Ayurvedic Remedies to Treat Tonsillitis

According to Ayurveda, tonsillitis is caused due to an imbalance in the vata and kapha doshas. All the three doshas get aggravated in this condition. Some recommended formulations are shringyadi chooranam, pushkaramoolasava, pippalayasava, etc.

Ayurvedic Approach to Cure Tonsillitis

In Ayurveda, the cure for tonsillitis is such that it fights the condition from its roots and fortifies the body against further attacks. Management of diseases in Ayurveda involves a combination of a variety of herbal medicines (aushadhi), diet changes (ahar), and lifestyle changes (vihar).

Do’s and Don’t’s in Your Diet (Ahar)

  • Avoid dairy products, sugar and animal products for a week
  • Avoid spicy food as that may irritate your throat.
  • Avoid sour foods like curds, buttermilk, and fried foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Consume hot lemon with honey, honey with cidar vinegar, herbal teas, ginger juice, carrot juice, apple juice, elderberry juice, and blackcurrant tea or juice, as they are effective during infection and help improve immunity and relieve sore throat
  • Daily supplements of teaspoon of cod liver oil, 100 mg vitamin C tablets every 2-3 hours or 2 garlic capsules every two hours can be taken until you feel well again.

Necessary Lifestyle Changes

  • Give plenty of rest to your throat and try not to talk
  • Avoid day sleep since it may lead to Kapha build-up
  • Avoid exposure to cold breeze and water
  • Maintain a good oral hygiene
  • Gargle every few hours using a solution of quarter teaspoonful of common salt or yavakshaara dissolved in half a glass of warm water or concentrated liquor prepared from the bark of Acacia (Babul) tree
  • Avoid frequent head baths and rain showers
  • Avoid passive cigarette smoking

Home Remedies to Treat Tonsillitis

Salt Water

The warm water will have a soothing effect and the salt will help kill the infection or bacteria. Plus, salt helps reduce inflammation, giving you instant relief.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Mix one teaspoon of table salt in a cup of warm water.
  2. Gargle with the solution. Do not swallow it. Spit the water out after gargling.
  3. Repeat this as often as possible for speedy recovery.


Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is another exceptionally viable home remedy for tonsillitis because of its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to that, its healing and soothing qualities will help reduce swelling and pain as well as speed up the healing process.

How to Use:

  1. Add 10 to 12 basil leaves to one and one-half cups of water.
  2. Boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and add the juice from one lemon to the solution. Optionally, add one teaspoon of honey to sweeten it or 2 grams of black pepper to spice it up.
  4. Drink this three times a day for two to three days.


Being rich in antimicrobial properties, cinnamon represses the growth of bacteria and other micro-organisms in the tonsils and helps reduce swelling, pain and inflammation.

How to use:

  1. Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water.
  2. Mix in two teaspoons of honey.
  3. Sip on it slowly while it is still warm.
  4. Drink this two or three times a day for one week.


Turmeric due to its strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities, can also fight off tonsillitis infection and relieve irritation symptoms.

How to use:

Ayurveda recommends using 1 cup of hot water (not so hot that it might burn your throat) with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt mixed in. Gargle with this mixture morning and evening.


fenugreek, also known as methi, has antibacterial properties that makes it an excellent remedy for tonsillitis as it can fight against the bacteria responsible for tonsillitis. Plus, the anti-inflammatory properties present in fenugreek will give you instant relief from pain and inflammation.

How to use:

  1. Add two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to two to three cups of water.
  2. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain and let it cool.
  4. Gargle with this water for at least 30 seconds, and then spit it out.
  5. Repeat twice daily until you get comfort.

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