Today I’m sharing some natural strep throat remedies that help me when I start feeling the knives sharpen in my throat.
Taking antibiotics is not one of my favourite things to do. It messes up my gut and more often than not I get a yeast infection. I do take probiotics but it still takes some time for my body to regulate.
My History With Strep Throat
In 2014, I experienced strep throat that would not go away. I believe the first dose of antibiotics didn’t get rid of the virus completely. I was not thrilled at the aspect of more antibiotics as they gave me a few other unpleasant side effects.
The second time, I took Advil and slept a lot. That seemed to hold it off but ultimately another full-blown case erupted. I ended up taking another round of antibiotics as it was too painful to continue without it.
The third time, I was desperate to not have to take another dose of antibiotics, so I researched natural remedies for strep throat. Here are the most successful remedies I found.
Garlic Is A Natural Antibiotic
Did you know that garlic is dubbed a natural antibiotic? Garlic, whether used internally or topically has been proven to kill a wide range of bacteria. The plant owes this powerful antibiotic effect to allicin, a volatile oil that also gives the herb its pungent flavor.” (source)
Natural Strep Throat Remedy Recipe
One recipe I found uses garlic, raw honey and cayenne pepper. It’s not the tastiest but it sure is effective.
The honey is soothing and lets the mixture “sit” while it works. The cayenne is supposed to have Vitamin C and increases blood flow to the area so it can heal faster. While the garlic is a natural antibiotic. You can read more about it here at Modern Alternative Health. I have no affiliation with this website. I found it by doing a quick Google search.
Of course, all of my strep occurrences happened on weekends when my doctor’s office closed. As I knew the pain was only going to get worse, I made the recipe as best I could with what was in my pantry – creamed honey and minced garlic.
It tasted horrible and burned the first day but I was desperate so I continued taking one teaspoon every hour.
By the next day, I did notice an improvement. There was no burn and I didn’t mind the taste as much.
Overall, I’d say it worked at about the same pace as a synthetic antibiotic. Now, whenever I get a sore throat, I mix up a batch and I’m good to go.
When I have a lot of sugar in my diet I tend to be more susceptible to strep throat as well as other illnesses – nevermind gaining weight and feeling sluggish. If you find the same for you, check out my post, How To Eat A Sugar-Free Diet for ideas of how you can stay healthier.
Let’s Year From You
Have you ever used natural remedies? How did they work and why did you choose an alternative to conventional western medicine?
This post was updated on August 14, 2020, from the originally published September 11, 2014 article.