By Jill, Contributing Writer
Strep throat plagued me as a child; I had it so often that the doctor began the talk about taking my tonsils out. I took antibiotic after antibiotic to kill this bacteria.
Unfortunately we did not know at the time what the dangers were of taking antibiotics repeatedly, nor did we know there was anything natural that could work. Circumstances would have it that we moved shortly after to an area that did not have so many cases of strep floating around, so my tonsils are still intact! 🙂
Why Not Just Take Antibiotics for Strep Throat?
I have had a few people speak to me of the dangers of having strep throat and treating it at home. While I don’t take any sickness lightly, I do believe that strep can be healed naturally and effectively with healing herbs. I have seen this happen time and again. Antibiotics can shorten the course of strep, BUT they also great increase the likelihood that strep will come back all winter long (which is probably why I had strep all winter for more than one year as a child).
Antibiotics kill the strep, but they also work against our natural antibodies. Using nourishing herbs to fight a sickness causes our bodies to create its own antibodies, which will help us fight the sickness the rest of the year without compromising our health.
Check out these home remedies for strep throat:
Home Remedy Options for Strep Throat
Dr. Christopher Strep Blend
Dr. Christopher Strep Blend is very effective. This remedy has worked wonderfully for more than one person that I’ve recommended it to.
- 1 TBSP. Raw Honey
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. Cayenne
- 3 Cloves Grated Garlic
Mix honey and cayenne together. Add the garlic. Chew and swallow 1/2 tsp. of this mixture every half hour. This effectively kills the strep bacteria.
Throat and Tonsil Tincture
You can also make a Throat and Tonsil Tincture. Make one pint of echinacea tea. While the tea is still hot, stir in 1/2 cup fig syrup and 1/4 tsp. cayenne. Add 1/4 tsp. of peppermint oil. Stir well.
Mix 2 droppers of this tincture with 4 droppers of water. Gargle and swallow every hour. For a smaller child, mix 1 dropper of tincture with 3 droppers of water and administer hourly.
If you are experiencing pain from strep throat, mix a solution of 1/4 tsp. salt and a 1/4 cup very hot water. Stir to dissolve the salt and gargle. Spit out the solution after each gargle. Do this hourly if needed. Adding 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper to this solution will also help with pain.
Take up to 1,000 mg. of vitamin C hourly for adults to help boost the immune system and shorten any sickness. For a child’s dose, divide their weight by 150. For instance, if your child weighs 75 lbs., you would divide it by 150. 75/150=.50 – you would give a 75 lb. child half of the adult dose.
If you are experiencing great pain, also gargle with the solution of salt, cayenne and water for relief. I would take these frequent doses for 2 or 3 days (or longer if needed), and then just 2 or 3 times a day for about a week.You may ask, which remedy should I use? Do I try all of them? My suggestion is to take either the Dr. Christopher Strep Blend or the Throat and Tonsil Tincture (you would not need to do both of these). I would add to one of those the high dose of vitamin C.
It is important to follow the directions carefully and consistently. I’m always surprised when a person tries a home remedy, but is not consistent with it, and thinks it failed them. If you take the Strep Blend or the Tincture only once a day for a more serious illness like strep (instead of the frequency of the directions), it just may get the best of you and really bring you down, requiring a stronger medicine at the doctor. Be consistent, and you will enjoy the results!