Inflammation of the tonsils and the lymph glands located on either
side of the entrance to the throat.
Usually caused by viruses or bacteria, often streptococcal organisms
which are present when the body's resistance is lowered. May be caused
by improper diet that is high in carbohydrates and low in protein
and other nutrients. Each time the tonsils become inflamed, scar tissue
accumulates on the tonsils and the condition becomes more difficult
The doctor should be consulted to determine what type of sore throat
you have. Symptoms of tonsillitis include soreness, redness, pain
and swelling of the tonsils, difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness,
and coughing. Headache, earache, fever
and chills, nausea and vomiting, nasal obstruction and discharge,
and enlarged lymph nodes throughout
the body are possible symptoms.
Catnip tea enemas reduce fever. For fever, pain, and swelling use
1/4 tsp. of lobelia extract every 2 hrs.
until the fever is down. Make echinacea tea and drink as much as you
can. Rest and drink plenty of fluids. Tea for inflamed tonsils and
mucous membranes: Mallow leaves, Mullein, Black elder leaves; use
equal amounts. Soak mallow leaves in cold water for 8 hrs.
Steep the others in boiling water. Mix the two teas and use as a gargle.
Herbal Medicine Formulas and Recipes
Vitamin C, 3,000-5,000 mg. Zinc Gluconate lozenges,
dissolved in mouth every 2-3 hrs., is an immunostimulant
that aids in healing. Acidophilus, capsules or liquid, taken as directed
on the label, is necessary if antibiotics are used. Cod Liver Oil
taken as directed on the label, aids immune response and healing of
tissues. Proteolytic enzymes taken between meals, aids in reducing
inflammation. Vitamin A emulsion, 10,000 IU
for 5 days; 50,000 IU for 1 week;
then 25,000 IU, is needed for repair of tissue, and aids
healing. Vitamin B complex helps reduce swelling.
- Alum root
- Catnip tea for fever
- Cudweed, marsh
- Dayflower, asiatic
- Elder, black
- Elm, slippery
- Fire weed
- Golden seal
- Gotu kola
- Indigo, wild
- Oak white, bark
- Pau d'arco
- Pepper, red
- Persimmon bark
- Pine, white
- Poke root
- Prickly-ash, northern
- Pussy willow bark
- Red root
- Rose flowers
- Walnut, black
Use the teas strong, gargle every few minutes and swallow a mouthful.
A cleansing juice fast for 3 days with vegetable broth.
Use warm salt water gargle. Do not smoke.