Strep Throat Symptoms
The symptoms of strep throat start between two to five days after being exposed to the bacteria and normally continue for about a week.
The symptoms of strep throat differ from one person to the next, depending on the severity of the specific case. They include:

  • Severe and sudden sore throat without coughing, sneezing, or other cold symptoms.
  • If the symptoms include coughing, sneezing, or a congested, runny nose, then it is probably a viral infection that will not benefit from some of the suggestions below.
  • White or yellow spots or coating on the throat and tonsils.
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the neck.
  • A sudden fever and sometimes chills.
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing.
  • Loss of appetite.

Natural Remedies for Strep Throat
The best natural remedies are those that soothe the pain, counter the inflammation, and attack the bacteria.

Essential oils for strep throat
Eucalyptus, tea tree, thyme, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, cinnamon, grapefruit, clove bud, sandalwood, peppermint, kunzea and sage essential oils have strong antibacterial effects and have been found to be effective against internal bacterial infections.

If you put lavender oil in your diffuser and place it next to your bed, it will attack the bacteria when you inhale it as well as make you relax and sleep well. If you have food grade lemon and cinnamon oils, you can add a drop in a smoothie, a cup of tea, or any other beverage for extra power. For other ideas, read my post about the best essential oil recipes for your diffuser.

Any essential oils that contains linalool and linalyl acetate are good anti-inflammatories. Bergamot, neroli, lemon, lime, clary sage, and lavender smell great when you defuse them around your bedroom. You can also add five drops to a pot of water and heat it on the stove plate. Before it boils, remove it and inhale the steam for a few minutes a few times a day.

Capsaicin or cayenne pepper
the spicy heat produced by cayenne is caused by its high concentration of a substance called capsaicin. Since it is strong and might hurt your throat, and since research shows that it is so well absorbed by your skin that it can treat muscle and joint pain, the best idea is to apply a capsaicin cream or paste to the skin on your throat and on the swollen lymph nodes on your neck.
Mix 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper with half a cup of carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil) for a home-made cream or buy a ready made cream (like this one) in the drugstore.

Fermented food (yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, miso, probiotics)
Researchers have found that probiotics have beneficial effects on more than just your intestines. At this stage it has been proved an effective treatment for both urinary tract and respiratory infections.1 It is not sure how this happens, but it seems as if healthy intestinal bacteria increases your immune system’s resistance to harmful bacteria elsewhere in your body.

Further, it appears as if some of the healthy bacteria in probiotics are delivered alive to areas other than your intestines to overwhelm and crowd out the harmful bacteria there. Since the probiotics must pass directly through your throat, the chance is good that it will overpower the bacteria there.

Honey
Honey appears on any throat infection list for a good reason, as most people would testify. It has healing properties so strong that even modern medicine still uses honey coated bandages for wounds.11
The classic sore throat remedy that you have probably learnt from your grandmother is tea with lemon and honey. With the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and the soothing and healing effects of honey, you can now see that she was right.

Guava and pomegranate extracts
They are good at killing bacteria and even drug resistant bacteria, 5 you can either buy these extracts, or just ensure that you have lots of these fruits at home to eat until you feel better.

Onion and garlic
Onion and garlic have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties because of their organo-sulphur compounds.8 This is awkward, because the last thing a person with a sore throat feels like doing is to swallow sharp tasting substances like these. You can add them to honey, fruit smoothies and teas to disguise the taste.

Ginger
Ginger is a good anti-inflammatory, 9 and you can add it to teas, smoothies and food. Read my articles on how to use ginger as a medicine, or try this anti-inflammatory turmeric ginger tea.

Herbs
Allspice, basil, bay leaves, black pepper, liquorice, nutmeg, oregano, sage and thyme all have some positive research behind them as anti-inflammatories.

General Tips for Managing Strep Throat Natural

– Drink plenty of throat-soothing drinks – use this recipe of an easy and effective syrup to relieve sore throat. Some people prefer chilled beverages while others like warm ones.

– Replace objects like toothbrushes, lip balms, and pillow cases after approximately four days from the start of the symptoms to prevent yourself from being re-infected.

– If you live in a dry climate and you have a humidifier or mist vaporizer, put it in your room to soothe your throat and make your breathing less painful.

– Wash cutlery, mugs, and glasses in hot water and soap after use.

– Use disposable tissues instead of handkerchiefs.

– Wash cutlery, mugs, and glasses in hot water and soap after use.

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