Sore Throat and Tonsillitis

Introduction

Suffering from a sore throat or tonsillitis can be a painful experience, but there are natural remedies at your disposal. In this comprehensive guide, we explore herbal solutions to alleviate discomfort and promote healing. From the soothing properties of tamarind and lemon to the herbal tea concoction of sage, thyme, chamomile, and licorice, we have remedies for sore throats that are sure to provide relief. Additionally, discover how herbs like echinacea can assist in managing tonsillitis. Embrace the power of nature to ease your discomfort and get back to feeling your best.

Recipes

Sore Throats: treatment #1

Herbs: Tamarind (Tamarindus indica), lemon (Citrus limon)

Remedy: Gargle with either a decoction of tamarind fruit or 1 tbsp (20 ml) of lemon juice, either neat or diluted in warm water.


Sore Throats: treatment #2

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile
  • 1 teaspoon of dried licorice root
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a pot.
  2. Add the sage, thyme, chamomile, and licorice root to the water and reduce the heat to low.
  3. Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Strain the mixture and add honey, if desired.
  5. Gargle with the tea while it is still warm, making sure to tilt your head back and allow the tea to reach the back of your throat.
  6. Repeat the gargling process every few hours as needed.

Sore Throats: treatment #3

Herbs: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), sage (Salvia officinalis), myrrh (Commiphora molmol), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy1:  Dilute 1 tsp of equal parts of all tinctures in 5 tsp of warm water and gargle. Swallow the mixture (except if pregnant).
Remedy 2: Make a sage infusion, brew for 10 minutes, and allow to cool a little. Gargle, then swallow. Add 1 tsp (5 ml) of vinegar and 1 tsp of honey to strengthen its action


Tonsillitis

Herbs: Echinacea (Echinacea spp.), all herbs listed under Sore Throats

Remedy: Take echinacea- take tablets or capsules, or up to 1⁄2 tsp of tincture with water twice a day. Alternatively, make a decoction with 5 g of root to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and then drink 1 1⁄4–2 1/3 cups (300–600 ml) a day, or use one of the gargles listed under Sore Throats.

Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

Neuralgia

General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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Toothache
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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