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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Adenoids are similar to the tonsils in being gland of lymph-like tissue in or near the backAdenoids 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 and preventing more damaging infections in the body.  In the process the glands can become inflamed and swollen themselves.  In some cases this can become a chronic infection of the adenoids or tonsils and they will remain swollen for a longer period of time. The protection these glands provide is proven for babies and infants while some medical studies suggest that this protection tapers off as children grow older.  Some question this information.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Respiratory Blend, Lemon, Protective Blend

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider:  Cypress, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Oregano, Peppermint,  Cleansing Blend, Rosemary.

Suggested protocols:

For moderate swelling 2 - 3 drops of Protective Blend on the bottoms of the feet at least 2 or 3 times daily. Dilute with FCO or other carrier to help application.  Diffuse Respiratory Blend at nighttime to help with breathing.

For more acute situations Protective Blend can be supplemented with Oregano on the feet or Protective Blend and/or Oregano can be applied topically near the adenoids in the area around and below the ears.  Dilute with FCO to avoid discomfort from the "hot" oils.  For diffusing Respiratory Blend can be supplemented or rotated with Eucalyptus. If Oregano is too strong consider Cypress or Rosemary.

Some suggest mixing the oils with water in a spray bottle and spraying in the back of the throat.

For chronic situations the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) should be used.  The above protocol followed as well as 2 - 4 drops of Protective Blend (Oregano, Cypress or Rosemary)  taken twice daily in a capsule or in juice if it is a child that cannot swallow capsules.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Cortney - Our ear, nose, and throat specialists is recommending us to have our 4 year old sons adenoids to be removed. They are causing him congestion and problems in his ears. What can I do with the oils to help us avoid this surgery? Any suggestions?

Rob - I would do anything and everything to avoid a adenoidectomy for my child. Adenoids and tonsils play a large part in our health and fighting off infections. I would apply Cleansing Blend daily on neck over tonsils. I would do a daily lymphatic massage using Grapefruit and Peppermint with strokes down the length of the neck, under the jaw and around the ears. Rotate weekly or more often with Respiratory Blend and Eucalyptus. I would get him to drink 3 drops of Protective Blend twice daily in juice. He should be drinking lots of water (with Lemon) to flush system. Have him cup and inhale or use a nasal inhaler three times daily with Eucalyptus and Peppermint or Respiratory Blend. (do not underestimate to power of aroma inhalation)

Cut out pasteurized milk in case it is a dairy allergy that is contributing toward swollen or inflamed adenoid.

It is a lot of attention and work. But essential oils can help. follow this protocol till the inflammation is gone, then adjust your protocol as necessary to maintain good health.

Sunny - Sorry about coming late to this party (thread). My son had his adenoids out at a young age and still, to this day, gets congested (he's 40 next year).  So, I'd say surgery isn't always the 'fix all' it's supposed to be.

Pat - Have you tried a regiment of oils yet? Respiratory Blend, Lemon and Protective Blend on the bottom of his feet, diffuse Respiratory Blend or Eucalyptus in his room at night. When he goes to sleep put Respiratory Blend under his nose. Adjust the oils according to your feelings for his wellness. I too would try to avoid surgery.


Anna - Does anyone have any oil recommendations for draining excess fluid in the ears? My 3 year old has a constant build up of fluid in her middle ear which is causing mild hearing loss. When the fluid drains, her hearing is perfect, but the fluid is not draining. I have been able to ward off infection with continuous use of Melaleuca and Basil behind her ears. She used to have ear tubes (before I had oils...would NEVER recommend them now...they only caused more problem). Her ENT is on the verge of suggesting having her tonsils and adenoids out. I so do not want to go this route. My first thought is Grapefruit because it is for fluid retention/edema. But I welcome other suggestions...please.

Janthia – Cypress

Lorie – Rosemary as well.


Alma - My nine year old daughter's  tonsils and adenoids are really large and cause blockage when see sleeps at night.  We did a sleep study and have seen specialists.  The tonsils and adenoids are not swollen due to infections.   She never gets throat or tonsil infections.  We were planning a surgery next month to remove them. Her lack of good sleep, or at times lack of any sleep, is severely interfering with her normal functioning.  She is exhausted and miserable.  We do use oils to help her get a better sleep.

I know Oregano will help with infections and inflammation, etc.  I have used it and had much success.  My acquaintance suggested a drop of Oregano a day in back of mouth.  I would appreciate help from anyone with knowledge of this. Thanks. Alma

Jan - Be very careful putting Oregano in the mouth neat. It is a very HOT oil and requires much care. You might try putting it in a capsule with FCO. I usually take two to three drops and fill the rest of the capsule with the FCO. I would start out with one drop, once a day for 21 days. Then rest for 7 days. See if she still needs it. Also, you can put the oil on topically on the throat and back of neck and adinoids-right behind ears,...but again...use the FCO. Be careful not to get any oil near the front of ears. Use a roll-on applicator with the mixture in it. I would go one drop Oregano to 30 drops FCO or two drops to 50 FCO. Try it topically first because it is hot hot!!

Brooke  - My brother-in-law had horrible problems his whole life from snoring and other tonsil related problems.  Just last year he went to some sleep specialists and another adenoid and tonsil specialists.  When all the tests were done - it was found that he was not getting hardly ANY oxygen during the night because of the size of his Tonsils/Adenoids!  They said it could potentially cause severe problems to his health later on because of the continued lack of oxygen to his brain and other organs every night. He went ahead and had them taken out and has noticed quite a difference. (and so has his wife - who can now get more sleep at night!)  One of the things he was told was that some people just have abnormally large Tonsils and Adenoids for their bodies.  Just FYI.  Hope that helps.

Dian -   I have had problems with my tonsils most of my life until a few years ago.  You could see them on the outside of my throat, they were that large.   I was told by my physician that our tonsils are the receptors of any infection in our body.  I was never diagnosed with having infections or "bugs" and was a relatively healthy child otherwise.  I am grateful that my parents left mine in, otherwise I would have been very ill most of my life.   If your daughter can tolerate it, make a weak mixture of FCO (fractionated coconut oil) and Protective Blend and spray on her tonsils and put on the outside of her throat and glands.

She should also be taking the LLW (Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) trio) to help her body get rid of any infections she might have.   Be intuitive.  What feels right for you to use on her? I hope this helps.

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