Home remedies for tonsillitis


Depending on the severity and trigger of tonsillitis, various home remedies can be used to get rid of the symptoms of tonsillitis or at least alleviate them. However, it should not be forgotten that if the tonsillitis is caused by streptococci, treatment with antibiotics must also be carried out in order to prevent the serious secondary diseases.

Most home remedies can be used at home without any problems. First of all, this includes very simple general measures, above all (as far as possible) bed rest, soft food and lozenges. In addition, there are other home remedies, each aimed at combating a specific symptom of tonsillitis.
For the sore throat, for example, neck wraps can be used.Anyone can easily make these themselves by boiling about 500g potatoes (with the skin) and then placing them in a kitchen towel or towel, in which they are mashed. This cloth filled with potatoes is then placed around the neck, whereby it is best to have another cloth in between so that the heat is not too intense and directly on the skin.

Rinsing or gargling is also useful against pain, but also against inflammation in the throat. Various types of tea are well suited for this, especially sage tea, which is boiled in the normal way and then just instead of swallowed quickly, should be kept in the mouth for several seconds in order to wash around the inflamed areas for longer. This works not only with tonsillitis, but principally with all inflammations of the throat area.
Calf wraps are recommended against the fever. Cold wraps (for example, kitchen towels soaked in cold water and then wrung out) can often lower body temperature by up to one degree. To do this, the towels must be rolled up from the ankle to the knee. After about 10 minutes the wraps must be changed to ensure adequate cooling. After the fourth to sixth change, the desired effect usually appears.
The well-known “sweating”, i.e. keeping the body warm from the outside (lying under a blanket) and inside (drinking hot cold teas), also works against fever. Painkillers can of course also be taken.


Ice is primarily used in connection with tonsillitis after the surgical removal of the tonsils recommended. Here the ice should mainly be one Counteract swelling.
In the case of tonsillitis, ice can still be useful under certain circumstances. It is generally recommended for tonsillitis especially a lot of liquid to take in. However, this often turns out to be especially with children, difficult, as those affected often have tonsillitis Sore throat and complain about swallowing difficulties. Ice can help to ingest the liquid. Important is, no ice cream to eat as this much sugar contains, and thus promotes bacterial growth. Ice cubes however, they can provide relief and ensure adequate water intake. In general, however, the throat and neck area is recommended warm with neck wraps and warm clothinginstead of cooling with ice.


The Kitchen onion is often in the form of Onion wraps for tonsillitis recommended. Also juices the onion is said to have healing properties. Contain the normal kitchen onions Alliine, a sulphurous amino acid. Except in kitchen onions, it comes mostly in Garlic and wild garlic in front. The active ingredient is known to be antibiotic works, so bacteria can kill. In the form of wraps that are placed around the neck, it would be wrong to assume that the ingredient is present in sufficient quantities skin can get and then fight tonsillitis. Still, the wraps can due to their heat emission promote healing. As an onion juice, the ingredient in the onion can theoretically fight the pathogen, if bacterial, of tonsillitis to a small extent. However, so far there are no studies on this topic that confirm these theories.

Salt water

Salt water solutions are often recommended when it comes to home remedies for tonsillitis or a sore throat. As the salt water disinfectant works and the Partially kill bacteria can is that regular Gargle These solutions are definitely recommended for tonsillitis. Here is a teaspoon of salt in half a liter of water dissolved and the solution gargled about ten times for half a minute.


Honey was thousands of years ago for its effect to cough, hoarseness and colds known. Even nowadays honey is used by the World Health Organization at certain Respiratory diseases recommended. The ingredients are also said to accelerate the healing process for tonsillitis. The healing properties of honey have not been fully clarified, but there are various studieswho deal with the topic. That's probably how honey should be positive anti-inflammatory on the Mucous membranes act in the pharynx. The reason for this should be so-called Phenols be a well-known ingredient in honey. Honey is supposed to do that too Affect the immune system positively and strengthen. Since honey especially likes in Combination with teas and onion extracts is consumed, care should be taken that the honey Does not exceed room temperaturebecause otherwise those positive active ingredients are lost and cannot develop their effect in the body. It is also important to ensure that Children under 12 months should not eat honey, as small amounts of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum can be found in it and the so-called Infant botulism can evoke.


A tried and true home remedy to combat tonsillitis are Quark wrap: You take a pack common household quarkas it is available in the supermarket. The curd is on for now Room temperature warmed up. For example, the heater or a plastic bag that you immerse in warm water is suitable. The quark should not be too hot or too cold, but rather create a pleasant feeling of warmth. As soon as the quark has warmed up, spread it about a half to a full centimeter thick on a sheet. This should be able to be wrapped around the neck about 2-3 times. For small children, a smaller amount of quark of about half a centimeter is recommended. As soon as the wrap is ready, it is carefully placed around the patient's neck. It is advisable to wrap kitchen towels at the top and bottom to keep the quark in place. The wrap can about 2-3 hours be used. If the temperature drops too much and the compress cools down, it should be removed quickly. Dried quark is also a sign to change the wrap. The application can be repeated up to twice a day.

Neck wrap

Warm and cold neck wraps are helpful for tonsillitis.

A common home remedies Against tonsillitis are neck wraps. These wraps are frequent ingredients Potatoes, cottage cheese, flax seeds and onions. There are generally two types of neck wrap. On the one hand, there are cold compresses, which are recommended for acute inflammation that has not been around for a long time. Especially when cold liquids the discomfort will ease, too cold neck wrap, which usually consist of a damp linen cloth, is recommended.

The other type of neck wrap are those warm wrap. Potatoes are good for the "content", as they store the heat well and can stay on the neck for a long time. It is important to make sure that the Don't wrap too hot is when it is put on. The warming neck wrap ensures a increased blood flow and can thus accelerate the healing of tonsillitis. It is very unlikely that the ingredients of the compress will penetrate the skin and significantly influence healing.

Home remedies for purulent tonsillitis

A purulent tonsillitis speaks for the bacterial infestation of a primarily viral tonsillitis. One then speaks of one Hyper or super infection. This usually goes with the most violent Sore throat and swallowing problems, severe pain up to shortness of breath hand in hand. The body can do this by strengthening its immune system and actively fighting bacterial pathogens. The immune system can be strengthened through Alternating baths and vitamin supplements. Also Warmth or cold wrap can alleviate the symptoms. However, purulent tonsillitis is already an advanced stage in which antibiotic therapy should definitely be considered. It should also be borne in mind that the bacteria do not only stay on the tonsils to a strictly limited extent, but also reach the whole body via the lymph and blood vessels. Local application of home remedies can relieve symptoms in the short term, but however, does not replace systemic therapy.

Home remedies suitable for children

It happens particularly often because of that not fully developed immune system, tonsillitis in children. Treatment for such tonsillitis should be especially in children in consultation with the pediatrician or family doctor be performed. The complications that can arise from inadequate treatment without medical attention pose a not inconsiderable risk. However, there are some home remedies that can also or especially especially for children be considered for treating tonsillitis.
As children and young people, for example Aspirin® (Active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid) should not take because dangerous complications (Reye's Syndrome) may occur with mild to moderate severity fever often calf wraps to lower the fever recommended. These can lower body temperature by up to one degree. Because tonsillitis is often associated with swallowing difficulties and sore throats, the adequate hydration a common problem, especially with children. Here it can be helpful to have a Suck ice cubesto lessen the pain while adding fluids at the same time. However, strict care should be taken not to consume too many ice cubes as the Cooling slows down the healing process can.