Tonsillitis is the swelling or inflammation of the tonsils. The major cause of tonsillitis is a viral infection. However, bacterial infections, such as strep throat, could trigger tonsillitis.
Tonsillitis is more common in children but not very common in adults.
Tonsillitis is not contagious but the virus and bacteria that spread them are contagious. As such, frequent washing of hands is recommended if you have tonsillitis in order to not spread the infection.
Symptoms of tonsillitis include; inflamed or swollen tonsils, sore throat that could be severe, pain when trying to swallow, swollen neck glands, white or yellow patches on tonsils, halitosis (bad breath), and fever.
Here are tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with tonsillitis;
- Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke as they could irritate the throat.
- Ensure you stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water.
- You could eat soft foods if swallowing is difficult.
- If your room atmosphere is dry, you could use a humidifier to moisten the air.
- You could gargle saltwater.
- Ensure you get a lot of rest and relaxation.
- You could also eat warm foods, like warm chicken soup, or cold foods, like popsicles, to soothe the throat.
Below are home remedies and natural treatments for treating and relieving tonsillitis;
Honey, as a remedy, is of particular importance. It’s easily the most effective remedy to soothe tonsillitis. As a blend, add 4 teaspoons of honey, a pinch of salt and a little fresh lime juice to a glass of lukewarm water. For fast results, drink this mix for 2-3 times a day.
2. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek has a strong foot in the world of medicine and rightly so. Among its many benefits includes remedying tonsillitis. All you need to do is boiling the fenugreek seeds for around 30 minutes, wait till the mixture gets cool and then strain it. Now gargle this homemade fenugreek seed tea twice a day for effective results.
3. Turmeric and Pepper
Turmeric has strong medicinal properties, and if combined with pepper, it can bring you fast relief from Tonsillitis. Take a glass of water (preferably warm), add a pinch of turmeric to it and sprinkle some pepper powder. Blend well and consume it before going to bed.
Lemon finds a ‘constant’ mention in the ancient medicinal diaries and is an easy-to-approach ingredient for treating tonsillitis. It’s even the simplest to try. Just cut a lemon into halves. Sprinkle some black pepper and salt on a half of the lemon. Suck that half of the lemon. Repeat this twice a day.
5. Carrot, Beet, And Cucumber
This combination is another potent remedy for an inflammatory ailment like tonsillitis. Create a juicy mixture by adding 300 grams of carrot and 100 grams of beet and cucumber each. Drink it once a day to get back to good health.
Note that tonsillitis is basically inflammation of tonsils. Thus, it makes sense as to why an ice massage can really help in relieving the ailment as ice tends to numb and reduce the flow of blood around the tonsils. Take a few ice cubes and wrap it in a cotton cloth. Apply it on your throat gently for around 10-15 minutes. Repeat as often as you can. Preferably 4-5 times a day.
Ginger, being a spice with heavy Gingerol content, is a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. This makes it an effective solution to tonsillitis. One ginger remedy is a standard one – taking ginger tea to relieve tonsillitis. Alternatively, you can create a mixture of ginger and honey, and gargle with it twice a day. You’ll be surprised to feel an instant relief from the swelling, soreness, and inflammation of your tonsils.
Allicin, one of the main constituents of garlic, has numerous health benefits. One is its amazing anti-inflammatory and curative properties against Tonsillitis. Consuming it raw and fresh is your best shot at relieving tonsillitis. However, there’s also another way of using it – by preparing a paste and applying it externally on the throat region. Before using this paste method, you need to warm the paste a bit in the microwave and add honey to it.
9. Bitter Gourd
Bitter Gourd is extremely beneficial when tonsillitis is giving you a hard time. You can prepare a salad of Bitter Gourd and other vegetables to get relief from tonsillitis.
Take a full glass of warm milk, add a pinch of turmeric, stir well and drink twice a day. It must be noted that turmeric milk is a panacea against a number of diseases and its benefits are unparalleled.
With the ability to drain the lymphatic fluid, this multi-purpose natural ingredient can be ingested either in form of tonic, capsule or tincture to receive an overall relief from tonsillitis. In addition to its anti-inflammatory property, it also helps boost immunity.
Vodka’s antiseptic property is helpful in negating the chronic or temporary infection that might be contributing to your tonsillitis. Add three teaspoons of vodka to half a cup of warm water and gargle for some time before swallowing. In case you don’t key in well with alcohol, you can always eat a cup of yogurt after consuming this solution.
13. Salt Water
A Granny remedy, warm water mixed with half teaspoon salt is the perfect way to soothe throat irritation caused due to tonsillitis. Gargle this mixture for at least 15 minutes or till the water is hot Do this thrice a day for effective result.
Grind the onion to a fine paste and extract the juice. Mix this juice with a glass of warm water and gargle with it regularly to provide relief from tonsillitis. Onion’s natural chemicals, such as thiosulfinates and cepaenes, act as anti-inflammatory agents that relieve you of inflammation in your tonsils.
15. Slippery Elm
As the name itself suggests, the slippery elm contains mucilage, a gel-like substance that, upon consumption, acts as a cooling agent to relieve the patient from soreness and inflammation. Add one teaspoon to two cups of warm water and drink twice a day for best results.
One of the most potent members of the Ayurvedic family, Basil leaves have been in use for medicinal purposes due to its many potent properties. It has strong antioxidants, antibacterial & antimicrobial properties. Add 10-12 basil leaves in hot water and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Then strain it out and leave it to cool. Drink the result basil tea for rapid relief from tonsillitis. This basil tea helps in the rapid healing process.
The cool nature of popsicles, combined with the fruity taste, is the perfect remedy for treating tonsil infection, especially in children. Its cold nature helps reduce any burning & dry sensation and counter inflammation without tasting like an awful medicine.
Make a cup of your favorite herbal tea and add agrimony to the boiling water, sipping it occasionally. This helps loosen the mucus in the lungs and chest, invariably, speeding the healing process of the tonsils.
One of the most well-known herbs, sage comprises astringent and analgesic properties that help provide relief from the irritated tonsils. Patients have the choice to drink it with their herbal tea or take it in form of capsules or tonics.
Thanks to its sulfur content, mullein is highly effective in increasing the power of lymph nodes and helps fight a tonsil infection. While mullein oil can be used to remove mucous, mullein flowers are often consumed in form of herbal tea, tincture, tonics or extract.
A fairly readily available material, alum can be consumed with a glass of saline water and gargled 2-3 times a day. For a quick solution, you can also pop in half a teaspoon of alum powder to heal.
22. Mustard Powder
Grind a few seeds of mustard into a fine powder. Add this powder to a hot or lukewarm water and gargle daily. This would help provide much-needed relief from tonsillitis.
Add a few chamomile herbs to boiling hot water and let it steep. Strain it after 5-7 minutes, add lemon & honey and you have a brew of tasty and healthy beverage that is also a sought-after remedy for tonsillitis.
Yet another potent herbal tea, myrrh’s medicinal properties help increase blood circulation and elimination of toxins responsible for causing tonsillitis. Available in tincture, tonics and essential oil, myrrh’s regular consumption leads to a much healthier mind and body.
25. Banafsha Flowers
A very popular natural cure against Tonsillitis, Banafsha flowers can be added to the hot milk mixture and used to nip tonsillitis in the bud. The botanical name of Banafsha is Viola Odorata.
26. Hot Soups
Hot fluids, like hot vegetable and chicken soups, have a very calming effect on tonsillitis and therefore is heavily recommended to treat the illness. You’ll get an instant relief after taking hot soups.
Menthol in Mint is an effective soothing agent that brings a whole deal of relief by relaxing the irritated muscles and easing the inflammation. You can add a few mint leaves to your tea preparation. Steep it for a few minutes, sieve it and drink it. Do this at least twice a day.
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