Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Natural Remedies for Tonsillitis

Having a sore throat causes discomfort in a person let alone having tonsillitis where in the 2 glands at the back of the throat are not only sore, but swollen, inflamed, and even enlarged (as the case of my husband Frederick)  It does not only cause pain  when swallowing it also sometimes cause pain in the ears.  To know more about tonsillitis, please check my post about tonsillitis (click Tonsilitis )

My husband Frederick has chronic tonsillitis that recurs at least 2-4 times a month, every month at that.  The doctor recommended that he gets his tonsils remove and that’s why we are currently searching for the best and most affordable tonsillectomy, either here in Singaporeor or in the Philippines.

While deciding on what we are going to do about Frederick's future tonsillectomy, I have been encouraging him to try some alternative cures for his tonsils.  Yes, natural treatments that will prevent the recurrence of his tonsillitis.  Here are a few natural remedies/treatments that one who is suffering from tonsillitis can do at home.  Please exercise caution and discretion should you decide to follow any of these remedies / treatments for instant relief, prevention, and sometime curing the illness.

1) Gargle with salt water. This can be used as an oral habit which is specially important for those who has pus on their tonsils as it helps prevent the occurrence of pus as well as from developing tonsillitis. And also for those suffering from cryptic tonsillitis, as it cleanse out the crypts in the tonsils and prevent the formation of tonsil stones.  In general, this method helps  to decrease discomfort and alleviates the soreness of the glands.

2) Diet and exercise is recommended by one article on Tonsillitis at  (see below)

Diet and exercise can be used as home remedies for almost any ailment, condition or disease, but is often overlooked. Even with tonsillitis, diet and exercise are fantastic natural cures. For diet, first fast for three to five days having nothing about water and orange juice; then do a three-to-four-day all-fruit diet; then slowly incorporate a balanced diet, avoiding spices, condiments, sour foods and fried foods.

Daily breathing exercises and cardiovascular exercise will also help.

3) Lemon : Drinking lemon is a good home treatment for tonsillitis.  Mix freshly squeezed emon juice with honey and a bit of salt added to a glass of warm water and is sipped slowly, letting it linger on the throat area before totally swallowing it provide an instant relief. You can also add apple cider vinegar for a more potent tonic against tonsillitis (see recipe Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic )

4) Lime :  similar to lemon (see  Calamansi Juice (Lime Juice)

5) Apple cider vinegar :  Gargle water and apple cider vinegar, a natural disinfectant that can help soothe the inflammation and discomfort of tonsillitis. Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one cup of warm water and gargle for at least 30 seconds before rinsing your mouth. Drinking lemon juice and water after gargling will further disinfect the throat and can help clear the mouth of the strong taste of vinegar.  (source: How to Treat Tonsillitis with Natural Medicine (

6) Vegetable Juices: Cucumber juice, carrots juice and beetroot juice are all very effective in giving cure from tonsillitis. You can either have them separately or mix then and have them. Take 300 ml of carrot juice and add about 100 ml of both cucumber juice and beet juice and drink it.  (source : Home Remedies for Tonsillitis ( )

7) Fenugreek Seeds: Fenugreek seeds are a great home remedy for so many different conditions. To combat tonsillitis, you can make a gargle using two tablespoons of the seeds that have simmered in a liter of boiling water for about 30 minutes, and then cooled. Use on the same day.  (Tonsillitis ( )

The use of Fenugreek seeds is also recommended by a contributor, Dr. Tabassum at

A gargle made from fenugreek seeds is very effective in severe cases of tonsillitis. To make such a gargle, two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be simmered for half an hour in a liter of water and then set aside to cool. The entire quantity should be used the same day as a soothing gargle for tonsillitis.

8 ) Banafsha Flowers: Add some of the banafsha flowers in milk and boil them for some time. Filter this after cooling and drink it. This will give you relief from the inflamed tonsils. Or you can also apply this mixture over the throat during nighttime. For doing this first put this above made mixture in a pan containing clarified butter and mix it well. Then apply thin layer of this mixture over the throat and clean it next day. ( )

9)  Milk : Drink A glass of warm milk with a dash of turmeric powder, which is a natural antibiotics, and pepper powder before going to bed at night while suffering from tonsillitis will give relief from the body pain and reduce the inflammation of the tonsils too.

10) Garlic:  Consuming garlic, which is a natural antibiotic and it has anti-inflammatory properties which helps in relieving the symptoms of tonsillitis as well as curing the disease.
Peel a clove of garlic and cut them in half lengthwise. Boil for a couple of minutes in about 1.5 cup water and add a pinch of salt, teaspoon of butter, a pinch of pepper and sprinkle with nutmeg.  (source : Garlic Facts Remedies and Health Benefits of Garlic ( )

11) Onion : similar to garlic, onion is also helpful in relieving the symptoms of tonsillitis due to its anti-bacterial properties.  Make a gargle of onion juice and warm water.

12) Ginger - ginger has anti viral properties that helps fight tonsillitis. Make a gargle and drink by boiling ginger then adding honey to it.  slowly sip the ginger mixture, let it linger on your throat before gulping it.

13) Honey - honey has anti-bacterial properties that when mixed with the ingredients mentioned above makes a potent tonic that helps relieves the symptoms and cure tonsillitis


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For further readings, please check my sources/references below :

1) Home Remedies for Tonsillitis ( )

2) Tonsillitis ( )

3)  Acute Tonsillitis – Symptoms, Treatments and Home Remedies ( )

4) Tonsillitis - Symptom, Treatment of Audult, Chronic, Acute & Cryptic Tonsillitis, Home remedy for Tonsillitis (

5) Cryptic Tonsillitis Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions  by Don Peysum ( )

6) 3 Ways to Cure Chronic Cryptic Tonsillitis ( )

7) Tonsillitis Remedies – Forum at

8) How to Treat Tonsillitis with Natural Medicine (

9) How to treat pus on tonsils  (

8) Preventive and curative nature of Tonsil Stone Remedies

what is a tonsil stone?  (

9) Home remedy for Tonsillitis  (

10) Natural Treatment for Tonsillitis in Children (

11) Home Remedies for Tonsillitis ( )

12) Home Remedies For Tonsillitis by  Kevin Pederson  (

13) Garlic Facts Remedies and Health Benefits of Garlic (

14) Natural Cures for Tonsillitis (

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