Strep throat is caused by streptococcal bacteria which makes the throat itchy and painful. Usual treatment for strep throat is antibiotics. However, there are many natural remedies that can safely and effectively help you get rid of strep throat.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection. Therefore, it makes sense to eat garlic since garlic is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. These properties can help eliminate strep bacteria causing the infection. Eat garlic cloves, raw or roasted, or add them to your soups or broths. Also take garlic capsules. You can even use diluted garlic essential oil to gargle the throat. Remember: garlic oil and garlic capsules are two different things. Essential oil of garlic is highly concentrated and must be used with care or it can cause burns. Dilute it with olive oil or coconut oil before use.
2. Herbal teas
Peppermint and chamomile teas can be used as natural strep throat medicine to relieve fever and body ache. Drink these hot teas two-three times a day. These remedies not only cure strep throat faster; they can also help you get rid of nausea, diarrhea and pain or discomfort. Licorice tea can also soothe irritated throat.
3. Salt water gargle
This is a quick and effective home remedy for painful throat. Gargle with hot water and salt three times a day. You can also add some black pepper to the water before gargling.
4. Apple cider strep throat remedy
Another potent natural remedy to treat strep throat is organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV). Mix a tablespoon of ACV with hot water and use the solution to gargle every 2 hours. Also drink warm water and ACV with some honey to eliminate bacteria, balance ph and reduce inflammation.
5. Herbal tinctures
Use following herbal tinctures which have been known to cure strep throat since centuries:
Simply mix a few drops of each tincture and drink 30 drops of the mixture 3 times a day. Also take Maitake mushroom extracts to boost immunity and fight viral and bacterial infections. Astragalus is another powerful natural medicine to build immunity. Cat’s claw can fight viral and bacterial infections by boosting immunity.
6. Colloidal silver
Colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic minus the associated side effects. It can kill bacteria quickly to give you fast relief from strep. Dosage of colloidal silver for infections: Take 150 drops of colloidal silver with water for 125 lb body weight.
7. Essential oils for strep throat
The best essential oil for strep throat is tea tree oil. You must apply it topically to the throat to numb the pain. Apply diluted Tea tree oil on the throat and massage for a few minutes. You can also use the following essential oils to massage your body if you are having fever, pain and fatigue:
- Lavender oil
- Chamomile oil
- Cedarwood oil
Mix the oils with coconut or olive oils and massage the body.
8. Homeopathic remedies for strep throat
- Belladonna- For severe, sudden painful throat
- Mercurius- This remedy is for burning pain
- Hepar Sulph
Talk to a homeopath about the best homeopathic remedies to use.
9. Strep throat natural lozenges
Suck on slippery elm lozenges to help eliminate pain and numb up the throat.
If you are taking strep throat antibiotics, make sure you supplement your body with acidophilus to boost immunity and strengthen it to fight infections naturally. Acidophilus can also help provide good bacteria in the gut to make up for those eliminated by the antibiotics.
11. Take bee propolis
Caution: do not take this natural strep throat remedy if you are allergic to bee stings. Bee propolis can strengthen immunity and its antimicrobial action can eliminate bacteria.
12. Juicing remedies for strep throat
Use following juice combinations to strengthen immunity and fight infections:
- Red potato + carrots- drink 8 oz daily
- Pineapple + Apple+ Ginger root- drink 6 oz daily
- Lemon juice + honey + hot water drink 2-3 cups daily
- Orange + lemon + ginger root +frozen acerola or acerola powder – 1 glass daily.
If your strep throat symptoms are accompanied with rash and high fever, see a doctor immediately.