Swelling in the lymph nodes of the throat or neck are one of the first signs that indicate that our body is fighting with some kind of infection. In such cases it is accompanied with symptoms like pain and typical clinical features of respiratory infection. This condition is also called lymphadenitis and can be the last thing you need to deal with while suffering from a cold. One of the best things is that there is no shortage of treatment for the lymph nodes and there are many home remedies available for the disease. If anyone in the family is suffering from  swollen lymph nodes then this is one of the best  articles for you as through this article we are going to discuss some home remedies for treating Swollen Lymph Nodes.


There are many good reasons for the swelling caused in the lymph nodes and one of them is infection. Lymph nodes or glands are the keypoint to the immune system which works as a filtration system in the body. These lymph nodes are bean-shaped tiny glands that help in filtering the fluid while moving through the bloodstream. Most of the substances go through the lymph nodes without causing any trouble and whenever there is the entry of some kind of foreign bodies like bacteria then they trap them inside in order to destroy them. White cells also known as lymphocytes are responsible for helping them in destroying the foregin material. This fight between the bacteria as well as white blood cells leads to swollen lymph nodes.

Some remedies to reduce the swollen lymph node naturally

1. Aloe Vera

As we have all heard about the ointments provided in the market that contain aloe vera that’s because it has anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It will be helpful if you will apply some aloe vera gel directly to the skin of the lymph nodes in order to reduce pain. In order to do that, take aloe vera gel and apply it directly on the skin, let it remain there for 25 minutes and after that clean it properly. In order to get better results it is good to use them twice a day.

2. Chamomile Tea

Another one of the popular ones is chamomile tea which is one of the best herbs to fight the swollen lymph nodes. It is ideal to use the fresh flowers or you can also use tea bags as they are also very effective. Steep the tea slowly before sleeping and you can also add honey into it. It is said to drink one cup of chamomile thrice daily in order to see better results.

3. Gargling

It is one of the greatest ways to reduce the symptoms of swollen lymph nodes and also any kind of respiratory infections. It is helpful in preventing the throat from any kind of further infection and to do it you simply need warm water. Add a few pinches of salt and stir it properly until it gets dissolved. Fill the mouth with water and tilt the head to the back after that use the muscles of the throat to form a bubble with water. After that, spit out the water and rinse the mouth properly , it is suggested to use it thrice daily in order to see better results.

4. Nutmeg

One of the best heroes in the spices as it helps in increasing the flow of lymphatic fluid and also increasing immunity. This means that it is helpful in treating all kinds of swelling present in the lymph node and will reduce the chances of them occurring again. For that you just need to boil water and stir a pinch of nutmeg powder into it. Stir it carefully and drink this for almost one week or more in order to experience relief.   

5. Castor Oil

Castor oil is known for containing anti-inflammatory as well as analgesic properties that helps in promoting the flow of blood and removing  harmful toxins from the body. You just need to apply a thin layer of castor oil on the skin of the lymph node and massage it gently. Take a cloth and wash it with hot water and after squeezing it, apply the same cloth on the skin. Repeat this twice daily for a week and you will definitely see a difference.

6. Basil and Cinnamon

These two are considered one of the best spices present in anyone’s kitchen and said to be best for treating swelling of lymph nodes. Take three cups of boiled water and to that add two leaves of basil and a cinnamon stick. Let it boil together and simmer it for 15 minutes and filter it through the strainer in order to remove any kind of solid particle. Drink one of this tea thrice daily in order to reduce the size of lymph nodes and also other complaints.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

This vinegar is one of the effective ways to fight against any kind of infection and one of the great options to reduce swelling from lymph nodes. Take a cup of warm water and add  apple cider vinegar, after that you can pour a cloth into it. Use that cloth and hold it in the same place for five minutes. Rinse the affected part and do it twice daily in order to see better results.You can also use it by drinking it, take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and add it into warm water. Drink it twice daily once at the time of breakfast and also before going to bed.

Some of the Preventive Tips

  • Always wash the hands carefully and if not available just use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face again and again as it might cause more infection.
  • Avoid smoking as it might cause more complications.
  • It is important to avoid any kind of mental or physical stress.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and it’s important to include a lot of fruits and vegetables that are packed with vitamins.
  • One of the most important ones is to drink lots of fluid.

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As swollen lymph nodes are a very common problem and can be easily found in daily life. It can last for a longer which can cause symptoms and it can be treated very easily through home remedies. Above mentioned article describes some effective home remedies in order to reduce the inflammation.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.