Losing your voice is usually not painful, but it can cause a lot of inconvenience. Losing your voice is due to a condition that is commonly known as laryngitis. It occurs when your voice box or larynx becomes irritated or swollen.
Upper respiratory infection, exposure to chemicals, flu, a cold or allergies are some of the factors that can lead to this inconvenient condition. There are a number of home remedies that help in treating laryngitis.
Gargling with a mixture of warm water (1 cup) and salt (1/2 teaspoon) provides relief to this problem. Gargling several times throughout the day will help treating this condition. The mixture is saline, when it is mixed in the above proportions.
Too much salt may dry the membranes, which makes the condition worse. Make sure to gargle gently, as too much force can aggravate the throat and also prolongs voice loss. Lemon juice can be included in the solution, as it stimulates saliva and also moistens the throat.
Gargling with a lukewarm solution of honey and lemon can reduce irritation and inflammation of the larynx. Take a bowl and squeeze about half a lemon and add honey to it gradually until you obtain a solution that flows freely. In case, you have added too much honey then you can include more lemon juice.
Pour this mixture into your mouth. Tilt your head a little, holding the mixture at the back of the throat and avoid drinking it. Swish the warm solution back & forth. Repeat this process several times before spitting out. You can repeat this as often as required. Make sure that you do not gargle forcefully, as it can injure the vocal cords. Do this gently and avoid overdoing the gargling sound.
Garlic is known for its antibiotic effect. You can consume garlic soup that is seasoned with various herbs. There are a number of recipes for preparing the garlic soup.
You can choose one that is easier to make. Also, you can suck on garlic slice, as the sliced garlic releases allicin, which is an antimicrobial substance. Allicin helps in killing bacteria, including some viruses.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help in treating laryngitis. Make ginger tea using fresh ginger root.
Steep the root in water for about 30 minutes. Sip this tea several times in a day. Also, you can add honey to the tea. Ginger soothes inflamed mucous membranes present in the larynx.
Bacteria and viruses cannot survive in an acidic environment. Therefore, vinegar which is a weak acid can help in getting rid of several infectious organisms. Mix equal amounts of water and vinegar in a cup and use this solution to gargle 2 to 4 times a day. Although you can gargle with vinegar directly, some people may find it to be too strong.
Stay hydrated as it keeps the throat moistened. You can drink about 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day. Also, warm non-caffeinated drinks can provide a soothing effect.
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