Laryngitis is a condition in which the voice box known as the larynx gets inflamed. Mostly viruses and bacteria cause this condition but it also occurs if you use your voice too much or overstrain the voice box by shouting and yelling at the top of your voice. The larynx becomes swollen and irritated and causes fever, hoarseness and congestion. There is a constant scratchy feeling in the throat accompanied by pain.
It usually begins with a sore throat. Initially there is a tingling sensation in the throat which later develops into hoarseness and the inability to speak. You feel a sort of obstruction in the throat which makes you want to clear it constantly. Your voice comes out as a croak and talking and swallowing becomes very painful. If you are a chain smoker you are more likely to suffer from this condition as tobacco smoke increases the mass of the larynx.
Heat a glass of water. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt into it. Gargle well, allowing the water to remain in the throat for a few seconds. The hot water soothes the throat and salt reduces the swelling. Use this gargle three times a day till the pain and itchiness vanish.
Ginger tea works wonders for the throat and the larynx. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties get rid of the infection and the swelling very quickly and efficaciously.
Grate fresh ginger and boil two teaspoons of it in two cups of water. Boil until the water is reduced to half. Strain the decoction and add two teaspoons of honey to it. Sip it slowly. You will feel immediate relief. Honey soothes and calms the irritated voice box. Drink three cups daily until the pain is completely gone and your speech is restored.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic and is widely used in curing innumerable diseases and ailments. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties make it very efficient in dealing with all kinds of infections. It reduces swelling and heals quickly. It is rich in essential minerals and vitamins which fight diseases and enhance body health. Take four cloves of garlic and chop them finely. Heat one teaspoon of ghee and roast the chopped garlic in it for one minute. Add some salt and eat this mixture twice a day. Within a short time the hoarseness will disappear completely.
Cinnamon is very effective in laryngitis. Together with honey it works wonders for the whole body. It cures and heals a number of diseases. Its clears congestion and stimulates the blood circulation which in turn heals the membranes and tissues in the larynx.
Boil a cup of water and add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and three teaspoons of honey to it. Drink this mixture three times a day. The antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon will soon cure laryngitis.
Clove has warming and soothing properties. Its essential oils are rich in anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. It not only reduces swelling and gets rid of the infections but it also soothes the mucous membrane in the larynx. Mix four drops of clove oil in a teaspoon of honey and take this mixture three times daily.