Laryngitis remedies that use essential oils are far superior to most over-the-counter synthetic options because they create deep healing, rather than simply covering up symptoms. You’ll get over laryngitis faster and feel better while you heal and afterward.
What is laryngitis?
It is an inflammation usually caused by an infection of the vocal cords. It is often the result of an upper respiratory infection of some sort starting with a sinus infection, a cold, sore throat, etc. and settling on the vocal cords. The strings swell, changing the sound of your voice. In severe cases, the voice becomes a hoarse whisper. Your cords will often be covered with a hard, dry, encrusted mucus that needs to be dissolved.
With the approval of your health professional, try these remedies.
Try an aromatic mouthwash
Make an antibacterial mouthwash using two drops of tea tree oil in half a cup of warm water. Put it in a water bottle or resealable container and shake vigorously to disperse the oil molecules in the water. Immediately gargle and swallow.
The lick trick
You will want to frequently take a trace of tea tree and mix it with the saliva in your mouth and swallow. We call this the “lick trick” because it’s easier to lick the trail of oil off the back of your hand. You don’t want too much.
Put a drop of spearmint or peppermint essential oil in all of your drinking water every day, even for a month after you feel better. This will give you a deep clean and you will love the refreshing taste of the water. When you have laryngitis, drink more water than usual to help dissolve mucus from your vocal cords.
Antihistamines or any over-the-counter remedy designed to stop or dry up cough or cold symptoms would make laryngitis worse, so always avoid cold and cough remedies. Using these synthetic remedies tends to drive the infection deeper into your body and actually manifests itself elsewhere. Work with your body to naturally loosen mucus and allow the infection to run its course quickly and naturally. Using oils in many different therapies will speed up the process and help clear the infection completely for deep and permanent healing.
Using oils in a compress
Prepare a simple compress with four to five drops of a respiratory mixture in half a cup of hot water. Use a blend of oils like rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus radiata, fir, peppermint, ravensara, or spearmint. You can also use one or two of these oils on their own. Dip a cloth in the mixture, wring it out and apply it to the base of the neck covered with a dry cloth.
Oils in the steam of boiling water
Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and add a few drops of a respiratory blend or one of the individual oils discussed above. Drape a towel over your head to contain the steam and inhale deeply until the fragrance begins to wear off. You can blow on the water to stir and increase steam. Add a few more drops and inhale until you have inhaled about 20 drops of oil in total. Keep reheating the water as many times as necessary.
Do not diffuse oils in a dry room when you have laryngitis. That only hardens the mucous. Instead, you can diffuse the oils in a steamy bathroom while showering or bathing. In fact, using about 20 drops of oil in a warm Epsom salt bath and at the same time turning on the diffuser, also with about 20 drops of oil will help break up mucus as you soak.
How to Avoid the Cough Stage of a Respiratory Infection
For many people, the last stage of a cold is usually bronchitis, unless you can stop the infection on its way down the respiratory system. An infection often starts as a virus in the sinuses or throat, then develops into laryngitis, and finally bronchitis.
Do everything you can, from taking lots of essential oil capsules, taking hot baths or showers at night and in the morning while diffusing the oils, putting respiratory oils on your feet and chest after every bath, and using oils all over your body. Water.
At the first sign of a cough, try to stop it before your bronchioles swell. Put cool compresses with peppermint oil on your chest at night before bed to keep your bronchioles cool and calm. If you start to cough during the day, drink some herbal tea or warm water with a drop of one of your favorite oils, like peppermint, spearmint, basil, or lemon.