Tonsillitis is common in children from preschool age through their mid-teens. This condition is caused by a variety of common viruses and bacteria, such as Streptococcal bacteria, which causes strep throat. It is associated with symptoms such as a very sore throat, jaw and neck tenderness due to swollen lymph nodes, red and swollen tonsils, tonsils that have white or yellow spots, fever, chills, stiff neck, and scratchy-sounding voice. These symptoms may worsen if the patient continues to consume sugary drinks and dairy products.
Here is the list of different teas that can help provide relief for swollen tonsils. Drinking these teas can help get us back on our feet in no time.
Ginger Root Tea
Ginger root tea has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds known as gingerol and shogaol. These fight infection and help soothe an irritated throat.
For this purpose, fresh or dried ginger root is recommended. Have a one-inch piece of fresh ginger or one teaspoon of dried ginger added into boiling water and steep for about ten minutes. For an additional soothing effect, we can drink it with some honey, apple cider vinegar, and a slice of lemon.
Green tea leaves have numerous phytochemicals that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties which help fight cardiovascular diseases and repair damaged and inflamed tissues. Consumption of green tea may help reduce and prevent the swelling of tonsils.
For best flavor, steep green tea for one to three minutes.
Chamomile tea offers calming effects that help ease pain and helps us relax, thus making it a perfect nighttime tea when we are feeling sick. Aside from this, it also has antibacterial properties that fight bacterial infections and anti-inflammatory capabilities that soothe sore throat pain and redness.
Steep two tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers in eight ounces of boiling water for five to ten minutes depending on the desired flavor. Add some raw honey for additional benefits.
Black Tea and White Tea
Black tea has significant amounts of flavonoids and tannins that reduce phlegm that accumulates at the back of the throat due to tonsillitis. It boosts our immune health and helps our body fight off infections faster.
Meanwhile, white tea is made from tea leaves that are picked before maturity and are unfermented. This increases the tea’s phytochemical strength.
According to studies, turmeric tea has antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help treat sore tonsils.
Simply simmer a one-inch piece of fresh turmeric root or one teaspoon of turmeric powder in eight ounces of hot water for 20 minutes and strain out the root. Add some honey for a more soothing effect.
Some of the home care tips we can follow to ease symptoms of tonsillitis are as follows:
- Gargle with warm salt water several times a day
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Use a humidifier to moisten the air in your home
- Get lots of rest
- Use throat lozenges
- Avoid smoking or second-hand smoke