External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Lemon Throat Compress

Kind of substance


Guiding principle for the application

Inflammatory swelling of the tonsils causes pain when swallowing. The anti-inflammatory effect of lemon in hot water can sooth the inflammation, so that the pain disappears quickly.

Guiding Principle for the substance


  • Angina tonsillaris (bacterial)
  • Sore throat (swelling) (see example cases)
  • Lateral pharyngitis
  • Tonsillitis (viral)

WARNING: Hot neck compresses are contraindicated for highly purulent tonsillitis


There is also an Instructional video for this compress


  • Good preparation and quick work are important because the compress cloth is small and can cool down quickly.
  • Hot throat compresses are contraindicated for highly purulent tonsillitis! In this case you can use an onion compress; it may help to apply it alternately with locally applied lemon slices.

  • Basin with 4ooml boiling water
  • Sharp knife und fork
  • Mug
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cotton cloth, folded into 4 layers (as a substance cloth, all around the neck but leaving out the spine)
  • 1 wool scarf

  • Pour the boiling water into the basin
  • Submerge the (half) lemon in the hot water (must be covered with water)
  • Use a fork to skewer the lemon and cut the middle of the lemon with the knife
  • Cut the peel into the shape of a star all around 
  • Use the mug to squeeze the lemon under water, so that its essential oils and juice get into the water
  • Dip the cotton cloth into the lemon water, wring it out well and place it around the patient's neck as warm as possible, leaving the spine out
  • Immediately wrap the wool scarf around the patient's neck
  • Rest in bed for half an hour, then remove the substance cloth and leave the wool scarf in place
  • Rest for another 30 min

  • Wash out and dry the cloth

Has worked for many patients
May be repeated several times a day in acute cases
Onset of effect
Length of therapy
As long as needed
Other recommended therapies
Drink sips of hot lemon water
  • The compress must be applied very warm without burning the skin
  • Hot throat compresses are contraindicated for highly purulent tonsillitis

Instructions to download

Case example

A young woman is prone to colds of various kinds, but sinus problems and a sore throat have been a common occurrence since childhood. A visit to a beer garden in spring and the consumption of a cold drink caused a sore throat the next day. She knew from experience that a lemon neck compress was very helpful and immediately applied a compress that soon improved her swallowing difficulties. After a few days of rest, this young woman was healthy again and could work.