Home And Herbal Remedies For Tonsillitis


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One of the most irritating bacterial infection that makes your life intensely horrible is tonsillitis. Although, it is not lethal, it can cause some serious damages if not taken care in time.

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, and it is generally due to a viral or bacterial infection. The pain in your throat due to the inflammation is such that you can’t even swallow saliva. Therefore, if you visit a doctor with such condition, he/she will immediately prescribe antibiotics or recommend that the tonsils get removed to cure recurrent bouts of tonsillitis.

However, there are quite a lot of herbal and home remedies that can help reduce the pain and also build up the immune system to fight off future attacks.

Home and Herbal Remedies for Tonsillitis

When you are suffering from tonsillitis, experts on the subject say that it is good to take herbs like Echinacea, garlic, myrrh, sage and wild indigo as they boost the immune system. And to tackle the fever, which generally accompanies tonsillitis, Limeflowers, chamomile, elderflowers and yarrow are said to be the herbs to treat it. Painful tonsils may be soothed with comfrey, marshmallow and mullein.

Drink Tea

A mild tea made from elderflowers, peppermint and yarrow leaves can be taken daily until a bout of tonsillitis clears.


Garlic is useful in treating any kind of throat infection, including tonsillitis. Obviously, it is one of the most important anti-inflammatory herbs available anywhere. An onion and garlic soup are excellent foods to eat during a bout of tonsillitis.

Blackberry root

Blackberry root and persimmon are rich in tannins and have traditionally been used as a folk remedy for tonsillitis.


Echinacea enhances immunity and combined with goldenseal, it makes a potent antiseptic, antibiotic and immune stimulant.


Gargling with a saline solution of half a teaspoon of salt to one cup of tepid water to remove mucous and reduce swelling. Suck zinc lozenges as zinc helps the immune system. Gargling with a mixture of lavender and chamomile may reduce fever, headaches and pain as well. Salt water helps in cleaning out the mouth and throat and prevents the build up of further infection on the surface of the tonsils.


Lime is one of the most popular natural remedies for tonsillitis. Mix fresh lime juice in warm water with honey and salt and sip on this combination for pain relief from swollen tonsils.

Fenugreek Seeds

Boil fenugreek seeds in water for half an hour. Cool and strain and use this water to gargle with. Fenugreek has antibacterial properties that make it an excellent cure for tonsillitis.

Apply Alum Powder

Apply alum powder on the surface of the tonsils or gargle with alum and water. These are effective home remedies for tonsillitis that can reduce inflammation and prevent further infections.


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Lisa Borrell
Lisa Borrell 5pts

Thankfully I was born without tonsils ...

Wasim Akhtar
Wasim Akhtar 5pts

Sir ye problum mere frend sanjay ko h english mujhe smjh nhi ati h sir kya ap hindi me iska upchar btayenge

Emilia Em
Emilia Em 5pts

Look oil pulling and gargling salt killed it for me

Glen Coleman
Glen Coleman 5pts

Sage is an herb, and you can find it in any grocery store in the dried herb section where you'd normally find salt and pepper.

Juan Miguel
Juan Miguel 5pts

What is sage please n where I can get it

Ayurveda 5pts

Thank you for the tip!!:) Kristine Pinkert :)

Glen Coleman
Glen Coleman 5pts

I saw a Dr Oz show where he recommended warm, salt water gargle with sage. Tried it, and the sage really helped. It acts as an anti inflammatory agent. I have seasonal allergies, but I get tonsil involvement after swimming in pools. Have learned to dry out my ears well with a hair dryer, or rubbing alcohol.

Glen Coleman
Glen Coleman 5pts

Have you tried Alum? Tastes really bad, but closes up even big ulcers in only a few days.

Brooke Schubert
Brooke Schubert 5pts

Yes... snoring horribly... sleep apnea in him is horrible and is short of breath when running. His throat is nearly closed off due to them :(

Ayurveda 5pts

Do give it a try!! Brooke Schubert

Brooke Schubert
Brooke Schubert 5pts

Oh mum I wish this would work but I think he's past this.. hes on a natural multi but it doesn't help when hsi immune system is already so down and he keeps getting sick. Got to eliminate the problem. They've gotta go. I can hear him snoring through his closed door from the loungeroom

Shirley Burgner Bantug
Shirley Burgner Bantug 5pts

When I was a kid, we were made to eat medium ripe raw papaya because of it's anti-inflammatory enzymes that can reduce swelling of the tonsils, it really worked!