Natural Tonsillitis Remedies and Treatments - How to Treat Sore Throat Holistically
by N J Howell
Some tried and true natural remedies for soothing a sore throat include:
Gargling with warm salt water: I had this remedy many times as a child and it always seemed to help with the pain. Grandma would just put some warm water in a cup and mix a few tablespoons of salt into it and then I'd gargle it.
Hot honey and lemon tea works great too. Very soothing to the throat and comforting in the winter.
I found several references to drinking hot milk for tonsillitis. I suppose that could be soothing if you don't also have a cold with a lot of phlegm. If congestion and phlegm are present as well, I'd use the honey and lemon or salt water gargle and not milk. Some add the spice tumeric to the milk. Tumeric is a good herb. I've used it for years for internal inflammation but never tried it for sore throat or tonsillitis.
Natural sore throat and tonsillitis remedies:
Throat and Tonsil Dr - This is an herbal / homeopathic remeides for throat and tonsil infections, including tonsillitis from one of my favorite companies, Native Remedies.
The homeopathics chosen for this remedy include Gelsemium (6C) is well-known for its ability to soothe and pacify throat tissue and Mercurius Solubilis, which is safe and extremely effective in supporting and promoting the health of the mouth and throat. Herbals are also included to round out this natural remedy for sore throats and tonsillitis.
A note about children with tonsillitis:
Children should not be given aspirin because aspirin has been linked to Reye's syndrome, a very serious health complication. Just because a product doesn't say it contains aspirin, that doesn't mean there isn't aspirin in it so be sure to check cough syrups and cold medicines for the words acetylsalicylate or acetylsalicylic salicylic and, of course, never give a child any medication meant for adults as their systems are very different.
Although tonsillitis is a very common occurrence in children, it should not go untreated because if caused by streptococcus bacteria, it can be vital to treat with antibiotics to avoid strep-related complications. Also, it's important to know whether the sore throat is caused by a virus or a bacteria because the drugs that might be effective against a viral infection will not necessarily be effective against a bacterial infection. In fact, treating a viral infection with a antibacterial antibiotic might even be harmful.
Viruses and bacteria are very different organisms. For example, bacteria are living organisms and viruses are not. For more information about the differences between a bacterial infection and a viral infection, visit The Mayo Clinic Website.
Consider Skipping a Day of Work!
To avoid working that one day you can, and then being out of work for two weeks after, learn to notice the early signals of dis-ease that your body sends and take aggressive healing actions. If you find yourself with an itchy throat, itchy ears, or any type of feeling just a little below par, take it as a warning. If we learn to treat cold and flu symptoms during the typically 24-hour period of pre-symptoms, we may be able to avoid the sore thoat, aching body and painful lymph nodes a day later.
Health Care Disclaimer: This is an educational health care article and not intended to replace medical treatment you may need or evaluation that may be helpful in determining both the cause of sore throat symptoms and severity of them.