Laryngitis is an acute inflammation of the larynx and vocal chords, leading to a very sore throat, hoarseness and even loss of voice. Laryngitis may follow on from a cold or other infection or be due to overstraining the voice by shouting, severe coughing or irritations such as smoke or dust.
Home remedies for Laryngitis
Laryngitis Treatment using Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
The best method for treatment is undoubtedly steam inhalation; the natural choice of oil is probably Benzoin, but you could also use sandalwood or Thyme. As the oils vaporize with the steam, they soothe the dry, inflamed membranes and ease the breathing as well as being highly antiseptic.
Herbalism - Herbal Remedies for Laryngitis
Local treatment is by gargle; there are a number of useful herbs for this, they are most effective as tinctures, otherwise use cooled infusions. Choose from these astringent herbs: Sage, Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) or Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus), which will help to tone up the puffy membranes. For a very soothing effect, add Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) to the gargle, or take 10 ml (2 tsp) of a decoction of the root 3 or 4 times a day.
Homeopathy and Laryngitis Treatment
One of these remedies should be suitable in the short term:
ACONITE: for sudden laryngitis following exposure to cold, dry winds, with a high temperature and a dry cough.
Naturopathy - Natural home cures for Laryngitis
Cut out dairy produce to reduce excess catarrh, and take plenty of fruit juices. Try placing a cold compress around the throat, if the problem has been around for a while, it may be an idea to use a hot compress followed by a cold one.