Whether it is overuse or bacterial infection the voice box or larynx can get affected. You may suffer from laryngitis. Laryngitis is different from sore throat. In laryngitis you will have loss of voice and your voice will sound more like the sound of a frog crocking. Both bacterial infection and too much of yelling can result in inflammation of the voice box and its folds. You can suffer from both acute and chronic laryngitis.
Acute laryngitis lasts for not more than 3 days. If you are suffering for more than 3 days then it is chronic laryngitis. Chronic laryngitis is commonly caused by excessive smoking. In few cases laryngitis can be a side effect of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The treatment for laryngitis is based on the cause behind it. However, there are a lot of herbs that can help you to get relief from the symptoms of laryngitis. Based on the precipitating factor you can apply specific herb to cure laryngitis. Let us explore some of the herbal remedies for laryngitis.
Herbal Remedies For Laryngitis
Steam inhalation helps in soothing the voice box, but adding some eucalyptus oil to it will fortify the effect of steam and heal laryngitis.
Eucalyptus oil has soothing effect on the mucus, it can loosen mucus and kill some microorganisms. It is also anti-inflammatory in nature. Therefore, if your laryngitis is due to infection then eucalyptus is the answer.
Ginger is a highly anti-inflammatory herb. It has been used since ancient times to treat inflammations of throat as well as voice box. The anti-inflammatory and antibiotic nature of ginger can bring down the inflammation of the larynx and alleviate the symptoms of laryngitis.
You can take two cups of ginger tea to get some relief. You can also inhale the smell of ginger by blending one ginger root and mixing it in a bowl of steaming water. In fact this process is a more powerful antidote against laryngitis.
If your laryngitis is due to gastroesophageal reflux disease then you have to cure this first. For this you can use marshmallow.
Root of this herb has the ability to absorb excess stomach acid. It is also smooth on the stomach lining. Steep some marshmallow root in water and let it stay overnight. Drink the water in the morning regularly to alleviate acid reflux and thereby laryngitis.
Chamomile is antibiotic in nature and it is used for treating various conditions such as sore throat and cold. You can take chamomile tea to treat laryngitis as well.
You can mix some honey to it. Honey being an anti-inflammatory in itself can fortify the effect of chamomile. So drink at least two cups of chamomile tea every day mixed with honey. You will recover from laryngitis slowly.
This herb has been used traditionally to cure infections as well as inflammation of the respiratory tract. This can be made use of in treating laryngitis. You can take 2 to 4 gm of dried barberry root and steep in a cup of water. Keep it standing overnight and in the morning drink the liquid.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.