The tonsils are the two masses of lymphatic tissue located deep in both sides of your throat. When healthy, tonsils are small, approximately same size and pink, and the same colour as the surrounding area of the throat. In cases when bacteria or viruses infect the tonsils, they become very swollen and red, and this condition is called tonsillitis. A recurring or persistent infection of the tonsils is called chronic tonsillitis.
In order to boost your immune system and prevent possible tonsillitis you should relax on daily basis, exercise regularly, incorporate healthy eating plan, stop smoking, manage your stress wash hands appropriately.
Also a good diet is very important. You should avoid foods that weaken your immune system, like alcohol, dairy and high fat products, refined and processed foods and high sugar products. Instead, you should use the supplements that can boost your immune system, like zinc, selenium and vitamins C and E.
There are several therapies used in cases of tonsillitis, like homeopathic, herbal or home or natural remedies. Just remember to consult your doctor before you start to use any of these remedies for instructions.
In herbal therapy for you tonsillitis can use liquorice root, Echinacea, sage, Hydrastis Canadensis, pineapple extract with bromelain, or wild indigo.
In natural or home remedies for tonsillitis you can use good diet and eat foods rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E and folic acid. Foods full of zinc, magnesium and iron is helpful, and make sure that you have a lots of fruit and vegetables daily and limit your consumption of alcohol, refined carbohydrates and caffeine.
You can also use herbal gargle such as tea tree oil or sage mixed in hot water and cooled, and also you can use garlic, Echinacea or golden seal herbal extracts.
Aromatherapy can also be very useful in relieving the symptoms of tonsillitis. You can use geranium, lemon, tea tree and pine for infections, lavender and sandalwood to soothe problems, and peppermint, eucalyptus and cedar wood in order to relax the throat congestion. You can also make a mixture of these oils and massage it onto your chest and throat.
There are also homeopathic remedies to help tonsillitis. You should match your specific condition to the remedy suggested.
Apis mellifica is recommended for burning stinging pains in swollen tonsils which gets better from cold and worse from heat. Hepar sulphur is often used when throat is extremely sensitive to touch, and pain may radiate from inflamed tonsils to both ears. Belladonna is good in cases of acute inflammation
Lachesis is recommended homeopathic remedy in cases of swollen tonsils, throat very sensitive to touch and painful swallowing.