Laryngitis is characterized by a sore throat, hoarseness or a temporary loss of voice brought on by an infection such as bronchitis or flu, or due to overstraining the vocal chords.

Add 5-10 drops of lavender to a glass of warm water, mix well and gargle. Repeat at least 2 or 3 times a day.

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For a dry cough, make up a concentrated chest rub by mixing 5 drops of lavender with 5 drops of sandalwood in 1 dessertspoon of carrier oil and apply to the chest and throat. Repeat at least twice a day.

Other oils of benefit: tea tree, eucalyptus and benzoin.

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