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Natural Treatments for Swollen Neck Glands

| By Christine Switzer
Photo Caption Lavender oil can help to soothe swollen lymph nodes in your neck. Photo Credit Lavendar Beauty image by Bobby4237 from Fotolia.com
Photo Caption Lavender oil can help to soothe swollen lymph nodes in your neck. Photo Credit Lavendar Beauty image by Bobby4237 from Fotolia.com

Swollen neck glands occur when your lymph nodes, located on the sides of your neck and throat, become swollen and feel tender. Swollen glands often occur when your body is trying to ward off an infection, such as the common cold, influenza, bronchitis, tonsillitis, mumps and chicken pox. Swollen neck glands can also indicate that your body may be fighting a more serious disease, such as measles or tuberculosis. A number of natural cures may be able to help reduce the swelling in your lymph nodes, but you should consult your doctor regarding the cause of the swelling and the best treatment methods for your health.

Helpful Roots

You may be able to treat swollen neck glands with dried poke root. John Lust, Michael Tierra and John B. Lust, in "The Natural Remedy Bible," recommend this treatment as a highly effective one. For this natural remedy, take one small capsule of dried poke root with warm water three times during your day. Or combine the poke root with equal parts of other roots, such as burdock, dandelion, sarsaparilla, Echinacea and chaparral, and then steep these roots for a tea. You can also grind the combined roots and consume two capsules of this root powder three times daily with warm water. Lust, Tierra and Lust note that you should use caution when trying this natural remedy for the first time so as to avoid a hypersensitive reaction.

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Essential Oils

Some essential oils may have a therapeutic effect on swollen neck glands. Paul Bedson, in "The Complete Family Guide to Natural Healing," suggests this treatment as a simple, helpful one. Bedson recommends using a few drops of ginger or Black Pepper oils in a warm bath to help soothe swollen glands. Lavendar, as well, can soothe aches and pains when used as a compress, body or bath oil. Eucalyptus serves as a strong antimicrobial oil, Bedson explains, so it can help to reduce swelling in throat glands when used as a rub or an inhalant, as well as when added to a warm bath. You can also gargle with warm water that contains two percent lemon oil to help reduce lymph gland swelling and sooth a sore throat.

Healing Herbs

Find relief for swollen neck glands with a number of healing herbs. Bedson recommends cleavers, Echinacea and garlic as herbs that may help to heal and strengthen the lymphatic system. Cleavers, for example, Bedson suggests as an excellent herb for treating everything from tonsillitis to adenoid trouble. Echinacea, similarly, may be able to treat various infections as well as purify your blood and lymph nodes. Garlic's antibacterial properties may help it to effectively treat influenza, bronchitis and other respiratory infections. Bedson recommends either eating two garlic cloves daily or consuming six garlic supplement capsules to help reduce swollen glands. You can also use these herbs as teas or tinctures, which are liquid extracts of herbs.

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References

  • "The Natural Remedy Bible"; John Lust, Michael Tierra, John B. Lust; 2003
  • "The Complete Family Guide to Natural Healing"; Paul Bedson; 2005

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author image Christine Switzer
Christine Switzer has been a freelance writer since 2007. She contributes to travel and regional periodicals such as "Georgetown View" and "Burlington the Beautiful" and she enjoys writing on travel, lifestyle and the workplace. Switzer holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Arts in English and has taught university courses in communication, public speaking and journalism.
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