How To Treat a Tonsil Infection At Home

Tonsils are lymph nodes located on both sides of your throat that often get inflamed as a result of infection – usually either tonsil stones or tonsillitis. This is usually due to a lack of good oral hygiene.

Below I have explained the symptoms of a tonsil infection (you want to deal with it as quickly as possible so being aware of their symptoms is vital) and what you can do to treat them at home.

tonsil infection symptomSymptoms Of Tonsil Infection

Someone suffering from infection is likely going to experience the following symptoms.

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Bad Breath
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Sneezing

Keep in mind that the infection is very contagious since the bacteria or virus can be transmitted through sneezing, coughing or social contact. That’s why it needs to be treated immediately.

Home Remedies

Here are some home remedies for tonsil stones and tonsillitis. If your condition isn’t that severe then these will be appropriate and they should be enough to treat the infection effectively.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeSalt Water

You need to gargle with warm salty water since it brings a soothing effect that will kill the bacteria or virus causing the infection. The salt also reduces inflammation providing immediate relief.

Add a tablespoon of salt into warm water and stir it to dissolve completely. Gargle with the mixture without swallowing then spit it out immediately. Repeat the procedure often for quick recovery.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeLemon

The citrus fruit has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties that can manage the tonsil infection and reduce the inflammation immediately. Lemons also contain a lot of vitamin C that improve the body’s ability to fight infections.

Squeeze the juice out of a lemon into a glass of lukewarm water then add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of salt. Drink the mixture slowly for 2 times every day for a few days.

Also, you can sprinkle some pepper and salt on a slice of lemon and suck on it. As a result, it removes the phlegm in your throat especially if you repeat the procedure for 2 or 3 times every day for a few days.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeBasil

Basil contains anti-inflammatory and antiviral agents as well as healing and soothing qualities that will boost the recovery process.

You should add at last 10 basil leaves into some water and boil them for 10 minutes. Squeeze one lemon into the solution and sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey.

Drink the mixture 3 times every day for about 2 to 3 days for the best results.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeTurmeric

Turmeric contains very strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities that can fight tonsil infections and relieve the irritating symptoms.

Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to some hot or salty water. Gargle a few times every day with the mixture right before bed to remove the soreness and inflammation.

You can also add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to warm milk and add a little black pepper. Drink the mixture every night for about 2 or 3 days to speed up the recovery process.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeCinnamon

Cinnamon contains antimicrobial qualities that prevent the growth and spread of bacteria and microorganisms in the lymph nodes thus reducing swelling, inflammation and pain.

Take a glass of hot water and add some cinnamon powder and honey. Sip on the warm solution slowly then drink it at least 2 times every day for about a week for the best results.

Slippery Elm

Find the bark of slippery elm and add 2 teaspoons of it to some boiling water. Leave it for 5 minutes to steep and strain it.

Take the warm solution slowly for 2 times every day for about a week. You can also mix the bark, cayenne powder, honey and warm water then take the mixture at the same intervals for about 3 days.


You can always opt for medicines or tonsillectomy when the infection gets worse but it is a good idea to start with the home remedies first. They are easy to use and the products can be found in any local store comfortably.

Whether it is you or your child suffering from a tonsil infection, these home remedies can provide immediate relief when used as instructed since they are easy to prepare.

Note that, with the swollen lymph nodes, it will be tough for your child to swallow food so it is a good idea to act immediately before he or she starts losing weight.

Also, if it is you that is struggling with the tonsil infection then I recommend staying away from smoking and alcohol – learn why you should quit weed here.