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Tonsillitis


About
Tonsillitis can be caused by a virus or by bacteria. The following symptoms may accompany tonsillitis: hoarseness, redness, coughing, swelling, and pain. Nausea, vomiting, nasal discharge, enlarged lymph nodes, fever, chills, and earache may also be present.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • A three-day cleansing fast consuming only juice and chicken broth is recommended.
  • Bee propolis may be beneficial.
  • Recurring or chronic tonsillitis may require a tonsillectomy. This should only take place as needed, and should not be taken lightly. Tonsils are helpful in protecting the body against diseases.
  • Surgery may be necessary if an abscess is present.


Advice
  • A sore throat that does not go away after two weeks should be brought to the attention of a physician.
  • Consider using a humidifier in your home. Boiling a pot of water on the stove can also help add humidity to the air, which is beneficial in the healing process.
  • Gargling with a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water will help with pain, swelling, and excess mucus.
  • Get sufficient rest and consume a lot of fluids.
  • Hot or cold compresses can be used to ease pain.
  • Inhaling bergamot, tea tree, benzoin, thyme, lemon, and lavender essential oils can help alleviate pain.
  • Stay away from smoke and smoking.
  • Whenever taking antibiotics, it is important to obtain acidophilus either through supplements or through soured dairy products like yogurt. Take separately from antibiotics.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Vitamin C
Importance: Very High
Comments: Kills infection and raises the immune response.


Zinc
Importance: Very High
Comments: Immunostimulant that helps in healing.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Catnip
Type: Internal
Purposes: Used as an enema it can help lower fevers.

Chamomile
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases fever, pain, and headaches.
Cautions: To avoid developing ragweed allergies, only use chamomile occasionally. Those with ragweed allergies should not use chamomile.

Echinacea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Enhances immune system. Combats infection. Can be made into tea. Tincture form is also recommended.
Dosage: 1/2 teaspoon every 3-4 hours.

Dried Elder Flower
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with peppermint and yarrow to make into tea. Alleviates tonsillitis pain.
Dosage: Equal parts of each herb.

Peppermint
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with yarrow and dried elder flower to make into tea. Alleviates tonsillitis pain.
Dosage: Equal parts of each herb.

Yarrow
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with dried elder flower and peppermint to make into tea. Alleviates tonsillitis pain.
Dosage: Equal parts of each herb.

Flaxseed oil
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases pain and inflammation. Helps with recovery.

Marshmallow Blossoms
Type: Internal
Purposes: Make marshmallow tea and consume 2-3 cups daily. Helps inflamed mucous membranes.
Dosage: 3 heaping teaspoons in 3 cups of cold water for 12 hours. Heat, strain, and drink.

Mullein
Type: External
Purposes: Make a poultice to ease pain.

Pau d'arco
Type: Internal
Purposes: Antibiotic. Boosts immune system. Potent antioxidant.

Sage
Type: Internal
Purposes: Mix with a small amount of alum and gargle, or mix with hot malt vinegar and drink 2-3 ounces at a time.
Dosage: 2-3 ounces at a time.
Cautions: Those who experience seizures should not use sage.

Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: After placing it under your tongue, let it sit there for a few minutes. Swallow. Repeat 4 times each day for 3 days.
Dosage: 6 drops or 1/2 dropperful under tongue.
Cautions: Those with ragweed allergies, may experience a reaction to goldenseal. Pregnant or nursing women should not use goldenseal. Do not use a daily dose of goldenseal longer than one week.

St. John's Wort
Type: Internal
Purposes: After placing it under your tongue, let it sit there for a few minutes. Swallow. Repeat 4 times each day for 3 days.
Dosage: 6 drops or 1/2 dropperful under tongue.

Thyme
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps with sore throat and chronic respiratory issues. Gets rid of mucus, headaches, and fever.