It is best to rest the voice while the larynx is inflamed. A person with laryngitis should avoid talking loudly to rest the vocal cords. They should rather speak softly, but never whisper, as this will further strain the voice. Resting along with steam inhalations and avoidance of smoke or other irritants will allow the larynx to recover and heal.
Lifestyle changes are often the most important factor in the prevention of recurrent laryngitis. It is also imperative that you stop smoking naturally to avoid damaging your throat and larynx. One should also avoid food and liquids for two to three hours before retiring to bed in order to prevent active acid secretion by the stomach during sleep. Raising the head of the bed will protect the larynx from acid reflux from the stomach during sleep. Clearing the throat should be avoided as well, as this can worsen symptoms, and it should rather be substituted for swallowing to clear bothersome throat secretions.
Natural Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies for Laryngitis
Herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used for centuries to treat a number of conditions. The larynx is another bodily organ that can be soothed by a number of proven herbal and homeopathic ingredients. Such ingredients include Gelsemium, a homeopathic remedy well-known for its ability to reduce the symptoms of sore throat and influenza.
Mercurius solubilis has been used medicinally in its raw form since the times of ancient Egypt to treat a range of infections. Manufactured in safe homeopathic potency, this homeopathic ingredient is particularly effective in the treatment of all mouth and throat infections, including infected throats, tonsils, tooth abscesses, and oral thrush. It is also recommended for fever, sinusitis, and ear infections.
While these ingredients help relieve troubling laryngitis symptoms, other herbal ingredients are especially helpful in assisting the body’s ability to fight off infection. Olea europea (extract of Olive leaf) is used to fight a variety of illnesses and to protect the body against disease, ailments, and infection of all types. Olea europea destroys viruses by stimulating the immune system to produce white blood cells and by preventing the replication of viruses – as nature intended. Another well-known herb, Echinacea purpurea, is often used for its immune-strengthening properties, helping to resolve the underlying infection without the adverse effects associated with antibiotic use.
There are a number of herbal and homeopathic remedies that can be of great benefit for someone suffering with laryngitis. Since immune deficiency is one of the highlighted causes of this infection, naturally boosting the immune system is the first course of action for many people.
Herbs such as Echinacea purpurea, Astragalus membranaceous, Inula helenium and Withania somnifera are well-documented for their antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as their ability to strengthen and assist the immune system. These herbs not only help to treat current infections, but work well as a preventative measure so that the laryngitis does not reoccur.
In addition, there are also homeopathic and herbal ingredients specific to skin ailments that can help speed recovery and keep the affected area clean and clear from harmful bacteria. Silicea, a homeopathic tissue salt, is very effective in helping the body to expel all foreign or toxic matter, including pus, and is frequently recommended in homeopathic dosage to quickly alleviate laryngitis. In addition, naturopaths often recommend liver and systemic cleansing herbs such as Silybum marianus and Gallium aperine for the treatment of recurring Laryngitis.