6 Remedies to Treat Tonsillitis at Home

Tonsils and Blisters of Throat Treatment

Tonsillitis is usually marked by swollen, painful tonsils and sore throat. Individuals suffering from the condition find it difficult to swallow and may also develop fever or chills.

Other common symptoms of the condition include tenderness of the lymph nodes on the sides of the neck and throat, redness in the area surrounding the tonsils, painful blisters, yellow or white coating around the tonsils, and so on.

Some people also lose their ability to speak normally when suffering from tonsillitis. Ear and neck pain, headaches, and oral odor are some other signs of the condition.

If you are suffering from painful tonsillitis symptoms like sore throat, blisters etc. the following natural remedies will offer you significant relief.

100% Effective Tonsillitis Remedies

1) Gargling with Salt Water

This is possibly the most widely used natural remedy for tonsillitis.

Fill a glass with hot water and add a teaspoon of salt to it. Use that water to gargle.

Remember, you should never swallow the solution. Spit the salt water out the moment you finish gargling with it.

You should repeat this process as many times as you can during a day. However, make sure that you are not gargling just after having a heavy meal.

Gargling using salt water would offer you instant relief from the pain and discomfort in your throat. What’s more, it will also kill the bacteria responsible for causing your throat infection.

Salt is helpful in reducing inflammation, while hot water will have a soothing effect on your throat.

2) Have Tulsi Tea

Tulsi (holy basil) is another popular ingredient used for treating tonsillitis.

Tulsi leaves possess powerful anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Additionally, they are also known to boast amazing soothing and healing properties.

Consuming a herbal decoction prepared by boiling tulsi leaves will reduce the pain and swelling caused by tonsillitis and will eventually cure the condition.

You will have to begin by filling a pan with one and half cups of water. Next, add around 12 tulsi leaves to the water and boil the two ingredients together for 10 minutes.

Strain the liquid into a glass and add a teaspoon of lemon juice to it.

You can drink the solution as it is or can add some honey to make it sweet. If you have diabetes, replace the honey with 2 grams of freshly crushed black pepper.

Taking this tulsi tea (make sure it’s warm) thrice every day would cure your tonsillitis symptoms within 3 to 4 days.

3) Consume a Concoction of Cinnamon

Herbalists often recommend use of cinnamon for treating tonsillitis symptoms like sore throat and blisters.

As a result of being an antimicrobial component, cinnamon is capable of repressing bacterial growth. It also boasts the ability to prevent growth of other microorganisms that might be responsible for causing tonsillitis.

Consuming a concoction prepared using cinnamon, water, and honey would quickly alleviate the pain, inflammation, and discomfort associated with tonsillitis.

To prepare the concoction, you will have to add a teaspoon of freshly ground cinnamon powder into a glassful of hot water. After mixing the two ingredients well, add a tablespoon of honey to the solution.

Wait for the drink to cool down slightly (it should be still warm) and then start sipping it.

For best results, you should have this concoction twice or thrice per day for seven to 10 days.

4) Use the Antiseptic Properties of Turmeric

Turmeric is known for its powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. You can utilize these qualities of the ingredient in two different ways:

Gargle by Adding Turmeric to Hot Water

Add half teaspoon each of turmeric and salt to a glass of hot water (the water should be cool enough to allow you to gargle).

Use the solution for gargling. It would give you instant relief from the soreness and inflammation in your throat.

Do this every morning right after coming out of bed and then again at night before you go to sleep.

Have a glass of warm turmeric milk

Drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk every night will speed up your healing process.

5) Use Fenugreek Seeds for Gargling

Fenugreek seeds (methi) are known for boasting highly potent antibacterial properties. This makes the ingredient an effective tonsillitis remedy.

The anti-inflammatory properties of fenugreek seeds, on the other hand, would offer you quick relief from the inflammation and pain associated with the condition.

To prepare the solution for gargling, you will have to add 30 grams of fenugreek seeds to 300 ml water.

Place the pan carrying the two ingredients on heat and simmer for around 30 to 35 minutes.

Strain the liquid and allow it to cool for 30 to 40 seconds. Use the solution to gargle.

Do this twice every day until you get rid of your tonsillitis symptoms.

6) Take Licorice Lozenges

Sucking lozenges is a great way of preventing worsening of the symptoms of tonsillitis.

However, if the lozenges don’t contain any healing agent, you will only get temporary relief and the lozenges will have no effect on your infection.

So, you must look for lozenges containing natural ingredients boasting powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

One such ingredient is licorice.

Sucking lozenges containing licorice as one of their active ingredients would be highly beneficial in reducing the inflammation and pain caused by tonsillitis.

Here’s a word of caution for you. It would be wise if you avoid giving lozenges to infants and elderly people suffering from tonsillitis. That’s because people belonging to those two groups might end up getting choked.

The ideal option for them would be throat sprays containing licorice extracts. However, don’t buy licorice lozenges or sprays for your parents or kids without consulting a qualified physician.


The natural tonsillitis remedies discussed above are highly effective and would start showing results almost immediately. In fact, most people get cured completely after using these remedies for a few days.

However, still you must understand that there are symptoms indicating that it would be good if you can get yourself checked by a doctor.

For instance, bacterial infections like strep throat can affect your tonsils and require treatment using prescription antibiotics.

Visit a qualified doctor, if symptoms like fever, painful swallowing, and sore throat persist for more than 48 hours even after trying the above remedies. These symptoms indicate that you need antibiotics for getting cured completely.

However, we would advise you to continue taking the natural remedies even when on antibiotics.


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Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro health blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different health topics like alternative health, natural health, home remedies, yoga, diet, etc. His passion for health inspired him to start AyurHealthTips, a growing health blog.

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