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Tonsillitis represents the swelling of the tonsils. These are lymph nodes situated on both sides of your throat. Although children are more susceptible to this infection, adults can get it, too. Due to the fact that it is highly contagious and it spreads fast, you will need a series of efficient home remedies for tonsillitis to fight off the infection.
If you experience symptoms such as a runny nose, headache, coughing and sneezing, and sore throat it is possible that you have already contracted the infection. Even though there are many medicines for tonsillitis, you can treat the condition yourself, using some home remedies for tonsillitis. Also, thanks to the unique properties that natural alternatives benefit from, your immune system will get stronger. Hence, your body will reject the virus and bacteria responsible for tonsillitis more easily.
1. Salt Water Gargle
One of the most common home remedies for tonsillitis is warm salt water gargle. The salt will kill the harmful pathogen while the warm water has a soothing effect for a sore throat. Also, the salt water is able to reduce the inflammation, as well.
First of all, add one teaspoon of table salt to a glass of warm water. stir until the salt dissolves completely and gargle. Spit the water out after you finish and rinse off with warm water. You can repeat this process every morning and before going to bet for a fast recovery.
Thanks to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory as well as antiviral properties., lemon will take care of most of the symptoms in one blow. Also, the high levels of vitamin C will boost the immune system and help it to build resistance to further infections.
One way to use lemon to your advantage is to squeeze the juice out of a lemon in a glass of warm water. You can also add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of salt for better results. Drink this mixture slowly twice a day until you notice some improvements. Another way to benefit from the medical properties of lemon is to suck on a lemon slice for two or three times a day.
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and it benefits from anti-inflammatory properties as well. You can add turmeric into the mix for gargling. Hence, mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder into the warm salt water. Gargle with this in the morning and especially before going to bed for several days.
Also, you can mix a pinch of ground black pepper and turmeric powder with a warm glass of milk. Drink this blend approximately half an hour before going to bed. Repeat the process for two or three days in order to speed up the healing process.
4. Basil Infusion
Another highly effective among natural home remedies for tonsillitis is basil. Thanks to its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, it can reduce swelling and soothes the pain associated with tonsillitis at the same time. Furthermore, the active ingredients present in basil will also speed up the healing process.
For fast results, you can add anywhere between ten to twelve fresh basil leaves to the equivalent of one and a half cups of water. After you boil it for approximately 10 minutes, strain the solution. You can also add some lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it. You can drink this three times a day for several days.
5. Cinnamon Powder
You can use cinnamon to inhibit bacteria growth in the tonsils, ultimately reducing swelling and pain. In order to benefit from the miraculous properties of this home remedy, you will first need to add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of warm water.
Next, add two teaspoons of honey to the mix and stir until it dissolves completely. Sip on it slowly for two or three times a day. Repeat the process for a week, and you should start to see some improvements.
6. Slippery Elm
The gel-like substance in slippery elm contains active ingredients that can help to reduce inflammation and ease the pain associated with tonsillitis. When you take it internally, slippery elm targets the inflamed tissues and heals them as well as the mucous membranes of the throat.
You can add one teaspoon of fresh inner bark of slippery elm to the equivalent of two cups of boiling water. After you let it steep for approximately five minutes, strain the solution. Drink this slowly two times a day for a few days.
Fenugreek, or methi, is one of the best home remedies on our list. Because of the antibacterial properties, it can kill the harmful pathogens responsible for tonsillitis with ease. Also, it also contains active ingredients that reduce the inflammation and relieve the pain.
As far as the recipe goes, it is very easy to follow. First of all, you need to add two tablespoons of methi seeds to 2 cups of warm water. Let it simmer for approximately 30 minutes and then strain the liquid. After it cools down to room temperature, you can use it to gargle. After 30 at least 30 seconds you can spit it out. In order to make the most of this particular remedy, repeat the process two times a day until the symptoms start to fade.
8. Dried Figs
Thanks to the high content of mucilage, dried figs make for one of the best home remedies for tonsillitis that can considerably reduce symptoms like pain and soreness. You can either use dried or fresh figs for these two recipes.
First one involves boiling three dried figs in enough water as to barely cover them. Mash them and add one tablespoon of honey. Eat the mixture two or three times a day for several days. The other way to benefit from the medical properties of figs is to boil several fresh figs. Mash them in the water you used for boiling them. Stir until you get a homogenous paste. You can apply it on your throat and let it dry out on its own. In the end, rinse off with warm water. In order to relieve the pain associated with tonsillitis, repeat the process once a day for a week.
9. Carom Seeds
Carom seeds are particularly rich in antioxidants as well as a wide range of vitamins and minerals. These will help boost the immune system and strengthen your body to fight off the infection more easily. First of all, you will need to heat one-fourth teaspoon of carom seeds until they turn brown. Add into the mix a pinch of turmeric powder and mix together for a few seconds. Next, add a cup of milk and stir until all of the ingredients mix together.
You can sip on the warm drink every day until the symptoms start to fade. For the best results, however, make sure to repeat the process two times a day for three or four days.
10. Mint Tea
The menthol is great for alleviating a sore throat associated with tonsillitis. Also, mint benefits from antimicrobial properties, as well, which can help kill bacteria and viruses responsible for tonsillitis.
The best way to use mint for its medical properties is to boil a handful of mint leaves in a cup of water. Let the mix boil, until the water quantity is reduced to half. In the end, strain the liquid and add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten your tea. Drink this while still warm twice a day for several days.
One of the best home remedies for tonsillitis is to ensure that you get plenty of rest. Hence, if you already contracted the infection, make sure to prioritize sleep. As a consequence, take a break for other activities and go to sleep early. If you spend at least seven to nine hours a night sleeping, you will start to see some obvious results in a short period of time.
Do not stress your body further and let it fight off the infection naturally. For the best results, you can mix good rest with other home remedies for tonsillitis for a faster recovery.
12. Soft Foods
When you suffer from tonsillitis it is no surprise that you will also experience some difficulty when it comes to swallowing. Still, you need to drink plenty of water and provide your body with sufficient nutrients in order to be able to fight off the disease. Hence, try to eat some soft foods like fruit smoothies, applesauce, soups, yogurt or mashed potatoes.
The applesauce recipe is particularly easy to make. First of all, you will need to peel and slice three apples. Remove the core and seeds and place the slices in the blender. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Blend for about two or three minutes and collect the sauce.
13. Using a Humidifier
Humidifiers or vaporizers can help to moisten indoor dry air. In turn, this practice can relieve sore throat and discomfort associated with tonsillitis. We highly recommend this practice, especially if you suffer from discomfort due to tonsillitis in the cold season.
Because the chilly breeze makes it harder on you to go out for fresh air, you need to start treating the indoor air. Hence, the cleaner air you breath, the less inflamed your air passages will feel. In the end, your body will be able to recover more quickly from the infection and fight off the disease.
14. Cumin Seeds
Because of the quick results, this is probably the fastest-acting item on our home remedies for tonsillitis list. Although the recipe contains alcohol, we do not recommend excessive use if you suffer from tonsillitis.
First of all, you will need to let approximately 3 ounces of cumin seed to boil in a cup of filtered water. after the color turns black and the solution starts to thicken, strain the liquid. Next, add half a cup of water and boil it again. Add a tablespoon of either cognac or whiskey. Let the mix cool down. You can take one tablespoon every 30 minutes. If you catch it early, you can get rid of all the unwanted symptoms in just a matter of hours. If not, you should repeat the process the next day, as well.
15. Onion Juice
It is not necessary to drink onion juice. However, you can use it for gargling. Even though it sound disgusting, or at least not as appealing as other home remedies for tonsillitis, you should really try it out. Onions contain active ingredients that are rich in highly potent anti-microbial properties.
You can use this practice in combination other home remedies for tonsillitis for better results. However, if the symptoms do not go away after a few days, refer to your health care provider for more in-depth information.
Suffering from symptoms associated with tonsillitis can keep you from doing some fun activities with your family or friends, especially in the cold season. In order to prevent you from catching this infection, we have put together a list of the most effective home remedies for tonsillitis. Choose what works best for you and get rid of the symptoms fast.
Moreover, you do not have to stop at a single remedy. Try to mix them up and create a perfect environment and the most efficient blend of home remedies for tonsillitis in order to recover faster. All of these benefit from only natural ingredients that will boost your immune system and help your body fight off the infection more easily. However, if the symptoms persist, refer to your health care provider for more in-depth information. He will be able to prescribe you more powerful medicine, should anything else fail.