Aphonia is the term used for the disorder related to the total loss of voice, while dysphonia refers to partial losses, with variations in tone and volume. Both conditions are caused due to irritation of the larynx or pharynx, and are also common when you have episodes of tonsillitis.
They are common in people who smoke and drink alcoholic beverages, although many cases affect singers, teachers and people whose professions require straining their voices.
Other less frequent causes include complications from some respiratory illness, as well as damage to the vocal cords and nervous and emotional problems.
Although discomfort tends to disappear in a matter of days, it ‘s good to prepare some natural remedies (“grandma’s”) that help to alleviate the discomfort and progressively improve. In this article, we are going to share 5 interesting options that are very easy to make at home.
1. Onion and honey to fight aphonia
The onion and honey remedy is a classic. It can be prepared with white or red onion, but artisan honey will be essential, as it has good nutritional value.
- ½ onion.
- 3 tablespoons of honey (75 g).
- First, cut half an onion and blend in a blender until you get a juicy paste.
- Then mix with the tablespoons of honey.
- Take one or two scoops a day or when you feel uncomfortable.
2. Pineapple and honey
This remedy has a delicious tropical flavor due to the pineapple. In fact, because it is so tasty, for many it doesn’t even seem like a medicine, but a pancake sauce.
- 2 slices of pineapple.
- Optional: honey.
- Cut the pineapple slices.
- Beat in a blender until you get a smooth liquid.
- Drink the juice 2 or 3 times a day until you get complete relief.
- If you want to add a touch of honey, try not to exceed a teaspoon (5g).
3. Lemon water
Lemon water is a drink that is used – both hot and cold – for multiple purposes. To alleviate hoarseness or dysphonia, some drink it with a touch of honey.
- ½ lemon juice.
- ½ cup of water (125 ml).
- Optional: honey.
- Dilute lemon juice in half a glass of warm water.
- If you like, you can also add a few slices of fresh lemon to the water to enhance the flavor.
- Consume once a day while you recover.
4. Carrot and honey
Although this “grandma medicine” is not as popular as the others, it is also used to relieve aphonia or dysphonia. Both honey and carrots are believed to help relieve sore throat and thus contribute to overall relief.
- 3 carrots.
- Honey (to taste).
- 2 cups of water (500 ml).
- First, cut the carrots into several pieces and bring to a boil.
- After 10 minutes, remove from heat and let stand at room temperature.
- Finally, when cool, squeeze them to extract the juice and then mix with the honey.
- Take a tablespoon when you feel discomfort.
5. Thyme, lemon and honey
- 1 cup of water (250 ml).
- ½ lemon juice.
- 1 teaspoon of thyme (5 g).
- 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g).
- Boil a cup of water and, when it reaches boiling point, remove from heat and add the thyme.
- Then cover the drink and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Finally, strain and add the juice of half a lemon and honey.
- Consume in moderation when you feel discomfort.
Hoarseness, aphonia or dysphonia?
Do you have hoarseness or voice changes? If you are experiencing aphonia or dysphonia, follow your doctor’s instructions and, in addition, if your doctor authorizes you, try some of the natural remedies mentioned.
Remember that some are high in calories (because of honey). Therefore, you must be careful when consuming them.
These remedies usually provide relief because they help soothe the throat and soothe the burning sensation typical of irritation. However, you must remember that in order for its effects to lead to improvement, and not just momentary relief, you must follow your doctor’s directions.
Finally, it remains to be noted that some people dilute medicines with honey in water to use them as a hydrating drink and not just as syrup. Anyway, it is recommended to maintain moderation.
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