By Lyle MacLeod
An aching throat or a cough will make most people reach for over-the-counter medication and painkillers. These can provide some short-term relief, but they don’t directly treat the infection (unless it’s a medicine prescribed by a medical professional). It also won’t do anything to prevent it from coming back the next week, month or year.
I don’t think Western medication is the best way to go down when dealing with tonsil stones, tonsillitis or any other tonsil infection. Instead, it’s best to go down the natural route. There are actually quite a few effective natural remedies you can use, cutting down on your dependence on medication.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, apple cider vinegar is a great solution for your tonsil infection as an effective natural remedy. It will help fight against the bad bacteria that causes the infection in the first place and it’ll help ease some of the tonsil stones symptoms you’ve been experiencing as well.
Out of all the natural solutions available, I think ACV is the most effective. To ensure maximum results, I recommend gargling an ACV/water solution a few times every day.
To do this properly, add 1 tablespoon of ACV to one glass of clean water, take a small sip and begin swirling it around your mouth. You need to make the solution reaches your tonsils so make sure to tilt your head back.
After about 15 seconds, spit the mixture out and repeat with the rest of the glass. Afterward, clean your mouth out with clean water.
Salt water works have similar antibacterial properties to the apple cider vinegar so it will help you fight against the bacteria found in your tonsils. The only significant differences between them are the salt water has no anti-inflammatory properties, it’s likely going to be much easier for the average person to make and it’s a lot cheaper than ACV.
So if you don’t fancy taking a trip down to the supermarket then I recommend you give this one a try. Provided the symptoms are giving you too much trouble.
You would gargle the salt water in a similar way to the ACV. Add about 1 tablespoon of it to a glass of clean water and begin swirling it around your mouth, making sure it reaches your tonsils.
Garlic is one of the healthiest herbs there are thanks to its antibacterial, antifungal and probiotic properties. It’ll make a great addition to almost any meal but because of these benefits, it’ll also make a great addition to anyone’s diet.
But a healthy diet is not what we’re concerned with here.
Mainly due to its antibacterial properties, the garlic will also help you fight against your tonsil infection. By chewing on it a few times per day, you’ll reduce the amount bacteria sitting around your mouth and tonsils just waiting to cause problems.
To maximize results, I would chew on it raw several times per day.
This method for maintaining good oral health has been utilized for centuries, mainly in Asian countries. Now even though many other practices have become more common nowadays, oil pulling is still seen to be very effective and a good addition to anyone’s oral hygiene routine.
In a similar manner to the solutions above, oil pulling will help detoxify your mouth of toxins and bad bacteria. This, of course, makes it less likely for infections to be caused.
What you do is take a sip of an oil (coconut, olive, sesame). Next, swirl it around your mouth for 15 minutes (again, make sure it reaches your tonsils). I know this sounds like a long time but that’s what needs to be done to ensure proper detoxification.
However, you only need to do it daily for a period of 2 weeks when you first get started. After that, you can get by oil pulling just twice per week.
Also, make sure you spit the oil into a bin and not down the sink. You don’t want to clog your drains!
With some of these solutions, you could see relief within just a few days and, in many cases, just a few short hours. But be patient, you didn’t get sick overnight and you likely won’t get well overnight either.
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