T.C. asks from Orem, UT on March 14, 2010
Lost My Voice - Orem,UT
I've had a really bad cold this last week, and my voice is almost totally gone because of coughing so much. It really hurts to even try to talk. Does any one know of ways to help speed up the healing process for vocal cords? I know simply not talking is probably the best way to let the vocal cords heal. But is there anything I can do or take to help? Also, I'm 5 months pregnant so I have to be careful what I put in my body of course. Thanks in advance.
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for your advice. I tried the lemon oil and honey. Also i tried to talk as little as possible, and my voice did finally return to normal after about 3 days. Thanks again.
L.C. answers from Denver on March 15, 2010
Like others have said, honey is great for sore throats because it coats it. I always get the celestial seasonings lemon zinger tea and load it with honey. It works everytime.
G.L. answers from Salt Lake City on March 15, 2010
I don't know if it actually speeds healing, but tea (decaf would work) with lemon and ginger and honey is wonderfully soothing, and can restore a voice if you must talk. (I used to work in radio, and this was my "go-to" remedy for a rough voice.)
A.C. answers from Cincinnati on March 14, 2010
I have lost my voice several times in the past. THE number one most important thing to do is DO NOT make any sounds (especially whispering - it is harder on your vocal cords than talking). write everything down or jester/sign/point. if your voice doesn't return in a couple of days see your doctor (there was one time that my voice didn't return for 4 days and it turned out to be an infection that antibiotics helped with)
also drink lots of fluids - warm teas helped best but keep everything moist.
good luck - hope your voice returns soon! :)
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N.W. answers from Denver on March 15, 2010
C.S. answers from Salt Lake City on March 15, 2010
LEMON OIL (and/or honey)
J.M. answers from Boston on March 14, 2010
Warm (not hot) water with as much honey as you can dissolve in it should soothe your throat. Hope you feel better soon!
M.M. answers from Salt Lake City on March 15, 2010
You can try gordo lobo - it's a mexican herb that you just boil into a sort of tea. You can get it at almost any regular grocery store. I had an employee of mine get me some after I was trying to train my new hire class and lost my voice and I felt that it really worked. I'll warn you though - it tastes just aweful and from what my employee said you don't want to put sweetener in it as it can take away from healing you and actually make it worse (he said that there was some type of pure sweetener but I didn't know what he was talking about and I could never find it). So if you make yourself a cup of that and drink it fast to get it over with then it might help. That and it's totally healthy to take while you're pregnant (that's when I used it). Hope you feel better soon!
J.R. answers from Casper on March 15, 2010
Okay, I have two amazing natural cures to help a sore throat/lost voice.
For the sore throat, (I know it sounds disgusting, but it WORKS, so it is worth it.) put about two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a glass, and add about a teaspoon of salt. Then, add enough HOT water (not so hot you can't stand it) to dissolve the salt. Gargle with this solution every 3-4 hours. I originally got this method from a college campus nurse. She says it kills the bacteria in the back of your throat, and creates an unfriendly environment for more to grow. I will warn you ... it tastes horrible until you get used to it. I've actually gotten to where I almost like the taste. Scary, right?
Anyway, for the lost voice, try this: Take a tabespoon of honey and mix in a few drops of lemon juice. Eat this every hour or so. You can add it to hot tea, or just hot water, but I've found that the straight honey/lemon juice combination works better alone. I was a voice student for years, and this is what my voice coach told me to do. This also tastes funky until you get used to it, but it's not too hard to get used to it.
I hope these help. I had a horrible cold when I was three months pregnant with my son. Since I wasn't past my first trimester yet, my doctor wouldn't let me take anything at all. Boy, was I glad they made Vicks VapoRub (Put it on a tissue and breathe through it - works wonders!), and tea bags you could put in the microwave, and that we happen to have a honey manufacturer in town, so I could get local honey.
P.S. If you have allergies and travel ... get local clover honey as soon as possible whenever you get where you're going to be for a while, and eat as much as you can stand. My allergist gave me this tip. It will help bolster your natural antihistamine production for the local plants. Awesome, Huh?
Good luck, and congratulations on your baby.
K.E. answers from Denver on March 15, 2010
I can sympathize, I seem to get laryngitis on a regular basis. The only thing that heals your vocal cords is rest, no talking for a couple of days. What does help sooth is warm tea with lemon and honey. If you are trying to avoid caffeine, white tea has very small amounts. Hope you feel better soon.
C.T. answers from Denver on March 15, 2010