Your larynx, voice box, is vulnerable to inflammation if you suffer from cold or flu, or you occasionally raise your voice by teaching or singing. This voice box inflammation, known as laryngitis, is not a serious health issue but it is surely bothersome to speak with a hoarse voice. Fortunately, there are home remedies that can help you get your voice back as soon as possible. In case laryngitis persists more than two weeks, you should contact your doctor. For the time being, try the following recipes:
1. Drink Honey
You can either swallow a large spoon of honey directly or dissolve it in a cup of warm tea to help relieve laryngitis. Honey is also effective in soothing sore throats which might be accompanied by laryngitis.
2. Give Your Voice Box a Break
Rest your vocal cords by talking less and try your best not to yell at all. You may talk a little, but never whisper as whispering strains your vocal cords and worsen your condition.
3. Benefit from Ginger
The inflammation of mucous membranes of the larynx can be relieved with fresh ginger. Make ginger tea by slicing two inches of a ginger root thinly then place the slices in a quart of boiling water and leave them to simmer on low heat for half an hour. Strain the resultant liquid and drink half a cup of it five times a day. You can sweeten ginger tea with honey for added benefit. Sucking on candied ginger is a good alternative to ginger tea for treating laryngitis.
Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water and gargle with the solution several times through the day to soothe your throat.
5. Drink a Lot of Fluids
Keep your throat hydrated with soaps and teas. Nonetheless, stay away from alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks as they have a dehydrating effect.