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Home Remedies for Laryngitis

The best remedy for treating laryngitis is rest. Rest your vocal cords as much as possible by not talking. If you have to talk, do not whisper. Speak in a normal voice. Sound comes from the diaphragm when using a normal voice and it comes from the throat when whispering. Whispering causes muscles around the larynx to tighten and puts stress on the vocal cords.

Stay well hydrated and keep your throat moist. Drink water, juices, and herbal teas such as ginger tea or peppermint tea. Add a teaspoon of honey and/or a few drops of lemon juice to help fight off bacteria.

Inhale moist air or steam. Take a long, hot shower. Hold your head over a bowl of hot water with a towel covering your head to hold in the steam. Use a humidifier.

Some doctors suggest gargling with salt water for treating laryngitis because it can soothe the larynx and reduce the number of bacteria. Others believe the larynx is too low in the throat to benefit from it, and it may actually worsen the condition by putting more strain on the larynx.

Avoid smoking, caffeine, and alcohol.

Other remedies include:

• Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a half glass of water and drink. Do this every hour for 7 hours.

• Simmer 1/2 cup of raisins in 1 cup of water for 20 minutes, let it cool, then eat/drink all of it.

• Chop up several garlic cloves, place in a jar, cover with equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar, shake, and let it sit for 4 hours. Strain, add an equal amount of honey, and shake. Cap and refrigerate. Take 1-3 teaspoons every 6-8 hours. This is a great remedy for treating laryngitis.

• Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of just boiled water, add a few drops of lemon juice, and sip slowly.

• Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 2 teaspoons of onion juice and swallow. Do this every 3 hours. Honey and onion juice are effective home remedies for laryngitis.

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