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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Throat with viral infectionThe 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.

 Throat with bacterial infection.










Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  CloveC, GingerEC, LavenderC, LemonEC, MelaleucaC, Protective BlendC, Oregano

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: BergamotEC, GeraniumE, Roman ChamomileC, ThymeEC

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Suggested protocols:

Older children - add 2 - 3 drops of Protective Blend 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 Protective Blend to a spoonful of applesauce and swallow.  Repeat this every 1 - 2 hours .

Youngest children - dilute Protective Blend 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 Protective Blend

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 Protective Blend 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 lips.

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 Protective Blend dropped into water with one drop of Oregano and one drop of Rosemary (rugged, but effective).  Plus we diffused Protective Blend and gently massaged Protective 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....

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