Soon after we started distributing our Sore Throat Lozenges, customers began telling us about a surprising use for them. Our lozenges weren’t just great for sore throats caused by sickness, they also soothed overworked voices and helped speakers remain strong through hours of teaching!
Our vocal cords are composed of two mucous membranes that are stretched across our larynx. When we speak or sing, these membranes vibrate and modulate the air we expel from our lungs, which produces sound!
We have seen and experienced our lozenges’ powerful effects on sore throats and hoarse voices, but what if you’re out of lozenges? If you need a quick, natural remedy for your hoarse voice, use one of these options!
There are two ways to use honey to soothe your voice. Swallowing a tablespoon of honey several times a day is the quickest and easiest solution. If you have more time, make a honey and lemon tea. Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon and add it to 1-2 tablespoons of honey in a cup of hot water. Drink it once or twice per day.
Unless you’re a fan of sour lemons, don’t suck on a piece of lemon to help. Instead, try gargling a salt and lemon mixture. Juice a whole lemon, add a pinch of salt or sea salt, and mix thoroughly. Mix a tablespoon of this mixture with one cup of warm water and gargle several times a day. You can also drink hot lemon water or lemon tea before an event to help lubricate your vocal cords.
You can use garlic in two ways. If you choose the first method, make sure to have strong gum, breath spray, or your toothbrush standing by. First, you can chew or suck on a clove of garlic. Cut the clove in half, place a slice on each side of your mouth, and suck on them like they’re one of our lozenges. Or you can chew the clove until you swallow it. If that’s too much, you can make garlic syrup instead. Add several chopped garlic cloves to equal parts distilled water and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Shake the jar until thoroughly mixed and let it sit for around four hours. Add raw honey and store in the refrigerator. Every 6-8 hours, take 1-3 teaspoons of the syrup.
Fresh ginger can soothe your vocal cords and strengthen your overused voice. Make a ginger tea by boiling thinly sliced fresh ginger for 10 minutes in a covered pan of water. Strain and cool the liquid, then add lemon juice and honey for taste. Drink it several times a day. If you have candied ginger or slices of ginger root, you can also eat those.
Do you have remedies for a hoarse voice? Share in the comments!