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Tis the Season for Sore Throats

Tis the Season for Sore Throats

Sore throats and tonsillitis season is once again here. Although a sore throat may not be tonsillitis, tonsillitis is definitely a sore throat.

Sore throats can be the lead indication that you are coming down with the flu or a cold.  Time will tell if you will become ill with either of those virus caused illnesses soon enough.

Tonsillitis can be caused by viruses or bacteria that results in swelling, pain and sometimes even little white patches of pus will develop on the tonsils. Sometimes tonsillitis can be a strep throat (Streptococcus bacteria) but not always.

In any case, sore throats and tonsillitis are painful with the redness, swelling and inflammation in the throat and even involving the nasal passages. Both making it difficult to swallow, eat, drink and talk.

A typical sore throat should last a few hours to a few days. Although most sore throats can be acute, often times it is a sub-acute or chronic condition that will plague children and adults for years. 

When the tonsils are involved they may suffer until they have them surgically removed or their immune system finally becomes strong enough for tonsillitis to become a thing of the past.

Using essential oils may help you build a stronger immune system.  See our article Building a Strong Immune System found here https://birchhillhappenings.com/v1522012immune.htm 


Essential oils that may help with the swelling, pain and inflammation include:

Lavender, Thyme linalool, Ginger, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Tea Tree, Lemon, Cypress, Helichrysum and Oregano.
For some folks Eucalyptus globulus, Cinnamon, and Myrrh are oils that can also help.  Myrrh especially may be helpful when mixed with warm water and used as a gargle.


Valerie Ann Worwood has a tonsillitis – sore throat recipe that may be very effective. As found in her book Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child she suggests you mix the following essential oils together to make a Tonsillitis Blend and then use it in a variety of ways.
Her recipe is as follows:
Lavender- 10 drops
Tea Tree -15 drops
Ginger -5 drops
Lemon -2 drops.
Blend together and keep in an amber bottle.
To use add 4 drops to a bowl of warm water and soak a soft cloth that is able to be placed on the throat area. Squeeze it out well before placing on the neck/throat. Do this a couple times a day.
OR mix 5 drops with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil such as Sunflower oil and apply a small amount to the throat, upper chest and back.


What else might work?

We have found that making a mouth rinse/gargle and using that every couple of hours is wonderful for use by older children and adults but do not give or try to use mouth rinses or gargles with children under 10 or 12 years of age.

As a preventative, using our Oral Care Oil daily when brushing your teeth, may help prevent future issues.


Mouth Rinse or Gargle for Sore Throats
2 -3 oz warm water
1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (Use the real thing - not distilled vinegar made to look like Apple Cider Vinegar – you will have to read the label closely
½ teaspoon Sea Salt
Myrrh – 2 drops
Oregano -1 drop
OR Thyme – 1 drop

Blend together and rinse the mouth. Gargle if you can. It will feel like it is burning – especially to tender sore throats. But after the initial mouth rinse, you should be able to gargle at least once.

I know, first hand, this treatment is uncomfortable to use, but from experience it works great and stops many a viral illness in its tracks!!

I’ve used this mouth rinse/gargle at the first sign of any sore throat especially during cold and flu season.  I alternate each gargle recipe. One time I use Oregano, next time Thyme.

I mix it fresh each time I gargle. (You could try adding a teaspoon of honey but to be honest I don’t think it would make it taste any better.)

Anyway, Repeat every 2 hours. This works and typically if you start at the first sign of a sore throat or tonsil inflammation you will nip it in the bud and the duration of your ailment will be greatly reduced to a day or two rather than a week to 10 days.

Quick action when you are a frequent victim of tonsillitis will often time be the best prevention you can do.

As an addition to helping you fend off the bacteria or virus that has attacked diffusing Four Robbers blend or Pure Cleansing blend will also help you to feel better faster.  You can also try Protect me Blend and Immunity Blend on a rotating basis with these other blends.

Diffuse in any room you are in and especially for an hour before you head off to bed. You don’t need to diffuse it continually in your bedroom. Just for an hour prior to bedtime so it can penetrate the air you will be breathing while you sleep.

Hope you feel better real soon if you are under the weather due to sore throats due to influenza or colds or tonsillitis.


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You should not use this information to replace medical advice given by a licensed medical practitioner. Anyone considering alternative therapies should remember to consult with their licensed medical professional before using any alternative or complementary method. 
We do not give nor is any opinion on our web site medical advice, they are merely suggested uses.

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