Remedies for a lost voice… (reblogged from Nov 2010)

Second time this week I’ve been asked if I have a homeopathic remedy for laryngitis.  Guess that means that someone is going around stealing voices!  If you woke up without your voice, I’ve got a few home-made remedies to get your chords back-a-virbrating!

First things first, let’s pin the suspect cause…

  • Screaming, yelling, or singing for a prolonged time will cause the an inflammation of the larynx or the muscles in or around it, which interferes with proper functioning of the vocal cords.  (Did a little research on that one.)
  • Smoking irritates the vocal chords and mucous membranes.  I’m going to give that remedy to you straight:  JUST QUIT SMOKING!
  • A cold may give you laryngitis, which sometimes prevents you from speaking at all.
  • A very dry environment may cause you to lose your voice. In the winter time it is best to keep a humidifier in the home and drink plenty of warm liquids.

You may choose to treat your laryngitis with things you can find right in your kitchen or aromatherapy/essential oil drawer.

Apple Cider Vinegar – admittedly, one shot of this tangy tonic may leave you puckering your face for minutes after, so I recommend adding one shot of the vinegar to a glass of water.  Drink it down, and repeat every hour until symptoms disappear.

Essential oil steam – Add 2 drops chamomile essential oil, 3 drops lavender essential oil and 2 drops thyme essential oil to a pot of just boiled water. Make a tent over your head and the pot and inhale.

Ginger tea – Peel and thinly slice a small piece of ginger root.  Boil it in water until the water turns a light yellow or tan color.  You should feel a tingle in the back of the throat after swallowing.

Honey and lemon – Take s hot glass and fill it half way up with lemon juice either from the bottle or fresh squeezed, add in 1/2 tablespoon of honey.  Mix and shoot it to the back of the throat where you gargle for 1 minute.  Repeat every 30 minutes until symptoms subside.

Sea salt – Make a gargle of sea salt and water and use several times a day.

I hope that helps.  If you have any home remedies that work that were not listed, please comment on the post!

From my open heart to yours,

Shanell

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