Make a Natural Home Remedy to Fix Strained Vocal Cords
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Our ability to speak is incredibly important, with most of us talking at least a fair amount both at work and while enjoying leisure time. It makes sense, then, that we will be sensitive to a prolonged illness or damage that is affecting our ability to speak. Strained vocal cords are a good example of damage to our vocal cords that can affect the way we communicate, and what is worse is that it is an ailment that seems mostly to affect people who use their voices more than the average person �" think singers, or those who regularly speak loudly or frequently.

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Possible Causes of Strained Vocal Cords

There are many things that may strain and damage vocal cords. The affliction can manifest itself in many different ways, but it is also important to note that what we think is damage or strain might in fact be an infection. It is generally characterized by poor voice quality, excessive mucus buildup, mild to moderate pain in the throat or ear, difficulty in swallowing, and fever. While it might feel slight, this can progress into a full-fledged, and rather dangerous, infection if allowed to progress for too long. It may be a good idea to rule out infection before treating yourself for strained vocal cords.

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Genuinely strained vocal cords can result from:

Natural Home Remedies to Fix Strained Vocal Cords

Luckily, there are various sore throat remedies to try to help you get over strained vocal cords. Here are several methods you can use individually or combine for maximum healing affect. Please try each method and then combine the methods that work for you.

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Method 1: Apple Cider Vinegar

The acidity will kill bacteria that infect the throat area.

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    Mix 4 ounces of water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
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    Consume the drink every hour for seven hours within a day.
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Method 2: Onions

This old folk remedy is an effective cure for inflamed larynx.

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    Slice three large onions.
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    Place in a pan with 4 cups of water.
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    Simmer until syrupy, then strain.
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    Add 6 tablespoons of the syrup to warm water.
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    Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice and sip.
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Method 3: Salt

When combined with water, salt becomes an effective disinfectant and cleaner. Be careful not to swallow the salt. Many people cannot tolerate this solution because it makes them gag/sick. For those who can tolerate it, salt is very effective in killing bacteria and healing throat infections. To make a powerful gargle solution:

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    Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water.
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    To reduce the unpleasant taste, add a drop of honey or lemon as sweetener.
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    Use the mixture to gargle several times during the day to reduce throat swelling or to loosen the mucus.
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Method 4: Mouthwash

Believe it or not, it's possible to make your own alcohol-based mouthwash at home. Swallowing a tiny amount of this will let you coat your throat and vocal cords and help kill bacteria and stave off infection. This will help your throat to heal more quickly. Here's a recipe for a homemade version, though you'll be fine to go with store brands like Scope or Listerine.

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    Add two cups of water, four teaspoons of vodka, 10 drops of pure liquid stevia, and 6-10 drops of food-grade essential oil (choose a flavor you enjoy) to a bottle.
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    Cover, and shake well.
    Shake before each time you use - the ingredients will separate when allowed to sit.
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Method 5: Honey & Cayenne Pepper

This sweet product from the beehive is regarded as valuable cough syrup, and is effective in healing throat infection. It helps to reduce any inflammation of the vocal cords by breaking mucus buildup around the larynx. Cayenne pepper is a hot spice. Coating your throat and vocal cords with cayenne pepper makes an inhospitable environment for bacteria to grow. Preventing your strained vocal cords from developing into a throat infection is key to a fast recovery. To prepare the concoction:

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    Squeeze out fresh juice from 1/2 lemon into a glass of water.
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    Add 1/10 tsp.
    of cayenne pepper.
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    Sweeten with 2 tbsp.
    of honey.
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    Mix well.
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Method 6: Ginger

Fresh juice from ginger reduces inflammation in the lining of the mucus membrane. You will also get a substantial reduction in pain after this treatment. Ginger has so many beneficial properties. In studies Ginger even kills cancer cells. So if you smoke this might be a good idea on a regular basis.

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    Slice fresh ginger root thinly.
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    Place in a covered pan and boil for 10 minutes.
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    Strain and allow to cool until to room temperature.
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    Drink the brew to obtain relief.
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    Alternatively, you may chew candied gingers or drink ginger tea with honey but fresh ginger always gives the best result.
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Method 7: Tea

Black, green, white, red, or any color of tea �" as long as they are herbal - can bring about immediate soothing relief for strained vocal cords. Combine brewed hot tea with a teaspoon of honey for that extra boost in warding off infectious bacteria in the throat.

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Method 8: Lemon Juice

The acid content of lemon juice is effective in killing bacteria infecting the throat. It also promotes the production of saliva and reduces mucus buildup.

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    Squeeze out juice from one fresh lemon.
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    Add a pinch of salt, then mix well.
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    Pour the mixture onto a cup of warm water.
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    Use it as a gargling solution to relieve itchiness and pain in the throat.
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Method 9: Garlic

This pungent clove has antimicrobial properties that help get rid of bacteria and viruses in the body.

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    Divide a fresh garlic clove into two pieces.
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    Place one piece on the opposite side of the mouth.
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    Keep your mouth closed as you gradually suck the juice from the garlic.
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    Do this as often as you can withstand the smell and taste for fast relief of strained vocal cords.
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Method 10: Cinnamon

The immune-boosting benefits of cinnamon make it ideal for treating painful / damaged vocal cords.

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    Place a cinnamon stick in two cups of water.
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    Add a pinch of pepper, then boil for a few minutes.
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    Drain the water onto a clean cup.
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    Add a teaspoon of honey before drinking the brew for instant relief of throat pain.
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Method 11: Chicken Soup

Just like what momma used to serve when you had colds, a bowl of warm chicken soup is not only sustaining, but it's also medicinal. Its sodium content can help the body fight the infection that caused your illness. It's easy to sip and will not hurt the throat when you swallow.

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Method 12: Marshmallow Tea

Maybe you thought marshmallows are only those sweet puffy treat for kids. However, this is the real marshmallow. For hundreds of years, the sap from the marshmallow plant has been used in tea to treat coughs, colds, and throat problems. Make a cup of marshmallow tea as you typically would and sip it to ease strained vocal cords.

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Method 13: Green and Fruity Diet

Consume lots of green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits rich in vitamins and minerals to keep the throat environment clean and to speed up the healing process.

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Method 14: Steam Treatment

The method will restore moisture to the membranous tissues and relax the inner muscles in the larynx area.

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    Pour steaming hot water into a basin or big bowl.
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    Cover your head with a large towel, and then lean over the bowl.
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    Inhale gently through the mouth for 5-10 minutes.
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    Inhaling steam serves two purposes:
    It reduces congestion and it fights infection.
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Method 15: Water

Water. A good way to help your body heal strained vocal cords is to keep the body hydrated. It seems basic but this is the building blocks to good vocal cord health. Running water through the vocal cords regularly rinses the infected area removing possible food sources for the bacteria (collected matter, food & sugar). Maintain your water intake at six to eight glasses a day. Combining water with other ingredients known to have healing effects makes it a more potent solution against the condition.

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Additional Tips and Suggestions

  • Avoid speaking or whispering for at least 20 minutes after a steaming session. This will allow the vocal folds to fully absorb the soothing effects of hot steam.
  • Remain inside the house for at least 30 minutes after steam treatment. If you need to go outside, let an hour pass before doing so. Wrap the throat with a scarf and avoid breathing cold air too soon once you're out.
  • Avoid clearing the throat as this may further strain the vocal cords.
  • Avoid cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks. Excessive intake of these harmful substances will harden the vocal tissues.
  • Avoid dairy products because they tend to increase mucus production, resulting in throat itchiness and inflammation.
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Warnings

  • Garlic may cause a burning sensation depending on the strength of the garlic. If this occurs, you may want to hold the garlic between your teeth instead of on soft tissue.
  • Be careful when using boiling water or hot steam as it can cause burns.

Questions and Answers

Natural remedies for hardened vocal cords damaged by smoking?

I need to soften them.

You can include honey in your daily diet as that will help to relieve inflammations that LED to hardened vocal cords. You may also want to indulge in hot drinks compared to cold drinks as that will help soothe your vocal cords. It would be good to take a lot of green tea as well as that is rich in antioxidants that will help get rid of any inflammation.

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Does hot water with raw garlic in for vocal colds really work?

It sounds too easy. Yes, this combination will in fact help you in terms of eliminating mucus from your throat. This will also help in repairing and soothing your throat in terms of helping your singing voice. This also helps to battle against laryngitis with this combination of hot water and garlic.

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Does honey restore damaged vocal cords?

Or it is just soothing. Honey is rich in antioxidants that's why it can help in restoring damaged vocal cords. However, keep in mind that honey alone will not cure damaged vocal cords. It is actually best for prevention more than cure.

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Honey can also help you stimulate your voice before singing or before speaking out loud in public. Honey has very soothing effect to the vocal cords. It also helps relieve inflammation and sore muscles around the area.

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Is the cayenne pepper essential?

Do you have to use the pepper or is it just as effective without the pepper?

The cayenne pepper is extremely effective in triggering a helpful expulsion from your lungs, and allowing your voice to be cleansed. This part is important to the helpful properties of these home remedies, however, it is not absolutely essential. If you're particularly sensitive to cayenne pepper, as some people are, you can skip this part of the process and still benefit from the rest.

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What is the best way to take good care of my vocal cords aside from drinking lots of water and hot tea?

I want to maintain the good health of my vocal cords

Not smoking or drinking alcohol and sodas is one of the best things you can do to take good care of your vocal cords. You can also help prevent strained vocal cords by always warming up before any performance, and making sure you cold down afterwards. You can also reference our article on how to minimize voice damage. It has some great tips and suggestions you can follow.

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My vocal cords are strained and I have to sing in 12 hours. What can I do to make my voice normal again?

I was sick last week and my vocal cords have been strained for 2 weeks now.

Herbal honey will help you, as will sipping a warm slippery elm bark tea between songs while you're singing. The problem, unfortunately, is that you should have been on a program of vocal cord care and repair since being sick. Singing at the last minute with strained vocal cords is not good, and can hurt your singing voice. Because it is so late for you'll likely want to mix a combination of the vocal cord therapies mentioned earlier in this guide, and follow the steps advised above.

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How will I bring back my vocal range?

Two nights before our concert we had our final rehearsal; together with our lead guitarist we had drunk few bottles of liquor/beer. The following day, I was suffering vocal cord pain.

This is common, particularly when celebrating. A singer who has a few drinks will end up singing a little too hard, or putting a little too much into a rehearsal or performance. That is why you were suffering vocal cord pain. Think of it like this. Just like someone does not have the best motor skills and control of a car after a few drinks, they also do not have the best control of their singing voice. That is most likely why you strained it. Your vocal range will come back in time as your vocal cords relax, and are less strained.

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You can also use some of the steps in the articles linked in this Q&A section and elsewhere in to help you heal your vocal cords.

I lost my high pitch voice what do I do?

I used to sing higher than usual. I could sing low and high. but now I can't even reach my high pitch.

Voices do change over time with factors like age or vocal chord damage. You can slowly try to build up to your high notes using scale exercises and treat your vocal chords using the remedies in this VisiHow article. Do not despair if your voice is still lower, your voice was beautiful before and you can take the range you are in now and use it to the best of your ability.

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Above all else...stay optimistic!

Do I swallow the drink over time?

After I make the 4oz drink do I consume all of it and redo it every hour or do I drink that one drink over the course of seven hours

You would make a new drink for every hour to consume so that you had 28 ounces total throughout the day.

I have had this swollen vocal cords for 3 weeks, will this fix it?

Swollen vocal cords due to loud talking. My voice now sounds scratchy.

Three weeks is not long enough to establish permanent vocal fold damage. Your vocal cords (folds) are irritated and have micro cellular damage that will self repair if you rest your voice and follow the advice in this wiki. However if you continue to abuse your vocal cords by yelling while they are still damaged you will cause scarring that may develop over time in vocal cord nodules and possibly permanent damage.

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Can natural home remedy help a voice that has been damaged for several months?

I have been experiencing a lost of octave, a raspy and low pitched voice. I find it difficult to talk and also my throat hurts when I speak. People find it difficult to hear me. What should I do?

The natural remedies listed in this VisiHow article will help your strained vocal chords. There are several options listed so choose one that works the best for you and gives you the better result.

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The meds I take for COPD have irritated my vocal cords. Can't quit the meds?

What can I do to soothe the vocal cords so I don't sound like a frog?

It is not recommended to stop the medications that are controlling your COPD. Inhalers will cause throat irritation and after each use of your inhaler you should rinse out your mouth and swallow a tablespoon of coconut oil as well. Honey could also be used.

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I will be singing this weekend, but my vocal fold is slightly sore. What can I do prior to my music event?

I was singing at a all night worship event last week. And I'm singing this weekend. What can I do to adequately prepare my voice for this weekend? I am hydrating and doing vocal exercise. What else is advisable?

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Use the apple cider remedy with your hydration and this will help you to maintain your voice for the singing event. The day of the event try not to use your voice so that you can warm up before the event and carry your voice through the event without tiring your vocal chords. Avoid caffeine as well though it may be tempting.

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I've had voice loss and laryngitis for over a year?

My chords are inflamed and the ENT doctor isn't sure why. I just had surgery on my vocal cords a month ago and now my speech is worse

It will take at least 6 weeks after surgery for the swelling to subside on your vocal chords. For now you can drink a tumeric tea using this turmeric paste to help with the swelling.

I've tried everything and nothing seems to remedy this problem, my falsetto is out, and my mid-range is crackly whats the problem?

Serious vocal problems my voice is crackly and the falsetto is gone, whats the remedy?

You can use any of the remedies listed in this VisiHow article. As stated in an answer above, work on your lower range to perfect that range.

How to cure my Throat Pain which seems serious?

Few months back, I had visited one Govt Hospital for Dental Issue, that time they had given me injection in my mouth. Later after 3 days, I started getting a pain in my throat specially when I sing a Song. From today my throat (may be vocal code) is paining, specially when I swallow food or drink water. Please help me with your advice.

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Gargle with salt and coconut oil. Meanwhile seek medical treatment because it sounds like you have developed a throat infection which is a side effect of dental work.

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How to cure the spondylitis at home without any surgery?

If I sleep for a long time I will get the neck, spine pain

Swimming is highly effective for Spondylitis. If you do not have access to a pool, practice swimming arm motions while sitting straight in a chair. You also should implement magnesium and turmeric into your diet. Turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory much like an NSAID without the damage for the NSAID.

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Sir, I've been singing for days on end. This following Sunday is a big audition for me. HUGE. NATIONAL TV HUGE?

The last time I fully engaged in singing was yesterday. I haven't been able to go up in my high register. I'm just trying to heal up as fast as I can before Sunday. 2 days away. I need to be 100%.. I have tried: Water, herbal tea and honey. I think it was caused by: Singing

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Steam and rest will be the best for you to recover quickly. Do not use your voice and follow the steps for steam in this VisiHow article.

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My voice easily burns out if I speak loud and for a long period of time. Now its burned out from flu and won't come back clear. Please assist?

My voice easily burns out if I speak loud and for a long period of time. Now its burned out from flu and won't come back clear. Please assist. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: Flu, screaming

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The lemon and honey remedies stated in this article will be great for helping you repair your voice after a flu.

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How can I make a homemade steam cup for myself?

I am a singer and I sing a lot but sometimes I can't hit the notes, I usually can. How could I improve my voice with a homemade steam cup. I have tried: I have tried gargling salt water, my head under a towel, vocal exercises. I think it was caused by: I think that I am singing quite a lot and that might caused it or all the arguments I have and I shout in them

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Take a regular glass mason jar. Add boiling water to the jar and if you are using any essential oils or mint leaves you would put those in the jar as well. You can use a funnel on the top of the jar and cup your mouth and nose around the funnel or use your hands directly.

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