avoid dusty environments. Dust can irritate and dry the throat. This would only compound laryngitis and its symptoms.
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