Voice Loss: Get your Voice Back with These Natural Remedies
Are you suffering from voice loss? Are you sick of taking medication and prefer homemade remedies? Find out what to do about it in the article below.
We don’t often realize how important something is until we don’t have it anymore. This applies especially to our voices. We are so used to speaking, singing, yelling, etc., that we often take our voice for granted. Because of this, suffering from voice loss can be very annoying. Find out how to naturally help with this problem in this article.
Common causes for voice loss
- Speaking with a voice much louder than normal
- Inhalation of tobacco smoke or other gases that cause irritation
- Ingestion of irritating or toxic products
- Coughing or hoarseness
- Singing with bad technique
- Lesions in the vocal cords (nodules or polyps)
- Respiratory illnesses
- Extreme temperatures (the ingestion of extremely hot or extremely cold beverages, extremely cold weather, etc.)2
- Breathing badly (for example, breathing through your mouth at night)
- Emotional or nerve issues
If aphonia persists more than 3 or 4 days, we recommend you consult with an ear, nose, and throat specialist for them to examine your larynx and rule out other causes.
Once a doctor has identified the cause and prescribed a treatment, there are some small tricks that can help you improve more quickly.
In addition to getting rid of everything that might aggravate the inflammation (tobacco, alcohol, etc.) we should try to make sure that the neck is warm enough, taking care, especially, during cold weather to cover it up appropriately.
To follow, we will be discussing some natural foods and supplements that can help you get better faster. If you depend on your voice (if you’re a teacher, singer, actor, etc.) try consuming them every day.
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Natural remedies for voice loss
Ginger is a highly-recommended food to take care of our vocal cords. You can consume it fresh, as an infusion, dried, or candied. You can also apply it to the neck as an essential oil (diluted a bit with almond oil).
Antibacterial onion and brown sugar syrup: Boil two onions with half a liter of water for twenty minutes. Add two or three tablespoons of brown sugar to the liquid that remains. Take it in gulps throughout the day.
Thyme infusion: Thyme has many healing properties. To enjoy them, prepare an infusion and drink with the juice from half a lemon and some honey. This is also great for gargling.
Propolis: This natural antibiotic can be taken with hot water throughout the day.
Sage and plantain infusion: these two plants are rich in plant mucilage, a type of soluble fire with emollient (softening and smoothening) properties and that repairs mucosae. Prepare an infusion for drinking and gargle.
Olive oil, honey, and lemon: Mix a tablespoon of olive oil (extra virgin, cold-pressed), a tablespoon of lemon juice, and two tablespoons of honey. Then, take one tablespoon of the mixture four times a day, until you get better.
Agrimony: This is an excellent plant that smooths the voice and clears the throat. Take it as an extract or an infusion. Also, you can gargle with it.
Licorice: This root helps to expel phlegm and lower the inflammation of the respiratory tract. You can drink it as an infusion (it will need to boil for a while if the root is thick) or in natural pills that you can find at Whole Foods. However, be careful because licorice is not recommended for people with hypertension.
Stretching of the vocal chords
One interesting and surprising exercise that helps to quickly lower inflammation of the vocal cords consists of grabbing the tongue (with a clean cloth) and stretching it gently out of the mouth, moving it lightly in all directions.
You should do this for a few seconds at a time and repeat two or three times. Although the sensation is strange, when you finish you will notice an improvement.
Homeopathy for voice loss
Homeopathic remedies can help to quickly strengthen the effects of other natural remedies.
- For people who have overused their voices: Argentum Metallicum or Rhus Tox
- Aphonia caused by cold and humidity: Dulcamara
- For people who lost their voices from yelling: Arnica
- Aphonia caused by dry cold: Causticum
- If your throat also hurts: Causticum
- Changes in tone following a speech: Arum Triphillum
- Aphonia caused by nervousness: Geslenium
Once you have chosen a remedy, allow three grains to dissolve under the tongue three times a day. Spread out your intake between meals, drinks, and strong flavors.
We recommend consulting with a doctor or naturopath before undergoing any natural treatments.