One of the world’s oldest, and most versatile, medicinal herbs is peppermint. The essential oil derived from its leaves has numerous therapeutic effects, including pain-killing properties. Researchers have explored peppermint’s antimicrobial effects and found that they are effective in killing viruses and bacteria. Hence peppermint is an ideal remedy for treating tonsillitis, which is caused by bacterial or viral infections. The menthol contained in the peppermint will further provide relief from soreness by soothing tender mucous membranes.
Science has also proven peppermint’s worth as an effective remedy for tonsillitis. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, menthol is proven to be a calming solution for calming sore throats. While a 2008 report in the journal “Harefuah” claimed that peppermint may have strong anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antiviral benefits.
To access these medicinal properties, you can make a variety of home remedies with the herb. One such remedy is mint tea, which can be bought as teabags or made with fresh mint leaves. If using leaves, boil ten fresh mint leaves with one cup of water. Boil the solution until only half the water remains. You may then strain the tea and add honey as a sweetener. Drink this remedy at least three times each day for best results.
The peppermint will also help cure bad breath caused by tonsillitis. A headache and earache are also common symptoms associated with tonsillitis. Massage peppermint essential oil into your head, back of neck, and ears can help relieve tension and pain. Peppermint oil can also be inhaled for healing symptoms of sore throats and cough. 1-3 drops of the oil can also be added to tea for a potent and effective remedy.
Cinnamon is the bark of the evergreen cinnamon tree. It can be bought in the form of quill or ground powder. Better known for its aroma and taste, cinnamon also has profound health benefits, especially for tonsillitis. Cinnamon is packed with antimicrobial properties and can so be used to improve recovery time from a tonsillitis infection.
Cinnamon has been shown to inhibit bacterial growth responsible for infected tonsils. Analysis of cinnamon has been carried out to test its anti-microbial nature. Results showed that showed components in cinnamon stops various microbes, including bacteria, from growing. Due to these strong anti-microbial properties, cinnamon is highly recommended for treating bacterial infections causing tonsillitis.
The popular spice is also known to be an effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. These qualities assist in reducing inflammation, swelling and pain caused by tonsillitis. Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck and swollen tonsils on the side are common painful symptoms of tonsillitis. For this reason, cinnamon is highly recommended for those with the condition. To enjoy its medicinal properties, mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with one cup of warm water.
Add one tablespoon of honey for a sweeter taste and more benefits. Sip on the warm mixture slowly. A second option is to make cinnamon milk. Simply heat a cup of milk until it is hot, and then stir in a teaspoon of cinnamon. Add ginger and honey for better taste and added health benefits. The honey will act as a cough suppressant, while the ginger will help fight the infection and boost your resistance. Cinnamon milk is particularly soothing before you sleep. The painful throat and cough caused by tonsillitis can make sleep seem impossible, but the cinnamon mixture will ease the pain.
8. Carom seeds
These seeds (ajwain) have high nutritional value. They are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This helps ease tonsillitis symptoms, while also strengthening the body’s immune system for fighting the infection. Carom seeds are also effective in helping to expel mucus from the throat. The seeds can be chewed raw, added to water or to milk.
To make an effective carom seed remedy, simmer one teaspoon of the seeds in a pan until they turn brown. Pour a cup of heated milk to the pan and add a pinch of turmeric powder. After mixing well, remove the solution from the heat. Drink the mixture warm twice a day until your tonsillitis has cleared. Alternatively, you can take 3 teaspoons of carom seeds and boil them with one cup of water.
Filter the water and add a pinch of salt for added benefits. Gargle with this mixture until it is finished. Follow this process twice a day. This will help expel mucus and phlegm stuck between your enlarged tonsils. Gargling with the mixture will also assist in reducing bad breath caused by the tonsillitis infection. If your tonsillitis symptoms include a cough problem, chew the carom seeds.
Carom seeds have a strong odor that is similar to thyme and can be inhaled to relieve a headache. If your tonsillitis is causing head pain, consider wrapping the carom seeds in tissue paper, or burning the seeds and inhaling the scent. To continue to reap its benefits, include carom in your daily diet. This will help fight off any future infection as your immune system will be much stronger and resistant.
Fenugreek, known as ‘methi’ in some cultures, is an annual herb of the pea family. The seed pods of the fenugreek plant contain 10–20 small, yellow-brown, aromatic seeds. The seeds are the most used part of fenugreek plant. The seeds are also a common ingredient in modern medicine. This is because fenugreek seeds are packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Research has shown that fenugreek assists with reducing both internal and external inflammation. Due to these anti-inflammatory properties, fenugreek can provide immediate relief from pain and swelling caused by your tonsillitis. The antibacterial components of fenugreek have also been noted as a natural treatment for bacterial infection.
The seed is an ideal ingredient for treating tonsillitis because it will help fight the bacteria causing the infection. Traditional Chinese Medicine also uses the seeds to help move phlegm and cool inflammation inside the body. Fenugreek acts as an expectorant and antispasmodic to help loosen phlegm and ease coughing. Research has further shown that fenugreek increases perspiration to lower fever, a symptom of tonsillitis.
You can prepare a fenugreek gargle solution by adding two leveled tablespoons of the seeds to one cup of water. Leave the water simmering on the heat for half an hour and then strain the mixture. Gargle with the mixture for 30 seconds at a time before spitting it out. Do this twice a day until your symptoms have cleared. Another option is to chew on the fenugreek seeds so that their juices pass through your throat. The fenugreek seeds may not be pleasant to chew as they have a somewhat bitter taste.
Soreness and pain in the throat caused by tonsillitis can be relieved using figs. Figs contain high amounts of mucilage, a gel-like substance, that coats irritable mucous membranes in the throat. By coating the throat, mucilage helps soothe and heal inflamed tissues. Also, figs are rich in dietary fiber and are a good source of minerals and vitamins. Since figs have high nutritional value, they will boost your immune system for fighting off the tonsillitis infection.
Although figs are not available throughout the year, dried figs are stocked all year round. Dried figs are an excellent remedy for inflamed tonsils. However, dried figs require lots of chewing, which can be painful with a swollen neck. Therefore, stewing the figs is a better option. To do this, simmer a handful of figs in boiling water for 30 minutes.
Filter out the water and mash the figs. Leave the stewed figs to cool and then drink this mixture slowly. Adding honey to the mixture will sweeten the taste and make it more pleasant for children. The honey will also further soften the figs and make chewing and swallowing easier. Doing this will provide fast relief to a sore and inflamed throat.
Another treatment is possible by using figs. Boil the figs with water and mash them to form a paste. Gently massage this paste to the skin around your throat and leave the paste to dry. Gently rinse the paste off using warm water. Doing this can help cool inflammation and provide pain relief. Fig brew can also be prepared with little effort. Boil two figs in a cup of water and drink the warm liquid at least twice a day. This will help relieve a dry cough, remove excess mucus, and ease soreness.