Some of the best medications for colds and flu contain lemon. This is because lemon has antiviral and antibacterial properties that treat the infection. Lemon will dry up the bacteria, thus killing the infection. Meanwhile, its anti-inflammatory properties will relieve inflammation caused by tonsillitis. Lemon is also a natural astringent, meaning it will shrink your mucous membranes and reduce mucous that is cause your throat to hurt. Also, lemon contains high amounts of Vitamin C, an important antioxidant. Vitamin C will boost the body’s immune system and its resistance to future infections.
Start by squeezing the juice out of one lemon into one glass of warm water. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt along with two teaspoons of honey for taste and additional benefits. Drink the mixture twice, daily. An alternative option is to sprinkle pepper and salt on a lemon slice and suck on it. This will help remove phlegm from your throat.
Suck on the slice of lemon at least two times a day. Another effective method is to gargle with lemon water to further flush out pus and phlegm stuck between enlarged tonsils. Lemon water will also assist in easing a persistent cough. A more potent form of treatment is to swallow a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice.
Many children may not prefer this sour method. Instead, add a tablespoon of lemon juice, to some warm tea sweetened with honey. Be careful not to leave any seeds in the mixtures you make, as these can cause pain when passing through your throat. The warm water will soothe a painful throat and keep the body hydrated. Lemon water will also reduce bad breath, another common and troublesome symptom of tonsillitis.