Home Remedies To Get Rid of Tonsillitis

Home Remedies To Get Rid of Tonsillitis
Home Remedies To Get Rid of Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is the condition in which two masses of tissues called tonsils located at the back of your throat gets inflamed by swelling.Discover how can you get rid of tonsillitis using some of the effective home remedies in this article.

Does sometimes it pains when you try to swallow your food while you are also suffering from a cold?

If the answer is yes, you must have gone through this irritating condition of severe throat pain.

Often you may have noticed that tonsillitis does occur every time you get infected by influenza or similar kind of virus. The reason behind this is the tonsils that act as filters trapping germs that other ways can enter through our airways and cause internal infections.

While defending us from germs, sometimes tonsils themselves get affected by the microbes and swell.

Symptoms To Suggest Tonsillitis:

Signs that suggest that you may be suffering from tonsillitis:

1.A Sore Throat:

Sore means open skin infection which may have been occurring at the end of your mouth or in your Pain and distress may occur while the infection starts to affect the area.

If you even feel a mild sore at some point in time then try any of the below-mentioned remedies for early recovery.

2.Red Tonsils with White and Yellow spots:

While you consult a doctor after getting irritated from a sore throat and pain, the first thing that the doctor checks while asking you to open your mouth is the white and yellow spots with swollen red tissue of cells.

3.Difficult and Painful Swallowing:

Though this infection develops majorly during night hours while you are sleeping. Minor pain and difficulty while swallowing may occur which is a strong sign of tonsils.

4.Raspy Voice:

Till you wake up with a raspy voice, the infection has already affected quite major parts of your throat. Harsh and raspy voice are one of the strong signs of tonsillitis.

5.Bad Breath:

While you suffer from tonsillitis your breath tends to get worse because of the bacteria attack very near to your mouth that is the throat.

6.Fever, Chills:

When the bacteria starts to affect the body severely dramatically raise the overall temperature so that it can fight the infection quickly.

Due to the reaction of the body and change in temperature, fever and chills can occur occasionally.

7.A Headache:

Acute a headache may occur while suffering from tonsillitis.

Do You Need Antibiotics?

Antibiotics are not always recommended in case of tonsillitis because the body alone can fight against the bacterial infections.

In most of the cases, the problem is not so serious that heavy antibiotics have to be taken into the body. This will block the senses and also disturb the natural process of healing.It is always recommended to consult a proper doctor before going for antibiotics as the remedy.

Herbs and natural remedies are easy shortcuts with no side-effects. Try any of the mentioned remedies in the article and let it naturally cure the infection.

Home Remedies To Get Rid of Tonsillitis:

1.Lemon Juice:

Lemon juice as has extremely beneficial anti-bacterial properties as an herbal remedy to cure bacterial infections. Also, it helps to boost the immune system of your body.Citric acid present in lemon juice fights wonders against tonsillitis infections.

Direction to use:

  • Drink diluted lemon juice 4-5 times with equal intervals in a day.
  • Or, add lemon juice to your food. This will also improve the taste of your food.
  • You can also take concentrated lemon juice after meals.

2.Cumin Seeds:

Cumin seeds have multiple health benefits such as treating piles, insomnia, asthma and obviously tonsillitis.In India, cumin seeds are well known as jeera which is mainly used as a spice while cooking.

Whiskey is known as one of the healthiest forms of alcohol beverage available to cure diseases such as diabetes and blood clotting etc. if taken as a medicine in small quantity occasionally.


  • 100 g of cumin seeds
  • 250ml of water
  • one tablespoon of whiskey

Direction to use:

  • In a saucepan boil 200ml of water and cumin seeds for 20 minutes. Watch for the mixture to be thick and black.
  • Strain the mixture and add 50ml of water, again boil for 2 minutes
  • Add one tablespoon of whiskey to the solution.
  • Take one tablespoon in every 30 minutes intervals.
  • You would start to feel the relief within 2 hours, and all the symptoms will get over within 4 hours of time.


Honey is well-known for its anti-microbial property helps to cure any infection internally.Also, it works well for treating a throat infection. Honey is a crucial natural remedy in case of a cough, cold or flu.This is best home remedies to get rid of white spots on tonsils.

Direction to use:

  • Mix 4 tablespoon of honey in warm water and consume it every morning.
  • Other than that you can also consume raw honey 2-3 times a day.
  • The best remedy is to replace sugar with honey. Try adding honey in Green Tea or Ginger Tea.


Tumeric is also well-known for its ayurvedic properties from centuries. In India, it is known as “HALDI” which is used as a spice for cooking food.

It has great cosmetic, and medical properties present that is why turmeric is widely used in cosmetic beauty products.

In the case of tonsillitis, turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties directly against the infection present in the throat.

Direction to use:

  • Pinch of turmeric in a glass of milk in the morning can help to remove an infectious cough and can help to reduce the inflammation occurring in the throat.
  • Coconut milk and turmeric works wonders against the infection when swallowed slowly.
  • Also, you can try turmeric almond milk before going to sleep.

5.Ginger Tea:

Ginger tea can be a soothing drink to your harsh throat. You will experience an instant relief after drinking ginger tea. This hot beverage helps to get relief from swollen tonsil muscle tissues and open ups the throat.

Main benefits of ginger are in its roots with goodness vitamin C, magnesium, and many other minerals.

To cure the inflammation in the throat, ginger has its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties present in it.

Direction to use:

  • Crush some pieces of ginger in boiling water and make tea out of it.
  • Let the ginger get brewed properly in the boiling water till it gets comfortable to drink.
  • This remedy works wonder and would benefit you within an hour.

6.Onion Shake:

This one does sound yuk, but onion does have anti-microbial properties present in it.This is one of the reasons that why does it make you cry when you chop onions.

But don’t be tensed, you have just to gargle with onion juice which kills all kind bacteria and infection present in your throat.

Direction to use:

  • Take 2-3 fresh onions. Make sure to cut off any rotten part.
  • Take out juice from the fresh onion and gargle.
  • Do this two times a day to get rid of tonsillitis.


Salted water is the perfect remedy according to me because since childhood my mother has been using this remedy, every time I used to get infected by tonsillitis.

Other than this singer have been using this therapy to soothe up their throat for better performance. So, salted water helps to reduce the swelling of the throat and also keeps the throat clean.

Direction to use:

  • Add half a teaspoon of salt into boiling water.
  • Gargle well when the solution comes to normal temperature.
  • Do not swallow the water. Spit out after you are done with gargling.

8.Licorice Roots:

This is an excellent herbal medicine which has a long list of herbal wonders.In the case of tonsillitis, licorice roots have to be used for centuries to cure a sore throat and swelling.

Direction to use:

  • Benefits of licorice roots can be seen through gargling boiled licorice water.
  • Take a spoonful of licorice roots and add into boiling water.
  • Let it steep so that the nutrients and antimicrobic properties are soaked by the water.
  • After the solution cools down gargle with it.


Basil leaves have this property which speeds up the healing process and helps to reduce swelling.Basil has an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory property which quickly kills the bacteria forming in the tonsils.

Direction to use:

  • Boil one or half cup of water and add 10-12 basil leaves to it.
  • Strain the basil tea solution and add the juice of one lemon to it.
  • To add some taste you can add one teaspoon of honey to the solution for sweetening and taste.
  • Drink the solution three times a day and be consistent until the problem gets over.


Cinnamon can be used to effectively treat tonsillitis. Rich in Anti-microbial properties and anti-inflammatory properties inhibits the growth of bacteria in tonsillitis.Also, it helps to reduce swelling and pain and inflammation in the throat.

Direction to use:

  • Add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a glass of hot water; you can also replace it with milk.
  • Boil the water or milk for 2-3 minutes, so that the solution becomes mild warm.
  • Also, mix honey in the milk for taste.
  • Sip it slowly that would give relief to your throat and would be effective enough against the infection.

11.Ice Remedy:

Ice remedy can also cure tonsil infections. You must have heard of hot liquids that should be taken in case of sore throat infections such as soup and tea but ice also works, in the same way, to cure swollen tonsils in the throat.

Hot liquids directly react on the infection and cold does the same because of the low temperature directly getting contacted to the tonsil tissues.

Direction to use:

  • Take 2-3 ice cubes.
  • Wrap them in a cloth such as a napkin.
  • Place this cloth containing ice cubes directly on the throat area externally.
  • Do this 3-4 times in a day.

12.Vegetable Juice:

Vegetable juices that are made up of carrots, cucumbers and beets have nutrients that work wonders on tonsillitis in the throat.

Direction to use:

  • Cut some carrots, cucumber and beetroots in a circular manner.
  • Take out its juice using mixture juice machines.
  • Preserve the pulps out of the juice because that too are rich in nutrients.
  • Drink a glass of it every day.

13.Fenugreek Seeds:

Though Fenugreek seeds are used for cooking purpose, it is used as a medicine for centuries.It is used to improve upset stomach, constipation, inflammation types of problems.

Mainly it is used as a cooling agent over the infections.

Direction to use:

  • Take 2-3 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds.
  • Add it to warm water but don’t boil it.
  • Let it settle down for 10-15 minutes time.
  • Strain the mixture of water and fenugreek seeds.
  • Gargle with this solution makes sure to heat up the solution before doing gargle.
  • Repeat this twice a day to see instant relief from tonsillitis.

14.Peppermint Solution:

Peppermint sprays will not only help to reduce the pain and infection in the tonsils but also help to remove the pungent smell from your mouth.

According to research, peppermint oil may help to relieve sore throat pain because it contains menthol which helps to thin mucus and relief swelling in the tonsils.

Peppermint strays contain five herbs including peppermint itself which contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is also cooling agent which helps in instant relief.

15.Hot Water Vaporizing:

Inhaling vaporized air can help to get relief from discomfort and pain. Breathing humid air soothes the air passage of our body that passes through our throat.

Instead of intake of dry outside air which would continuously make the throat get harsher. More the air is clean, the less swollen the air passage gets and provides relief to the sufferer.


Tonsillitis is a normal infection that almost every child suffers because of the low immune system but in very rarer cases it happens where the problem of tonsillitis returns much often to an adult.

While this problem may increase severely in some adult that they may need some surgery to remove the parts of the tonsils.

Herbal and home remedies are effective enough to cure normal tonsillitis infection in children and teenagers. Try any one of the remedies mentioned in the article and look for its effectiveness.


Founder and Director of SM Ayurveda Institute and Wellness Center in Ontario (Canada), Dr. Hemant Gupta is a veteran in Ayurveda bringing over 30 years of expertise in Panchakarma, Marma Therapy, Natural healing, Yoga and more. He is also founder and president of Canadian Ayurvedic Members Alliance (CAMA).