If you just listened to my last post, you won't believe what you are about to read!
Yesterday, I lost my voice. The virus that Kim had been carrying around for two weeks had finally won and I was suffering greatly in the vocal chord department. When I woke in the morning, I could whisper and talk slightly, and had a painful cough.
I felt horrible all day, couldn't function very well in meetings and the like, and my boss suggested I go home at 4pm. So I did, coughing and spluttering all the way home. After a lovely dinner cooked by Kim, I hit the hay at 8.30pm and slept all the way through till 8am.
My chest felt on fire! All I could do was croak and grunt, and when I coughed it felt like someone was rubbing sandpaper in my throat. I called in sick and spent a few more hours in bed.
At 10am, I hit upon the idea of seeing if there were any natural remedy's for laryngitis. I consulted a book titled "Nature's Medicines", published by Readers Digest, which we picked up second hand off of eBay. There were a few remedies for sore throats and laryngitis, so I chose upon the simplest one. A Thyme infusion. I knew I dried all those herbs for a reason.
I put a couple of tablespoons of dried thyme into my tea mug, added boiling water and let it infuse for 10 minutes. A wonderfully fragrant and savoury tasting tea resulted. I drank it down, and still feeling knackered had another sleep for a couple of hours.
I awoke at about 2pm, and something wonderful had happened. I could talk again, albeit in a deep gruff voice, and it wasn't painful any more when I spoke. The congestion around my vocal chords had been shifted. However it still hurt a lot when I coughed.
The book suggested 3 cups per day, and I have had a second cup now, and it has improved a little more. As for the sore throat, I have been using the juice of one lemon, 1 heaped teaspoon of honey and topped it up with boiling water. This helps to sooth the throat and make it tolerable.
With another cup of thyme tea before bed, my voice should be nearly back to normal tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
Does anyone else have a remedy for laryngitis that they would like to share, or even a sore throat for that matter? Comments appreciated.