Strep throat occurs most commonly during the winter months and it is very contagious. It’s estimated that the risk is about 40% in terms of contracting it from an affected family member, friend or colleague.

Some symptoms of strep may include fever, swollen, tender lymph nodes on the side of the neck, and white patches seen on the tonsils and back of the throat.

Other symptoms of strep throat may include sore throat, headache, painful swallowing, and less often, nausea and vomiting. Alternative medicine can often address these symptoms effectively through the use of some of the below strep throat remedies.

The terms sore throat, tonsillitis and strep throat are often used interchangeably;  however there are important differences. Strep throat is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes. Other bacteria can cause a sore throat, but Streptococcus is the most common cause in children and adolescents.

Streptococci are everywhere

About 25% of us have them on our skin, and 10% of children have them in their throats at any given time. They don't always cause strep throat infection.  However, streptococci are infectious.

They are passed around in the same way as cold viruses, by coughing, sneezing, or getting mucus or saliva on the hand, then touching other people. They are less contagious than a cold virus, however.

Smoking and heavy drinking, which can damage the lining of the throat, increase the risk of bacterial infection. Frequent heartburn can also encourage throat irritation if the digestive acids rise as high as the throat. People with weak immune systems from HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer treatment, smokers, and heavy drinkers  are at higher risk of infection.

Antibiotics are most often prescribed for strep throat, however they are often issued inappropriately.  With the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, natural strep throat remedies are becoming more popular among health conscious people.

Strep Throat Remedies

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Remedies that can be used to treat the Streptococci effectively:

Lavender Oil – Great for treatment of throat infections and mucous conditions,  it‘s also good for pain relief; 2 drops rubbed on each temple can relieve headaches

Cajeput Oil – Pain reliever to help soothe sore throats and coughs, and expectorant; it promotes the discharge of phlegm and mucus.

Thyme and Sage Oils are both antibacterial and astringent

Eucalyptus Oil – soothing for the throat, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant

Make your own combination of the above oils and mix with warm water and make a hot compress. Apply to throat.

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More Strep Throat Remedies

Strep Throat Gargle Recipe

  • 1 drop marjoram oil
  • 1 drop peppermint oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 drop lemon oil
  • 1/2 cup warm water or sage tea
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

This can be used as needed several times a day. Gargle for as long as possible and then spit out.

Four Thieves Vinegar  – This is a blend that can be found by several manufactures or you can get the recipe here: Four Thieves Vinegar Recipe

You may also use garlic oil in dosage of three to four drops in one-fourth cup of water once every day in the form of a gargle. Using this oil as a gargle will help to ease the problem of swallowing, which is a common symptom of strep throat.

In addition, natural apple cider vinegar is one of the lesser known strep throat remedies and may help improve your condition rapidly. Prepare 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar and mix it with 8 ounce of water.

Take one TBSP of this blend and use it in the form of a gargle. Be sure to spit out the liquid after gargling. This should be repeated once every 30 minutes or so throughout the day and you should notice improvement in your condition in about two days.

Another of the more popular strep throat remedies is an herb which many people utilize for culinary purpose but which also possesses wonderful remedial properties to treat a sore throat as well as an infection of the upper respiratory tract is horseradish. In addition, this herb helps in lowering a fever and breaks up mucus concentrations.

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