Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx and vocal cords which results in hoarseness or complete loss of the voice. There may be pharyngitis as well producing a sore throat as well as loss of voice. It is usually caused by a viral infection.
Natural remedies can be used to help clear the condition, but if it doesn’t resolve within 2 weeks you should consult your doctor.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Sage, thyme and rosemary||Anti-viral, antiseptic and anti-spasmodic.||Use a teaspoon of each in a cup of hot water and let it infuse for 10 minutes. Strain and use the liquid to gargle.|
|Echinacea||Enhances immune function by increasing the production of white blood cells and stimulating activation of white blood cells. It appears that echinacea is most effective taken at the onset of an infection. In long-term use many herbalists suggest that a 1-2 week break be taken every 8 weeks or so.||1 to 5 gm at 2 hourly intervals|
|Tea tree oil||Use diluted as a gargle, anti-septic.||3 drops to a glass of hot water|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Drink lots of hot water, at least 6 glasses a day. Make a drink hot water, a dessert spoon of honey (preferably Manuka) and the juice of half a lemon and sip 4 times daily.
Fresh pineapple juice contains anti-inflammatory, healing enzymes.
Support your immune system.
Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)