The inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the voice box with accompanied swelling of the vocal cords with hoarseness or loss of voice.

Herbal Aids:

Garlic: Keep garlic in the mouth constantly during wakeful hours, renewing morning and evening after the cloves have absorbed the poisons; or, use another appropriate garlic preparation. [SNH p.100]

Sage and Vinegar: Use equal parts of the sage infusion and apple cider vinegar as a gargle. [SNH p.234]

Pine: Chicanos and Indians used the charcoal wrapped in a wet cloth as a throat compress for laryngitis. [UW-Pine]

Sage: Sage tea is said to cure laryngitis and to help public speakers who can strengthen their throats and voices by taking a tablespoon of the tea internally just before the meeting starts. [UW-Sage]

Stillingia: Small pieces of the fresh root, chewed occasionally throughout the day, have said to effectively and permanently cure laryngitis and bronchitis. It is good for an ordinary sore throat used the same way. It is "one of the most important of laryngeal remedies, not only relieving irritation of that important organ but proving beneficial in irritative disorders of the fauces, trachea and bronchia. [UW-Stillingia]

Juice: Carrot, pineapple. [NL 3-5]

Cabbage: A Doctor Roques of the eighteen hundreds protected himself and his family for many years against the epidemic winter diseases by eating a daily salad of cooked cabbage. He recommended the following treatment for cold and laryngitis; One pound of strained red cabbage juice, 3 grams of saffron, 1/2 pound of honey and sugar, the whole boiled to a syrup; 1 tablespoonful is taken in a cup of tea 3 or 4 times daily. [NL 4-12]

Garlic: Take the freshly expressed juice mixed with syrup, honey, or other appropriate vehicle. [SNH p.100]

Syrup of Licorice: See formula using licorice, water and yellow D sugar. [SNH p.355]

Chest Comfort: Dr. Christopher's Herbal Composition Power: Herbal composition powder made of bayberry bark, cloves, ginger root, cayenne and white poplar bark. As Dr. Nowell, our instructor at the Dominion Herbal College, Let. of Vancouver, British Columbia gave in our textbook, quote:

"We have made and used composition powder for over forty years. When we state we regularly mixed it in batches of sixty pounds the student will readily see that we have had at least some experience with it. As a remedy in colds, beginning of fevers, flu, hoarseness, sluggish circulation, colic, cramps, etc. We believe it has done more good than any other single preparation ever known to man."

"If this compound were kept in every home, and used as the occasion arose, there would be far less sickness. Give it freely in your practice and your patient will bless you. Look over the ingredients, and consider how it will clear canker, ease cramps and pains in the stomach and bowels, raise the heat of the body equalizing the circulation, and remove congestions. It is safe. It is effective. We have on numberless occasions given a cup of composition tea every hour as warm as the patient could drink it, until the patient has perspired freely, and after four or five doses have seen our patient in a free perspiration, thereby removing colds and febrile trouble." [HHH p.189]

Cabbage Juice: Cabbage juice mixed with honey makes a syrup that heals hoarseness and coughing. [NL 4-12]


Opera Throat Formula: One of Dr. Christopher's students prepared a combination tincture of peppermint and Licorice root for an opera singer who was losing her voice due to laryngitis. She regained her voice in a day's time and was able to practice and perform as required. The student called the formula, "Opera Throat Formula", a simple but very effective combination. [UW-Licorice]

See Also:

Chest Comfort: Dr. Christopher's Herbal Composition Power

"Natural Healing with Herbs for a Healthier You"