Home Remedy for Strained Vocal Cords

By Jenny Seyfried

The vocal cords are located inside the voice box, or larynx, and consist of two bands of muscle tissue that stretch when a person talks. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, strained vocal chords are caused when people use their voice too much or frequently talk too loud. When the vocal cords are strained, no sound or very little will come out when trying to speak, making it difficult to communicate verbally. Fortunately, strained vocal cords will heal in time and some home remedies help them heal faster.

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Fluids

Vocal cords need to be hydrated, so drinking water is a very important step in the healing process. According to Health911.com, a good way to heal strained vocal cords is by mixing 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar with 4 oz. of water. This drink should be consumed once an hour, for seven hours during the day. Gargling onion syrup is another method of healing strained vocal cords. To make the syrup, place one chopped onion in a saucepan with 4 cups of water and 1/2 to 2/3 cup of raw honey. Simmer until the honey and water becomes syrupy. Separate the liquid into a jar or container and refrigerate. Add syrup to hot water with lemon and drink like tea.

Honey

Honey helps clear away any inflammation in the throat. A simple tablespoon of honey will help to sooth the vocal chords while they heal. Try squeezing half a lemon into a glass of water and then adding 2 tbsp. of honey and a tiny dash of cayenne pepper. Drinking the concoction will not only reduce inflammation, but break up any mucus around the vocal cords, making it possible to speak again.

Diet Adjustments

Leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits that have a lot of vitamins and minerals that will help to keep the throat healthy and clean. And while a big bowl of ice cream sounds soothing to a sore throat, avoid dairy products. Dairy tends to increase the body's mucus production making it harder for the body to heal.