Laryngitis is caused by an inflammation of the vocal cords (larynx), which may be a result of strain on your vocal cords, sickness, or a variety of causes. Laryngitis will make your voice weak and is often accompanied by a sore throat and dry, hacking cough. Some people lose their voice altogether. Laryngitis can be very uncomfortable, and to be honest, quite inconvenient.
Laryngitis Home Remedies
Fortunately, there are some effective remedies that you can utilize in the comfort of your own home to expedite the healing process and get your voice back to normal.
1. Slippery Elm
The mucilage found in slippery elm coats and soothes inflamed tissue, including that of the larynx. Simply add some fresh slippery elm into a glass of water and drink up; you can drink this several times per day. Another great options is to utilize a tea or lozenge that has slippery elm in it.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider is an effective remedy for laryngitis as a result of a cold because it effectively kills bacteria. Simply add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to ½ cup of water, with about 1 tablespoon of honey. If you can handle it, sprinkle in a small amount of cayenne pepper. You can drink this solution two times each day. You can also gargle a combination of apple cider vinegar and water, about 3-4 times per day.
3. Onion Syrup
Not everyone is crazy about this remedy, but it sure does work. Simmer medium pieces of 2-4 onions in 4 cups of water until the solution thickens; combine 5 tablespoons of this solution with a tablespoon of honey, a small amount of lemon juice, and a cup of water. Drinking this solution (sip it slow!) will soothe irritation and inflammation of the larynx.
4. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus is rich in antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial properties and is great for a sore throat. You can utilize lozenges or cough syrup with eucalyptus in it, or use the oil in a pot of boiling water for steam treatment.
5. Lemon Juice
Lemon can help with laryngitis because lemon juice kills bacteria, much like apple cider vinegar, and also soothes an inflamed larynx. Gargle a well-mixed combination of lemon juice (from 1 lemon), warm water, and a pinch of salt. You can also add some lemon juice or lemon slices to your favorite tea (or even the ginger tea mentioned above).
Fresh ginger is a great remedy because it soothes the mucous membranes surrounding the voice box. For a quick fix, suck on some ginger candy as needed during the day. For a more comprehensive remedy, slice a ginger root into thin slices, then toss in a pan of water, cover, and boil for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, strain the liquid and allow it to cool; drink this ginger tea throughout the day.
Garlic naturally has some strong antimicrobial properties and also helps to kill bacteria and viruses. A quick remedy involves simply sucking on one garlic clove (you can cut it in half and put one half on each side of your mouth). The juice of the garlic clove will soothe your throat quickly.
Another soothing substance, honey works in much the same way as slippery elm, but also has astringent and immunity-supporting properties. Simply eat a teaspoon of raw honey a few times throughout the day can often be enough to soothe laryngitis. You can also easily add honey to your cup of tea. For a great remedy, make a ginger tea and add some lemon juice and honey; drink slowly for relief.
These remedies are quick, natural, and very effective. When suffering from laryngitis, it’s important to also drink plenty of water. Your throat will not be able to heal if it remains dry or if your body is dehydrated. Utilizing one or more of these remedies will get you back to normal in no time.