Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the tonsils which are a pair of lymph nodes located at the back of one’s throat. The tonsils are there to make sure microbes do not get into the body, thus they can get infected from time to time.
The most common form of tonsillitis comes from streptococcus bacteria. This is where the term strep throat comes from. Medical options for tonsillitis include antibiotics and, if tonsillitis returns frequently or persists, surgical removal. However, without the tonsils, it is possible for more microbes to enter the body.
Signs and Symptoms of Tonsillitis or Strep Throat
- Sore Throat
- Red Tonsils with White or Yellow Spots
- Difficult or Painful Swallowing
- Raspy Voice
- Bad Breath
- Neck and Jaw Tenderness
Experiencing one or more of the symptoms above could mean one’s tonsils are infected. It is important to take action quick as tonsillitis is very painful.
Home Remedies for Tonsillitis
Cumin Seed Remedy
- 80g of Black or Cumin Seeds
- 250ml of Filtered Water
- 1 Tbsp Cognac of Whiskey
Pour 200ml of water for the seeds and let boil for 15 minutes. The solution should be black and thick and textured like wet coffee grounds.
- Strain mixture and add 50ml of water. Bring back to a rolling boil.
- Add the 1 Tbsp or Cognac or Whiskey
- Take 1 Tbsp every 30 minutes. Relief should be felt within two hours and all symptoms should be gone within 4 hours.
Consuming lemon juice may help boost the immune system and help with any symptoms associated with tonsillitis. Fresh lemon juice is best. Just drink as much as one feels comfortable with.
Honey has amazing antimicrobial properties. This makes it great for treating throat infections. Mix 4 Tbsp in a glass of water and drink it all. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day.
Turmeric is packed full of anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Just a pinch in a warm glass of almond or coconut milk is a great way to fight any infection located in the throat.
Plenty of people use ginger tea to treat an infected throat. That is because ginger is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Crush a small cube of ginger into a cup of boiling water and let steep until the beverage is comfortable to drink. Drink it up and one’s problems will be gone.
Okay. One doesn’t need to drink onion juice, just gargle with it. I know it might sound disgusting to some, but the anti-microbial properties found in onions will work their magic in no time.
If the problem persists for a few days, it is important to seek help from a medical professional. Tonsillitis can be contagious and we don’t want to be spreading it around to our loved ones.