Tonsillitis/Sore Throat Treatment
by Jeanne Rose
04/21/01, updated 11/20/06
INTRODUCTION: Tonsillitis is a very painful condition
with fever and chills, swollen lymph glands in throat and neck,
headache, sinus blockage, earache and nausea. Typically, it affects
children and is usually caused by a streptococcus infection. Chronic
tonsillitis is a sign of an overloaded lymph system. The lymphatic
system is responsible for removing from the body the various toxins
we are exposed to. If the lymphatic system is overloaded, an
infection can occur.
The standard of care for
a bout of tonsillitis is a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics do
treat the bacterial infection, however they also play havoc on the
body. Since they kill all types of bacteria, the bacteria that line
the gut and aid in food assimilation are also destroyed. Anyone
taking an antibiotic should supplement with an acidophilus/bifidus
type supplement to replace what is lost. There are several
alternative therapies for tonsillitis.
We have been
experimenting with A. ludoviciana in the hopes of finding out
a variety of uses for this new and interesting hydrosol and
essential oil. Because it is so full of esters (85%), it was
originally assumed that its most potent uses would be in skin care.
However, on researching its American Indian roots, it was found that
the herb used as a decoction or infusion was used primarily to treat
respiratory infections, in particular sore throat.
For further information
review chapter 14 of the
Herbal Studies Course by Jeanne
Rose regarding herbs for the respiratory system. The index of
will also be a help using the aromatic oils. And donít forget
the value of studying either the
Aromatherapy Studies Course or The
Herbal Studies Course
both by Jeanne Rose.
HYDROSOLS: On 11/14/00 Owyhee Hydrosol was tried by
EC for her sore throat. She had taken 2 aspirins at 7:25 am. E. and
Jeanne Rose discussed her throat. It was decided to try the Owyhee
hydrosol. At 9 am the throat was still scratchy and sore, the
aspirin has given no relief. Two sprays of the Owyhee were used
successively. Immediately relief. The sore throat was barely
We have also found that Bay Leaf hydrosol as an
alternate to the Owyhee is useful because it seems to be a potent
killer of bacteria, analgesic and an effective aid as a spray in the
throat when it begins to scratch itch and is on its way to becoming
sore and inflamed. Another powerful antibacterial and antiviral
spray would be a combination of Tea tree and Melissa hydrosol.
Oregano can be used as an inhalant or the hydrosol throat spray.
ESSENTIAL OILS: If you cannot get any of these hydrosols, you may,
as an alternative, use the essential oils of Owyhee, Tea tree and
Melissa. Add 10 drops to 2 ounces of water, shake each time you use
it and spray directly into the throat.
You can also use the various
essential oils that are in the
Aromatherapy Kit for Colds & Flu.
These oils can be used in gargles, nasal lavage, and by inhalation
for all sorts of problems of the respiratory system. They include,
Pine, Ravensara aromatica, Black Spruce and others.
EXTERNAL MASSAGE: A
gentle massage of all your sore spots when you have cold/flu/throat
problems would be a good alternative treatment. Use essential oils
of Juniper berry (diuretic), Rosemary (stimulating to mind, eases
muscle pain), Cedarwood (Cedrus) and Lavender (relaxing), would be a
good blend. 10 drops of the mixed oils per ounce of carrier oil is
Eucalyptus radiata 1.5%
Pine (any kind) 1.5%
glycerin 93.5% or sugar and alcohol and glycerin
This equals 6.5% essential oil and smells and tastes like it. This
is therapeutic and cleansing when sprayed into the throat.
bronchial/sinus cleanser would be any mixture of respiratory oils
(Aromatherapy Colds & Flu Kit) dissolved in alcohol and with
glycerin/or honey added and sprayed frequently into the mouth.
HERBAL AND AROMATHERAPY
BATHS: Use a variety of herbs, particularly Rosemary, Violet leaves,
and just about any other herb you have available. Use 4 oz by weight
of the herbs, infused in 2 quarts of just under boil water. Infuse
for 20 minutes and then strain the liquid into a very warm bath. You
can also add Epsom salts to the bath to detoxify your skin and body.
Soak for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with clean warm water, put on a
pair of clean pajamas and go to bed. Use the warm leftover herbs as
a fomentation or compress around your neck.
DIET: Often a short fast
is recommended; the throat is very swollen and inflamed, making
swallowing very painful. Warm vegetable and meat broth and vegetable
juices are good sources of nutrition. Fruit juices contain lots of
sugar that can interfere with white blood cells, and should be used
Herbal medicine can help with the infection and secondary symptoms
as well. Gargling Sage or Echinacea, with a little bit of Lemon
juice and honey can soothe a swollen throat and provide antiseptic
therapy directly to the tonsils. Echinacea can also be taken
internally to boost the immune system. Chamomile or Peppermint tea
can help alleviate nausea, headaches and fever. Mullein and Cleavers
tinctures are good lymphatic tonics. A Mullein fomentation can also
provide some relief from swelling and pain. Prepare a strong mullein
tea and soak a cotton or wool cloth in it, wring and wrap around the
throat. Apple cider vinegar can be used in the same way. Both should
be made as hot as can be tolerated, and left on as long as you would
like. Thyme tea and gargle can also help reduce throat pain, fever,
mucous and headaches.
TREATMENT FOR SORE
THROAT/A VIOLET FLOWER SYRUP (1969)*
1/2 lb freshly picked Violet
flowers (picked February-April)
2 cups water
Pour just at boil water
over the flowers using a small glass pot. Cover, and steep the
flowers overnight, Strain through silk or cheesecloth Heat honey in
a double boiler, slowly adding the strained Violet flower liquid
Simmer gently until it has formed a syrup consistency. Add the juice
of 1/2 to 1 lemon changes the color from blue to purple and the
taste becomes perkier. Take a Tablespoonful, as many times a day as
needed. Intermix this treatment with a spray of Niaouli/Tea tree to
the inside of the mouth as close to the tonsils as possible.
* Jeanne Rose.
VITAMINS: Vitamin A aids
tissue repair and had antibacterial properties. Take 100,000 IU a
day for 3 days, then 25,000 IU a day until the infection clears.
Make sure you are taking Vitamin A, not beta-carotene. Vitamin C
stimulates the immune system and also has antibiotic properties;
take 5 - 15 grams a day. B-complex vitamins help maintain throat
health and aid in the production of antibodies, take 50 mg/twice a
day. Zinc lozenges have antiseptic and immune stimulating
properties; take 1-15 mg. lozenge every 3 to 4 hours, until the
condition improves. Please note all these dosages are for adults and
children weighing over 100 pounds. For children 70 - 100 pounds, and
over age 6, use three-quarters the dosage. For children less than 70
pounds and over age 6, use half the dose. If the child is under 6
consult a healthcare professional for the optimal dose.
Belladonna and Aconite may be useful in the early stages of the
infection. A general aid for tonsillitis is Phytolacca. If there is
pus present, Hepar sulph. is used. Recommended dosage is 6C potency,
three times a day. The tissue salts Ferr. Phos. and Kali Mur
effective against tonsillitis as well. Use 6X potency, 3 to 4
tablets each under the tongue every 2 hours.
EMOTIONS: When you are
ill, depression is always a possibility. Keep Palmarosa in the
diffuser as an antiviral and to cleanse the air. Inhale any of the
anti-depressing scents such as Bergamot, Spearmint and spray with
Melissa or Lemon Verbena hydrosol on your pillow as an antiviral and
to cheer you up. Watch silly cartoons so that you can laugh and help
cough up any congestion.
ALWAYS USE baths,
essential oils, hydrosols, dietary supplements and anything that you
can possibly think of that will help with your condition. Read!
Magazines, books and only the best and most non-new age common sense
info. EX: if something is beeping and it doesn't have an electric
cord attached, then you know that it works on batteries, therefore
disconnect by removing the batteries, don't bash it against the
NETI POT: Finally, do
not forget cleansing daily with the Neti pot. This will cleanse the
throat by removing old mucus debris in the nose and throat. Use an
aromatic salt. Sea salt with Thyme and Tea tree e.o. added. A good
formula is 2 ounces by quantity of sea salt. Grind or with a mortar
and pestle, mash 6 drops of essential oil into 1 teaspoon of the
salt. Then mix this with the balance of the salt. Store in an
airtight glass jar. Use ∂ t. salt to 8 oz warm water.
can be used to relieve the sore throat pain; it can also assist the
body in overcoming the infection that is causing the tonsillitis. If
the condition is chronic, acupuncture can also be used to boost the
body's immune function and prevent recurrence. Chinese herbal
medicine has many antibiotic herbs at its disposal, as well as herbs
to help with inflammation and irritation; a qualified practitioner
that will match your particular symptoms can devise a formula. Find
a good acupuncturist that will really work with you.
SYNERGY: Violet leaves
and flowers as a compress on the throat. Inhalation of Frankincense.
Spray of Bay Laurel or Owyhee hydrosol down the throat.
RESOURCE: Jeanne Rose, 219 Carl St., San Francisco, CA 94117, PH
375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose
Rose, Consultation Notes beginning in 1970 Stephen Byrnes, N.D,
R.N.C.P. from Healthy & Natural, Vol. 7, Issue 4 Rose, Jeanne,
Herbal Studies Course, 1992, part II, Chapter 14 Rose, Jeanne.
& Things (general reference work)
Author Bio: Since 1969,
Jeanne Rose has also authored over 20 books including the
375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols, a complete reference
book of plant extracts and hydrosols with
and botanical indices. Recently, she has produced a workbook on
Blending Essential Oils and another transformative book on
Perfumery. Jeanne has a unique and mindful approach as she reaches
out into the hearts of thousands of readers through her Jeanne Rose
News-Online email forum and seminars. In addition to teaching
through books and her three home-study courses, Jeanne travels
throughout the United States and Canada during the Fall and Spring
of each year to teach weekend Seminars on various aspects of
aromatherapy and herbalism.
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