How to Cure Laryngitis with Apple Cider Vinegar

Laryngitis is a fairly common illness that cannot be treated with antibiotics unless it is considered chronic. However, many people are not aware that they can use apple cider vinegar for laryngitis treatment.

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the throat or larynx. It can mean anything from the inconvenience of a hoarse voice to the more serious complete loss of your voice.

If it is acute it will probably only last a few days but the chronic version may take over 3 weeks to clear up.

If the inflammation lasts less than three weeks, laryngitis is considered “acute” and if it lasts longer than three weeks, it is considered “chronic”. The chronic form occurs mostly in middle aged people and is more common for men than women.

Antibiotics are not very helpful in the acute form of laryngitis.

Home Remedies for Laryngitis

Since acute laryngitis cannot be treated with antibiotics, many suffers must endure a few weeks of sore throats and coarse voices. Here are three home remedies for laryngitis that you can use to sooth (and hopefully cure) your laryngitis.

1. Drink


2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of honey

½ cup of water

Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional, but may increase effectiveness)

Drink twice a day.

2. Gargle


1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

Glass of warm water

Gargle with this mixture three times per day.

The antibacterial properties of the apple cider vinegar kill bacteria in your throat. The cayenne pepper is helpful to sooth mucous membranes around the voice box. Also, if you have a sore throat, this remedy will offer relief.

3. Compress

Place a thin cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar over your throat. Your skin will absorb the vinegar directly.

Also, to assist with the vinegar absorption you can heat your throat with a towel soaked in hot water.

Not Sure if You Have Laryngitis? Here are Some Symptoms

  • Dry, sore or burning throat
  • Coughing, which is both a causing factor and symptom of laryngitis
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling in the area of the larynx
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Swollen lymph nodesin the throat, chest, or face
  • Fever
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath (usually in children)
  • Increased production of saliva

One of the most successful remedies for laryngitis is a concoction of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of water. You should gargle with this mixture up to 3 times a day. The apple cider vinegar kills bacteria in your throat while the cayenne pepper soothes inflamed mucous membranes around the voice box. If your throat is also sore, this remedy will offer you fast relief!

Some folks see improvement immediately while others find it takes a few hours to kick in.

Continue reading below for tips from our readers on how the acv and cayenne remedy cured their laryngitis!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Reviews

Posted by Serach (Jerusalem) on 05/17/2014
4 out of 5 stars
Hi, I have laryngitis. I got bronchitis a week or so ago and almost completely lost my voice. gargled with salt water, Apple Cider Vinegar lemon honey cayenne etc and it helped. But my voice is still weak. There is no green mucus and I dont cough a lot, but when I do it is dry and somewhat hacking. I have had this for a long time. I don't have asthma thank goddess, however my breathing is shallow and constricted and the air quality in apt. is not good despite air filter. Any ideas?

I would reccomend the remedies on this site for bronchitis and laryngitis as I tried most of them and the next day I was able to talk. However it is still lingering. Any thoughts? thanks serach

Posted by Victoria (Mosta, Malta, Eu) on 12/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars
I tried acv and cayenne in a glass of water and am already feeling tons better and my voice sounds better too... It is true it removes mucus.... I couldn't believe how effective it is!!

Posted by Ssladyss (Los Angeles, California) on 11/06/2012
5 out of 5 stars
I became very hoarse Saturday and then lost my voice Sunday. Went to the doctor on Monday and said it was Laryngitis and there was nothing she can do. It is Tuesday (election night) and I just gargled with 1 cup of hot tap water, 5 TBS of ACV, 1/2 TSP of Cayenne Pepper and 1/2 TSP of honey. It is gross- but I powered through it. Almost right away, slimy stuff started to come out with the gargle, that I did not even knew I had. Half-way through I heard my voice with very little effort. My voice is not back, but I can make noises with my laryx with little effort that I could not before. I am trying this again tomorrow morning (again, it is a gross mixture) but I think it is working.

Posted by Julie (Geelong, Victoria, Australia) on 06/11/2012
5 out of 5 stars
I used red wine vinegar 4 tbsp & tabasco sauce half tsp & 1 tbsp honey - all in 1 cup warm water as thats all I had in pantry. Gargled small amounts then spat out - kept doing til got through whole mixture. Noticed I could speak whole sentences minutes after but voice still raspy occassionally. Definite immediate improvement & feels clearer. Cant wait to see results 2moro as Im supposed to be teaching for 7 hrs! Wish me luck!!!! ;)

Posted by Joan (Cottonwood, Arizona) on 05/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars
I have had laryngitis for over a month and have been trying a mixture from my Nathuropathic doctor. I had bronchitis last December (hadn't had that for twenty years) and pneumonia in April. I have had allergy issues most of my life. I am now infection free, but the laryngitis has been on going.

I had been gargling with hot salt water daily with a little success. I went hunting today and found this suggestion, so made myself a gargle with 3 tbsp. Of ACV, 1/4 tsp. Cayenne, 1 tbsp. Honey in a cup of hot water. I am finally having some voice, so will continue to use this remedy. I am off from work for two days, so am feeling this will be the cure I need.... that and not having to talk for two days! Thanks so much.

We hope this article has helped you know how to relieve and cure laryngitis with apple cider vinegar. We welcome your comments and testimonials for how this helped your laryngitis symptoms.