Adenoids are similar to the tonsils in being gland of lymph-like tissue in or near the back of the throat. Tonsils are visible in the back of the throat on each side of the uvula while the adenoids are not typically visible through the mouth and are situated high in the back of the throat, behind the roof of the mouth about even with the nose. Enlarged adenoids can cause difficulty in breathing, may affect the ears, speech may be altered, and may include a sore throat. The breathing difficulty can result in snoring and loss of sleep with resulting chronic exhaustion and irritability. Typically adenoids, like tonsils, diminish in size as children mature.
Adenoids and tonsils are known to help prevent severe bacterial or viral infections by trapping these which prevents more damaging infections in the body. During this process, the glands can become inflamed and swollen themselves. A chronic infection may occur in some cases of the adenoids or tonsils and they will remain swollen for a longer period of time.
Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.
Oils & Blends: Lemon,
Also consider: Cypress, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary
For moderate swelling 2 – 3 drops of lemon and eucalyptus on the bottoms of the feet at least 2 or 3 times daily. Dilute with coconut oil or other carrier to help application. Diffuse a blend of these oils at nighttime to help with breathing.
For more acute situations this blend can be supplemented with diluted Oregano and/or Oregano can be applied topically near the adenoids in the area around and below the ears. Dilute with coconut oil to avoid discomfort from the “hot” oils. For diffusing a blend of these oils can be supplemented or rotated with Eucalyptus. If Oregano is too strong consider Cypress or Rosemary.
Some suggest mixing a few drops the oils with water in a spray bottle and spraying in the back of the throat.
For chronic situations vitamins should be used.