If everyone knew sign language, then resting your voice if you deal with a lost voice would be easier. Not only when you need to rest your voice. Just imagine how useful it would be to be able to speak with anyone in any situation, but that is a conversation for another time.
If you (like me) lost your voice due to a cold and want to be able to speak soon, just follow some of the cures that I tried (and maybe helped).
Rest your voice
If you don’t have time to go to a doctor, you will see that every website recommends that you rest your voice. Meaning that for a couple of days you do not speak (or whisper) as not to inflame your cords even worse.
Drink plenty of liquids and change the diet
If you’re dealing with a lost voice, forget the coffee, and switch up to (warm) water, teas (especially green tea), and other types of liquids (broths and soups).
I mentioned coffee because it can dry your throat and in order to heal it needs to be hydrated. Black tea is also a big no until you get better.
Other foods you should avoid? Anything with spicy seasonings, alcohol, raw vegetables, oranges, lemons, tomatoes, popcorn, and chips are some of the foods that you should eliminate from your diet for a couple of days.
Instead, you could eat pasta, yogurts, cooked vegetables, smoothies, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs.
Remember that this change is only temporary (your lost voice will be back in a couple of days), and can help you recover quicker.
Gargle with saltwater
When you lose your voice your throat has an irritated tissue that might be soothed by salt.
Add one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and gargle a couple of times a day.
Put your face above a pot of steaming water or shower
That might be my favourite trick that I have tried because I could feel it working.
Boil some water, put some essential oil in the water (I chose eucalypt), and hang a towel over your head as you inhale the warmth through your mouth.
Or you can take a hot shower and feel the same effects. Again, you could use essential oils. Put some on your hands, rub them together and bring them to your face.
Or if you have a humidifier you could use while you sleep because during the night we produce less saliva, hence they are dryer, and the vocal cords become irritated.
Honey and ginger
I love ginger in food, but not so much uncooked. But it had been used for thousands of years in treating the dry cough that accompanies your lost voice. Put some ginger in your tea, or water and drink it. Or be creative like me and combine two remedies.
It is said that a teaspoon of honey can help soothe your throat. I just put some ginger on my teaspoon of honey.
Listen to your grandma
She used some remedy that you would not find anywhere on the internet if you’re searching for solutions for a lost voice, but swore that it would help me. (She has a very old book with remedies for anything, including a lost voice).
Grandma peeled some raw potatoes and added a splash of Romanian tuica and then put all of this around my neck.
Of course, all these remedies might not work for everyone. If your lost voice continues to be a problem after a couple of days, then you should definitely go to a doctor. But these are more remedies that you should use if you lose your voice at the beginning of the weekend when your doctor is unreachable and feel desperate for a solution. Take all of this with a grain of salt.