Home Remedies for Tonsilitis + Soothing Fresh Lime Drink

Alison Murray Dairy-free, Drinks, Gluten-free, Home Remedies, Natural Living, Nut-free, Paleo, Raw, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian 10 Comments

I’ve been off work for a couple of days with sore, inflamed tonsils that look and feel like golf balls. I’d offer to show you a photo, but you really don’t want to see that! I used to get chronic tonsillitis as a child and adolescent – but never to the point that I had to have a tonsillectomy thankfully. There’s some really important lymphatic tissue in those nodes that I’m happy to have still!

Tonsillitis is a nasty infection that can affect anyone, and is most likely to be viral or bacterial in origin. The tonsils become enlarged and inflamed, with a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever and headaches. Tonsillitis is extremely contagious due to the location of the infection in the mouth and care has to be taken to prevent spreading the illness to others. While the bacterial type of infection (a.k.a Strep throat) is often treated with antibiotics (especially in the case or recurrent infection), the pain and discomfort of both viral and bacterial tonsillitis can be relieved with some easy to make home remedies.

  • Lime-Drink-Tonsilitis.jpgApple cider vinegar – You may be taking this as a daily tonic already on waking; the great news is that it’s also helpful to sip or gargle ACV and water throughout the day to help tonsil swelling subside. If you don’t have ACV at home, try gargling with warm salt water instead. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to 250ml of water and repeat every few hours to help clear infection and reduce inflammation.
  • Warm Chamomile tea – Steep Chamomile tea (covered so you don’t lose the important, healing essential oil components) until just warm. Add manuka honey and a squeeze of lime to taste and sip slowly. Chamomile has mild analgesic properties that can relieve the pain of inflamed tonsils while manuka honey is soothing, healing and antiseptic.
  • Propolis – In the form of sprays or tincture, propolis can help with healing and pain relief and is a potent anti-infective agent. Spray directly on inflamed tonsil areas or mix a few drops of tincture in a little water and gargle several times a day.
  • Lime juice –ย  The acid content of limes may be helpful in clearing some of the infected cells causing tonsillitis. The recipe below combines lime with other healing agents to speed up the healing and provide pain relief from tonsilitis symptoms.
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Soothing Fresh Lime Drink
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Home remedies can be useful for speeding up the recovery from tonsillitis. This tonsilitis tonic contains lime juice, manuka honey and salt help to kill off infected cells while apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and ginger combat inflammation and provide pain relief when sipped slowly.
Serves: 1
  • Water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp manuka honey (or raw, organic honey)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of salt
  1. Boil water and pour 250ml into a glass, put aside for a few minutes to cool slightly.
  2. Once temperature is suitable for drinking add lime, apple cider vinegar and honey, stirring until honey dissolves. Add spices and salt and mix well.
  3. Sip slowly while drink is hot, breathing aromas in deeply. Repeat several times daily.

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      Honey and lemon is the best ever for sore throats ๐Ÿ˜€ the double whammy of using lime here is it helps to slough away infected surface cells due to it’s acidic nature. Helpful little fruit! Thanks for the comment Jan ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Sounds numey… I sometimes make Thyme tea and sweeten with Elderflower cordial … Thyme Tea bags are hard to get but ive now resorted to growing my own and using it fresh … so much better ,

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      Thyme leaves is definitely another great option for soothing tonsilitis, that sounds delicious with the addition of elderflower ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t really seen thyme in tea bags here either but you’re completely right about homegrown and fresh being even better! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment Tracey ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will definitely be trying it out. Not to be nit-picky but in the instructions for the soothing fresh lime drink, adding the lime juice is not part of any step.

    Thanks for the post

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  3. Thank you for this recipe. I donโ€™t have the exact ingredients or all, but what i have seems to be doing the trick . (chamomile tea bags, honey, salt and lime) I think i was becoming dehydrated…and this drink has quenched my thirst and eased my pain after one dose. Iโ€™ll continue to drink this after I feel better, it has a nice taste.

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