Laryngitis Remedies

Last Modified on Dec 11, 2014

Laryngitis can benefit from natural treatment options that support easing inflammation, supporting immune health and fighting infection. Herbal teas help soothe inflammation while home remedies like apple cider vinegar can help heal the condition.

What is Laryngitis?

Overuse, irritation and infection of the larynx and vocal cords can cause inflammation and prevent an individual from speaking. This inflammation is called laryngitis. Most cases of laryngitis last a couple of weeks or less; however, some cases are considered chronic and may continue throughout an individual’s life. In either instance, symptoms of the condition are typically the same. Symptoms of laryngitis include hoarseness, difficulty speaking, loss of the voice, rawness in the throat, sore throat, dryness in the throat and a dry cough.

The actual cause of laryngitis is the inflammation of the voice box and vocal cords; however, several factors cause or contribute to that inflammation. Viral infection, vocal strain and bacterial infection are common causes of acute or temporary laryngitis. Chronic laryngitis or that which lasts longer than three weeks is typically caused by extended exposure to irritants over time. This constant irritation causes injury or growths on the vocal cords. Common causes of chronic laryngitis include inhaled irritants, acid reflux, recurring sinus infection, alcohol abuse, habitual overuse of the voice, smoking, cancer, vocal cord paralysis and bowing of the vocal cords.

Most Popular Laryngitis Remedies:

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne10

User Reviews

Anise Oil   1  0   

Posted by Suzanne (Jacksonville, FL) on 01/30/2009

[YEA]  i want to try this [APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, CAYENNE]... this is driving me crazy here. Years ago, however, my nail tech told me to try Anise Oil. She swabbed the back of my throat with Anise Oil, and I got my voice back. The only problem with this is, as many of your know, Anise oil is what gives black licorice its flavor. And for me, that is EEEYUUCKK!!! But... in an emergency... it DOES truly help.

Replied by Small Town U.s.a.
Iberia, Missouri
Here's something Ive done to get my voice back in a few hrs. To 1 day eat a raw lemons w/ salt, after about 2 lemons & salt you'll have your voice back. I take care of 7 kids & losing my voice happens a lot & this has always helped. If you dont like lemons eat a spoonful of all natural honey after. If you can get honey from Mininights(?) its the best!
Replied by Serach
Hi, have bad laryngitis, last night had some coughing of green mucus prob bronchitis, today cough is dry and kind of stuck can barely speak. have tried, ginger slices, acv, drinkning tea and water and soup, vit c, breathing steam, gargling with cayenne, also garg with pink salt, no luck yet any ideas?

Have lyme disease and not sleeping well at all, also air quality in apt is not good tho I use a filter. Appreciate any ideas,


Apple Cider Vinegar   3  0   

Posted by Kimbee (Mount Airy, Nc, Usa) on 11/03/2012

[YEA]  Last week I had a sinus infection which led to laryngitis. Sinus infections are always miserable, and it was even worse because I couldnt even speak and I had an audition (singing) just a few days ago. Determined to be well by the time my audition rolled around, I drank a few glasses of hot tea a day (typically Earl Grey) with lemon, honey, and cinnamon- this was mostly for temporary relief of congestion. Between the tea I would drink water or some juice with vitamin C. And of course I also had a little ACV every morning. These things combined with rest, lots of coughing, and saying out loud "This is making me feel better" after every glass got my voice back (and my head clear) in 3 days, just in time for my audition. [I did even better than I thought, in case you were wondering ;)]. ACV and a positive attitude will do right by you every time.

Replied by Ssladyss
Los Angeles, California
[YEA]   I became very hoarse Saturday and then lost my voice Sunday. Went to the doctor on Monday and said it was Laryngitis and there was nothing she can do. It is Tuesday (election night) and I just gargled with 1 cup of hot tap water, 5 TBS of ACV, 1/2 TSP of Cayenne Pepper and 1/2 TSP of honey. It is gross- but I powered through it. Almost right away, slimy stuff started to come out with the gargle, that I did not even knew I had. Half-way through I heard my voice with very little effort. My voice is not back, but I can make noises with my laryx with little effort that I could not before. I am trying this again tomorrow morning (again, it is a gross mixture) but I think it is working.
Replied by Serach
Hi, I have laryngitis. I got bronchitis a week or so ago and almost completely lost my voice. gargled with salt water, Apple Cider Vinegar lemon honey cayenne etc and it helped. But my voice is still weak. There is no green mucus and I dont cough a lot, but when I do it is dry and somewhat hacking. I have had this for a long time. I don't have asthma thank goddess, however my breathing is shallow and constricted and the air quality in apt. is not good despite air filter. Any ideas?

I would reccomend the remedies on this site for bronchitis and laryngitis as I tried most of them and the next day I was able to talk. However it is still lingering. Any thoughts? thanks serach

Posted by Evan (NY, NY) on 12/17/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I am a professional singer with reflux laryngytis. I have tried 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar 3x a day, yesterday for the first time. I already did see a small improvement. My question is what time of day should i take the acv in water? before a meal, after a meal?.. also any other recommendations to improve this "lump" in my throat? the prescription medicines didn't improve my situation drastically. thanks

Replied by Ryan
Modesto, Ca
[YEA]   I just tried the apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper sauce concoction and it seems to be breaking up the mucus or whatever causes the lump in the throat. I think this will help with continued use..... It kind of opens up the sinuses too. I've been using a nasal irrigator as well and that may be helping too.
Replied by Tjensen
Edgerton, Wi
I've found a couple remedies. The 1st is 2 tbsp ACV, 1 tbsp Honey, about 4-6 oz HOT water. Mix & stir till the honey is completely disolved/mixed in. Down if you can or drink fast sips.

The 2nd is a "tea". 1 tbsp Cocnut oil, 1 tbsp Honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, a large mug of filtered HOT water. I warmed mine up in the microwave to make sure it was hot enough to disolve the oil & honey.

I also found this site:

The site has lots of ideas to help us. All of these also help the sinuses as I have chronic sinusitis.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne   10  0   

Posted by Barbara (Hot Springs, Arkansas) on 10/16/2011

[WARNING!]  This is a warning. Do not use the remedy for laryngitis which advised gargling with a mixture of 1 cup of cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. After the very first attempt at gargling my throat closed up and I could hardly breath. It took a while to get beyond the fear and pain. Now my esophogus is inflamed and I am worse off then before.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
YIKES!! ONE whole cup of vinegar????? Sounds VERY wrong!! Check this out asap!!
Replied by Dihjet
New York City, Ny
NEVER use a whole cup of apple cider vinegar. The videos I've seen by naturapath doctors say 3 tablespoons in water, with whatever else you are adding. And you drink it down.

That was way too much and I'm glad you were okay afterwards.

Replied by Eavey
Bonaire, Ga
[WARNING!]   This recipe is wrong! This would be enough to choke anyone out. I've used the ACV, Cayenne remedy for laryngitis for years. 1 cup should read 1-2 TBSP of ACV, I also use less cayenne.

I think you should double check the recipe on this one, somebody steered you way wrong.

Replied by Victoria
Mosta, Malta, Eu
[YEA]   I tried this and am already feeling tons better and my voice sounds better too... It is true it removes mucus.... I couldn't believe how effective it is!!
Replied by Jana
You are probably allergic to cayenne pepper. Strep, laryngitis, any thing of the sort. Mix apple cider vinegar and honey until its pourable. Then take up to 3 Tsp a day. It soothes the throat, clears mucus, and kills bacteria

Posted by Nicole (Chicago, IL) on 04/21/2008

[YEA]  I had acute laryngitis on Saturday morning. So I started drinking tea with lemons in it. The next day, I woke up feeling worse. So I yahooed cures for laryngitis and stumbled across this site. I switched from drinking tea to apple cider vinegar and had immediate results. Then, I started taking cough drops and noticed that my throat was becoming more and more congested. So I stopped taking the cough drops and found out about Cayenne pepper. I mixed it in with the ACV and lemon water and regained 60% of my voice in an hour!!!! It's now Tuesday morning and I have 100% of my voice restored!!!

Replied by Elizabeth
Danbury, Connecticut
[YEA]   I lost my voice very late this Wednesday night, so late its probably better to say very early Thursday morning. I loose my voice a lot and I keep cough drops with zinc on hand. I have Spring Preview for college on Sunday so I need to get my voice back as quickly as possible. The cough drops were less affective than usual because my laryngitis was considerably worse than usual. I gargled salt water Friday night and did multiple sinus rinses. Nothing seemed to drastically improve my voice. So finally Saturday morning I reluctantly gargled with Apple Cider Vinegar while in the shower (since I keep some in there for dandruff, its amazing!) the taste was terrible of course, but my voice was almost back. I'd say I went from having 10% to 60% of my voice in one use. Now for dinner I've put Cayenne in the corn I'm going to eat, because I have a low tolerance for spicy foods but I figure mixed with other foods I should be able to handle it. Hopefully my voice will be back by tomorrow!
Replied by Zora
Chicago, Il
[YEA]   I had a severe cold over the weekend, and, when it disappeared, it settled into my throat this past Tuesday. All day Tuesday, I was becoming increasingly hoarse. I gargled with salt water, and only continued to get worse. I had full-blown laryngitis by Tuesday evening. I could not speak at all. Even whispering caused sharp pains in my throat.

After reading the recommended notes on Earth Clinic (EXCELLENT site, by the way!) on laryngitis, I poured 2 Tb of apple cider vinegar into a glass, added 8 oz of hot tap water, along with 1/2 tsp of cayenne. I gargled with this before bed, and again, the same in the morning.

I was teaching Wednesday morning for 4 hours, and had to be able to speak. I was desperate, and was encouraged by the stringy stuff that I was able to spit out while gargling. Yes, my chapped lips burned a bit and my nose ran, but nothing too terrible to handle.

The next morning I again used the same solution, and was encouraged that I could occasionally speak over a whisper. I was able to get through my teaching with the aid of a microphone, half whispering and half croaking out the notes.

I gargled 2 more times on Wednesday. After the overuse during the morning, I was back to whispering Wednesday night, but a bit louder. This morning (Thursday) I was able to speak for another 4 hours, with a croaky voice, but did not need the microphone. I've gargled again since coming home, and right now just have a husky voice (a la Kathleen Turner). I plan on gargling again tonight and the next day or two until my voice is well recovered.

Thank you, thank you, Earth Clinic and contributors! I CAN'T thank you all enough! This was a VERY important seminar that I taught this week, and the ACV and cayenne mixture revived my voice, and saved my seminar!

Replied by Stacy
Evansville, In
[SIDE EFFECTS]   When anybody gargled with the apple cider vinegar did it burn? I didn't use the cayenne pepper just gargled with the apple cider and it burned. Information or ideas on this would be greatly appreciated.
Replied by Patricia
Wilson, Wy
[YEA]   I found this forum when dealing with laryngitis. On vacation to Ireland, and have not been able to speak for several days! I bought some cayenne pepper and some honey.

Mixed about a tablespoon of honey with about one teaspoon of cayenne. Added a few drops of water to thin it just slightly. Ate the mixture off the spoon, letting it set on the back of my throat and hang there a bit. It only burned slightly for about one minute, then my throat felt better than it had for days!

Within twenty minutes, my clogged sinuses were dripping clear liquid instead of heavy mucus (the source of the laryngitis, I am sure) and I can speak! Still a little hoarse, but I don't have that feeling a a big lump in my throat!

I looked at my throat in a mirror before and after taking the mixture. BIG difference. And I am not having to clear my throat or coughing like I had been. That made it worse.

This is AMAZING.

Replied by Ginny
Pensacola, Fl/usa
[YEA]   Worked when nothing else did! I have had terrible allergies for years and frequently lose my voice completely. I have tried gargling with salt water, cough drops, peppermint, etc. All work-but only temporarily. I just completed gargling with one cup of warm ACV combined with 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper and 1/2 tsp. Of honey (organic) and within 5 minutes I had my voice back! Almost instantly, this breaks up that "stuff" that sticks to your vocal cords. Thanks for this site!
Replied by Peter
Paris, France
Sat, Nov 7 - have had laryengitis for three days and wanted to try this remedy. Brewed the mixture as directed above and gargled. So far, my lips are burning but my voice isn't back. I am back on tea and thinking positive...
Replied by Sue
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Try milk of magnesia in peppermint flavor. This is very alkalizing and will cure your sore throat quickly. You should know that this actually cured my daughter's mono very quickly and we have used this remedy over and over again to cure sore throats. Good luck. Sue
Replied by Dan
Kansas City, Mo
[YEA]   WOW! I am naturally skeptical, but desperate. This is unbelievable. I am in public service and have to be able to communicate. I was with no voice tonight, trying just a fraction of the recommended mixtures, and I am now able to speak. I will still save my voice, speaking only when I have to, but this is great. I can feel all of the mucous breaking up in my throat. My lips burn a little, but it is worth it. Thank you!
Replied by Umme Maryam
Islamabad, Pakistan
[YEA]   I had bronchitis last week. Doctor prescribed an inhaler and amoxil (antibiotic), which made my stomach terribly upset. So I discontinued the amoxil.

This week my voice was gone Sat morning.. I was gargling with salt water.. But I tried I cup warm boiled water with 5-6 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar, a pinch of cayenne and a tsp of honey and yeah I got 60% of my voice back! Go for this remedy!

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
I think cayenne must be a good antibiotic.. I had these sores at the side of my mouth and thought that I'd try a bit of creative thinking.. I mixed a third cayenne a third tumeric and a third coconut oil (ev. ) gave it a good stir. Then rubbed a bit either side of my mouth before bed.. It stung at first.. When I checked in the morning I noticed a blanched ulcer.. Which is a good sign as it means the infection or whatever it was, was nailed... After three dabs over a twenty four hour period, the stinging stopped and the ulcer was shrunk to half the size it started out at. And looks healthy. Its healing so well I thought I'd post.
Replied by Cali
Columbia, Maryland
[YEA]   Oh my gosh. It's 3am and I was desperate for relief from sore throat, coughing, laryngitis. Found this page. Thought what the heck I'll try anything at this point. Did not have cayenne pepper so used chipotle peppers. 1/2 c. Acv, 1/2 tbsp honey, less than 1/8 tsp chipotle pepper, 1/2 c. Hot tap water. Mixed thoroughly and gargled it all. Effect was immediate. Actually didn't taste that bad either although with this full blown sinus infection I can't taste much. Mouth was burning a little but I didn't care and it didn't last.

Whoever thought this up is both insane and a genius. How often do I do it though? Thank you!!

Replied by Joan
Cottonwood, Arizona
[YEA]   I have had laryngitis for over a month and have been trying a mixture from my Nathuropathic doctor. I had bronchitis last December (hadn't had that for twenty years) and pneumonia in April. I have had allergy issues most of my life. I am now infection free, but the laryngitis has been on going.

I had been gargling with hot salt water daily with a little success. I went hunting today and found this suggestion, so made myself a gargle with 3 tbsp. Of ACV, 1/4 tsp. Cayenne, 1 tbsp. Honey in a cup of hot water. I am finally having some voice, so will continue to use this remedy. I am off from work for two days, so am feeling this will be the cure I need.... that and not having to talk for two days! Thanks so much.

Replied by Julie
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
I used red wine vinegar 4 tbsp & tabasco sauce half tsp & 1 tbsp honey - all in 1 cup warm water as thats all I had in pantry. Gargled small amounts then spat out - kept doing til got through whole mixture. Noticed I could speak whole sentences minutes after but voice still raspy occassionally. Definite immediate improvement & feels clearer. Cant wait to see results 2moro as Im supposed to be teaching for 7 hrs! Wish me luck!!!! ;)
Replied by Jayne
This is encouraging to me. I have no voice today after having a cold for a few days - the thick gunk has moved to my throat, and it hurts to speak in more than a whisper. It's Saturday today and I need to be able to study and work in a classroom next week. I don't have apple cider vinegar but have white wine vinegar, I'm hoping that will do as well? Going to try doing the gargle a few times today and last thing tonight and see what happens... Will report back. Always grateful for the advice on this page.

Black Bean Soup   1  0   

Posted by Robin (Highland, NY) on 06/16/2009

[YEA]  Re getting your voice back --

09/01/2007: Kaitlin from Mission Viejo, CA writes: "I had a really bad cough that lasted about 2 days, before I finally got sick of it and drank some apple cider vinegar, it helped my ccough almost instantly! but now for some reason I have lost my voice, and I was wondering if anyone has a cure for that to get my voice back? I'm a very talkitive person and not having a voice is torture and I have a party to go to tomorrow!"

After hearing that Japanese opera singers eat black bean soup before performing I tried it for severe laryngitis. I'm a soprano and was singing bass. After trying the black bean soup I was up to alto in one day and back to soprano in two.

Replied by Michelle
Seattle, Washington, Usa
Do you have the recipe? I am playing the lead in Cinderella and NEED my voice back pronto. I'm already gargling - but would love to combo the two!!!!! =) Thanks!

Cayenne   2  0   

Posted by Melissa (Sherwood, Arkansas) on 10/07/2008

[YEA]  I woke up Sunday morning and could barely speak. I tried Nyquil at night and TheraFlu Daytime during the day. The Nyquil only helped me sleep...I'd wake up the next day and the hoarse voice was still there. I came across cayenne pepper as a remedy for ear infections so I thought perhaps it might help the voice/throat as well. I got a coffee mug and filled it about 3/4 full of water and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and touched "hot water" (on other microwaves, this would be the equivalent of maybe one minute on high...MAYBE) and let the microwave set the time (my microwave has some functions that are weight-sensitive). Then I let the mixture cool for a few minutes. I took a mouthful of it, gargled with it, spit it out and repeated the procedure until the cup was almost empty.

That was twenty minutes ago and I have already noticed a change for the better!

Replied by Vicky
Mansfield, Ohio USA
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   This did help briefly. No cure for me!
Replied by Doug
Whittier, California
You should not use a microwave to heat anything. It kills all nutritional values of anything your heating including changing structure of water. It will also turn them into carcinogens and you will develope cancer. Just like a cell phone (it uses microwaves to send and receive) causes brain tumors in the shape of the antenna. The First thing you can do for GOOD HEALTH is THROW OUT THE MICROWAVE! Eat live raw foods. When you cook food you kill all the digestive enzymes. Dead Food = Dead Body, Live Food = Live Body. Enzymes are the "Spark plugs of Life".
Replied by Eve K
Houston, Tx
What specific evidence has shown that microwaving is hazardous? I have never heard of anyone getting a brain tumor in the shape of an antenna from using a cell has been ages since cell phones had external antennas...

All of the studies I have read about nutrition in vegetables state that veggies maintain the most nutrients when microwaved versus boiling, steaming, grilling, sauteeing or oven roasting.


Replied by Susan
Big Sky Country, Montana
KUDOS Doug, I so agree with your convictions regarding microwave ovens. Who needs a mini-nuclear (sp?)power plant in their kitchen? Everyone thinks I'm crazy to not own one but I don't miss fast zapped useless harmfull food at all.
Replied by Carri
Lake Forest, California, Usa
Just because it's acceptable to use microwave ovens today does not mean it is safe. Look around you, there is so much today that is acceptable and yet down the road we find out it is harming us. It's all about money. I found an article about the dangers of microwaves. Check it out.
Replied by Labes
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hi Carry,

I don't think that microwave ovens are dangerous because the energy of a microwave is unable to reach the energy of ionization, so there will be no free radicals. The microwave can just make molecules vibrates to generate heat. So from energetic point of view, I don't think there is an issue, however, from other point of views ( plastic heating, etc), I have no idea. Happy to hear from you.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Sorry but I don't agree with you and I don't use microwaves myself. From what I have heard changes happen in the food which makes it a lot worse for your health than cooked food.
Replied by Ted
New York, Ny
That is correct about microwave ovens. ESPECIALLY if you're trying to heal. What is with people with this "Where is the scientific proof bla, bla, bla... " It has been proven in science that microwaves, cell phones etc omit radioactive waves that mutate your cells which leads to cancer. The reason why it's not made public often is because it would effect the bottom line of billion dollar corporations. Show me the proof that microwaves ARE safe? Where is THAT proof? I'm not trying to sound angry but we're on the topic if health and healing. The reason why we are so unhealthy as a whole is beacuse of this corporate brainwashing. We human beings are the only animals that cook and process our food. The only other animals that are sick and dying of horrible diseases like humans are animals kept as pets and in zoos. Why? Because they eat man made/processed food! It's common sense. Live cells need living material. Life begets life. If you want your voice to heal, you must heal your entire body :)
Replied by Ryan
Modesto, Ca
All microwaves do is vibrate the water in food or liquid very rapidly so it generates heat, that doesn't mean the food is toxic or radioactive.... The comment about humans being the only ones to eat cooked food is ridiculous.... Cooking food has gone on for hundreds of thousands of years and kills pathogens and makes food easier to digest. I'm also pretty sure there are monkeys in Japan that will eat food or "cook it" in hot springs.... They eat the stuff that grows or falls in the hot springs. If cooking food were so bad we, as human beings, would have gone extinct long ago... Instead we live longer than we used to hundreds of years ago--and with age comes more health problems that people of long ago wouldn't have necessarily suffered. Guess what, TVs, computers, cell phones and other appliances all give off radiation to some degree.... It's potentially around you in the natural environment as well. Even sunlight has some radiation to it that reaches the surface of earth. C'est la vie!
Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
Ryan, Any heat over a certain temp will kill enzymes. The problem with using a microwave is being able to maintain the heat at a low enough and consistant enough level to keep it from killing off enzymes.
Anyone who has ever scalded their mouth on microwaved food knows that they tend to superheat some parts of the food. They are not an even heat source for the most part.

Below From:
The microwave oven issue: not as clear-cut as most of us assume. Microwaves can seriously deplete the nutrients in food. It's not surprising that microwave heating of food results in losses of nutrients because all heating methods have a similar effect. However, microwave heating appears to produce the greatest losses.
Microwaves may also cause pathological changes in our bodies. Once the structure of a food is altered, it is unable to perform the desired function in our bodies. Clinical studies have shown that microwave heating of milk or cooking of vegetables is associated with a decline in hemoglobin levels. Will that kill you? Probably not. Is it good for you? I doubt it. These reductions may contribute to anemia, thyroid deficiency, and rheumatism.

-------------------------------To conclude - I never meant to suggest I was terrified of microwaves. I simply meant that they are, in MY OPINION, probably not the best choice for warming up things like ACV or BSM due to the super heating of the food by the microwaves.
I do own, and sometimes use a microwave. Just not for everything.Oh, and I am not a "liberal vegan nutcase" as you so nicely worded it either, just for the record.

c'est tout! Carly

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
And be careful of those who say "we are living longer" so as to cut back social security retirement age. I calculated the average death age of 43 persons from my local obituary (excluding still born or infant deaths which I think was 1) because I keep reading so many 50's and 60's age people dying that I knew that 84 figure couldn't be correct. As you conservative folks might guess ---75 yrs. So, for now in the usa good luck enjoying your 10 yr retirement all you working class folks. And if a certain ruling party has their way, it'll be 69 yrs which means you get 6 yrs of rapidly declining health to enjoy as per your "retirement".
Replied by Louwrencel
Rustenburg, North West South Africa
Hi Carly, Yes you can be terrified of microwave ovens they are highly dangerous, they are only good to disinfect things. Put some water in a microwave & taste it. An experiment was done by giving microwaved water to a plant & it died within 10 days.
Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
After extensive scientific testing. It was decided to ban micro wave ovens in the old soviet union.. As all the data concluded that they were dangerous. I still don't know whether in the new Russia the ban still stands.
Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland
Hi Gavin, I have a very good book about dangerous stuff (don't have it here at this moment as I am not living at home but maybe I reviewed it on the book review page! ) where the author mentions the dangers of microwaves! I have never had one at home, only if I am renting like now and in my last house but I try never to use it! Here the kitchen is so tiny that it is sometimes useful to just warm up a bit of food but other than that I never use that thing! I suppose the ban must have been lifted in Russia because nowadays everything there is about money! Profits above all....

It is very difficult to warn people about the dangers of the microwaves as they think that if they are sold in the shops they couldn't surely be dangerous? Who would let shops sell something that will harm us.... Well, most of the stuff we buy do harm us! A business is a business, they are not there to look after you, they are there to make money and lots of it! I have suggested a book I am reading at the moment in another post today... Worth reading! There you find a lot of what is wrong with our food and why!

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
You are right! Ever since the business model got stuck into food, the health of the developed nations has been going down quite quickly.. Margarine is just one on my growing hit list. Why dosnt it break down if left opened? because its one molecule away from plastic! It's all to do with long term usage, I also saw a good vid that maintained the commercial salt (not sea salt) was magnesium glass and salt.. Thats why your blood pressure went up because the glass cut the pathways.. Then the body covered the blood vessels with cholesterol to heal them.. Hence the BP goes up. Its good we can discuss it on this forum and take remedial action.
Replied by Linda
New Haven, Ct
I've heard this story about microwaved water many times. Sorry to say it is untrue. Over the years I always check out this Urban Legends" site and it never fails me.

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
Francisca..The juice of the lemon with the ACV. In it is definitely some sort of Panacea, I don't need reading glasses anymore, just the lower strength ones. Absolutly no aches or stiffness. The ear is still clear it seems to have cleared the eustacian tube. Plus my skin has picked up a boost to the healthy glow thing you get when your on the ACV. I wonder why they call things a lemon?.. So that might be the key to the eye thing, plus a bit of carrot juice?.. any feed back would be interesting.
Replied by Cameron
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Yes microwaving food is dangerous.

In 1989, Swiss biologist and food scientist Dr. Hans Hertel studied the effects of microwaved food. Eight people participated in the study. For eight weeks, they lived in a controlled environment and intermittently ate raw foods, conventionally cooked foods and microwaved foods. Blood samples were tested after each meal. They discovered that eating microwaved food, over time, causes significant changes in blood chemistry:

1. A decrease in hemoglobin and cholesterol values, in the HDL (good cholesterol) versus LDL (bad cholesterol) ratio and in white blood cells, weakening the immune system, and an increase in leukocyte levels, which tends to indicate poisoning and cell damage¬óconditions ripening the body for degenerative diseases and/or cancer. Also this can be called Leukemia!

Yes it was a small study but imagine trying to get money to fund a really large study when Corporate dollars are at risk if the findings were clear cut against microwaves.

As said above Russia banned Microwaves after finding them abandoned by Whermacht soldiers during WWII. The Russians wisely tested them and banned them as too dangerous to heat food for human consumption.

Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland
Sorry to insist again Gavin but hadn't you told me that you were making orange juice with lemon and ACV? I don't know how to do searches on this site, somehow they never seem to work out so I can't track your other post. Anyway, I suppose that a bit of orange juice won't do any harm! I am just trying to mimic what you did yourself and see whether it works for me!
Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland
Linda, we have heard that so many things were untrue till after a lot of damage is done we hear that after all it was true..... I don't know about these experiments one way or another but it pays to be careful! They say that mobile phone antenas do no harm but then you hear about places where they exist and a lot of people have cancers, including a school in my country, Portugal where several children and teachers died of cancer, so much so that there is now a monument at the entrance of the school! When there are a lot of interests and money involved it really pays to be careful! Remember the HRT as well? It was a urban myth that it killed women with cancer and heart attacks till.... It became known that it indeed did! Now it is being banned in quite a few countries but my natural doctor here in Switzerland (whom I am intending to ditch soon) has been pressuring me into taking them, even though my mother died of breast cancer, so did her sister, another sister has it too and both their parents died of cancer but well.... she didn't even ask me about all that......

Bottom line... Money makes people blind! Many of the health disasters in the past decades were long known but the truth only came to light when people started suing! As long as they can convince a lot of people that there is no danger they will get away with murder! My husband is like you... It is all urban myths and the little amounts of chemicals, hormones, antibiotics in the animals can't possibly do you any harm but then..... He works for a big pesticides company, he has to believe in what he does, the day he doesn't he will feel very bad indeed!

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West South Africa
Hi Linda, Have you personally microwaved water & tasted it, because I have & it tastes terrible.
Replied by Linda
New Haven, Ct
Francisca, I appreciate your comments but in reference to the urban myths, I was referring specifically to the plant experiment that was mentioned earlier, not microwaves in general.

I too basically only use one to heat packs of gel to be used in a heating pad for my knee as boiling them on the gas stove seems to overheat the gel packs and melt them a bit.

As for HRT, I was really blessed during my menopause and never once had a hot flash or other symptom and therefore was never tempted to take a prescription as I needed no relief.

I love this site as I get ideas from so many people who share what worked for them. The only problems I have left is deciding which possible solutions might suit my particular physiology. It can be overwhelming at first but everything I've tried has been successful so far & I just keep on reading and trying things out myself. It's all any of us can do, after all is said & done. Just keep reading & trying...

Linda :-)

Replied by Linda
New Haven, Ct
Louwrence, no. Can't say that I have but it certainly doesn't sound appealing at all. I actually don't use one myself for cooking, I was just talking about the particular experiment that was specifically addressed.]


Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
Sorry for the delay in replying as I've been away for a few days... Yes francisca I was trying orange juice.. But not much happened.. I had tried grapefruit juice in the past with good results.. Since grapefruit is a cross between an orange and a lemon.. I deduced that the active part was the lemon?? So made the lemon juice, sweetened it with honey and added the daily dose of ACV to it about six capfuls in a bottle that diluted the lemon juice to 5/1. I think the lemon juice dissolves the type of dead calcium that ACV doesn't. As the results on my ear were remarkable, and the eyes as I'm typing without reading glasses. I mentioned that ACV and Lemon juice are natural cleaning agents that can be used internally.

Lemon juice is anti viral, anti bacterial and anti fungal.. It strengthens blood vessel walls to the point of stopping strokes, its got so many benefits, it was considered, one of the most important things in the natural health regime. Plus it hasn't been geneticaly changed much over the years like bananas and oranges. It drops the blood sugar in about twenty minutes. It's the only thing which stops the raging thirst of diabetics. So all in all it's worth a good deal of research.

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Hi Gavin, In addition to all the benefits you listed ACV and lemon both contain some potassium which may help with hearing. I know magnesium can help with some hearing issuses but the potassium is new to me and wondering what your thoughts are?
Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
That's an interesting one.. I was on a magnesium and zinc capsule, and it seemed to do nothing for the hearing, but great for not getting the flu over the winter, when I first started ACV. The sinuses cleared up virtually overnight, and stayed cleared up, and I thought the ear got better intermittently, mind you it was the vinegar without the mother. It's all trial and error, but when you get something that seems to work within a week, on a condition that's plagued you for a decade it's definitely worth reporting. At the moment I'm on 3mg of Boron, a kelp tablet and a couple of fish oil capsules. Plus a 1000mg of vitamin c.... Plus the glass of lemon and ACV. (with the mother). I take it all in the morning now, as anytime to close to bedtime seemed to stuff up the sleeping. I used to get a few palpitations, but they seem to be long gone. People have remarked on how healthy I'm looking, the lemon juice seems to boost the ACV glow.

Since getting good results with the lemon juice, I've done a bit of research, but it might just be a really good form of vitamin C that's natural and easily ingested which gives it good results. But the old "Herbals" say it's as good as quinine for malaria. Its used in some Asian countries to stop STD's it immobilises sperm and prevents conception. Kills off worms in the intestines! In countries where it's used the HIV.. Rate is a lot lower. Anyway it's cheap and tastes nice- give it a go. Just be aware that there's a synthetic lemon juice which is as usual, useless, so squeeze your own lemons.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Gavin, with the Vitamin C and zinc, I think you need to be careful of not taking too much. From what I am reading they are both antagonists to Copper. Also sulphur (like onions & garlic) and iron are big antagonists. I personally think copper is the key to which we are all missing in our diets and we are depleting it more and more. Very hard to find supplements for it as well. Google copper antagonists.. Very interesting.
Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
Judging by the amount of premature grey hair in young people you could be right, I've been finding the natural kelp tablets seem very good for keeping the right amount of trace elements, in the body. With regards to copper quite a few people claim a copper band or ring delivers enough copper for the body, a few years ago most of the domestic water was through copper pipes, but now it's gone plastic. Which could cause a copper deficiency.

It's a bit like Iodine, just cleaning the milk vats out with an iodine solution gave most people their quota of iodine, but since they changed the cleaning process, thats showing a deficiency in the general population. Supplementing for the essential elements seems to be a good idea, it just takes a few months for it to get to the cellular level.

With regards to Lemons.. Apparently in Britain it was law that sailing ships had to have enough lemons on board to stop Scurvy. Since most of the long voyages could last for months. It could be an interesting exercise to observe the modern diet, and see if a lot of the illness is due to reduced levels of vitamin C. I know that oranges as they get sweeter lose their vitamin C content. Malaise and lethargy, are prevelent in not having enough.. I'd bet that a diet based on convenience foods would be low in most vitamins.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
Too much Zinc can deplete Copper or visa versa, but they don't really antagonize each other in moderate, functional levels; Two forms of the body's natural Super oxide dismutase enzyme ---Manganese SOD, Zinc/Copper SOD are critical in quenching free radicals; so Zn/Cu bond together to create SOD.

Use Vit-C separately from Zn/Cu (although many natural products use them together in small amounts), but Vit-E & A are synergistic w/ Zn/Cu.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
In goats and cows when they are deficient in copper their coats turn red or grey. Interestingly, I have noticed that many many young babies and children have red /strawberry blonde hair colour these days especially in the poorer suburbs. Does anyone else notice the high incidence of red hair in young children? Even in men their beards often start going red before gray.
Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
Great observation Debbie, and is probably correct but collaboration will be necessary. Anyway, this may be one area of our modern evolution where copper and iron cookware has been replaced by stainless steel and toxic aluminum. Iodine must be incorporated into commercial salt and vit-D in milk to meet the minimal requirements of our overpopulation.
Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Interesting observation Debbie. Do a search for [ "copper excess" "red hair" ]. Here is a site that has interesting reading regarding excess copper and red hair. I remember a time when the term copperhead referred to a person with red hair..

I have known about the relationship between zinc and copper but have only recently come across the relationship between copper and chromium. The following site has some info on this inregards to cellular levels not blood levels..

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Hi Maria, I found a really interesting article. It is quite long so keep scrolling down. I would be interested in your thoughts.

Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland
Hi Gavin, I was also away for over a week so I have just seen your post. Ok, I will stop with the oranges although they taste very good with the ACV, the lemon juice and a bit of honey! I will just finish the ones I have at home and then I will try the lemon juice with ACV. Sounds weird and I can't imagine what it will taste like but I will try! If I understand well you dilute the juice of one lemon with ACV and sweeten it with honey?
Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
Hi Francesca.. Its a cupfull of lemon juice freshly squeezed.. That's about six lemons depending on their size.. About five cupfulls of water to dilute.. In the fifth cupfull put about four tablespoons of honey and warm it in a saucepan untill it disolves into the water.. Then pour it into the rest. If you chill it in the refrigerator it will last about five days. Take a glassfull everyday without fail with a capfull of ACV. By the fifth day you will start to feel the benefits. It's just a matter of taking everyday. I throw a kelp tablet down at the same time with 3mg of boron, and a couple of fish oil. When my left ear cleared up permanently this time, I did some research. And came to the conclusion, that the two internal cleaning fluids ACV and lemon juice clean out the whole system over a few weeks... The vitamin C in the lemon must be far better than the usual pill forms...

The thing with Vitamin C deficiency no one knows how much you need.. But the sure thing is if you don't get enough.. Wounds don't heal old wounds play up etc. And I suppose all sickness could be considered a wound of some sort. From personal experience its taken my health up a good few notches, and I was feeling pretty good as it was. I was after something to improve vision which it has. In the research its anti bacterial anti cancer anti viral and anti fungal, also it's a vermafuge, it's used for arthritis etc.. Constancy is the main thing if you miss a day apparently the form of the vitamin C and bioflavanoids hangs in the body longer than any other form.

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Hi Debbie, Yet again it just goes to show that we need to look at more than one symptom to say whether we are deficient or overloaded. I have long found it interesting that deficiency symptoms and excess symptoms can be the same or rather some of the symptoms fall into both categories and some only fall on one side. Most of the list on that post can be either deficiency or excess and of course they can also be due to something else. Such as grey hair is not on both sides only deficiency but it also has other causes other than copper deficiency. As symptoms can have more than one cause I find we need to look at the bigger picture. One good example is fatigue as it is usually put down to an iron deficiency first and iron tablets are prescribed when it is also a symptom of iron overload, so much damage can be done. Did you read about Sylvia's sons regression due to high copper on the same site? It is thread 11921.

The main thing I think is if the symptoms don't start to resolve with taking the supplemet then we need to rethink the cause. Some say 2-4 weeks but in the case of grey hair 3 months and you should see less grey at the roots. Apparently the hair takes longer because the copper is used elsewhere first. If you see no changes after 3 months then it is best to stop as you may be contributing to overload and the damage it can do.

One thing that I have seen mentioned a few times is that you can have high copper but low absorption of it.

There is a lot of talk about mineral opposites but people are getting great results from colloidal minerals, shilajit and even some kelp supplements. All of these contain the myriad of minerals and yet we get benefit from them.

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
Francesca I'm assuming, you realise that Switzerland is a country very low in Iodine and very high with the problem of Goiter, and if it's low in one esential element it most likely is low in others.
Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland
Hi Gavin, I suppose you say that Switzerland is very low on iodine because there is no sea? Anyway, I only live here temporarily! I have started taking the juice of one lemon in water with honey this morning. I prefer to juice it everyday as you lose the Vit. C quite quickly. I will keep you informed! It seems to be great for the skin as well and being 54 I do need a bit of help with my skin so if my eyes get better at the same time it is a win, win situation!

Posted by Debo (waco, tx) on 02/04/2008

[YEA]  I lost my voice and need to get on a legal call tomorrow - googled and found ceyenne recipe - had homemade chicken soup on the stove - scooped a bowl and put 1/8 tsp. in my bowl. Took one bite, throat on fire, coughed wildly, spit up green junk for a few minutes - went back and ate the whole bowl without even flinching - I can talk now! I am of Italian descent - maybe I can tolerate the pepper better - but it got the bug - I guess I'll be having chicken soup for a midnight snack, breakfast, lunch and dinner tomorrow!! Thanks!!

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Posted by Charis (Woodhaven, Queens, NY) on 05/18/2007

[YEA]  In my personal case i suffer from laryngitis for years caused by smoking, vocal adusing and reflux , eucalyptus and sage fights the soreness and soften the mucus. Salt with warm water helps alot.. and don't talk for a few days, and when you start talking don't shout until you're perfectly cured.. Better results i had with homeopathy and avoid or reduce to the minimum FOREVER smoking, loud talking, caffeine, alcohol, and anything that can cause toxins in your system. Unfortunately all the "bad habits" attack in the throat for some people and that's a bell ringing for u that u should stop them. Good luck

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Posted by MEG (Augusta, Georgia) on 11/20/2007

[YEA]  I just wanted to share my story as well. I became ill when my son contracted viral meningitis on a trip. Traveling back in the car, I could only take lots of EmergenC. For the next few days, I took the EmergenC with GAIA Echinacea three times a day and got lots of rest. It seemed to work after four days, so I stopped the treatments. Well I think I got a secondary infection because my lymph nodes became swollen and my sinuses became infected. I irrigated my nose with grapefruit seed extract (diluted) but some undiluted liquid got in my right sinus and caused a lot of pain. Discouraged and about to go to the doctor for antibiotics, I come across your wonderful website. I first started back on the C & Echinacea but added the Grapefruit seed extract (5 drops in 12 oz water). My sinuses were cured in one day! That same day I drank 12 oz of water with 3 tbsp. of ACV. The next day the affected area was in my throat. I made warm ACV with lemon (3 tbsp) and honey (2tbsp) and drank as much as I could. The day after that I felt I only had laryngitis. So I found Ted's wonderful receipe for Green Tea with baking soda (1/4 tsp). I have done this for two mornings and feel almost back to normal. Thanks to all your contributors, I am cured in a matter of a few days! You guys are awesome, especially Ted.

Replied by Mark
Sarasota, Fl
How much green tea do you use with the quarter tsp. of baking soda?
Replied by Abby
Clearwater, Fl Usa
[WARNING!]   Be careful with Echinacea as it is a member of the ragweed family. If you have ragweed allergies you may trigger an allergic reaction when ingesting it. I took it when I was getting a cold and ended up with an anaphylactic reaction to it and ended up in the hospital. Be very careful.
Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
Yes, and especially if you are a newbe to Natural Medicine, always read the labels and even research the product before using it (not all manufacturers print all possible side effects on their products). Bee ---Pollen, Propolis, can produce severe reaction in a certain number of susceptible individuals. In both these products one would need to introduce very very small amounts to the body so the immune system can build a tolerance then slowly increase until you achieve therapeutic levels.

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Posted by Ryan (Atascadero, Ca) on 02/03/2010

[YEA]  habanero pepper cured my laryngitus. i am 26 and have had a bad cold woke up today with barely any voice. i went home sick tried to talk on the phone and the other person couldnt understand me. I then ate 2 habanero stuffed green olives. within 10 minutes my voice was clear! i called my friend and they were amazed.

Hydrogen Peroxide   1  0   

Posted by Marie (Baton Rouge, LA) on 09/19/2007

[YEA]  I have gargled hydrogen peroxide for sore throats/laryngitis for years. I get sinus congestion that ends up wrapped around my vocal cords. As soon as I start to lose my voice, I gargle with hydrogen peroxide. The bubbling breaks up the crud immediately which I'm able to cough up.

Replied by Tristan
Fleetwood, PA
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I recently had the flu which led to my getting of Laryngitis. My local doctor who prescribed some antibiotics for me said to gargle hydrogen peroxide. It does help to break up anything in the throat, but may not take away any pain felt when swallowing.
Replied by Ben
Sydney, Nsw Australia
my voice has become hoarse due to a cough I had for 3 months. I still have a runny nose but my voice sounds croaky and I need to bring up phlegm... is it a good idea to gargle with HP?
Replied by Denise
Hickory, Nc
Girl the H2O2 worked immediately on my throat!! Thank you!

Massage Pad   1  0   

Posted by Theresa (Louisville, Kentucky) on 09/17/2008

[YEA]  I woke up one morning with a terrible loss of my voice. I occasionally had coarse throat, but never a complete loss of my voice. I am a nature woman and abhor any thought of pharmaceutical drugs to cure headaches or stomach problems. I have a strong belief that since we are on planet earth, planet earth must provide all our needs like food and medicine without use of chemicals or artificial remedies. It has worked for me so far- I am OFY (over fifty years). So this loss of voice was a challenge. I tried all the quick remedies that most contributors have mentioned already including one tablespoon of honey with one each fresh lemon-lime juice a dash of black pepper, in an 8 oz glass of warm water. I also chewed on cloves and ginger raw (any quantity that is tolerable). These helped relieve my sore throat but not the loss of voice. Then a friend suggested that I use a massage pad that is like a car seat cover which massages any part of the body according to indications on the remote control. It also applies some heat while massaging the body. My goodness! It was like magic. After about 20 minutes, I tried to talk and the voice came out quite clear. I will try the apple cider vinegar mix also and see how I will fare. I will duly report back to you all. Earth Clinic, I simply love the name.Thanks.

Raw Ginger   1  0   

Posted by Slivelife6969 (East Brunswick, New Jersey) on 02/04/2012

[YEA]  Hey guys I'm a singer and I can't afford to lose my voice and from time to time I have issuses that will cause me to lose my voice or get horse so I eat thin slices of raw ginger .

It's spicy but your voice will come back very quick it brings down swelling and if you can't stand to eat it, make a tea from fresh ginger root.

Replied by Raj
Hyderabad, Andhrapradesh; India
I have gone thru the remedies for the laryngeal problems, the best home remedy with ginger is ( what I do ) peel and slice the fresh ginger and add a dash of salt and fresh lemon juice untill the pieces immerse keep in the fridge and take 1 or 2 pieces every day morning after brushing and before breaking the day with coffee. when you find gud result stop and continue if you require. a senior citizen
Replied by Lucille
Ma, Usa
I made some pickled ginger fo sushi... Think that would work?

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Posted by Jafrtr (Salem, Wv) on 05/03/2011

Had laryngitis.... Did not have cayenne pepper but gargled with red wine vinegar mixed with 3/4 tsp. of ground red pepper. After one time my voice was half back. May sound crazy, but it does help.

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