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12 Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Laryngitis

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12 Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Laryngitis September 22, 2017

Well, you are way above the age when you wanted to croak like a frog for fun with your playmates. But your voice seems to sound more or less like that sound currently! Maybe it was all the yelling you did at last night’s game or that cold you’ve been harboring for the past couple of days. Whatever be the cause, the ailment is the same – Laryngitis.

Sometimes, people face so much difficulty during this ailment that they cannot even speak. This is not a serious health condition, however and usually, heals with time. But really, sounding like a frog, even for a few days, is just not acceptable, right? Here is some good news! You don’t need to suffer for days at end. You can get rid of laryngitis quickly with some easy and simple home remedies.

I have discussed the causes and symptoms of laryngitis and also suggested a few home remedies that can work for you.

What Is Laryngitis?

Inflammation of the vocal cords, scientifically called as the larynx, causes throat disorder known as laryngitis. It is usually caused by excessive strain, infection or irritation of the vocal box. When laryngitis lasts for a short period (2-3 weeks), it is referred to as acute laryngitis. Chronic laryngitis is when the inflammation lasts longer than that (1, 2).

What Causes Laryngitis?

Like I mentioned above, any kind of stress on the vocal cords can cause laryngitis. We have outlined the leading causes below –

  • Viral infection like cold or flu
  • Excessive talking or yelling
  • Irritation due to smoke or allergens
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Bacterial infections
  • Drinking too much alcohol (1, 2)

The symptoms of laryngitis are given in the next section.

Signs And Symptoms

The primary symptoms of laryngitis are –

  • Dry cough
  • Weak voice or loss of voice
  • Dry or sore throat
  • Irritation in the throat
  • Trouble swallowing (1, 2)

Now that the causes and symptoms are clear, let us look at the home remedies that can you can use to get quick relief from laryngitis.

How To Get Rid Of Laryngitis?

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Ginger/Ginger Tea
  3. Gargle With Aspirin
  4. Lemon And Honey
  5. Juices
  6. Onion Syrup
  7. Essential Oil
  8. Salt Water Gargle Recipe
  9. Raw Garlic
  10. Licorice Root
  11. Mullein Herb
  12. Slippery Elm

1. Apple Cider Vinegar For Laryngitis

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A glass of water

What You Have To Do

Mix the ACV and honey with water and drink this.

Alternative Method

  1. Dilute a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of warm water.
  2. Gargle with this solution.

How Often You Should Do This

If you decide to drink the vinegar, have it twice a day. Gargling with ACV is recommended 2-3 times a day.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar is antimicrobial in nature. Its acidic content is responsible for this property. When ingested or gargled with, this acidic environment kills the harmful bacteria in the mouth and throat. Thus, it can cure laryngitis caused due to infections. When the cause is not an infection, ACV can aid in reducing the swelling of the voice box with its anti-inflammatory properties (3).

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2. Ginger/Ginger Tea For Laryngitis

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You Will Need

  • A piece of ginger root
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Cut the ginger root into thin slices.
  2. Cover it with some water and boil it for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid and allow it to cool down to room temperature.
  4. Drink a teaspoon of this decoction.

Alternate Method

  1. Steep a ginger tea bag for a few minutes in a cup of hot water.
  2. Add a teaspoon of honey, mix it in, and sip on this tea while it is still warm.

How Often You Should Do This

Both the ginger syrup and the herbal tea can be had 3-4 times a day.

Why This Works

Ginger soothes the walls around the voice box and provides relief from pain and inflammation. It is also an antimicrobial agent and treats the infection in your throat (4).

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[ VIDEO: Home Remedies For Laryngitis Treatment ]

3. Gargle With Aspirin For Laryngitis

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You Will Need

  • 1 aspirin tablet
  • 8 oz. warm water

What You Have To Do

  1. Dissolve the aspirin in a glass of warm water and gargle with this solution for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Rinse your mouth with plain water after this.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times in a day.

Why This Works

Being an analgesic, aspirin can give you relief from the pain seen with laryngitis (5).

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4. Lemon And Honey For Laryngitis

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4-5 drops lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Add lemon juice to the honey and mix it slightly.
  2. Ingest this.

How Often You Should Do This

Have this twice a day.

Why This Works

Honey can be highly beneficial for soothing an irritated sore throat due to its astringent property. It also reduces inflammation (6). The antimicrobial properties of lemon juice can help to clear out the throat infection (7).

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[ Read: Benefits And Uses Of Honey ]

5. Juices For Laryngitis

(a) Pineapple Juice For Laryngitis

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You Will Need

Pineapple juice

What You Have To Do

Drink a cup of fresh pineapple juice (of room temperature).

How Often You Should Do This

Have a cup or two of this every day.

Why This Works

This fruit is rich in vitamin C which boosts the immune system and helps fight infection in the vocal cords better. Pineapple also contains an active enzyme called bromelain which has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce the swelling and excess mucus (8).

(b) Lemon Juice For Laryngitis

You Will Need
  • 1 lemon
  • A cup of lukewarm water
  • A pinch of salt
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and add this to a cup of water.
  2. Add salt and mix it well.
  3. Gargle with this solution.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2-3 times in the day.

Why This Works

The acidic nature of lemon juice can kill bacteria and relieve various symptoms of laryngitis. It also stimulates the production of saliva and helps loosen mucus in your throat (9).

(c) Aloe Vera Juice For Laryngitis

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You Will Need
  • 1 oz. Aloe vera juice
  • 2 oz. water
What You Have To Do

Dilute the aloe vera juice and drink a cup of this.

How Often You Should Do This

Continue having aloe vera juice at regular intervals.

Why This Works

Acid reflux or GERD is a common cause of laryngitis, especially the chronic type. Drinking aloe juice can enhance digestion and balance the excess acids that are being produced in the stomach (10). This will treat the acid reflux and hence the associated laryngitis.

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6. Onion Syrup For Laryngitis

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You Will Need
  • 3-4 medium-sized onions
  • 4 cups water
  • A glass of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Few drops of lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the onions into small pieces.
  2. Simmer these in the four cups of water until the mixture thickens to a syrup-like consistency.
  3. Once the syrup is ready, take 2-3 tablespoons of this and add to the glass of tepid water.
  4. Add honey and lemon, and mix everything together.
  5. Drink this slowly.
How Often You Should Do This

Have this concoction once or twice a day.

Why This Works

The expectorant properties of onions can be utilized to treat laryngitis and get relief from a cough and mucus (11).

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7. Essential Oil For Laryngitis

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You Will Need
  • 4-5 drops eucalyptus oil OR oregano oil
  • A bowl of hot water
  • A large towel
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the essential oil to the water bowl and give it a swirl.
  2. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam from this for about 10 minutes.
Alternate Method
  1. Mix a few drops of any of the essential oils with a tablespoon of coconut oil.
  2. Massage this oil blend onto the throat, chest, and back.
  3. Leave this on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

Follow this remedy twice a day to heal a sore throat naturally.

Why This Works

Their antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial properties make eucalyptus oil and oregano oil the best essential oils to soothe a sore throat. They also possess cooling and anti-inflammatory properties (12, 13). Inhaling the vapors of these essential oils through the steam or the oil blend will have similar effects in clearing up the air passages and giving relief from laryngitis symptoms.

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8. Salt Water Gargle Recipe For Laryngitis

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A glass of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the salt to the warm water glass and mix it.
  2. Gargle with this.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3-4 times in the day.

Why This Works

Warm salt water helps kill bacteria and viruses in the throat and mouth. It also promotes healing of your inflamed vocal cords with its anti-inflammatory properties (14, 15).

Caution

Keep in mind that too much salt can irritate your throat further. So, it is important to use only the recommended amount of salt.

[ Read: Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar ]

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9. Raw Garlic For Laryngitis

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You Will Need

1 garlic clove

What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the garlic into two pieces and place one on each side of the mouth.
  2. Slowly suck the juice from these pieces.
  3. Spit them out after a few minutes and rinse your mouth with tepid water or plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this few times a day to get relief from various symptoms of laryngitis.

Why This Works

The antimicrobial property of garlic works against a variety of bacteria, viruses, and even fungi. Allicin is the key phytochemical component found in garlic that possesses this property (16). The infection causing organisms from the mouth and throat will be killed by the garlic juice, giving you relief.

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10. Licorice Root For Laryngitis

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon dried licorice root
  • 1-1 1/2 cups water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil the licorice root in water for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Strain and drink this freshly prepared licorice herbal tea.
How Often You Should Do This

Have 2-3 cups of this tea in a day.

Why This Works

This common Chinese herb is often used in Chinese medicine to get relief from pain, reduce a cough, and eliminate phlegm. For laryngitis, it works by killing the microbes that have caused the infection in the voice box and also by alleviating the irritation and swelling (17).

Caution

Do not use this remedy if you suffer from blood pressure problems and have any other major diseases.

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11. Mullein Herb For Laryngitis

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried mullein flowers
  • 1 cup boiling water
What You Have To Do
  1. Steep the mullein herb for 10 minutes in hot water.
  2. Strain the tea and drink it slowly.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times in a day.

Why This Works

Mullein tea soothes a sore throat and reduces inflammation. It is also a mild astringent and an antibacterial agent that can help treat laryngitis caused due to infection of the larynx (18, 19).

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12. Slippery Elm For Laryngitis

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons slippery elm
  • 1 cup water
What You Have To Do
  1. Bring the water to a boil and add the slippery elm herb to it.
  2. Simmer this for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Have 1-2 tablespoons of this syrup/gel.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat 2-3 times in a day.

Why This Works

Slippery elm contains mucilage, a gel-like substance, which coats the throat internally and can relieve inflamed or irritated tissues (20).

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Caution

This remedy is not recommended for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Everybody gets affected by laryngitis at one time or another, or may be even a few times in their life. The larynx can get infected or be irritated due to simple factors, but a visit to the doctor is often not required. To speed up the recovery process and even soothe your throat, give the remedies in this article a try.

Some more tips to prevent laryngitis are given below.

Laryngitis Prevention Tips

  • Drink a lot of water every day. This will keep your throat hydrated and help in easy clearance of the mucus as well.
  • Avoid spicy and fried food as much as possible. These can easily irritate the tissues in the throat and also cause acid reflux.
  • Do not smoke. If you are a non-smoker, stay as far away as possible from secondary smoke.
  • Stay away from irritants like pollen, wood dust, chemical fumes (like paint fumes), etc.
  • Decrease the amount of alcohol and caffeine intake as these cause fluid loss from the body and dehydrate it.
  • Do not clear your throat for no reason. This action actually causes more mucus to be secreted and irritates your throat that will make you want to clear it again. This cycle can cause strain on the larynx.
  • Eat a healthy diet that contains plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains that contain vitamins A, C, and E.
  • Wash your hands before you eat anything.
  • During dry weather conditions, use a humidifier to keep the environment inside your home moist enough.

A few frequently asked questions about laryngitis are answered below.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Is Laryngitis Contagious?

When the laryngitis is caused due to an infection, it can be contagious. Maintain personal hygiene to avoid contracting it from an infected person.

How Long Does Laryngitis Last?

The acute form of laryngitis usually lasts up to two weeks. If it lasts longer, then you could be suffering from chronic laryngitis and might need prescribed medications to treat the causal factors.

We have spoken about what laryngitis is, what causes it, its signs and symptoms. We have also offered plenty of home remedies and prevention tips. Now, these home remedies won’t make you sing like a canary, but would definitely help cure a sore throat and inflamed vocal cords. So, if you are missing the sound of our own voice, try these home remedies, they do work!

And, please don’t forget to share your feedback in the comments section below.

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