Natural remedies for tonsillitis – fenugreek, figs and cinnamon

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Natural cures for tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils. Tonsils are lymph nodes which are located on the both sides of your throat. Tonsillitis is a very common inflammation in children but also have chances of getting it. This condition is caused by a viral infection but in some cases it can be caused by a bacterial infection which is causing enlargement of the tonsils. There are 3 varying degrees of tonsillitis – mild, moderate and severe. The most common symptoms of tonsillitis are sneezing, coughing, bad breath, headache, runny nose, difficulty swallowing, swollen glands on the tonsils, fever and sore throat [1]. This is a highly contagious disease and it can spread very quickly from one person to another. The virus or the bacteria is transmitted through droplets in the air from sneezing or coughing or through social contact. This is a reason why you need treatment immediately. There are medications that can be used to treat tonsillitis. Also you can try some of the below mentioned home remedies for the treatment of tonsillitis because they can help to manage symptoms and fight the infection. Talk with your doctor if your child suffers from tonsillitis because he or she can tell you which the best natural treatment for his or her condition is. Also adults can have tonsillitis so the best natural treatment will be said when your doctor will make the proper diagnosis. This condition is extremely contagious so you should maintain proper care because it can help you to maintain high levels of hygiene and this can prevent in contracting the tonsillitis. If you get tonsillitis, then you should drink lot of fluids to aid recovery, speak as softly and as little as possible and get lot of rest.

Home remedies for tonsillitis

Slippery elm: This natural cure has mucilage which is a gel – like substance that can help to ease pain, inflammation and soreness. When slippery elm is taken internally, then it can help to soothe and heal inflamed tissues in which are included mucus membranes of the throat. In 2 cups of boiling water you should add one teaspoon of the inner bark of slipper elm. You should allow it to steep for 5 minutes and then strain this home remedy. You should drink it slowly while it still warm 2 times per day in a period of few days. Also there is another option and that is to mix together 4 teaspoons of warm water, 2 teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder and 3 teaspoons of the powdered bark of slippery elm. You should take one teaspoon of this home remedy at regular intervals in a period of 2 – 3 days. [2]

Fenugreek: This home remedy is also known as methi. It has antibacterial properties which are making it one of the best home remedies for tonsillitis because it can help to kill bacteria that are cause for tonsillitis. Also it has anti – inflammatory properties that will give you a relief from the inflammation and pain. You should add 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to 2 – 3 cups of water. You should allow it to simmer for thirty minutes. You should strain it and let it cool. You should gargle with this home remedy for at least thirty seconds and then you should spit it out. You should repeat this natural treatment 2 times per day until the tonsillitis goes away. [3]

Figs: This is also a very effective home remedy for treating tonsillitis at your home. They have high mucilage content and this can help to reduce soreness and pain [4]. You should boil 3 dried figs in water and mash them. You should eat it with one tablespoon of honey 2 or 3 times per day for a number of days. Also there is another option and that is to boil and mash some fresh figs. You should mash the figs in the water that you have used for boiling them. You should apply this paste on the outer part of your throat. You should allow it to dry air and then you should rinse it off using warm water. You should repeat this natural treatment once per day to get a relief from tonsillitis.

Natural cures for tonsillitis

Natural remedies for tonsillitis

Cinnamon: This home remedy can be used as natural treatment for tonsillitis. It is rich in antimicrobial properties that can inhibit the growth of bacteria and other micro – organisms in the tonsils and it can help to reduce inflammation, pain and swelling [5]. In one glass of hot water you should add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. You should mix in 2 teaspoons of honey. Sip it on slowly while this home remedy is still warm. You should drink this home remedy 2 or 3 times per day in a period of one week.

Turmeric: This home remedy has antiseptic and anti – inflammatory properties which can help to fight off the tonsillitis infection and they can give a relief from the irritating symptoms [6]. In one glass of hot water or salt water you should add one teaspoon of turmeric powder. You should gargle with this home remedy several times per day and especially you should do this natural treatment before you go to bed. Also there is another option and that is to add one teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of ground black pepper to one glass of warm milk. You should drink this home remedy at night for 2 to 3 days to speed up the healing process.

Carom seeds:  Carom seeds have nutritional value which is very helpful in fighting symptoms of tonsillitis. Carom seeds are rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which can boost your immune system to fight against the infection. In one pan you need to heat ¼ teaspoon of carom seeds until they are brown. You should add a pinch of turmeric powder and stir it for a few seconds. Then, you should add one cup of warm milk and then mix it well. You should remove this natural cure from the heat. You should drink it while it is still warm. You should drink this home remedy for 2 – 3 days.

Mint: This home remedy has antimicrobial properties which can help to kill viruses and bacteria that are cause for tonsillitis. Also it has menthol which can soothe the irritated mucus membranes and it will give you a relief from the symptoms of tonsillitis. In one glass of water you should boil a handful of mint leaves. You should allow this home remedy to boil until the water is reduces to half. You should strain it and then add one teaspoon of honey and drink this home remedy while it is still warm. You should drink this home remedy 2 or 3 times per day in a period of few days. Also you can gargle with mint – flavored mouthwash several times per day as long as you have tonsillitis. [7]

Basil: This is a very effective home remedy which can be used for the natural treatment of tonsillitis because it has anti – inflammatory and antiviral properties. Also it has soothing and healing properties which can help to reduce swelling and it will speed up the healing process. You should add ten to twelve basil leaves to one and ½ cups of water. You should boil it for ten minutes. You should strain it and then add the juice from one lemon to this home remedy. If you want, you can add one teaspoon of honey to it. This product will sweeten your home remedy but also it has many health benefits that are good for your overall health. You should drink this tea 3 times per day in a period of 2 – 3 days. [8]

Lemon: This home remedy has anti – inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties which can help to take a care of the infection and inflammation. Also lemon is rich in Vitamin C which can improve the resistance of your body to infections [9]. In one glass of lukewarm water you should add the juice from one lemon, one teaspoon of honey and a pinch of salt. You should drink this home remedy slowly and drink it 2 times per day in a period of few days. Also there is another option and that is to sprinkle a little pepper and salt on a piece of lemon and then you should suck on the lemon slice. This natural treatment will help force the phlegm out of your throat. You should do this natural treatment 2 or 3 times per day in a period of several days.

Salt water: This is the most common and the best home remedy that you can use if you suffer from tonsillitis. The warm water has a soothing effect and it can kill the bacteria or virus which is responsible for the tonsillitis. Also the salt can reduce the inflammation and it will give you an instant relief. In one cup of warm water you should mix one teaspoon of table salt. You should gargle with this home remedy. You should not swallow it. You should spit the water out after gargling. You should repeat this natural treatment as often as possible because it can speed up your recovery process.

References:

[1] Kalaiarasi R, Subramanian KS, Vijayakumar C, Venkataramanan R. Microbiological profile of chronic tonsillitis in the pediatric age group. Cureus. 2018;10(9):e3343.

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