Last Modified on Feb 25, 2014
Holistic treatment for tonsil stones focuses on safely and effectively removing buildup as well as eliminating any underlying infection or inflammation. Tonsil stones form as debris and bacteria becomes trapped in the crevices of the tonsils and calcify. This condition is treatable, however, and typically responds well to natural remedies like peppermint oil, grapefruit seed extract and salt water.
What are Tonsil Stones?
The tonsils are gland-like structures located in the back of the throat that help the body prevent and fight infections. As food, bacteria, mucous and other materials build up on the tonsils and become trapped in the pockets of the tonsils, stones form. While many tonsil stones cause few to no symptoms, common signs of buildup include bad breath, sore throat, white debris on the tonsils, difficulty swallowing, ear pain and swelling.
Natural Remedies for Calcification of the Tonsils
Remedies for tonsil stones focus on eliminating the calcified deposits and treating any associated infection or inflammation. The deposits are often treated using natural methods including grapefruit seed extract, peppermint oil and salt water.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit is a good source of a variety of nutrients including vitamin C, fiber, potassium and pectin. These nutrients work together to protect the body from cellular damage and to prevent buildup of calcium in the arteries as well as the tonsils. This extract also serves as an antioxidant.
Peppermint oil assists in treatment of tonsil stones in several ways. The active ingredients in peppermint promote digestion as well as circulation, preventing the buildup of materials in the body. Peppermint is also an antibacterial agent that eliminates any underlying infection associated with the condition.
Salt water is a natural way to eliminate buildup in the tonsils. Gargling with salt water helps slough mucous cells and bacteria from the oral cavity. The salt also helps eliminate and prevent infection.
Tonsil stones develop as the result of the buildup of microscopic food particles and bacteria in and on the tonsils. Treatment for this condition focuses on safely and effectively removing buildup as well as eliminating any underlying infection or inflammation. Several natural methods are particularly effective for achieving these results.
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."Replies
06/01/2013: Nicole from St. Louis, Mo replies: "Try some skilled relaxation techniques. Just from your short paragraph you sound so stressed out and at your wits end. You need to relax. You body will never heal itself when you are so worried about something so much. Take some time each day to appreciate what you do have, take some deep breaths, try listening to a guided meditation track daily. Then, just know that you will beat this thing. Trust that it will work out. You can heal, you can do anything."
06/01/2013: Kt from The Usa replies: "Nicole, I can only offer suggestions because I do not know anything about them. I had my tonsils removed long ago. I would just start out by taking a TBSP of Blackstrap Molasses in a glass of warm water before you go to bed. Try that first for a week or two to give it a chance to work. BSM contains a balance of minerals and the B vitamins."
02/12/2014: Cure It from Karachi, Pakistan replies: "Dear the solution is simple tonsil stones are completely cured with just little hard work and consistency once you eat any meal or literally anything brush with a soft toothbrush may b even dry to remove debri floss and gargle with hot salt water it will flush out the stones and prevent new ones from forming. Tested
Once u stop this procedure they will form again, so carry on easy stuff avoid alcohol, Muslims are a bit protected as they perform ablution 5 times a day before each prayer and mouth cleaning and gargling is a part of it. Good luck"
[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."
Waterpik with Sea Salt
[YEA] 09/05/2013: Mlsaway from Houston, Tx: "My tonsils are swollen all of the time. With my allergies, they just don't seem to get any better. I started using a waterpik. I turn it to the lowest setting and use luke warm water with a little bit of sea salt to flush them out. Works great. But be careful. The skin on your tonsils is very fragile. You must be gentle."