The problem of tonsil stones is also known as “Tonsilloliths’’ and “Tonsilar Calculi’’. It is caused by factors such as sinus infection, viral infection, allergy, post nasal drip, stress or smoking. An individual suffering from this problem may experience swelling, pain and inflammation in the throat and ears, bad breath, cough, fatigue and difficulty in swallowing food. Various natural cures can be used for the treatment of tonsil stones. However, it is advisable to consult a medical professional before using any natural remedy.
Natural Cures for Tonsil Stones
Gargling with salt water multiple times in a day can reduce the bacterial growth and the swelling resulting from the problem. It is advisable to gargle for a period of 3 to 5 minutes. Warm water should be used for creating the solution in order to obtain best results.
Virgin coconut oil is one of the most effective cures for tonsil stones. It can be used to gargle several times in a day to deal with the inflammation.
Garlic has antibacterial and antibiotic properties. Chewing raw garlic cloves (2 or 3) before sleeping every night can help in curing the problem and also prevent its recurrence. A small bowl of soup containing garlic can also be consumed on a regular basis to relieve the throat pain caused by the problem.
Honeysuckle flowers contain antiseptic properties that can help in fighting against the virus or bacteria which may lead to the problem of tonsil stones. Intake of a cup of tea made with the use of honeysuckle flowers can provide the desired results. Another alternative is to add the honeysuckle extract to a cup of warm water and gargle with this natural solution on a frequent basis.
Vitamin C has corrosive properties. It may help in removing the tonsil stones. Consumption of the juice extracted from citrus fruits (rich in vitamin C) can provide effective results. Eating vitamin C rich food items such as bell pepper, guava, kiwi, watercress or strawberry can prevent the bacterial growth which may result in the problem.
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. A natural tonic can be prepared by mixing fresh aloe vera gel (1/4th cup) with apple juice (half cup) and consumed on a daily basis to treat various symptoms associated with the problem.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can also be used in the treatment. A solution made with the use of apple cider vinegar (1 teaspoon) and lukewarm water (1 cup) can be used for gargling 2 to 3 times in a day to remove the tonsil stones. A mixture of apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide can also be used to obtain the desired results.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Gargling with a mouthwash created by adding a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to a cup of water on a frequent basis can cure the problem. It is advisable to use this remedy for a period of 10 to 15 days. A few drops of grapefruit seed extract can also be added to an antiseptic mouthwash.