Losing your voice is a common condition that most of you will encounter at some point in your lives. But how many of you know how to get your voice back using natural home remedies?
Many people think it’s just a case of waiting for your body to naturally heal itself, and that nothing can really be done to speed the recovery process up.
But there are in fact some easy steps you can take which often prove to be surprisingly effective.
So let’s consider a few of them now…
How to get your voice back
Before you resign yourself to just waiting for your voice to come back, why not try some of the natural home remedies below – they seem to help.
Rest your throat
This can be one of the most difficult remedies to execute properly, but unfortunately, it’s also one of the most effective. When you lose your voice, your throat is usually inflamed and needs to be given time to heal. But when you try and speak, you’re forcing these parts of your body to function when they really just want to rest.
As soon as you notice the first signs that you might be losing your voice, you should stop talking (unless it’s essential) immediately. Don’t wait until it gets worse.
If you consciously already know you’re starting to lose your voice, your body already knows too – and it’s already fighting on your behalf. By not speaking you’re allowing it to heal at maximum efficiency and you’re preventing your vocal cords from having extra stress to deal with.
This can be difficult, especially at work. So carry a tablet computer with you, or maybe even a notebook and pen instead. Write down things you need to say instead of speaking them as much as possible.
Don’t think you can cheat this all-important tip by whispering. Whispering is a non-normal form of communication and actually puts more stress on your throat than speaking at a normal volume. If you absolutely must speak, do it normally.
(Pro Tip: Carry a pre-written note with you that you can show to people explaining the situation – it saves you from many strange looks from your friends and coworkers!)
Gargle salt water
Gargling salt water has many benefits that can help you to get your voice back a little quicker than normal. The water softens the vocal chords and directly hydrates your throat. Additionally, the salt helps kill bacteria that may be the cause of your lost voice.
You should try to do this at minimum two times a day (morning and evening). However try and do it as often as possible during the day too, ideally, you should aim to be constantly hydrating and cleaning your throat every hour or so.
Some people recommend gargling other solutions, such as apple cider vinegar or even lemon water. But by and large, salt water is the easiest, cheapest, and most effective method.
It’s very important to stay well hydrated when you’re ill. Your body should be given everything it needs to be operating and fighting the illness at maximum efficiency.
This is true for all illnesses, but it’s particularly important for recovering a lost voice due to the vocal chords usually being directly dehydrated. Try and drink the recommended daily amount of water each day.
To make hydration work even harder for you, try and drink water in small individual sips spread out through the day. This directly hydrates the vocal cords regularly (instead of short and intense periods).
Inhaling steam can be a great, gentle way to directly rehydrate your vocal cords without drinking water. The steam soothes your throat slowly but comprehensively due to the nature of prolonged exposure. How you inhale steam is up to you – perhaps a nice long bath or a hot shower could be just the thing you need right now?
It’s a good idea to inhale as much steam as you can, and to do it as regularly as you can – so don’t limit this technique to the bathroom. Try boiling a bowl of water and placing it close to your face (be careful). Inhaling the steam directly will be just as good as being in a hot shower.
(You could also invest in a humidifier if you cannot have a bowl of water on your face all day.)
The general idea here is to inhale as much moisture as possible, as often as possible.
Avoid certain foods and drinks
Some food and drinks have properties that make them detrimental to a throat trying to heal a lost voice. Specifically, you should do your best to avoid any form of intense citrus. (This might come as a surprise to many people who may think a little bit of lemon water can help bring to back a lost voice.)
While citrus doesn’t have any direct effect on the health of your vocal chords, it creates a reaction known as acid reflux. Acid reflux has been proven to be detrimental to damaged vocal chords and will almost certainly delay the healing process.
You should also cut out as much caffeine as possible from your daily routine (or cut it out altogether if possible). Caffeine dehydrates the body, and will specifically dehydrate your throat when it comes into contact with it. Cutting out coffee is going to be a tough exercise for many people. But if you want to get your voice back as quickly as possible – the caffeine has to go!
The straw technique
This is one of the crazier sounding tips on this list, but strangely enough, it seems to work. The action of blowing into a straw is what’s known as a semi-occluded vocal tract exercise. What this reportedly does is a stretch and warm up your vocal cords (very gently), which can help reinvigorate them and bring back your normal voice quicker than expected.
The technique is very simple, and it can be done anywhere. Simply get a normal sized drinking straw and gently blow through it for around 5 minutes.
Repeat this several times a day and you should be well on the way to recovery in no time at all.
So there you have it, some of the most effective home remedies that can help you to get back your lost voice. Using one, or a combination of these techniques is sure to help your body’s natural healing systems and will hopefully speed up the recovery process.
If you have any other ideas on how to get your voice back using home remedies, be sure to let me know in the comments section below.
Get well soon!