Lymph nodes are small cellular swelling of the lymph system. The lymphatic system is a very complex network of vessels designed to transport immune cells and to “cleanse” the body. Lymph nodes play an important role in defending the body.
Lymph acts as a barrier against disease. When an infectious outbreak filters, they begin to produce antibodies that fight against intruders. Therefore it swell and become painful when they strongly fight. Here are some home remedies that can help you get rid of the bacteria or viruses that cause a swollen lymph gland.
Echinacea is one of the plants that have proven effects in terms of increasing the capacity of the body to defense against various infectious agents. Together with astragalus, echinacea helps lymphatic congestion and heals the swelling of the lymph nodes. It is used as a decoction of two tablespoons of herb per cup of water. Drink one cup three times a day. Alternatively, take a teaspoon of tincture three times a day.
Astragalus cleans lymphatic system and protects the liver. As I said, it has wonderful effects when is combined with echinacea. The chinese have used this herb for thousands of years and call it “huang qi” – which means “strengthening vigor / life energy”. Astragalus can be bought as tincture or tablets / capsules. Because concentrations vary from one manufacturer to another, it is best to be following the directions for use.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) in addition to anti-inflammatory properties, this plant helps remove mucus from the lungs (wonderful effects in active and passive smokers, but also in those who quit smoking) kills parasites, relieves pain, stimulates muscle contractions and digestion, tones the skin and mucous membranes and encourages lymph system detoxification. Use the infusion of half a teaspoon of herb per cup of water. Drink three cups each day. Alternatively take one half teaspoon of tincture three times a day.
Garlic is considered a powerful natural antibiotic. Garlic is effective for treating colds and infections, but you need to know how to eat it. When you cook it, it loses its antibiotic properties, and if you want to eat raw garlic, you need to mix it with other ingredients, because the acid environment becomes weaker. If you want to be effective, the garlic treatment should be applied at the first sign of illness, as many times as possible. An infection is evolving rapidly, so it is better to intervene quickly. Thus, its compounds will fight the infection and strengthen the immune system.
Before you use garlic you must crush it well. On a napkin, put a few drops of oil, cut two to three cloves of garlic, wrap in tissue and crush them. Apply it on the neck or chest, so that the antibiotic will get faster in the blood vessels and lymph nodes. Hold compress on the area for a few minutes or as much you can stand the smell. If the skin starts to irritate, move the compress to another area and wipe the skin.