The Best Home Remedies for Tonsillitis
Tonsillitis – Common SymptomsThe common symptoms of tonsillitis include:
- Redness of the tonsils
- Throat pain
- Ulcers or blisters on the throat
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in the ears
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swollen neck glands
- Bad breath (this can also be a result of tonsil stones)
- A yellowish coating on the throat
The Best Natural Remedies for Tonsillitis
Garlic is most well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is therefore an ancient herbal medicine to strengthen the immune system. You can find more information about garlic in my articles on how to use garlic as a medicine and 6 common mistakes when using garlic as an antibiotic.
The best way to consume garlic is by eating it raw and fresh. Mince garlic cloves and let them stand for 10 to 15 minutes to enable the active ingredient allicin to form. Then, mix the garlic with yogurt, applesauce, honey, or some other carrier agent that you find easier and tastier to ingest.
Garlic is also one of the natural remedies for strep throat.
Gargle with salt waterSalt water can help break up mucous in the throat. It can also help reduce the pain associated with tonsillitis. To make your own salt water, dissolve ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt in an 8 ounce glass of warm water. Use this mixture to gargle several times per day. For an added boost of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, add a teaspoon of turmeric which also has a large number of health benefits.
Echinacea contains active ingredients that decrease inflammation and may help reduce swelling and pain in the tonsils. Some of these compounds may be directly antimicrobial, while others may work at stimulating different parts of the immune system. It is also one of the 13 most powerful natural antibiotics.Echinacea root has been promoted as containing a more effective mixture of active chemicals, but the roots are bitter and are usually made into a tincture. So you can use the other parts of the plant (leaves, flowers) which are also effective and have milder flavor. A study published in the Phytomedicine Journal in July 2010 indicated that the anti-inflammatory properties of echinacea may be useful for controlling symptoms of bacterial upper respiratory infections3. Echinacea is available in both dried and liquid extract form as well as a pill and capsule. You can also prepare a tea by steeping echinacea and ginger and adding lemon and honey and drinking it 2-3 times a day. You should make sure that the product that you buy is organic (like this one, and this one)
Basil or peppermintBasil has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that can fight viruses attacking your tonsils whilst reducing the inflammation. In vitro studies also showed that peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities4. To use basil or peppermint as a homemade tonsillitis remedy, add several basil or peppermint leaves to one cup of filtered water and boil for a few minutes. Strain the leaves and squeeze the juice from half lemon in. You can also add one teaspoon of raw honey for taste if needed (wait for the water to cool a bit as excessive heat will destroy the nutrients in honey). Honey by itself can be used as a powerful natural remedy for a number of illnesses. Make these herbal teas three times per day.
Cinnamon, honey and lemon
I’ve already written on how to combine honey and cinnamon for great health as both honey and cinnamon offer powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
To take advantage of the healing properties of cinnamon and honey, prepare a tea using these ingredients (as I mentioned previously, don’t add honey to boiling water to prevent nutrient loss).
Enjoy homemade anti-inflammatory tea or popsicleSipping on warm beverages such as tea with raw honey and soups or broths can help soothe your swollen tonsils. On the other hand, some people find that cold foods may feel better on their throat. Use whichever feels better for you. Keep some popsicles handy or make your own to accommodate your needs. Try these homemade chamomile and ginger popsicles with lemon and honey to help ease the pain and swelling. You’ll need:
- A 2 inch thinly sliced piece of ginger
- The juice from one large lemon
- Two tea bags of chamomile tea
- Two tablespoons of local raw honey
- 5 cups of hot water
Fenugreek seedsThe anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in fenugreek seeds may be able to treat infections associated with the tonsil. Fenugreek is also one of the best home remedies for chest congestion. You can make your own fenugreek tea by crushing one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds with a rolling pin or the side of a chef’s knife. Put the crushed fenugreek seeds in a tea strainer. Place the tea strainer with the fenugreek seeds in a small pan. Add water and simmer for two to three minutes. Then let the tea steep for 15 minutes. Remove the tea strainer and enjoy your soothing tea! You can also use the fenugreek tea as a gargle twice per day if you’re not a tea drinker.
Slippery elmSlippery elm is an herb that contains mucilage, which can be used to coat and soothe the throat, mouth and tonsils. It is recommended that you use slippery elm as a lozenge, or a solid preparation that slowly dissolves in the mouth. You can make your own slippery elm lozenge at home. Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 1/4 cup of warm water or tea (licorice root or rose petal works great)
- 2 tablespoons of local raw honey
- 1/2 cup of slippery elm powder
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