Home And Herbal Remedies For Tonsillitis

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While the medicines for tonsillitis are many, you can help alleviate the condition by using a few herbs at home. This article gives you multiple herbs that can help improve your immune system, tackle the fever that comes with tonsillitis, and deal with other symptoms of the condition.

Tonsillitis is one of the most irritating bacterial infections that can make your life horrible. Although not lethal, it can cause some serious damages if not taken care of in time.

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, and it is generally due to a viral or bacterial infection. The resulting throat pain makes it difficult to even swallow saliva. A doctor will usually prescribe antibiotics or recommend to get the tonsils removed to cure recurrent bouts of tonsillitis.

However, there are multiple herbal and home remedies that can help reduce the pain and also build up the immune system to fight future attacks.1

What Are The Home And Herbal Remedies?

  • Herbs such as echinacea, garlic, myrrh, sage, and wild indigo can help fight tonsillitis as they boost the immune system.
  • To tackle the fever, which generally accompanies tonsillitis, limeflowers, chamomile, elderflowers, and yarrow can be helpful.
  • Painful tonsils may be soothed with comfrey, marshmallow, and mullein.


A mild tea made from elderflowers, peppermint, and yarrow leaves can be taken every day until the bout of tonsillitis clears.2


Garlic is useful in treating any kind of throat infections, including tonsillitis. It is one of the most important anti-inflammatory herbs available anywhere. An onion and garlic soup is excellent food to eat during a bout of tonsillitis.3

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.4


Gargle with a saline solution of half a teaspoon of salt mixed with one cup of tepid water to remove mucous and reduce swelling. 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. You can also suck zinc lozenges as zinc helps the immune system.


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.5

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.6

Alum Powder

Apply alum powder on the surface of the tonsils or gargle with alum and water.

These are all effective home remedies for tonsillitis that can reduce inflammation and prevent further infections.


References   [ + ]

1. Dharan, Binthuja G., M. Lilly Rosy, K. Tabitha Esther, and Thomas M. Walter. “EFFICACY OF SIDDHA MEDICINE IN TREATING LASUNA THAABITHAM (TONSILLITIS)–A REVIEW.”
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4. Caruso, Thomas J., and Jack M. Gwaltney. “Treatment of the common cold with echinacea: a structured review.” Clinical Infectious Diseases 40, no. 6 (2005): 807-810.
5. Moore, Irwin. “Some further Remarks on the Reduction or Destruction of Hypertrophied or Diseased Tonsils by means of Caustic Soda and Slaked Lime (London Paste).” Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine 16, no. Laryngol Sect (1923): 86.
6. Jyothi, Divya, and Marina Koland. “Investigation of anti-inflammatory activity of ointments containing fenugreek extract.” Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research 7, no. 3 (2014): 66-69.