How To Get Rid Of Laryngitis, Naturally?
Slippery elm (ulmus rubra), an herb native to North America, is an amazing remedy to treat laryngitis. Slippery elm contains mucilage, a polysaccharide which becomes gel when mixed with a liquid. This gel like substance soothes and coats the mouth and throat which provides instant relief from the symptoms of laryngitis. Slippery elm also heal the mucous membranes that have been irritated or injured by acid reflux.
Note: Do not use slippery elm if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You will need
- Slippery elm powder 1 teaspoon
- Boiling water 1 cup
Put a teaspoon of powdered slippery elm in boiling water and let it stay for few minutes. It will turn into a gel. Swallow the gel twice a day for 2 days.
Licorice, also known as sweet root, is a great home remedy to treat respiratory problems, such as dry throat, hoarseness and throat irritation. Licorice helps in the production of healthy mucous which is great for proper respiratory functioning. Licorice also soothes intestines and keep acid reflux and heart burn at bay which is necessary duration the problem.
You will need
- Licorice root (dried) 1 teaspoon
- Water 1 1/2cup
Put licorice root in water and let it boil for 10 minutes. Strain and drink warm.
Essential oils for laryngitis
Some of the essential oils particularly good for laryngitis include ginger, eucalyptus, thyme, rose, sandalwood, peppermint, chamomile, and lemon. These essential oils soothe the irritated membranes of the larynx and provide a protective coating. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of these oils help reduce inflammation and combat bacteria. You can add 2-3 drops of any of the above oils in a bowl of boiling water, drape a towel over your head, close your eyes, relax, and inhale the steam from the hot water for about 5 minutes.
Tips to prevent laryngitis
Well, the remedies discussed above are surely effective to get rid of laryngitis but there are ways to prevent the problem forever by simple life style modifications.
- Do not speak too loudly or too softly as both can stress the vocal cords.
- Quit or limit smoking as inhaling smoke dries out the vocal cards.
- Avoid or limit tea and coffee as they have a drying action on the throat.
- Avoid or limit alcohol and carbonated drinks as they dehydrate the body and also irritate the throat. If you are consuming alcohol, then compensate with plenty of water.
- Also avoid high acidic fruits like grapefruit, oranges and tomatoes.
- Avoid dry and overly salty food.
- Use a humidifier at night especially during winter season as dry air absorbs moisture from our body quickly.
- Brush and floss twice a day with an alcohol free tooth rinse. Also opt for tooth paste that contains fluoride.
- Avoid cradling the phone while talking as cradling for extended period could cause muscle tension in the neck.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drink plenty of water throughout the course of the day. Aim to drink 10-12 glasses a day.