"A tonsillolith is also known as a tonsil stone, is a piece (or more commonly, a cluster) of calcareous matter which forms in the rear of the mouth, in the crevasses (called tonsillar crypts) of the palatine tonsils (which are what most people commonly refer to as simply tonsils).
Protruding tonsilloliths may have the feel of a foreign object, lodged in the back of the tonsil crypt. They may be an especially uncomfortable nuisance, but are often not harmful. They are one possible cause of halitosis ("bad breath")."
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Clean Lymph System
09/24/2011: Sofia from London, Uk: "Found this great information for Tonsil Stone page:
Well, tonsil stones are the result of tonsils that have a lot of lymph fluid to clean. The more junk in the lymph fluid, the bigger and harder the tonsil stones. In a person who doesn't develop tonsil stones, the junk is not hard but smooth which allows it to get out by itself.
To get rid of these tonsil stones for good we have to find out how the tonsils can become under active and why they have to filter so much junk.
Underactive tonsils have two possible causes.
1. Too much work and cannot keep up with the cleaning.
2. Too little circulation of the lymph fluid.
The lymph system has no pump to circulate its fluid like the heart of the blood system. Instead it makes use of the movement of the body. In the walls of the lymph system there are one-way valves that allow the fluid move one way but not the opposite way. Lymph fluid is squeezed forward whenever you make a physical movement."
Grapefruit Seed Extract
[YEA] 03/02/2011: Rebekah from Alma, Ga: "I have found Grapefruit seed extract to stop the formation of the stones. I take 10- 20 drops per day."Replies
07/25/2011: Allison from Rc, Ca replies: "Do you put those 10-20 drops of grapefruit seed extract in water and gargle? Or just in your mouth alone?"
[YEA] 02/06/2010: Mayo from St. Paul, Mn: "My daughter started taking peppermint oil capsules to aid digestion and noticed the bad taste in her mouth disappeared and tonsil stones stopped forming. When the capsules ran out the stones came back. Restarting the capsules resolved the problem again!!!"Replies
08/03/2010: Gean from Salina, Ks replies: "Hello, can you please tell me how many mg. of peppermint oil your daughter took per day? Also, I would like to know if there were other ingredients in the capsules. The ones I saw at the store had a variety of other herbs in them. Thank you so much."
[YEA] 09/10/2010: Kahili from Kilauea, Hawaii: "I have had sore throat problems and tonsil stones for most of my life. Otherwise, I feel pretty healthy. I read that using a rebounder (mini trampoline) stimulated your thyroid and helped with this problem. I decided to give it a try and it worked. I have had no tonsil stones and very few sore throats for about two years. I stopped using the mini trampoline for about a month due to an unrelated injury and the tonsil stones came back. I will be back on the mini tramp as soon as possible. I jump about 10 minutes 3 or 4 times a week. I am also a runner so this is not my only form of exercise. I'm not sure of exactly why this works, but it works for me. Thank you. By the way, this is a great site."Replies
09/12/2010: Gean from Salina, Ks replies: "Just wondering if anyone knows why a mini trampoline is better than say jumping up and down on the floor. The trampoline is probably better on the knees, but otherwise, wouldn't it have the same effect?"
09/13/2010: Kahili from Kilauea, Hawaii replies: "Hi Gean, It may have the same effect. However, the mini tramp does give you a lot more bounce and feels quite different than just jumping up and down, so I feel like you would be missing something if you just jumped with out the trampoline. Plus, like you said, it would be hard on the knees. I got my mini tramp for around $25 so it was worth it to me."
12/14/2012: Macca from London, Uk: "Have suffered from this for aagggeees and its caused so many other symptoms as a result of treatments vie tried such as receding gums from brushing too much, sore throats, depression, lack of confidence etc, I have tried so many things and the health service a) don't seem to have heard about it & b) don't care unless you want to pay for laser surgery (£1500 ) I really want to hear anything anyone has found successful as this is so common and I cant believe that no one has produced something to remedy this yet! Here is a list of the things I have tried so far; Mouthwash's, Grapefruit seed extract, TCP, Cotton buds, brushing tonsils, diary free diets, liquid diets, peppermint oil, spearmint oil, salt water. this is my last hope before I have my tonsils removed (not something that id like to do) please help."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 04/17/2009: Lisa from Bowie, Maryland: "I've been reading about the cures for tonsilitis, but has anyone heard of tonsil stones and how to get rid of them. I get them regularly, and the dtr says just gargle with salt water, but they keep coming back. He says they are harmless. Does anyone have a remedy??"Replies
04/27/2009: Brass_Ga from Lithia Springs, Georgia replies: "check the section for bad breath. I do remember coming across it there good luck!"
07/29/2009: Tonsil Flush from Denver, CO replies: "I use a machine that shoots water through my teeth on the lowest setting and place the tip near the opening on each tonsil or where I see the stones and flush them out with a short burst of water. This also helps take care of bad breathe. read the china study also cutting down on animal protein for bad breathe."
02/18/2012: Moonchild from Seengen, Switzerland replies: "I use a syringe--the kind used to give medicine to babies and pets--to flush out my tonsil stones."
[NAY] 12/15/2009: Damita from Hemingway, Sc Usa: "Sour taste in mouth, bad breath, tonsil stones
I need a cure for this sour taste in my mouth all the time. Even after I brush my teeth, tongue, the sour taste comes back. I have tonsil stones that come up sometimes, even though I've had my tonsils removed twice. Doctors don't have time to figure out what the problem is and I've had this problem since I was 9 years old. I'm 45 now."Replies
[YEA] 08/18/2011: Angie from Quesnel, B.c., Canada replies: "Tonsil Stones: I was taking Golden Seal and Echinacea for a urinary infection and noticed that the tonsil stones that I suffered with from childhood miraculously disappeared about a week after taking the tinctures 2X/ day and haven't returned since and this has been at least 3 months now."