15 Natural Remedies for Treating Tonsillitis in Children

June 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Baby Problems

TONSILLITIS:An inflammation of the two oval- shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat. Tonsils are the two lymph nodes located on each side of your throat. Tonsils work as a defense mechanism as they prevent infections from entering the body. Overwhelmed by bacteria or viruses, they swell and become inflamed, a condition known as tonsillitis. The symptoms of tonsillitis go away within 7 to 10 days. Tonsillitis is common, especially in children but adults can get it too.


  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing through the mouth.
  • Hoarseness or loss of voice
  • Bad breathe
  • Fever, chills
  • Head ache
  • Ear ache
  • Stomach aches
  • Stiff neck
  • Loss of appetite
  • A very sore throat

Tonsillitis in children can be especially distressing and the symptoms could include:

  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • High fever
  • Pus in the throat
  • Nausea
  • Excessive drooling
  • Abdominal pain


Tonsillitis occurs as a result of a viral infection or, at times, due to a bacterial infection that causes enlargement of the tonsils. The condition can be varying degrees- mild moderate and severe. If a person who has tonsillitis comes or sneezes around you, there are great chances that you will also contract the disease as tonsillitis is extremely contagious.  Environmental factors such as cold and damp weather can bring about an attack of tonsillitis as well. Genetic tendency to tonsillitis is another factor.


If the tonsillitis is caused by a virus, antibiotics won’t work and your body will fight off the infection on its own. There are few natural home remedies you can do to feel better and relaxed.

1. LIQUIDS: Drink warm or cool liquids which include tea, soup, juice and dehydration drinks.

2. REST: Take plenty of rest.

3. VAPORIZER: Use a humidifier or vaporizer in the bedroom.

4. SALT WATER: The best and effective home remedy for tonsillitis is gargling with warm salt water.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of table salt in a cup of warm water.
  • Gargle with the solution and spit the water after gargling.
  • Repeat this as often as possible for fast recover
5. ICE: Ice is a natural and simple home remedy to cure tonsillitis.
  • Take some ice cubes. Wrap them in a cloth.
  • Place this cloth on the tonsils for 10-15 minutes.
  • Do this for 5-6 times a day.

6. HONEY: Honey has amazing antimicrobial properties. This makes it great for treating throat infections.

  • Mix 4 tbsp in a glass of water and drink it all.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day for effective result.

7. MILK: Milk and turmeric are effective home remedies for tonsillitis.

    • Boil milk and add pinch of turmeric powder and black pepper powder.
    • Drink this concoction before sleeping for a minimum of three nights in a stretch for an effective inflamed tonsils remedy.
8. FRESH JUICE: Fresh juice boosts your body’s immune system and fights the infection more effectively.
  • Drink freshly squeezed beetroot, carrot or cucumber juice daily.
  • You can have these juices individually or mix them together for better results.

9. TURMERIC: Turmeric fights off tonsillitis infection and relieves irritating symptoms.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of hot water or salt water.
  • Gargle with this several times a day, especially before going to bed.

10. BASIL: Basil is another very effective home remedy for tonsillitis. Its healing properties will help reduce the swelling and pain as well.

  • Add 10 to 12 basil leaves to one and one- half cups of water. Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and add the juice from one lemon to the solution. Drink this three times a day for 2-3 days.

11. ALUM: These are effective home remedies for tonsillitis that can reduce inflammation and prevent further infections.

  • Apply alum powder on the surface of the tonsils or gargle with alum and water.

12. ONION JUICE: it might sound disgusting but the anti-microbial properties found in onions will work their magic in no time.

  • You need not drink the onion juice, just gargle with it.

13. GINGER TEA: Ginger tae is used to treat an infected throat. Ginger is both anti- inflammatory and anti-microbial.

  • Crush a small cube of ginger into a cup of boiling water and let steep until the beverage is comfortable to drink.
  • Drink it up and the problem is gone.

14. LEMON JUICE:  Consuming lemon juice will help with any symptoms associated with tonsillitis.

    • In a glass of lukewarm water, add the juice from one lemon, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of honey.
    • Drink it slowly, twice daily for a few days

15. CINNAMON: Cinnamon can be used for treating tonsillitis. Cinnamon inhibits the growth of bacteria in the tonsils and helps reduce swelling, pain and inflammation.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water. Mix in 2 teaspoons of honey.
  • Sip on it slowly while it is still warm.
  • Drink this 2-3 times a day for a week.

If the problem persists for a few days, it is important to seek help from a doctor. Tonsillitis is contagious and we do not want it to be spreading it around to our loved ones.