Home remedy for strained vocal cords

Updated April 17, 2017

The vocal cords are located inside the voice box, or larynx, and consist of two bands of muscle tissue that stretch when a person talks. According to Atena Inteliheath, strained vocal chords are caused when people use their voice too much or frequently talk too loud. When the vocal cords are strained, no sound or very little will come out when trying to speak, making it difficult to communicate verbally. Fortunately, strained vocal cords will heal in time and some home remedies help them heal faster.


Vocal cords need to be hydrated so drinking water is a very important step in the healing process. According to, a good way to heal strained vocal cords is by mixing 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar into a half cup with 118ml of water. This drink should be consumed once an hour for seven hours during the day. Gargling onion syrup is another method of healing strained vocal cords. Three large onions should be sliced, placed in a pan with 4 cups of water and simmered until it becomes syrupy. Strain the syrup into a jar and add 6 tbls. to warm water, squeeze in a slice of lemon and sip.


According to Natural, honey is well known to be as effective as cough syrup when it comes to healing the throat. It helps to clear away any inflammation on the vocal chords. A simple tablespoon of honey will help to sooth the vocal chords while they heal. Try squeezing half a lemon into a glass of water and then adding 2 tbls. of honey and one-tenth tsp of cayenne pepper. Drinking the concoction will not only reduce inflammation, but break up any mucus around the vocal cords, making it possible to speak again.

Diet Adjustments

Leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits that have a lot of vitamins and minerals will help to keep the throat healthy and clean making it easier to heal. Also, while a big bowl of ice cream sounds like a great solution, especially if the throat is itchy, avoiding dairy products will help the vocal cords to heal faster. Dairy products tend to increase the body's mucus production making it hard for the body to heal.

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