tonsils are two small glands on each side of the throat that
are visible through an open mouth. They may become
inflamed from a viral infection and less commonly a
bacterial infection. This most often occurs in
preschool to teenage children. The symptoms include a
sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, red and swollen
tonsils, a fever and possibly a stomachache. Bacterial
infections (see images on the right) will typically also
affect the uvula and will include white spots on the
inflamed area. In years past tonsillitis was addressed
often with surgery but that is no longer practiced except in
cases of severe chronic infection.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
CloveC, GingerEC, LavenderC, LemonEC, MelaleucaC, On GuardC,
Essential oils based
BergamotEC, GeraniumE, Roman
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Older children - add 2 - 3 drops of On Guard to a mouthful
of water and gargle for as long as possible, then swallow. Repeat every 1 - 2
hours. (Oregano is also effective but must be diluted
carefully or used on bottoms of feet)
Younger children - add 2 - 3 drops of On Guard to a spoonful of applesauce and swallow.
Repeat this every 1 - 2 hours .
Youngest children - dilute On Guard with a carrier oil and
apply topically to the throat area every 1 -2 hours.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Jessica - Does
anyone have any ideas for throat abscess for a 9 year old?
It's basically an acute form of tonsillitis. I am
thinking Oregano and Lemon. After the first swallow, I
don't think he'll do it because of Oregano's caustic taste.
Has anyone had success in this with kids?
Pete – I would try Clove or On Guard
Rob - Bribe him to gargle Oregano
for as long as possible, then spit or swallow. Have him set
a goal like 15 seconds. Follow up with some juice or milk
and a cracker with peanut butter. The Oregano will not be
too bad to swallow, but if even a micro drop gets on his
lips, it is very hot, and water will not help. That's why
swallowing is sometimes better, when you spit - it has a
good chance of getting on the lips. It doesn't
taste great, but doesn't last long. We have our kids use a
shot glass with the drops in a couple tblspns of water.
4-5 drops of On Guard is next best or 2 drops Oregano, 3
Lemon. The Clove suggestion is good also. Clove will help
the pain a lot. The Lemon with Oregano takes away some of
the caustic edge to the Oregano. Frequency is the key. If
he will do this every 1/2 hour or hour 6 -8 times there is a
fair chance it will be gone based on my experience.
Pat - Yes, I helped a nine-year-old
girl, we put three drops of Oregano in a spoonful of
applesauce and she took it every hour for 1/2 a day. It made
a huge difference. You can even use Lemon with the protocol
and it will lessen the burn, in case they get some on their
Kirsten - My son (19) came home with a
severely infected throat recently and on the eve of an
important event which he didn't want to miss. He could
barely swallow - he felt like he had a throat full of razor
blades! He gargled every 30 minutes with 5 drops of On Guard
dropped into water with one drop of Oregano and one drop of
Rosemary (rugged, but effective). Plus we diffused On Guard
and gently massaged On Guard blended with fractionated
coconut oil all over his throat and up to the jaw line in
between gargling because I was concerned the infection might
spread up to the ears. He slept well that night and woke up
raring to go. You know something good has happened when
your previously sick child gets up in the morning and heads
straight to the pantry....