Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria that causes strep throat, is both powerful and contagious. Commonly passed among children, the bacteria festers up a brutal infection in the throat that can last for more than a week, with symptoms including pain, swelling, difficulty swallowing, and redness.
The most common treatment for strep includes a visit to the doctor and potent dose of antibiotics, but there are also several natural remedies that are effective in treating the symptoms, and fighting off the bacteria causing all the trouble.
Lemon (vitamin C)
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which acts as a strong antibacterial agent to help treat the infection and alleviate symptoms. For immediate relief, add lemon and honey to hot tea.
Honey contains several antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help to fight off bacteria, and effectively treat inflammation, infections, and pain.
The use of lemon, grapefruit, lemongrass, thyme, lavender, and cinnamon essential oils are effective in the treatment of strep throat. Here’s the recipe:
- Choose an essential oil from the list above.
- Add five drops to water.
- Pour the mixture into a pan and heat until steam begins to rise.
- Inhale the steam for 10-15 minutes. Repeat as necessary.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most effective natural remedies for infections.
- Mix 3 tablespoons with 8oz of warm water.
Cayenne pepper effectively relaxes tense throat muscles in the throat and works to treat infection.
- Mix a teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder with 1/2 cup of coconut or olive oil
- Consume mixture
The aforementioned are effective all natural treatments for strep throat that may save you from enduring the harsh effects of antibiotics. If you found this article helpful, please share with your friends and family by clicking the button below!