Wednesday , December 12 2018

Natural Remedies for Laryngitis

laryngitisLaryngitis 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.

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.

Onion Syrup

Onion syrup acts as a natural expectorant and is an effective natural cure for larynx inflammation.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sip the mixture slowly.

Ginger

Fresh ginger is good for your throat because it soothes 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.

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.

Lemon Juice

The acidic nature of lemon juice can kill bacteria and viruses, and relieve various symptoms of laryngitis. Plus, it helps loosen mucus.

  1. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a glass of warm water.
  2. Add one-half teaspoon of sea salt (if you do not have sea salt then just use table salt)
  3. Gargle with this solution several times a day.

Garlic

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. Take 1 to 3 teaspoons of this garlic syrup every 6 to 8 hours.

Honey

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.

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.

Additional Tips

  • 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.

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About Sridhar Venkatraman

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Progressive and open minded Business Professional with over 30+ years of experience in Automobile, IT, Education, Real Estate Industries. He has a passion to ensure "No child goes to bed hungry" and is involved in an NGO called "No Hungry Child". He is a Social Entrepreneur and added a new service "Art of Self Treatment" to help more and more people who are suffering from health issues. He learnt the art of Self Treatment from his guru Mr Healer Baskar.

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