Hoarseness and Difficulty Talking? Perhaps One of These Herbs Might Help Laryngitis

Laryngitis can come from many sources, some serious. Usually the cause is obvious, related to allergies, colds or flu, polluted or just very dry air, mouth-breathing during the night or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If hoarseness persists, consult a doctor. Otherwise, home treatment for laryngitis with herbal remedies may help.

Couch Grass

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While couch grass (Agropyron repens  ofrCynodont dactylon) often is recommended for bladder or prostate infections, a tea made from this can loosen phlegm and make it easier to talk. The herb has demulcent properties, that is, it will create a soothing surface. According to some sites, it has been used in herbal treatments since Greek classical times. Brew a tea by steeping 1 to 3 teaspoons in a cup of water and drink a cup three times a day. NOTE: Check the Side Effects listed on webmd.com regarding possible effects on water elimination. Review the extensive Community Herbal Monograph by the European Medicines Agency, 22 November 2011, particularly the Contraindications and Special Warnings section.


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Another herb suggested for getting rid of laryngitis is fritillaria. According to the Chinese journal of natural medicines., “The genus Fritillaria is a botanical source for various pharmaceutically active components, which have been commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.” It is available as syrup made from the processed bulbs of a flowering plant called Fritillaria cirrhosa. In pharmacopeias Fritillaria is referred to as Bulbus Fritillaria Cirrhosae, a Chinese medical drug. Take this as directed on the label. However, do not use this if pregnant, nursing, or you have high blood pressure. It is intended to clear phlegm, reduce snoring and improve a sore throat.

Marshmallow Root


This herb is suggested as a staple in the herbal medicine cabinet for home treatment of laryngitis. It is an expectorant and also soothes hoarseness and soreness associated with laryngitis. webmd.com considers it “Likely Safe” for most if taken by mouth. See the possible side effects and interactions if you have diabetes, are pregnant and/or breastfeeding or planning surgery. Talk to your health care provider if using Lithium. The typical use is one teaspoon in one-fourth cup of water three times a day. A children’s dose is one-fourth teaspoon in the same amount of water.

St. John’s Wort

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While normally suggested for depression, the analgesic qualities of St. John’s wort capsules are believed to ease the pain associated with laryngitis. Suggested dosages are capsules containing 900 mg of the herb, which can be taken once a day for several weeks. Warning: St. John’s wort can interact with many prescription drugs. Persons taking any prescription drug should consult with a doctor before using this herb. Pregnant or nursing women should not take it at all.



Balch, Phyllis A., CNC. Prescription for Herbal Healing (2010).

James F. Balch M.D.Prescription for Natural Cures (Third Edition): A Self-Care Guide for Treating Health Problems with Natural Remedies Including Diet, Nutrition, Supplements, and Other Holistic Methods (2016)





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