Cricket is worshiped like a religion at my home. The cricket league season in these hot summers is like a refreshing tang, where we hoot and cheer for our teams with the most honest zeal. This shouting – at the top of our voices – has proved a little costly to my sister. Because of excessive strain on her vocal cords, she has got stuck with laryngitis.
Laryngitis is not a severe, long-term or a disastrous disorder. It is a temporary condition caused due to extra pressure or inflammation of the vocal cords; resulting into loss of voice, hoarse or croaking frog-like sound and inflammation in throat. Laryngitis should not be confused with the sore throat in cold and cough.
It can be caused due to various reasons such as upper respiratory infection, chronic irritation in vocal cords, excessive talking or shouting, singing and in some cases though cold.There are various home-made, simple to use, natural remedies available which help in overcoming the uncomfortable condition of Laryngitis.
Effective Home-Remedies for Laryngitis
Lukewarm Salty Water
We would have always heard our mother suggesting gargle with warm water whenever we complain of inflammation in vocal cords; and most of the times we would have ridiculed the idea. But consider it again. Lukewarm salt water works wonders in providing immediate relief to vocal cords.
On one hand, the alkaline nature of salt kills the bacteria and virus, and on the other hand, it provides soothing effect to the paining throat. Simply gargle with warm water containing half teaspoon of salt, several times a day. Excessive addition of salt should be avoided as it may increase the irritation in throat.
Apart from salty water, gargle with lemon juice also helps in destroying the bacteria and virus in the vocal cord. Add one teaspoon lemon juice and half teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water. Gargle with this water three to four times a day.
The acidic nature of lemon will loosen the mucus membrane around vocal cords and provide a soothing effect from the inflammation in throat. Try it, to believe it.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Gargle with apple cider vinegar also helps in healing laryngitis. Simply add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to plain drinking water and gargle with it for about three to four times a day.
Alternatively, if you feel that gargling is further stressing your vocal cord, you can drink the said preparation at a gap of three to four hours.
Garlic contains an anti-microbial content called allicin which acts on bacteria and viruses and kills them. Cut the raw garlic clove into two pieces, and put them in two corners of mouth. Slowly, as you swallow, the juice of garlic will squeeze out and help in getting instant relief from laryngitis.
You can repeat this remedy three to four times a day as per requirement. Simple, isn’t it? The only drawback of this remedy is that it creates that typical garlic breath, which may be embarrassing.
This Indian spice gives magical relief in Laryngitis. Add fresh ginger slice in a small cup of water and allow it to boil for 10-15 minutes. Take this water at room temperature for at least two to three times a day. Ginger acts on the burning mucous membrane and provides relieving effect from the throat pain.
Another excellent remedy in treating Laryngitis is honey. The astringent property of honey gives relief from the irritating throat and clears it off. Directly consume honey for about four to five times a day. Another method of having honey is by preparing herbal tea with lemon.
Prepare the tea by adding one tablespoon of lemon juice and two teaspoon of honey to one cup of boiling water. This tea has double action – lemon dissolves the mucus membrane and honey will give the soothing effect.
Onion is the choice of everyone when it comes to adding flavor and taste to food. It also serves as an effective remedy in treating laryngitis. Prepare thick onion syrup by adding small pieces of three to four onions in four cups of boiling water. Allow it to boil till its consistency becomes as thick as syrup.
Add five tablespoon of this syrup in one glass of warm water and have it. Few drops of honey and lemon can be added to enhance the taste.Along with these home remedies, giving your vocal cord some rest is a must. If the hoarseness in the voice and pain continues to persist for more than 3-4 days, advice of a doctor must be sought.
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