Laryngitis is the result of an inflammation of the vocal cords (larynx). It is usually caused by excessive strain on the vocal cords or a viral or bacterial infection.
The most common symptom of laryngitis is a hoarse or weak voice. Sometimes people cannot talk at all. It is often accompanied by a sore throat and dry cough.
In most cases, it an acute condition that heals with time and has no serious consequences. But you can get rid of the pain and inflammation and restore your voice more quickly with some easy and simple natural remedies.
The problem usually lasts for a few days or up to 2 weeks, at the most. If it persists longer then it is likely to be chronic laryngitis for which you need to consult a doctor.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for laryngitis.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties that help fight infections and thus can be used to treat laryngitis.
- Mix two tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey in half a cup of water. To increase the effectiveness of this remedy, you can add a little cayenne pepper too. Drink it twice a day.
- Prepare a solution by mixing one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water. Gargle with the solution several times a day until you get relief.
2. Onion Syrup
Onion syrup acts as a natural expectorant and is an effective natural cure for larynx inflammation.
- Cut up three to four medium-sized onions. Simmer the pieces in four cups of water until the solution thickens to a syrup-like consistency.
- Mix five tablespoons of the onion syrup in a glass of warm water. Add one tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice.
- Sip the mixture slowly.
Fresh ginger is good for your throat because it soothes the the inflamed mucous membranes of the larynx.
- Boil thinly sliced fresh ginger root in a covered pan of water for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and allow it to cool to room temperature. You can also add some lemon juice and sweeten it with honey. Drink this ginger tea several times a day.
- You can also try sucking on a few candied gingers throughout the day or simply eat a few thin slices of fresh ginger root.
4. Warm Salt Water
Warm salt water helps kill bacteria and promotes healing of your inflamed vocal cords and sore throat.
Just add one-half teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and gargle with it. Do this several times a day.
5. Lemon Juice
The acidic nature of lemon juice can kill bacteria and viruses, and relieve various symptoms of laryngitis. Plus, it helps loosen mucus.
- Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a glass of warm water.
- Add one-half teaspoon of sea salt (if you do not have sea salt then just use table salt)
- Gargle with this solution several times a day.
The antimicrobial property in garlic helps kill bacteria and viruses. It also acts as a natural expectorant.
- Chew a raw garlic clove slowly and then swallow it.
- Another option is to chop several garlic cloves, place them into a jar and cover it with equal parts of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and distilled water. Shake the jar to mix the contents thoroughly and then let it sit for about 4 hours. Finally, add some raw honey to it before storing it in the refrigerator. Take 1 to 3 teaspoons of this garlic syrup every 6 to 8 hours.
7. Slippery Elm
Slippery elm contains mucilage that forms into a gel when mixed with water and thus relieves throat irritation and inflammation.
- Put some fresh slippery elm in water. It will form into a gel. Swallow the gel several times a day to relieve a sore throat.
- You can also try slippery elm lozenges.
Note: Slippery elm is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Honey can be highly beneficial for soothing an irritated throat as it helps coat and soothe your throat. It can also help reduce inflammation.
- The simplest way to use honey is to swallow some raw honey several times a day.
- You can also try herbal tea made with honey and lemon. To make the tea, add the juice from one-half lemon and one or two tablespoons of raw honey to a cup of hot water. You can also add a dash of cayenne pepper to it. Drink it once or twice a day.
9. Eucalyptus Oil
Its natural antiviral and antibacterial properties make eucalyptus oil one of the best ingredients to soothe a sore throat.
- The best way to use eucalyptus oil is to inhale its steam. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a large pan of boiling water. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for 10 minutes. Follow this remedy twice daily.
- You can also try lozenges and cough syrups that contain eucalyptus oil.
Licorice is another effective remedy to help relieve throat irritation, thanks to its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It also acts as a natural expectorant to get rid of mucus.
- Boil one teaspoon of dried licorice root in a cup of water for about five minutes. Strain and drink this licorice tea up to three times a day.
- You can also try licorice lozenges.
Note: Licorice may interact with certain medication and may not be suitable for people with high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, or heart disease. It is also not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- When dealing with laryngitis, it is suggested to speak softly, but do not whisper as that would put more strain on the vocal cords.
- Give rest to your larynx.
- Avoid clearing your throat.
- Drink adequate water to stay hydrated but avoid alcohol and caffeine intake.
- Do not smoke and also avoid second-hand smoking.
- Avoid upper respiratory infections.
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer to add moisture to the air.
- Get vocal therapy which helps analyze the way you use your voice so that you can correct any abnormal speech patterns.