Do you find a certain raspy, hoarse quality to your voice lately? When the vocal chords are strained too much or irritated, they become inflamed. The resultant swelling produces the hoarseness in your voice. Throat infections and colds are also reasons for sudden hoarseness of throat.
If you suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), the acidic fluids that you regurgitate can irritate your voice box. In case of prolonged illness, it is best to consult with a physician. Otherwise, there are several home remedies for hoarseness that are certain to bring you some relief.
Home Remedies For Hoarseness
Here’s a common spice that works as a home remedy for hoarse throats. Cayenne pepper stimulates the release of mucus from the respiratory passages. You can mix 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper into 1 glass of warm water and drink it twice a day. If you find it difficult to stomach the spice, you can make a gargle with 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/2 glass of warm water and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. This will help reduce the inflammation in your throat.
Turmeric And Milk Concoction
Turmeric imparts a yellow shade that is peculiar to Indian gravies and curries. It serves as a home remedy for a variety of health problems and is presently being evaluated for cancer fighting properties.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and is therefore useful in treating hoarseness at home. Boil 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder in 1 glass of milk. Once the milk changes color, boil for a few minutes more and turn off the flame. Sip on the milk once it is warm enough to drink.
Its acidic quality make vinegar an ideal ingredient for gargles. It is a natural astringent and has antibacterial properties. Mix one part of vinegar with 4-5 parts of water. Gargle with this concoction. It may cause a slight burning sensation due to the acetic nature of vinegar. Always use a diluted solution of vinegar for gargling.
Lemon is featured as a home remedy for almost every upper respiratory problem. It is antibacterial and is commonly used in soothing concoctions for hoarse throats. Add one teaspoon of lemon juice to 1 glass of warm water. Stir in a teaspoon of honey and sip on the drink. You can also add the same quantity of lemon juice to a cup of hot tea (without milk).
Soups strongly flavored with lemon are also excellent for relieving hoarseness. Some recommend sucking on a wedge of lemon. However, given the highly acidic nature of the fruit, its undiluted form is likely to aggravate the problem than help with it.
Holy Basil Leaves (Tulsi)
This culinary herb is said to have antibacterial and antioxidant properties and is used in the preparation of various Ayurvedic medicines. It can be used to prepare concoctions to treat common colds, coughs and other respiratory tract infections. Boil 10-12 holy basil leaves in 1-2 glasses of water. Strain into a glass and drink while it is warm. You can drink this mixture 2-3 times a day.
The oil extracted from the eucalyptus leaf is useful in treating respiratory ailments. It is anticatarrhal, antimicrobial and is also a natural analgesic. Since it is an essential oil, it must be diluted before use. Boil water and pour it into a large bowl. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapor rising out of the bowl. This will loosen the mucous membranes.
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.