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.