We’re all familiar with the itchy, scratchy, and painful- to- swallow condition we now know as tonsillitis. Some episodes of tonsillitis come with the flu or colds, whereas others stand alone to go above and beyond to make your life miserable.
With the miserable condition in mind, I’m here to let you know that you have more than several tips and tricks sitting right on your kitchen cabinet. Tips and tricks that can help you deal with the condition without reaching for medicine.
That said, before we skip to the main section of the article and look at 5 tonsillitis home remedies, you need to be able to tell when it’s time to seek out professional medical care. You ought to call your doctor if you:
- Have a high fever
- Can see a rash or white patches on the back of your throat. These are possible signs of scarlet fever or strep throat
- Can feel enlarged lumps or lymph nodes in your neck
- Have blood in your saliva or are coughing up blood
- Have trouble opening your mouth, breathing, or swallowing anything
- Have tonsillitis that is prolonged, severe, or doesn’t seem to improve
Another bonus tip that reputable doctors agree on is that after you get sick and recover, immediately replace the toothbrush you’re using with a fresh and germ-free one.
Without wasting any more of your time, let’s jump right into it.
Dissolve 0.5 teaspoons of salt (or an equal amount of tea tree oil) in a warm glass of water. Gargle the concoction after every three hours but ensure you do not swallow any of it. The Salted water will reduce the tonsils’ swelling as well as any other irritation in your throat.
Tea tree oil (or a teaspoon of lemon juice) is an effective home brew mixed with a warm glass of water can also make a soothing gargle that will break up the mucus and help with throat irritating acid refluxes.
That said, if you’re pregnant, are on another medication, or suffer from any chronic disease, ensure you consult a professional herbal practitioner or doctor before trying out this method. In fact, if you fall in any of the categories, consult your doctor before trying any of the methods in this guide.
Ginger has been proven to relieve inflammations, which means it can help soothe the pain and even ultimately heal tonsillitis. Multiple scientific studies have also shown that ginger boasts antibacterial powers that’ll come in handy.
With that in mind, if you’re suffering from tonsillitis, you can either purchase home remedies like the ginger tea or make your own at home using fresh ginger. Here is a straightforward recipe.
Boil 4 – 5 cups of water in your saucepan. After the water hits its boiling point, turn off the heat, add 1 and a half tablespoons of grated ginger root, and cover the concoction for approximately 10 minutes. Afterward, stir in a tablespoonful of sweetener (or honey) and a lemon juice squeeze.
Drink cool or warm and reheat if desired.
3.Some Warm Broth
If your tonsillitis has been accompanied by a cold that has taken your appetite away, I understand that the inflammation of the tonsils doesn’t make it any easier to force meals down. A great alternative in this situation is sipping on a warm soup stock of any type and fill your stomach.
Store-bought food items can be prepared in a second, and just like a warm cup of tea, they will help soothe the tonsils while at the same time giving you a little bit of nourishment between your meals. If you can, try sourcing low sodium broth varieties.
Consume meals rich in folic acids and vitamins E, B, A, C, and D. Meals full of zinc, magnesium, iron, and flavonoids will also help. Ensure you get 5 portions of vegetables and fruits a day but limit your consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and refined carbohydrates.
Chamomile is a medicinal herb with a wide array of health benefits. Among these includes anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation, swelling, and any pain associated with tonsillitis. The herb also boosts the potential of antibiotics, making it a sure-fire way to combat tonsillitis.
The good side to natural remedies rests on that fact that they are easily within reach. Whether it is your local herbal store or Food Lovers’ Market, you can be sure to find most of the items you need. Always remember to get your doctor’s advice if your symptoms persist beyond a few days.