The importance of lymph nodes and the lymphatic system in our body is often overshadowed by our obsession with the other systems that include our heart, gut, and brain.
But what you may not know is that without the lymphatic system, we would soon collapse into a puddle of sickness and not find a way out of it.
That's because this intricate system of 600 lymph nodes and the network of lymph vessels are responsible for carrying white blood cells along with plasma from our blood to all the tissues of our body.
That's why when we contract an infection in the body, the first sign of it is usually a fever, followed by a swollen lymph node in the area of infection that is hot and painful to touch.
This is called lymphadenitis in the medical universe. And most of the time, simple antibiotics (prescribed by a doctor) are enough to cure them along with the original infection. But with the rise of antibiotic resistance around the world, people these days are moving away from these allopathic cures and are increasingly opting for natural remedies that do not have as many side-effects.
So if you believe the same - that home/herbal remedies are often better than antibiotics - then read on because in this article I am going to reveal how you can treat swollen lymph nodes in the neck naturally.
#1 Apply a cold compress.
Take a thick cloth, put some ice cubes in the middle of it, bundle it up, and then smash it a few times against the floor. Once the ice chips have fractured into smaller bits, use this bundle as a cold compress over your swollen lymph nodes.
The cold will help bring down the inflammation and pain in the area.
Just make sure you don't keep the compress pressed against your skin for too long. That can lead to frostbite. So keep pressing in and removing the compress in cycles of 30 seconds.
#2 Eat crushed raw garlic cloves.
This natural remedy might sound disgusting (believe me, it is) but garlic has powerful medicinal compounds (like allicin), which have anti-microbial properties.
Just make sure you crush the cloves (around 2 or 3 of them) and then have them raw because cooking garlic destroys its medicinal properties.
#3 Have Vitamin C.
Vitamin C protects your body from infections by boosting your immunity and improving the number of white blood cells in your blood.
But since swollen lymph nodes are an advanced sign of infection, having your regular dose of vitamin C won't help bring it down.
Instead, you need to have a mega-dose of vitamin C (around 4g for an adult) through either vitamin C supplements or by increasing your intakes of citrus fruits and vegetables, like oranges, strawberries, pineapples, and kale.
#4 Have Manuka honey.
Manuka honey is a special type of honey produced by bees from the nectar of the Manuka bush in New Zealand and Australia. And it is the best type of honey humans have discovered till date. Even better than raw honey because it has powerful antimicrobial agents in it that studies have shown are capable of fighting off even antibiotic-resistant infections in the body.
That's why consuming Manuka honey is a great way of bringing down the swelling in your lymph nodes.
#5 Apply castor oil over the area.
Castor oil is a viscous oil known for its powerful hair growth-inducing properties. But what you may not know is that it is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent and painkiller.
Here's how you can use it to reduce the swelling in your lymph nodes:-
Apply the oil over the swollen node and rub it in gently for 5 minutes. Then dip a hand-towel in warm water and squeeze out the excess before placing this warm and damp cloth over the oiled area. Maintain the towel in place for the next 10 minutes and then wash off the oil with lukewarm water.
Doing this twice every day for the next one week will definitely show positive results.
#6 Drink lemon water.
The concept is the same as point #3 - increase your vitamin C intake.
To do this, squeeze a full lemon into a glass and then fill it up with lukewarm water. Stir the juice so it's evenly distributed through the water. Do not add any condiments to this, especially salt or sugar.
Drink this solution once in the morning and once at night.
#7 Consume Spirulina smoothies.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae of the ocean, which is commonly consumed by human beings in its powdered form. And it is called the "superfood of the future" because it is 55 - 70% protein and contains a wide range of nutrients, including 8 essential amino acids, vitamins A and B complex, iron, and calcium.
That's why consuming it in the form of a spirulina smoothie or as capsules is a great way of treating swollen lymph nodes.
#8 Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is not like ordinary vinegar. It contains more than just acetic acid (the chemical name of vinegar). And it's these compounds that are capable of destroying harmful bacteria in your body and promoting the growth of beneficial ones (that prevent the former from building colonies).
You can consume it either mixed with honey or in the form of 2 dissolved teaspoons in a glass of water. Consume this three times a day for best results.
#9 Have ginger.
Ginger belongs to the same family of plants as turmeric. And both these cousins have extraordinary medicinal properties.
So if you want to treat your swollen lymph nodes naturally, consider consuming ginger tea at least twice a day or adding it to your food.
#10 Apply warm tea bags over the area.
Boiled tea bags when placed over swollen areas are known to reduce the swelling. Try this three times a day for best results.
#11 Drink chamomile tea.
Chamomile tea is a good alternative to regular tea because it has strong antibacterial properties and is known to reduce stress.
Drink this twice a day to give your immunity a much-needed boost.
#12 Massage the area.
Gentle massages help reduce swellings by improving the blood circulation in the area, which removes impurities and toxins from the site.
Try this twice a day for at least 10 minutes.
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