10 Effective Home Remedies For Tonsils



Tonsillitis (aka Tonsils) is a painful condition that causes the tonsils in the throat to swell up significantly. Usually caused by bacterial or viral infections, tonsils can also cause other painful side effects like redness, appearance of white spots on the tonsils, recurrent headaches, sore throat, bad breath, ear pain, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, throat abscess, rheumatic fever, bacterial pharyngitis and even loss of voice etc.

If left untreated, tonsils can lead to several other health related issues, with the worst case scenario being kidney failure. Apart from surgery and standard medications used to treat the condition, one can get relief from certain home remedies that would help to reduce the symptoms of the tonsils and deal with the infection causing the same effectively. Given below are some of the more common home remedies often prescribed for tonsils.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Tonsils Wuickly:

1. Saline Water Gargle

Gargling the throat with warm saline water solution can aid in reducing the pain and irritation caused by tonsils to an extent. The astringent properties of the saline water solution would also take care of the infection causing the condition.Mix a teaspoon of powdered salt in warm water and stir nicely until the salt dissolves completely. Gargle with the resultant solution for at least 15 minutes until the throat pain dissipates. Follow this remedy at least thrice a day for extended relief [1].

Saline Water Gargle

2. Ginger, Garlic And Onion Rinse

While ginger and garlic are known for their antibacterial and expectorant properties, onion causes an irritation in the throat which would trigger a natural response by the body to clear the mucus blockages in the airways.This in turn would reduce the pain, irritation and swelling caused by tonsils to a great extent. Grind a few cloves of garlic, a piece of ginger and an onion to form a paste. Add this paste to a glass of water and boil the mixture for about 15 minutes. Let the solution cool and rinse your throat with it at least twice a day for quick and effective results [2].

Ginger, Garlic And Onion Rinse

3. Hot Milk

A glass of hot milk can do wonders in soothing an irritated throat and bringing down the inflammation caused by tonsils. Adding a pinch of turmeric and pepper powder to the hot milk can be considered more effective.And adding a few drops of ghee into the hot milk would only increase its effectiveness in treating tonsils even more. Follow this remedy every night for a week or so until the inflammation comes down completely. [3]

Hot Milk

4. Vegetable Juices

Drinking vegetable juices can be considered effective when treating tonsils and its symptoms at home. Fresh, homemade vegetable juices contain plenty of essential nutrients that would boost the body’s immune system and urge it to fight off the pathogens behind the infection that caused the condition in the first place [4].

Getting rid of the underlying infection can effectively treat tonsils and reduce its symptoms significantly. The best options would be fresh carrot, cucumber or beetroot juices. You can consume them separately or together. Grind the vegetables in a blender and extract the juice. Add some warm water to the juice and drink a glass of it at least thrice a day for effective results.

Vegetable Juices

5. Fluids

It is considered essential to drink plenty of fluids during this period in order to keep the throat moist and hydrated. This would in turn reduce the pain, irritation and itching experienced in the throat (caused by tonsils). Stay away from sodas, carbonated drinks, coffee and tea as they can dehydrate the body and aggravate the symptoms of the condition. Instead, opt for warm water and fresh fruit juices to reduce the symptoms of the condition [5].


In fact, it is considered wise to stick to only liquid foods during the first few days of the infection. Relying solely on fresh fruit and vegetable juices during this period (in addition to lots of water) can help the system fight off the infection faster without aggravating the condition and its symptoms in the process.

6. Lemon And Honey Concoction

Lemon is considered as a very effective home remedy for tonsils. It can effectively relieve the throat pain and irritation caused by tonsils. Honey on the other hand, is loaded with potent antibacterial and antiviral properties that would aid in getting rid of the underlying infection.Squeeze a lemon and extract its juice. Add a tablespoon of this juice to a glass of warm-hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey to the juice and stir nicely until it dissolves completely. Drink this concoction at least thrice every day to effectively treat inflamed tonsils [6].

Lemon And Honey

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7. Turmeric Powder Paste

Turmeric contains potent antibacterial and antiviral properties that can take care of the underlying infection effectively, thereby reducing the symptoms of tonsils in the process. It also contains antiseptic properties that promote quick healing after an infection.Turmeric can be used in many ways to treat tonsillitis. It can be added to a cup of warm milk and consumed. Alternatively, a paste made of boiled and ground turmeric roots can be applied on the throat (the external area) to reduce the inflammation caused by the condition [7].

Turmeric Powder Paste

8. Dried Figs Paste

Stewed or dried figs can effectively reduce the pain and inflammation caused by tonsils. The dried figs need to be boiled in water (a cup) for about 20 minutes. They should then be ground nicely to form a paste.Add a tablespoon of honey to this paste and swallow it to get instant relief from the symptoms of the condition. Alternatively, you can opt to apply the dried fig paste on the throat (the external area) in order to reduce the redness and swelling caused by tonsils [8].

Dried Figs Paste

9. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea is a natural relaxant, and can soothe an irritated throat, thereby bringing down the pain and inflammation caused by tonsils to a great extent.Drinking at least two cups of chamomile tea every day can therefore offer quick and prolonged relief from tonsils and its symptoms, including pain, irritation and soreness etc.  You can also opt to add a few drops of honey and lemon to the tea for extra taste[9].

Chamomile Tea

10. Ice Creams And Popsicles

As ironical as it may sound, several individuals suffering from tonsillitis are actually requested to eat plenty of ice creams and popsicles in order to numb the throat area and reduce the pain, irritation and inflammation associated with tonsils. Eating an ice cream or two every day can therefore, be considered very effective in treating tonsils at home [10].

Ice Creams And Popsicles