With the onset of cold weather, many people fall ill with tonsillitis, staying in bed and suffering from fever, chills, muscle pain and lethargy. This disease is the result of a viral or bacterial infection and is treated with antibiotics. But there are herbal remedies that greatly alleviate the condition and have virtually no contraindications.
Echinacea purifies the blood and strengthens the immune and lymphatic systems. It reduces inflammation, relieves swelling and soothes pain in the tonsils, and also stimulates the production of white blood cells that attack pathogens. Echinacea should be used only during the period of illness and a maximum of a week after recovery. In pharmacies, you can buy echinacea both in dry form and liquid extracts. It is better to consult with a pharmacist, as different products may be stronger than others and require dosage adjustments.
The bark of this plant is extremely beneficial for the mucous membranes of the throat and gastrointestinal tract. Slippery elm wraps the irritated throat in a thin film. There are pills and slippery elm dry mix. Making a sedative is simple: mix the dried herb with warm water and honey, and eat when you are sick. If it is difficult to swallow such porridge, you can grind it additionally in a blender.
Herbal medicine has been using garlic as an immune system booster for thousands of years. Garlic is rich in antioxidants, contains antibacterial and antiviral substances, making it effective for colds, flu and sore throats. People who start using garlic at the first sign of illness recover much faster. One of the ways to treat garlic is infusion. Boil two cloves of garlic in one glass of water for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain, cool and add honey. Drink a little to relieve a sore throat. It must be remembered that garlic thins the blood, so there are contraindications.
Mix two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and let sit for 10 minutes. This mixture relieves sore throat and relieves inflammation. Cayenne pepper reduces swelling and acts as an antiseptic. Use a small amount of the mixture to start with until you get used to the taste. Lemon and honey soften the spiciness of the cayenne pepper and soothe sore tonsils.