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General characteristics

General characteristics

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils. The tonsils are patches of lymphatic tissue containing white blood cells and are situated at the back of the throat and are considered a front line of defense against pathogens taken in through the nose and mouth.

The tonsils can become infected when they are overwhelmed by bacteria, viruses, other pathogens and inhaled pollutants. The result can be red, swollen and painful tonsils, often with white or grey pus formation. Symptoms can include sore throat (especially when swallowing), pain and tenderness in the neck glands, dry mouth and throat, fever, voice changes, difficulty in swallowing, tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell.

Tonsillitis should always be treated as ignoring it can lead to more serious health complications. Healing objectives are to raise the vitality and immune response of the body with proper foods and herbs, to provide symptomatic relief for the pain and to get plenty of rest whilst healing takes place.

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Drink plenty of water, herb teas and freshly squeezed citrus juices throughout the day to stay well hydrated.

Eat foods rich in vitamin C and antioxidants such as berries and citrus fruits or juice them with an apple.

Avoid refined carbohydrates, starches, sugary and processed foods as these lower the body's vitality. Go instead for fresh vegetables, whole grains, fruits etc and keep your diet light, watery and warming.

Make homemade soups containing plenty of onions, leeks, garlic, chives and similar for their infection fighting qualities.

Drink strong (1 tablespoon per cup) raspberry leaf tea throughout the day and add a pinch of thyme leaves to each cup.


Useful herbs

Useful herbs


Make a strong tea from sage/red sage/red sage and gargle with it for several minutes every 2 hours or so. Add some fresh lemon juice for greater effect.

Add a quarter teaspoon of chilli powder to warm water and gargle for a few minutes every few hours or so until the sore throat has gone (this often clears it up in hours). To clear the hot sensation dab your finger in salt and place it under your tongue for a few seconds and the heat will be gone.

A formula containing echinacea (75ml) and wild indigo (50ml), blue flag (10ml) and myrrh (25ml) tinctures can be taken to help fight the infection. Take a teaspoon of the mix in water up to 5 times daily. Add equal parts of figwort to ease the pain of swollen glands.

A tea made from equal parts of yarrow, peppermint, boneset, mullein leaf and elderflower can help to fight infection and warm the body up into a good sweat. This speeds up the resolution of any infection present.

Add a teaspoon of dried agrimony to any tea or gargle for its positive effects on the tonsils.

Liqourice root is very soothing to a sore throat and also helps to fight infection. Add half a teaspoon of dried root to a cupful of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Drink this down 3 times daily with a little honey added or as part of another herbal tea or juice.

Add some marshmallow root or slippery elm to the above if the throat feels particularly raw and sore.

Try gargling with strong comfrey leaf tea several times daily.

If tonsillitis becomes recurrent, strengthen the immune response with astragalus.

Cleavers tea can help to disperse the hard waste accumulated in the tonsils and therefore ease pain and discomfort.


Natural healing

Natural healing

Gargling regularly with seasalt in warm water can help to fight infection and reduce inflammation and pain.

Make sure the bowels are regular and don't allow constipation to set in.

Vitamin D is often low in children with tonsillitis so make sure you are getting some pure sunlight on the body daily whenever possible. Organic grass fed dairy foods are also a good source.

Get plenty of rest.

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