Best Natural Remedies for Tonsil Stones
If you’ve just noticed some white lumps surrounding your tonsils, or if you’ve recently found it tough to swallow, then you probably have a case of tonsil stones. But don’t worry, they aren’t life-threatening.
They are, however, a bit of a nuisance, provided they grow big enough. Some of their symptoms include; swelling of tonsils, pain when swallowing, ear pain, sore throat; and bad breath.
The latter is often the most crippling. Sometimes the smell can become so strong that others notice and will, therefore, make nasty remarks. This does nothing but damage confidences and usually forces people away from social interactions.
That may be an extreme example, but it’s more common than you’d think.
So if you have a tonsil stone infection, how would you treat it and prevent this situation? Well, there are actually many ways, and you don’t need to make any visits to your doctor or dentist.
Gargling Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been studied quite extensively over the last few years, and from this, we have learned that it can help treat many health conditions. I’m not going to go into detail about all of them (there are many), but I can tell you for sure that it will help you with your tonsil stones.
In order to effectively treat your tonsil stones, you can’t just take them out and hope they never come back. You also need to take measures to ensure their prevention as well. This is why ACV is so helpful.
Because of its antibacterial properties, ACV will kill off any sulfur-producing bacteria and fungi hiding around under your tongue. They are what causes the growth of the stones so keeping them under control is very important.
Also, ACV has anti-inflammatory properties too so it will give you some relief from some of your symptoms.
To gargle, add about one tablespoon of ACV to 1 glass of clean water and take a small sip. Tilt your head back to make sure mixture reaches your tonsils (for full effect) and begin swishing it around your mouth.
After about 15 seconds, spit it out and repeat with the rest of the glass.
When you’re finished, clean your mouth with more water.
Like ACV, garlic has antibacterial properties which will help fight off the bacteria in your mouth. However, I’d imagine most of you will find it easier to work into your diet as it’s a common ingredient in many meals.
The garlic will prove most useful when you chew on it raw, but this isn’t completely necessary, provided your situation isn’t severe. Just be consuming it as part of a meal should be enough to take advantage of its benefits.
However, if you do choose to chew on it raw, then do your best to make sure it reaches your tonsils.
This oral hygiene remedy has been used for hundreds of years, mainly amongst Asian countries. This is because of its ability to create a clean environment within your mouth and fight off bacteria.
Which of course makes oil pulling a great natural remedy for tonsil stones.
With about a tablespoon of oil (preferably coconut but any will do), swirl it around your mouth for about 15-20 minutes. This action will detoxify your mouth of toxins, bacteria, and fungi and will remove any debris found in the pockets of your teeth, gums, and tonsils.
It’s essentially a natural mouthwash.
After the swirling, make sure you spit it out into a bin. If you spit it down the sink, then it could end up clogging your drain, causing you many unnecessary problems.
For the first two weeks of use, oil pull every day, and afterward, oil pull twice per week. This will keep your mouth clean and healthy, and free of any nasty infection, not just tonsil stones.
In terms of tonsillolith prevention and treatment, Myrrh is a fanatic herb to take advantage of. It has been used for years to treat other oral infections like gingivitis, ulcers and tonsillitis so it’s definitely a trustworthy remedy.
The reason why it’s so effective is because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This means it will help you prevent tonsil stone growth and also help you with their symptoms. Just like apple cider vinegar.
You can’t consume Myrrh, however. You instead need to gargle it with some clean water. To do so properly, follow the same steps as shown you with ACV.
Mainly due to its antifungal properties, turmeric is another medicinal herb which will help you with your tonsil stone infection. As fungi also has a say in tonsil stone development, it only makes sense that you target them as well as bacteria.
For maximum effect, I recommend you consume turmeric 2-3 times each day. It is available in either powdered capsule form but both are just as effective as one another so choose whichever you prefer.
Now that you’re aware of the natural remedies available to you, I hope that your tonsil stone infection causes you fewer troubles as it once did. Just choose one or two of the methods above, commit to them and you’ll be all set!