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What Herbs Can You Use to Get Rid of Tonsillitis Faster

Updated on July 31, 2018
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Tonsillitis is an inflammation to the tonsils that are cause by either a virus or a bacteria. The symptoms are sore throat and trouble swallowing, stiff neck and pain when moving the eyes, red swollen tonsils that are often covered with white goo. In this article, you are going to find out if there is any herbs that you can use to get rid of tonsillitis faster.

Tonsillitis should not be confused with tonsil stones, which is a similar condition, but requires different treatment.

What Herbs Are Effective?

What herbs are effective against an infection such as tonsillitis? The answer is that it depends on what kind of infection it is. Is it viral or bacterial. Bacterial infections respond more positive on herbal remedies while virus infections don't. But there are herbs that boosten the bodys own capacity to remove a virus and therefore can be effective against viruses as well.


The first herb I want to include is called Goldenseal. Now, goldenseal is nature's antibiotic and it is a very powerful herb. It is also called orange root and it is the root that is used for infections. It is anticatarrhal, which means that it is effective against inflammations to the mucus membranes such as your throat. It is anti-inflammatory, which means that it will lower inflammation anywhere in the body. It is antimicrobial, which means that it kills the growth of any microorganisms.

But Goldenseal also include substances than increase blood flow to the pelvic area and can also induce labors. That is why pregnant women should not use goldenseal.

Dosage: Follow product recommendations



Goldenseal Herb
Goldenseal Herb

This particular Goldenseal from Natures Way is the most popular on


Echinacea Purpurea

Echinacea purpurea is a herb that has been used for thousands of years against infections and to boost the immune system. Studies have shown that Echinacea purpurea can cut the chance of catching a cold by half and shorten the time having a cold by 1.4 days on average1.

The herb is called an immunostimulant in medical terms which means that it increase the activity of the immune system to fight of possible infections. The herb also increase lymph drainage and contains sulphur, both are excellent for the tonsils and will increase their activity to fight of any infection.

Dosage: Follow product recommendations

Natures Way Echinacea Herb
Natures Way Echinacea Herb

Organic Echinacea Purpurea


Cat’s Claw

Cat’s claw is a herb known to many people in South America and it has lately made its way to North America and Europe. It is a very powerful and effective herb that has even been used to treat HIV. It has considerable immune boosting qualities which will help when you have tonsillitis.

The herb has shown anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties. The bark and root is used and you can take it in the form of tea or capsules.

People with allergy should consult their doctor before taking this herb as it may cause an allergic reaction.

Dosage: follow product recommendation.



This was some of the herbs that will help to fight off tonsillitis quicker. It is also important to drink a lot of water and rest in conjunction with taking these herbs.

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      Sally Branche 

      5 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Ugh! You should not mess with herbs when you have tonsillitis and especially if your tonsils look like the ones in the picture. That is an infection that needs antibiotics! Once it's cleared up, have those nasty old things yanked out! You will never regret it! I speak from experience. I struggled with problem tonsils until I was in my early 20s. When I finally had them taken out, my health improved 100%.


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