6 Easy Home Remedies For Swollen Tonsils
Tonsils are one of those unique parts of our body that we never really notice until it becomes swollen and discolored. Used primarily through the immune system, swollen tonsils are typically an indication of some form of bacterial or viral infection such as cold, strep throat, measles, herpes simplex virus, and more. If the particular infection you are suffering from is bacterial, a doctor is likely to prescribe antibiotics. If, however, your infection is viral, your body’s immune system is the best way to combat the virus.
Following are six simple treatments for swollen, painful tonsils, to soothe you while your body beats its bug.
1. Saline Gargle
The ingredients are simple, salt and warm water. The proper mix is about 5 grams of salt per 250 ml of water. Gargle this solution 3-4 times a day for best results.
The salt will help fight bacteria while the warm water improves blood flow and promotes healing of the infected area.
2. Diluted Orange Juice
Orange juice is a great way to help soothe gagging and swollen tonsils. The vitamin C helps boost immunity. By diluting orange juice 3:1 with water and drinking it warm, you can enjoy the vitamin boost from the juice while the water helps keep you hydrated better than juice alone.
3. Chicken Soup
Chicken soup is a natural anti-inflammatory which helps ease swelling and pain. By adding fresh parsley and garlic you can boost the flavor and the healing power of mom’s favorite medicine.
4. Spice & Herb Tea
To warm water, add cayenne pepper, a piece of crushed ginger, and a few basil leaves for a soothing home remedy. Ginger works as an anti-inflammatory while vitamin C in the pepper boosts immunity. Capsaicin, also in the pepper, helps to break up excess mucus in the affected area while basil leaves protect against bacteria.
5. Honey & Garlic
Garlic is a natural treatment for both viral and bacterial infections. Mix 4 cloves of finely crushed garlic with 1 tablespoon of honey, then dilute with warm water. Drink this brew 3-4 times a day for 4 days.
6. Honey & Turmeric
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and combines with honey help hinder the growth of micro-organisms in the infected area.
Mix 1 tablespoon of a honey and turmeric paste and take three times daily.