15 Mind Blowing Ways to Beat Laryngitis Fast

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If you have ever had laryngitis (and chances are you have) then you know it can be a real pain in the….throat! You gag, your words stop short in a coughing fit, and you can barely talk. Even when you can talk, you sound an awful lot like Kermit the frog or Mickey Mouse.

Common causes of laryngitis are bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, smoking or exposure to smoky areas, excessive use of the voice through singing, yelling, or a chronic irritation of the vocal chords, upper respiratory infections, or as a consequence of some other disease such pneumonia, bronchitis, measles, whooping cough, a common cold, or flu virus.

Although most cases of laryngitis disappear in 3 to 14 days. If your Kermit voice has not disappeared within 21 days, or if you also experience a high fever, difficulty breathing, begin to cough up blood, experience wheezing, have a loss of appetite or have difficulty swallowing food, you should see your doctor.

But for those common, everyday laryngitis moments, when it hurts to talk or you can’t talk at all, check out our top 15 mind blowing ways that you can help to kick that laryngitis to the curb faster than you can say “Muppet Reunion.”

 

1.  Super Herbal Infusion

Try making some of this tea for super-fast healing power that should restore your voice in no time. Mix 1 tablespoon of marshmallow leaves, 1 teaspoon of coltsfoot leaves, 1 teaspoon of licorice root, and one teaspoon of mullein leaves. Cover these herbs with 1.5 cups of boiling water and allow to steep (covered) for about 20 to 30 minutes. Strain, add a teaspoon of honey, and drink two or three times each day until you recover your voice.

 

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has both antibacterial and acidic compounds that will help to kill off the infection and swelling, which should restore your voice. You can mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water to make a gargle solution. You can gargle three or four times each day with this. Alternatively, mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of raw, organic honey. Drink this several times each day. If you like, you can also add some water to dilute the apple cider vinegar.

 

3.  Aloe Vera

The gel from this plant has super healing compounds that work both inside and outside. Mix two teaspoons of aloe vera gel with two teaspoons of raw, organic honey. Swallow this once each day. Make sure the aloe vera gel is fresh. You can also mix some gel with a bit of water to make a gargle that you can use three or more times each day.

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4. Salt Water

Using saltwater will help to kill both bacteria and viruses, as well as help to ease the pain and swelling. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water. Gargle with this mixture 4 or more times each day. Try to get the water as far back in your throat as possible, but don’t swallow it. Gargle as long as you can. Afterwards, avoid eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes to allow the salt to do its job.

 

5.  Couch Grass

Although this herb is well known for treating kidney-problems, it is not as well known for its ability to treat laryngitis. Couch grass will help to remove phlegm from the throat and upper respiratory tract, which will encourage healing. Boil some couch grass in a cup of water for 5 minutes, and then allow to cool. Strain, and then use this tea as a gargle. Gargle at least 3 times a day.

 

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is a super anti-inflammatory that will encourage healing as well as ease the soreness. Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of milk (you can warm the milk if you like). Drink one glass two or three times each day until your symptoms improve.

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7.  Ginger

This spice has plenty of antimicrobial compounds which will help kill off viral or bacterial infections. It is also soothing to your throat, relieving both pain and inflammation. Make your own ginger tea by boiling 2 teaspoons of grated ginger root in 2 cups of boiling water. Boil this until it reduces down to 1 cup of water. Strain, add two teaspoons of raw, organic honey, and drink three times each day. If you really like the taste of ginger, you can cut up some fresh ginger root and suck on the pieces during the day to allow the juice to relieve the pain and inflammation in your throat as well.

 

8. Honey

Raw, organic honey has powerful antibacterial compounds that can help to kill infections, soothe the throat, and clear out any mucus blockage as it eases inflammation. Eat one tablespoon of honey 4 times each day at regular intervals. Always be sure that you are using raw, organic honey and not the junk from the supermarket.

 

9. Garlic

Peel a clove or two of organic garlic and crush it slightly with your teeth and simply suck the juice out of it. Do this a couple times each day for super quick recovery time. Garlic has powerful antimicrobial compounds, which will help to kill the bacteria and viruses that are often the root cause of laryngitis. You can also crush a few garlic cloves and mix it with honey to make a kind of paste. Swallow one teaspoon of this mixture, then a glass of water, three or four times each day.

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10. Cinnamon

This is another tasty spice that has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to heal your throat quickly. Make a cinnamon tea by adding 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 3 teaspoons of honey in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes and drink three times each day.

 

11. Chamomile, Peppermint, and Sage Tea

This is another terrific herbal mixture that you can drink and gargle with. You can use one teabag each of chamomile, peppermint, and sage to make a super strong tea with powerful healing compounds. Drink this tea three times each day and make an extra cup or two to gargle with at least twice or day.

 

12. Cloves

Clove oil will warm the throat and ease pain and inflammation. Mix 4 drops of clove oil into one teaspoon of honey and eat this three times each day.

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13. Lemons

You can use either lemon juice or lemon tea to help get rid of viruses, bacterial infections, and promote healing. You can mix the juice of half of an organic lemon and a teaspoon of raw, organic honey in a glass of warm water. You can also make a gargle solution of lemon mixed with warm water and gargle with this three or four times each day. Lemon tea mixed with honey is also another good choice to help clear out your throat.

 

14.  Green Tea

Green tea contains tons of healthy compounds that will help your throat heal while easing the pain and irritation. Add some raw, organic honey to green tea for a double helping of healing goodness.

 

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15. Raisins

This is an old fashioned home remedy that is said to work well. Boil ¼ cup of raisins in 1 cup of water. Eat the raisins and drink the water three or four times each day.

Extra Tips:

  • Speak as little as possible to allow your throat and vocal chords to rest while they heal.
  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially water and herbal teas.
  • Add a humidifier to your room to keep your throat moist.
  • Keep your nose clear and breathe through your nose, as breathing through your mouth will dry out your throat and expose your larynx to cold air.
  • Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke.

References:

Umm.edu

Online.liebertpub.com

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Bidmc.org