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For those of your in the northern hemisphere, it’s the silly season for bacteria and viruses which seem  to thrive on our  weakened immune system and exposure to more bugs than usual.  Persistent sufferers of tonsillitis will be all too familiar with that “barbed wire in your throat feeling when you swallow” and the hopelessness of antibiotics which don’t seem to speed up your recovery.  For the first three days you can feel helpless while all you can do is wait for the  pain to subside, but don’t despair!  you can take the bull by the horns and proactively assist your own recovery!  Aromatherapy can hugely ease your discomfort and lift your mood, the joint result of which will have you smiling and your usual self again as part of a speedier recovery.

Tonsillitis is an infection (inflammation) of the tonsils, the glands of the lymph tissue on either side of the throat, and will often, but not necessarily, cause a sore throat and fever.

The infection can be either viral or bacterial.  When viral infection is the cause, tonsillitis usually resolves without any treatment but rest, fluids, and pain medication as needed.  Tonsillitis caused by bacterial infection is very often the result of strep bacteria. Tonsillitis caused by strep, or strep throat, is usually accompanied by fever. The tonsils appear swollen and may be coated in a white infectious substance or have white spots. Sometimes strep throat can cause extreme headaches and glands under the jaw may be swollen or sore.

So, head to your local or online Aromatherapy supplier and stock up on Immune-stimulants, Lymphatics, Depuratives, Antiseptic, Anaesthetic, Anti-bacterial & Anti-viral essential oils.

Top Notes

Eucalyptus, Lemon, Ti Tree, Cajeput, Lemon, Peppermint, Lime, Niaouli, Palmarosa

Middle Notes

Thyme, Ravensara, Cypress, Hyssop, Lemongrass, Pine, Myrtle

Base Notes

Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Benzoin

Suggested methods of application:  Inhalation, gargle and/ or hot compress.

Tonsillitis Synergy for inhalation:

20 drops of Eucalyptus, 20 drops of Lavender & 5 drops of Thyme.  Add 3 drops of synergy to a bowl of steaming water, cover head with a towel and inhale deeply for 5-10 mins or as long as possible, 3 times a day.

Tonsillitis Synergy for gargle:

Add 1 drop of Ti-Tree and one drop of Lime (or Lemon) to 1 cup of boiled and cooled filtered water.  Gargle 3 times a day.

Tonsillitis Synergy for gargle:

Add 3 drops Lavender and 2 drops Cypress to 200 ml boiling water.  Soak a flannel (wash cloth) in this mix, wring it out and place around your neck, covering with cling film (glad wrap) to seal in heat and essential oils.  Leave on for as long as comfortable and prepare up to 3 times a day.

Contraindications for blend/Synergy:

Lavender should not be used with low blood pressure or with dry flaky skin.

Eucalyptus negates homeopathy and some can be skin irritants.

Thyme irritates mucous membranes, causes dermal irritation and may cause sensitisation in some individuals.  It should be used in low dilution, avoided during pregnancy and with high blood pressure and negates homeopathy.

Ensure all essential oils are either bio-dynamically farmed, wild-crafted or organic as well as therapeutic grade.

See also: Aromatherapy Compress for your Aches and Pains

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