Lymph nodes are small bean shaped glands connected by the lymph vessels. The carry lymph through the body, help dispose of waste, and produce white blood cells to help fight infection. They are part of your immune system, like your spleen and tonsils. Lymph nodes commonly become swollen with diseases like strep throat, mono, or mumps as your body produces extra white blood cells to fight the infection. Even a canker sore in the mouth can cause lymph nodes to swell. Natural remedies for swollen lymph nodes support the immune system, help fight infection, and encourage lymph flow. Apple cider vinegar, castor oil, and vitamin C are among simple home remedies for swollen lymph nodes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is taken internally to reduce swelling in the lymph nodes. 1 – 3 teaspoons of raw and organic apple cider vinegar are added to a glass of water. This tonic is usually taken 1 – 3 times a day. The tonic helps to alkalize your body, putting it into better shape to fight infection. It also contains micro-nutrients which support your health.
Castor oil is used externally for swollen lymph nodes. Massage the castor oil into the swollen lymph nodes twice daily, or more often as needed. If you have a particular area of swelling, you can apply heat after you apply the castor oil. A heating pad or warm rice sock can be used for this purpose.
Peppermint essential oil is a strong and stimulating oil. One or two drops can be applied to swollen lymph nodes twice a day. Some people find peppermint essential oil too strong to apply straight. In this case, add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1 teaspoon of castor oil, coconut oil or olive oil.
Extra vitamin C can be taken to help your immune system fight infection. 1,000 mg of vitamin c are taken 3-5 times a day. If you begin to get loose stools, cut back on the amount you take. The sodium ascorbate for of vitamin C is easier on the stomach than ascorbic acid for of vitamin C.
If you take your hand and hold your fingertips together into a semi-circle, you can use the fingertips to “tap” your swollen lymph nodes, encouraging the lymph to move along and reduce swelling.
When your muscles contract, they help to move the lymph through your body. When you are sick, especially, you are not as likely to be moving around much. Light exercise, if you are up to it, can help to get the lymph moving. Bouncing on a trampoline is a great way to stimulate the lymph system. Even sitting and bouncing will help the lymph to flow.
If simple home remedies do not resolve your swollen lymph node problem, or if you have other unusual symptoms, you should seek advice from a medical professional. Lymph nodes can be swollen from chronic health problems like lupus, HIV, and some cancers.
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