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The best home remedies for self-treatment of hoarseness
There are a number of effective home remedies for hoarseness that we would like to introduce to you below. Hoarseness often occurs in the context of simple colds. The voice is rough and brittle, speaking is difficult and sometimes painful. Sometimes the symptoms are also caused by inflammation of the larynx, vocal cord or throat. If hoarseness persists or occurs without further cold symptoms, an ear, nose and throat doctor should take a look at the vocal cords to rule out vocal cord nodules or other changes. Otherwise, proven home remedies from naturopathy can support healing and strengthen the voice again.
First aid for hoarseness: Ban on speaking and hot soup
The top priority in hoarseness is to remain silent or at least speak little. Whispers in particular should be avoided because the vocal cords rub against each other, which intensifies rather than relieves the irritation.
If there is a need for warmth, a warm scarf or a potato wrap can be put on. For this, three to five boiled potatoes are crushed and distributed on a linen cloth. Then fold this in and place it on your neck, then cover the pad with a second cloth. The wrap should be worn until it no longer emits heat.
Not only if a cold is the cause, a few days of fasting with soup and tea can be taken right at the beginning of the symptoms. Of course, this also includes avoiding irritants such as tobacco smoke, alcohol and hot spices. These measures can considerably shorten the course of the disease.
Moist air and ethereal fragrance
Dry air intensifies the symptoms. If there is hoarseness, make sure there is sufficient humidity. To do this, hang wet towels in the room or place them over the heaters. Alternatively, a bowl of water can be placed on the heater.
If a few drops of essential oils are added, for example peppermint, thyme, lavender or spruce needles, these additionally exude their antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant and relaxing active ingredients. A handkerchief, which is drizzled with a few drops of eucalyptus oil and placed next to the pillow overnight, is also soothing.
Schüßler salts and homeopathy
If the voice becomes brittle and hoarse during the onset of a cold, the mineral should immediately be added Ferrum phosphoricum (No. 3). One tablet can dissolve in the oral cavity every half an hour until the acute phase is over. After a few days, the dose can be reduced to one tablet three times a day.
With a larynx catarrh, the intake of Potassium chloratum (No.4) and Potassium sulfuricum (No. 6) recommended, which are also taken alternately every half hour.
If the hoarseness is based on an underactive thyroid, the Schüssler salts Potassium bromatum (No. 14) and Potassium iodatum (No. 15) may be helpful. Hoarseness with exhaustion and vocal cord paralysis can occur with Potassium phosphoricum (No. 5) can be improved.
In the field of homeopathy, Causticum and Phosphorus are often used against hoarseness.
Healing herbs and gemstones for hoarseness
Herbs that contain mucus are particularly suitable for hoarseness and laryngitis. A good home remedy is tea made from Icelandic moss, mallow leaves or marshmallow root, because it envelops and flatters the dry, irritated vocal cords.
Coltsfoot also has an expectorant effect. For a tea, one or two teaspoons of coltsfoot leaves are poured with a quarter liter of hot water and left to steep for ten minutes. Drink two to three cups a day for two to four weeks.
Gargling with chamomile tea, salted water or heated blackberry juice can alleviate the symptoms as well as lozenges with Emser salt and Icelandic moss. Thyme or sage sweets can help, not least by stimulating saliva production and thus ensuring moist mucous membranes.
If you have gemstones in the house, you can use hoarse chalcedony and lapis lazuli, which are applied directly or applied or taken as a gemstone tincture in the area of the larynx.
Soothing neck wraps with curd cheese and onions
Quark wraps are a proven and traditional application for sore throats and hoarseness. For this you need ordinary low-fat curd cheese, which you spread on a cloth about half a centimeter thick. This should be so big that it can be placed around the neck about one and a half times. Wrap the sides of the cloth so that the curd is inside and press the wrap against your neck. For the necessary stability, wrap another dry linen cloth or a wool scarf over it.
The curd wrap should remain on the neck for around 15 minutes and be used at least once a day, and more frequently if necessary. With quark, it is important that it does not come directly from the refrigerator, but ideally has already warmed up to around 18 degrees Celsius. If this is not the case, the wrap can be brought to room temperature before placing it, for example by placing it on a heater in a plastic bag.
Onion wraps are one of the oldest home remedies for hoarseness. For this, three onions are heated, peeled and chopped in the oven. Spread the pieces on a linen cloth, wrap it and put it around your neck. Then fix the pad with a second cloth. The onion wrap can be used up to three times a day and should always remain on the neck until it no longer radiates heat. (jvs, nr)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Jeanette Viñals Stein, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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