Natural Home Remedies for Laryngitis

Laryngitis is defined as inflammation of the larynx

Pop ort of a man yelling

It may be caused by allergies, smoking, exposure to toxins or even acid reflux. The cause may be as simple as overuse of your voice, causing scarring.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Dry throat
  • Harsh breathing
  • Loss of voice or huskiness of voice
  • Painful cough
  • Tickling sensation

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

A doctor will probably tell you to drink plenty of fluids and avoid using your voice. Symptoms should last no more than a couple weeks; if they do, or if you have more serious symptoms than the ones listed above, call your doctor.

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

In addition to an overall healthy diet:

  • Bone broth
  • Honey
  • Raisins soaked in water

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID OR REDUCE

  • Acidic foods
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Fried foods
  • Oily foods
  • Smoking (don’t smoke or be around smoke)
  • Spicy foods

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Aloe Vera gel and honey, internally, or add salt water and gargle
  • Anise seed
  • Apple Cider Vinegar and honey in water for sipping or gargling
  • Chamomile and sage tea
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove tea
  • Couch grass boiled in water for a gargle
  • Ginger tea
  • Green tea
  • Honey and lemon in herbal tea or in plain hot water
  • Slippery elm
  • Turmeric in a glass of milk for soreness

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Eucalyptus
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Licorice root (caution for pregnancy)
  • Marshmallow

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically on your skin in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.) or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.  Gargling (without swallowing)with a drop in water or other liquid is probably safe but check out cautions for any specific oil that you choose.

  • Black pepper
  • Cajeput
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Licorice root
  • Marshmallow
  • Niaouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Thyme

HYDRATION

Stay well hydrated to prevent dryness of your vocal cords. Use a humidifier at night. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Avoid mint and mentholated cough drops.
  • Breathe through your nose to minimize dryness of your throat.
  • Don’t clear your throat.
  • Gargle with warm salt water.
  • If you fly, stay silent.  Cabin air is very dry, so breathe through your nose as much as possible.
  • Onion Syrup to soothe
  • Steam, for moisture
  • Stop talking to give your vocal cords a chance to heal.  Whispering causes just as much damage as regular volumes.
  • Use a cold-air humidifier to keep your mucosa moist.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

 

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