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Pain Relievers: The Best Home Remedies for Tonsillitis

Your tonsils consist of two lymph nodes that are located at the back of your throat with one on each side. 

Their function is to prevent infection from entering the body by trapping germs and producing antibodies to fight them.

Tonsillitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the tonsils. It is caused by bacterial and viral infections and may be treated by natural home remedies.
Homemade Remedies for Tonsillitis 

The common symptoms of tonsillitis include:
  • Redness of the tonsils
  • Throat pain
  • Ulcers or blisters on the throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the ears
  • Headache
Typically, tonsillitis is treated with antibiotics and pain relievers.

Garlic
Garlic is most well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is therefore an ancient herbal medicine to strengthen the immune system. 

The best way to consume garlic is by eating it raw and fresh. Mince garlic cloves and let them stand for 10 to 15 minutes to enable the active ingredient allicin to form. Then, mix the garlic with yoghurt, applesauce, honey, or some other carrier agent that you find easier and tastier to ingest.

Gargle with salt water
Salt water can help break up mucous in the throat. It can also help reduce the pain associated with tonsillitis. To make your own salt water, dissolve ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt in an 8 ounce glass of warm water. 

Use this mixture to gargle several times per day. For an added boost of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, add a teaspoon of turmeric which also has a large number of health benefits.

Echinacea
Echinacea contains active ingredients that decrease inflammation and may help reduce swelling and pain in the tonsils. 

Some of these compounds may be directly antimicrobial, while others may work at stimulating different parts of the immune system. It is also one of the 13 most powerful natural antibiotics.

Echinacea root has been promoted as containing a more effective mixture of active chemicals, but the roots are bitter and are usually made into a tincture. So you can use the other parts of the plant (leaves, flowers) which are also effective and have milder flavor.

Basil or peppermint
Basil has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that can fight viruses attacking your tonsils whilst reducing the inflammation. In vitro studies also showed that peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities.

To use basil or peppermint as a homemade tonsillitis remedy, add several basil or peppermint leaves to one cup of filtered water and boil for a few minutes. Strain the leaves and squeeze the juice from half lemon in.

Cinnamon, honey and lemon
To take advantage of the healing properties of cinnamon and honey, prepare a tea using these ingredients. Sipping on warm beverages such as tea with raw honey and soups or broths can help soothe your swollen tonsils. 

On the other hand, some people find that cold foods may feel better on their throat. Lastly, lemons contain citric acid, which can be used to break up the mucous associated with tonsillitis. 

Lemon can be used as a powerful natural medicine. It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, so that takes care of the infection and inflammation. - Online Sources 

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