Natural Remedies For Strep Throat (Psst! Better Than Antibiotics)

by Sarah Natural Remedies, Oral HealthComments: 316

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If you’ve ever wondered why some people get strep throat over and over and over again, sometimes even just days after a strep infection was supposedly eradicated with antibiotics, here’s the likely answer as explained by old time MDs who practiced medicine before the modern love affair with prescription drugs got its start.

Most people are far too quick to run and get a prescription for antibiotics and never give their immune system a chance to build any resistance whatsoever.

Conventional doctors today do a great job of scaring people out of their minds about the possibility of rheumatic fever/heart damage from allowing the body to deal with a strep throat infection unmedicated. However, the truth is, the risk of complications from strep throat is very small for healthy people who have no issues with their immune system. Even WebMD used to state (before pharmaceutical industry pressure forced a change in language to only mention antibiotics) that strep throat will go away on its own with or without treatment in 3-7 days.

I’ve written before about the one and only case of strep throat I ever had.  It occurred when I was 15 and I am ever so grateful my MD father loved me enough to let me fight through it and win without antibiotics. The result? I’ve never ever gotten strep throat again despite repeated exposures. One exposure was in very close quarters – a college roommate had strep throat and I still didn’t contract it! What’s even more interesting is that none of my children have ever had strep either despite multiple exposures from friends and classmates.

I obviously built up a strong resistance to strep throat at a young age and have been blessed with never having to suffer with it again by allowing my body to fight through it naturally. It’s also quite possible I passed on my immunity to my children via breastfeeding, although that is obviously just an educated guess on my part.

The article I wrote on my personal strep throat story has invited both ridicule and applause over the past couple of years.  Some folks have angrily emailed me saying I am crazy and putting people’s lives in danger by suggesting that forgoing meds for strep is the best way to go if one is in good health.

For others, the article triggered an “aha moment” with more than just a few deciding once and for all to stare down the strep throat demon and win!

One such inspiring story crossed my inbox recently and the strep throat victim was none other than professional singer Martin DeBourge!

Here’s what Martin had to say:

As a singer, getting strep throat every single year is not only frustrating, but vocally debilitating! So when it hit again this year, and I felt it coming on, I decided a new course of action was in order.

I spent a day researching. The one article that really rang true for me was on your website. You talked about how you “muscled through it” when you had strep throat as a teenager, and how your body may have even built an immunity against it.

That sounded great to me! But, I am well aware of the massive pain strep throat can cause. Just swallowing fluid is excruciating, let alone solid foods. So I needed a sort of “healthy second opinion”.

I called fellow friend and vocalist David Katz in New York. I knew he was an herbalist, but most importantly, he would understand my plight as a singer needing to do what’s best for my pipes. He runs a website and has an herbal product line JUST for singers, so I knew he was the right guy.

He ALSO encouraged me to steer clear of the antibiotics and gave me a few suggestions to “get through it”.

I braced myself for at least 10 days of bed ridden fever, throat swelling and sickness. Like I said, I’ve been through this numerous times before, so I knew what I was in for. I didn’t clear my singing schedule though, hoping for the best.

To my amazement, the strep “spots” started clearing within a couple days. I had my voice back in 36 hours! I was floored… and convinced.

Martin kept a daily log of his strep throat adventure, which may hopefully inspire more than just a few others to take the leap themselves.

A Daily Journal of Strep Throat – 2013

10/6 – Sunday afternoon – felt “something” in throat. Still sang well at rehearsal.

10/7 – Monday morning – “something” became more prominent and I began the research into what I felt was inevitably the strep bacteria attacking my throat.

10/7 – Monday early afternoon – visit to doctor for regular checkup and asking about an unrelated pulled muscle. He checked my throat (routinely) and said nothing. It didn’t matter if he had, I would have just went through the motions of accepting antibiotic perscription, but not taking it – I had already made up my mind to do something “different”.

10/7 – Monday afternoon – found information on The Healthy Home Economist about beating strep with no meds. Followed up with a phone call to David Aaron Katz. Became convinced that I will muscle through it with home remedies. As per David’s suggestion, I started by sucking/chewing on cloves of garlic – 5 of them before the day was out!

10/7 – Monday evening – attempted to sing. Did not go well, highs were very strained.

10/8 – Tuesday morning – throat uncomfortableness, but quick mirror check didn’t seem to reveal anything overly red. Driving son to school is when I looked in rear view mirror and noticed two white spots. Strep confirmed.

10/8 – Tuesday later morning – started a cycle of garlic chewing with a mixture of raw honey & cayenne pepper every half hour (concoction detailed below). First two administers I experienced upset stomach, but became very tired and slept most afternoon.

10/8 – Tuesday afternoon – continued garlic/honey/cayenne mixture every half hour during awake times.

10/8 – Tuesday early evening. Headaches persisted, but still had an appetite. Gargled with ACV – that was a bit painful.

10/8 – Tuesday evening. Continued with mixture until I went to sleep. Noticed a third spot very far back and lower behind the tongue. May have always been there, but this is the first I noticed.

10/9 – Wednesday early morning – Awoke with a sore throat, a bit difficult to swallow. Gargled and drank 16 fl oz water with 2 tbs of ACV & Raw Honey. Checked throat under light, saw the same three spots.

10/9 – Wednesday afternoon – no stomach issues, and the sore throat lessened considerably throughout the day. Still uncomfortable, but I can definitely eat.

10/9 – Wednesday early evening – third spot undetected, second one lessening. First one still prominent, but definitely all good signs. Also, I noticed I am not all that drained and exhausted – which I attributed to the garlic intake.

10/10 – Thursday early morning – woke up with slightly less of a sore throat. Gargled and drank 16oz water with ACV & Honey. Throat under light still shows the one stubborn spot, hard to tell, but it could be a tiny bit less in size.

10/11 – Thursday afternoon – Was told by my wife that she can’t bear with my garlic breath another day… no worries, that third spot is definitely reduced in size. I decided that come morning, I will just do Apple Cider Vinegar. Besides, I had a karaoke gig this night and needed to not smell like garlic for the customers.

10/12 – Friday Morning – Spot free. Wow. Not a single spot, throat back to normal. I decided to slowly warm up the voice as I had a singing engagement to prepare for on Saturday.

10/13 – Saturday evening – voice 100%. Throat clean as a whistle. In all my years (year after year) getting strep throat, I have NEVER bounced back this quick – not to mention getting through it without antibiotics.

10/15 – UPDATE: I made a facebook post about this a few days ago, simply saying that I kicked strep to the curb without the use of antibiotics. I have over 1400 followers on my profile, so I certainly expected varying comments. One particular comment jumped out at me… “make sure you really got rid of it, it typically comes back within a couple days if you didn’t eradicate it”.

Well……… it’s not back!

Home Remedies Used to Beat Strep Throat With No Antibiotics

To make his strep throat home remedy, Martin did the following:

  • Used a mortar & pestle to mash up 3 cloves of fresh garlic (sources).
  • Mixed in half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (sources).
  • Mixed in raw honey to taste which has healing properties of its own (sources).
  • Ate 1/2 a teaspoon of this concoction every 30 minutes. Made more as needed.
  • Gargled with apple cider vinegar 3x a day (sources).

Congratulations Martin!  Please keep us updated on your progress, but my bet is that you won’t ever be taking antibiotics for strep throat again, and you may very well never even have it again!

Have you muscled through strep throat with no meds? How did you do it?  What remedies did you use and have you experienced high immunity to the strep bacteria since?  Please chime in below!

Want to connect with Martin?  These links below will point you in the right direction:

(band website)

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Sources and More Information

How to Repair Your Gut After Antibiotics

Doctor Prescribed Treatment for Healing Croup Naturally

Why Antibiotics Today Could Threaten Your Life Tomorrow

The 11 Best Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them

Comments (316)

  • Claudia

    I am an avid follower of natural remedies. But when I got Strep for the first time, I had 104 degree fevers for 4 days! At that point I opted for antibiotics. I got Rheumatoid arthritis for a few months, Gutate Psoriasis all over my body that lasted for months, and autoimmune issues as a result. Since then, I have had strep 3 times. 2 last year 6 months apart. Still recovering from the Psoriasis and have developed Hashimoto’s Disease.

    I think it is unconscionable to state “that strep throat will go away on its own with or without treatment in 3-7 days.” Strep can lead to PANDAS as well. It can appear to be “cured” but can create many other side effects. I always suggest natural remedies first, but there are MANY cases where the risks and side effects a far too dangerous and create life long issues. Try home remedies, but seek immediate medical help if your symptoms don’t improve or if you experience other side effects of Strep!!!

    June 21st, 2016 12:09 pm Reply
    • ML

      Did you ever make the connection that your rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis were the result of use of antibiotics? Make sure your gut bacteria are in check. I’m not sure all your conditions are related to strep but rather autoimmune issue that have been implicated from antibiotic use.

      I do agree with your original statement that if its real bad then take antibiotics, but sometime in waiting for a culture to come back, i’ve already felt better before i started a prescribed treatment. Sometime the body can do it on its own sometimes depending on the circumstances it cannot.

      July 5th, 2016 3:03 pm Reply
  • Lynn

    You say someone with an auto immune disease should probably use an antibiotic instead of using home remedy. I have MS and am wondering if you have any thought about this. I have not been into see the doctor yet. I know I have strep because I have the white spots and a sore throat for days.

    June 8th, 2016 10:38 am Reply
    • Renee

      I have MS also (and a strep infection lol) and much of the information I’ve read over the years has pointed to antibiotics as a possible cause/trigger for the onset of MS. That makes sense to me because autoimmune disorders are basically our immune system becoming confused about what its supposed to be doing. Why couldn’t that confusion have been caused by interference of antibiotics which basically did their job for them.

      In addition, I know that at 43, I grew up where it was still okay to hand out antibiotics like candy. This was before they realized that we were destroying all the good bacteria too for things that it wouldn’t even help like the flu or colds. Doctors were under the impression that “it can’t hurt” so our parents could call and say “my child is sick” and have a prescription sitting at the pharmacy within the hour. No visit, nothing. Now, they know better but there are generations of us that are dealing with the fallout. So many autoimmune disorders…so many possible causes.

      Personally, I don’t take any man made medications unless extremely necessary. I’m don’t condemn the use of antibiotics because there are definitely times when they are needed but I try all else first. My children hardly ever need antibiotics because I let them fight through illnesses whenever possible. I had a professor tell me once that our immune systems are designed to fight off any and every illness as long as our body can withstand the side affects of the bacteria/virus long enough. I would never risk my own life or that of my children and grand child but I won’t harm them under the guise of immediate relief either.

      July 23rd, 2016 8:10 pm Reply
  • Adrienne Caldwell

    I almost died from an untreated strep infection when I was in my late teens and living on my own. I had never had strep as a child so I though it was a cold with a bad sore throat and waited 2 weeks for it to go away. By the time I got to the ER my throat was almost closed and my fever was spiked.

    March 29th, 2016 6:45 am Reply
    • Cameo Brown

      Yeah. While I agree there are certain cases when antibiotics are not necessary, I don’t think her anecdotal evidence is enough and should not be thrown out there as proof.

      I let strep throat go untreated when I was in high school because swallowing pills was terrible. Guess what? I just got it again. 10 years later.

      My husband? Never gotten it a day in his life. But both his parents are very into treating things and so I doubt they suffered through any bouts of strep.

      My guess is some people are just not going to get it. Regardless of parents or fighting it. Honestly, if you aren’t getting it, it’s more likely your tonsils aren’t doing their job. Perhaps by not taking antibiotics, you irreversibly damage your tonsils?

      I don’t know. But antibiotics were created for a reason.

      March 29th, 2016 6:14 pm Reply
    • Briana

      I have strep and I’m 17 and my mom won’t take me to the doctors or the ER

      May 6th, 2016 6:12 pm Reply
      • Kay

        The point of this article is to point out Strep can be treated with something OTHER than an antibiotic; the writer is NOT suggesting, as many are saying in comments, that you should do nothing about your Strep. I have studied and am licensed in Laboratory Sciences, which includes microbiology. You don’t really need creds to understand this, though. There are other naturally occurring substances that have antibiotic properties – but you have to USE them! ACV, garlic, the recipe offered here, etc. That being said, you sound like you are personally in a tough situation. A person can have a terrible sore throat and not have Strep; the opposite is also true. You can also have Strep and not test positive at the doc’s office, so please understand many people have dealt with this and not all have the 2ndary effect of truly ‘untreated’ Strep. I hope you can find a way to ask for help and get it or come up with a solution on your own.

        May 13th, 2016 10:59 pm Reply
        • tristen

          eat yogert

          June 9th, 2016 8:05 pm Reply
  • Katie

    I think the general public these days rely too heavily on medication. Yes, sometimes medication can be helpful but I’m a firm believer in trying to make yourself well in a natural way first. I’ve cured stomach ulcers and UTI’s with natural remedies. Obviously if symptoms don’t improve over time or if they start to get worse then please go see a doctor. Our body is amazing and capable of many things but you have to let it. By dousing our bodies with antibiotics anytime we get sick we are a) not allowing our bodies to build up natural immunities by letting it work itself out and b) possibly (probably) contributing to the increase of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. I don’t think the author of this post is saying to never ever go to the doctor and accept medications, but rather to try holistic medicine first as it is gentler and safer for us.

    As a side note: I’m currently traveling and believe that I got strep somehow. Haven’t been to the doctor but symptoms are spot on. I’ve been using over the counter pain and fever reducers as well as a tea tree oil gargle, herbal tea and lots of rest. My symptoms have started improving almost immediately. I’m also on hour 17 of a fast. I might get some heat for this, but it is actually a very common practice in Ayurvedic medicine. The idea is that our bodies spend so much energy in digesting food that when we take that away, it can re-focuses its energies on healing the part of us that is sick. Makes sense to me! Good luck all!

    February 16th, 2016 12:13 am Reply
    • mohojo

      The problem with fasting is that your body needs energy to heal. If you don’t eat the right foods, your body cannot create energy out of nothing. Homemade chicken soup is so good for you and perfect for giving your body the energy it needs to heal.

      March 24th, 2016 3:33 am Reply
      • Chris

        The body has reserves to power all vital organs for many days without solid food. So it is not true that the body doesn’t get enough energy for healing during a fast. Of course it is important to stay in bed and move as little as possible during a fast, but with minimum activity throughout the day, a fast is a powerful way to help your body heal. Besides, many people by instinct are not hungry when they are sick. When I had my last strep throat I couldn’t imagine eating anything for the entire first day. No because of the pain in my throat but because my body simply didn’t ask for it. Listen to your body! Chicken soups are great for liquid, and electrolytes but have very little calories. (1 cup = 15cal), so you’d need 100 cups a day to fulfill your caloric needs if your theory about “food for energy” is correct. Highly doubt that would happen. I took antibiotics all my life whenever I had strep throat, twice a year. I think it definitely damaged me in some way. Had my tonsils removed a few months ago and now I’m trying to cope with things without antibiotics. I started taking high doses of iodine (25mg a day) more than a year ago and I haven’t been sick once. After running out of some secondary supplements I was supposed to take with my iodine, I stopped my iodine intake over the last two weeks. Since everyone around me was sick over the last weeks, my body couldn’t handle it anymore and now I’m sick too. However, I do not believe I have strep since I’m in no severe pain in my throat, just feel a bit under the weather. I regret having taken pain killers over the last day in hopes for being able to go to work, because lowering the body temperature artificially during sicknesses is also not good because fever is essential for fighting diseases. So I’ve been out for four days now with a mild cold. In the future I will refrain from taking any over the counter meds during sicknesses, and see if this makes things heal faster or more effectively. Cheers!

        May 12th, 2016 3:39 am Reply
  • Duana

    I make a similar concoction that might be a little easier on the stomach. I always eat before ingesting such powerful ingredients (soups, etc.) as the garlic may cause stomach irritation, especially on an empty stomach. I mix onion, cloves garlic, ginger root, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, and sliced whole lemon in a 4 qt. pot, and drink like a tea. Works like magic, but my throat is still achy. It’s day 5 now so it will take time, and the dry heat in my house doesn’t help. I’m going to incorporate some steam with oregano oil to keep the moisture barrier stable. Good luck everyone. Natural remedies are great, but all depends on the tolerance you built up. If you go to the doctor for a common cold, then do also go to your doctor for strep. Fight a common cold naturally then you can take it from there.

    February 4th, 2016 8:48 am Reply
    • Jake Adler

      Can we sub Chili powder instead of cayenne? Is heat the goal, or cayenne has specific healing properties?

      July 12th, 2016 4:30 pm Reply
      • RaRa

        You’ll want to use cayenne pepper. It’s not so much about the heat, but that cayenne has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and pain relief properties (among others), which is why it’s good for sore throats. Chili powder can be a number of spices mixed together, and while it may contain cayenne, you’ll want to double check the other ingredients to make sure they’re not going to irritate your throat even more.

        July 20th, 2016 5:07 pm Reply
  • Jayme

    I can buy into letting the immune system build up defenses against strep. However, I don’t think this is advice that should be taken lightly and for everyone. I think if you’re going to go this route you should be aware that you may be putting yourself at risk. That’s cool that the author’s father was aware that this would work for their child…probably because he tried it on himself first and had firsthand knowledge of how his body works……but saying “my father loved me enough” to do this….BS…I’m calling that one out (big eye roll from me). I myself am INCREDIBLY susceptible to strep infections…so much so that it attacks my nervous system and I get paralyzed. It IS life threatening. My body has a severe autoimmune response to strep…and strep is a huge protagonist in many autoimmune disorders in general. It’s also not likely that people will actually KNOW that they have an impaired immune system to strep, because it’s the strep that causes the autoimmune disorder. To me, that’s too much guess work to be safe. I’d be cautious in suggesting this is right for anyone unless you’re also willing to accept any risks for yourself that may come with it. Doctors thought I had polio when I was little because I had to drag myself everywhere since strep got into my spine and my legs wouldn’t function….so I will gladly challenge the author in saying…My parents loved me enough to get me some damn antibiotics the next time I got strep. I’m sure if the author’s parents had gotten them antibiotics, they would have said the same thing “my parents loved me enough”, just to push an agenda. I’m am completely against overuse of antibiotics, but this is careless writing if taken to anything more than just an observation, not only in the way the author disregards that risks involved, probably from lack of experience, but uses careless writing techniques to promote an emotional response to further make a blanket statement. I can agree that it’s possible this solution worked for the author and kudos to them for that event and their finding, but I’m not surprised that people are writing in with ridicule. Strep is a really big problem for some people, and if you have no experience in those dangers yourself, you shouldn’t be advising others on it.

    February 2nd, 2016 2:33 pm Reply
    • Happy Little

      As with anything else you have to know your own body and accept your own risk. Nothing should ever be considered effective for everyone! I DO believe that everyone should see that there ARE other avenues they can pursue and not just be handed the one size fits all answer. Given your personal experience, you know what you should do when you believe you have strep. My guess is that most people do not find themselves in such an awful state from a bout of strep throat. I believe I’m accurate in assuming that if the author had begun losing function of bodily parts they would have went to seek professional attention….and quickly!! Eye rolls aside I believe in educating people and then letting them decide what is best for themselves, not dictating that my way or your way is the right one for them.

      February 3rd, 2016 10:45 am Reply
    • april marie

      I think it is very impractical and irresponsible to tell people to wait it out when they are suffering. When you get strep as an adult it can be very serious and debilitating! I know from experience. All you want to do is sleep and get to the doctor as soon as you can! Who has time for these remedies when your suffering!??

      February 8th, 2016 3:28 pm Reply
    • Fray

      The author also said healthy individuals with no issues with their immune system… maybe you should make sure you’ve read and understood what you’ve read before putting your 2 cents in.

      March 29th, 2016 3:21 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    I struggled and suffered with annual strep throat infections throughout my childhood and teenage years. Each time I took antibiotics to cure it. Each year it came back.
    Then, I became a poor art student, and this time I did not have the money to see a doctor. I suffered but found the only thing that relieved the excruciating swallowing pain was the all natural herbal toothpaste I was using. This toothpaste is Auromere licorice. It has over 20 Ayurvedic herbs, including the antibiotic neem. I started to take some of the toothpaste and mix it with some water to use as a throat gargle. Then, I would experience relief. I kept this up, repeating any time I needed relief, and I kicked strep. That was about 25 years ago, and I have not had another strep infection since.

    January 28th, 2016 6:26 pm Reply
  • Hyacinth

    Strep throat sloughs off cells and into the bloodstream. Over time, when untreated, strep will cause devastating other problems like kidney failure and arthritis. Most people I have treated with kidney failure are people who had strep as a kid and they did not get treatment with antibiotics. Any sore throat that does not go away in 3 days needs medical treatment. The home treatments are designed to bring relief from the pain and discomfort, not KILL bugs.

    January 24th, 2016 10:21 pm Reply
  • Marcy

    I’m all for natural treatments, but please beware of this one. I just took it for a confirmed case of strep and feel even worse now. My stomach is killing me. It started immediately. I normally like things spicy, so it’s not that I can’t handle the heat. It’s awful. I will recommend the acv gargle though. Feel better all

    January 16th, 2016 5:32 pm Reply
    • Melissa

      Did you make sure you ate with it? This is cayenne pepper, it will burn. Anyone who reads this, make sure you EAT something before ingesting this. Cheers.

      May 12th, 2016 11:37 pm Reply
  • Lot

    I’m so glad I read this post :) thank you!!! I’m open to herbal remedy as it works well for me, since antibiotics made me even iller once always look for the alternative route!

    After confirming at docs it was a bacterial infection I followed this advice- althought they gave me a perscriptions for antibiotics I didn’t get it as there is plenty of natural cures in food!

    Spoonfuls of straight up honey, herbal tea, gargling straight AVC (worked best for me straight as drinking it in water went on too long :,) ) and the cayenne and garlic I added sliced & raw to potato salad and curries along with turmeric. Made it bearable for me 😀

    oh and drink coconut drink by ‘rude health’ and also cold pineapple juice! It’s antibacterial and soothing. Vegan coconut ice cream was a really yummy antibacterial treat too! Literally took two days too feel almost normal again. Sleep, drink plenty also wash hands and surfaces as it is contagious!!

    January 13th, 2016 7:21 pm Reply
  • Larry

    Everyone’s body is deferent. Herbs are great remidies to bust the immune system and prepair it to fight off germs and viruses. Keep in mind that if you have developed an infection with a fever your body is telling you that your immune system needs help. See a doctor for immediate help and once you have fought your infection fortify you body with healthy greens, goldenseal, echinacea for immune support. Take care of your infection first.

    January 2nd, 2016 7:33 am Reply
  • Sasha

    As much as I agree that natural remedies work. I don’t agree with you that strep will go away on its own. I had it for nearly 3 weeks
    Couldn’t get out of bed eventually had a horrible earache that came with it. The nearest walk in clinic was 10-15 minute walk and it took me an hour because I could barely walk from the pain. I had no money at the time and I didn’t drive as well as having to take an infant and a toddler with me. I ended up needing antibiotics as I couldn’t afford anything else. It could have gotten much worse.

    So please don’t advise people it’ll just “go away” it’s not true. I’ve always had it longer than a week. These days I catch it early on an damage to eat a lot of garlic gargle with salt water and take honey. Sometimes lime or lemon and honey for the cough or some other remedy depending on what I have at home.
    Which works.
    But strep Def needs treatment as it will not subside within a week for some people.

    December 28th, 2015 2:04 pm Reply
    • Dartmouth

      You say it “usually” lasts over a week for you. Am I right to assume you are a loyal and regular strep patient? If you “usually” treat it with your anti-doctor-biotics your body is not ready to sweat it out in a few simple days. I rather believe yor experience was more like coming off heroin cold turkey than sweating out strep.
      For you personally I would suggest to just stick with any doctors orders and work on the natural imune recovery slowly.

      January 17th, 2016 4:34 am Reply
      • Val

        I agree with Sasha on that. I don’t go to the doctor for every little thing, and until I had strep a couple years ago, hadn’t been to a doctor in almost five years. My strep lasted three weeks, getting worse all the while, until I finally went to get antibiotics. Not everyone can muscle through, and have it go away within that timeline. Everyone has to recognize, that at some point, whether you like it or not, the doctor needs to get involved.

        March 8th, 2016 11:16 am Reply
  • notsofast

    Anecdotal “cures” are often harmless but can sometimes be dangerous. Often relatively minor illnesses will clear up on their own, but people falsely claim the home remedy cured it. Be careful.

    December 13th, 2015 4:14 pm Reply
  • Loni Lichfield

    I need to know if I can go forward with these natural remedies as a pregnant woman. Would someone please kindly advise me of any adjustments or changes I should make or consider before I try one of these remedies? Thank you!

    November 29th, 2015 2:06 pm Reply
  • Stacy

    The raw garlic burns my mouth really bad, is there a different way to use the garlic?

    November 20th, 2015 8:46 pm Reply
  • catherine mauler

    I gargle with applecider vinegar and water mix. Also over the counter anti inflammatory seems to help with the throat swelling. Usually gone in 2-3 days and bearable in the meantime.

    November 20th, 2015 5:17 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    Reader- if your going to muscle through it, be sure you’re prepared to face the possible life threatening consequences- that may be rare, but DO happen. My uncle had strep in his teens, was prescribed antibiotics but didn’t take them. It got better. When he was 28 he had sudden kidney failure, biopsies revealed strep had been eating them away for years, he was on dialysis and received 2 donated kidneys before passing away 8 years later. This CAN happen. You take the chances if you want. I won’t.

    November 5th, 2015 7:27 pm Reply
    • Teresa

      Thank you, Stephanie! I’m sorry about your uncle. I wonder if pride could be the cause of people not wanting to take antibiotics? As a stay at home mom I don’t have the luxury of 10 days in bed. The last time I had strep throat I thought it was the flu, by day three my husband had to carry me to doctor I knew I was dying. Thankfully it was just strep throat and I could have not been more relieved for antibiotics. There is no way I could have gone another day in that condition without intervention. I do believe these herbal remedies can help, but they are not always the cure or end all.

      December 22nd, 2015 8:46 am Reply
  • Nicole

    I never progressed enough to see white spots. But a couple years ago, I began to develope the worst sore throat of my life. Within hours I couldn’t breathe without pain, let alone swallow. Food was a distant dream. The pain in my throat was overwhelming. Talking was impossible, and eventually, my external muscles began to freeze, limiting my neck movement. It terrified me! I tried the first natural remedy for strep(because my mom thought for sure I had it, having dealt with it before), which was the ACV and raw honey. I did mone in juice. And halfway through this painful, large glass of juice, the paralyzation of my outer neck muscles began to relax! From there my symptoms reversed, and over the next day and a half, with a couple more glasses of juice, they disappeared completely! I was amazed. I have autoimmune issues, so getting sick has always been a nightmare for me. I think leading up to this, a big help was daily use of Greens! It’s boosted my immune system a lot, and now I can fight off infections and viruses like anyone else! I am fully pro-natural remedies!!

    October 26th, 2015 10:11 am Reply
  • Luna

    Not sure if I have strep, although I have the symptoms of it. I had a fever a few days ago when it began and a scratchy throat. Now, four days later, it feels like knives when I swallow. I can hardly swallow my saliva, never mind eating. I was lucky to get down a banana smoothie today. I can’t fathom trying anything else. My head feels like it might explode, my body aches (although less severely than it did two days ago) and little red spots on the roof of my mouth and back of my throat. No white patches yet. But I made the honey, cayenne, garlic mixture (I think it tastes kind of good, sweet and hot and spicy) and we’ll see how it goes. I have to be at work tomorrow and since I have no voice and my job requires me to be able to go over contracts, I’m going to hope this works fast.

    August 13th, 2015 11:49 pm Reply
  • tana

    I used to get strep throat once a year. I was wary of antibiotics and sometimes, I would stress over getting an appointment with a doctor and they would say that the strep had progressed to the point that antibiotics were unnecessary. So one year I decided to forgo the doctor bills an all the rest, having read that many people just let the illness run it’s course without meds and survive. It was indeed the worst case of strep I’d ever had. I was down for a week and barely able to swallow my own saliva much less water. I didn’t know about apple cider vinegar at the time unfortunately! I took to swabbing the ridiculous amounts of pus/blood from both sides of my throat and gargling with a sea salt water/ hydrogen peroxide mixture. It was worth the uncomfortable and feverish week. This was in 2005 and I’ve never had another case of strep again!!

    August 8th, 2015 8:28 am Reply
  • Kayl

    I feel like I have strep but I’m not sure; I’m going to wait it out a few more days. I’ve felt crappy since Tuesday; so I’m going to wait it out a few more days; so far I’ve gargled with salt water and have been drinking nothing but water and resting as much as possible. So if what you say rings true; then I’ll be okay.

    July 16th, 2015 7:29 pm Reply
  • Tesia

    So I have to share my experience. So a couple of days ago I started to feel the onset of a sore throat and fever, immediately I began gargling with a mixture of warm water, sea salt, and a few tablespoons of raw ACV. A little later on, I discovered about 5 puss pockets in the back of my throat. First thought. Strep. Darn. I called and made a doc appt for the next day, that’s when I decided to do some research and found this post. I started that afternoon taking the garlic mixture. What I did differently was I didn’t use it every half hour, but more like every 2-4 hours apart, or whenever I remember to. However, I would follow every garlic treatment with the ACV mixture instead of just 3 times a day. Also, I took a small spray bottle and combined it with filtered water, a tablespoon of collodial silver, a few drops of lemon essential oil, peppermint essential oil, and oregano essential oil, and I sprayed this on the back of my throat to soothe irritation. The next day I woke with practically no fever. Yay! And I was down to 3 puss pockets. Continued my normal treatment, went to my doctor appt, and tested negative for strep…. Huh. He believed I just developed bacteria from the sore throat. Perscribed my with some antibiotics, which I probably won’t take. Told me I look fine sent me home. Now, I woke up this morning, with absolutely no fever and no puss pockets whatsoever. What?! Woohoo! I was going to call into work Tommorow, but now I don’t think I have to!

    July 12th, 2015 2:24 pm Reply
  • Jerry

    I’m an RN and I currently have strep throat for what is probably the 10th time in my life. I’m not a carrier, but my sister was when I was a child and until she got her tonsils out, every time she got it, I got it. I toughed it out the first 2 times without antibiotics. Guess what-it came back. You can’t develop an immunity to strep throat caused by Group A strep. You can’t pass on a fake immunity to your child either. That’s like saying you can develop immunity to a staph infection after surgery and then pass that to your children so they will be immune to staph infections. It doesn’t work that way. Strep is a bacteria that can recur at any time suddenly. Most of the population has it in their system naturally, sometimes it just flares up. So sure, I’m all for home remedy-but your “article” title of how to kick strep throat fast by telling us “let your immune system work” is misleading. Those aren’t tips. That singer gave us more info in his response. But for the record-if it doesn’t resolve in a week, you should definitely get a strep test and get treatment as it can lead to further complications if not addressed, especially if immunocompromised.

    July 10th, 2015 7:18 am Reply
    • Deb

      Jerry, thank you for posting this comment. I wish you would have elaborated on the complications if a strep test and treatment isn’t followed so that others are aware. I am currently suffering from strep throat that I let go for almost a week, thinking it would clear up. It didn’t. It steadily got worse. Visiting my doctor’s office yesterday, he informed me that my uvula (the fleshly thing hanging at the back of the throat for those reading this) was so swollen that it was threatening my breathing passage. He said another day or two at most and I would likely be in the ER needing to be intubated. I was given two hefty injections in the rear and sent home with two scripts for antibiotics. I’ve had two dosages of the by mouth antibiotics and felt pretty good all day, now I find I’m declining back where I was before I saw the doctor.
      I’m worried. I’m wondering if the antibiotics will actually work, if it’s normal to feel a setback initially and how long I should wait before going back to see him again. Normally, I get strep throat, start taking the antibiotics and I’m on the mend. This time, not so much. Maybe I’m expecting results too soon…or maybe I waited too long to get medical attention? Thoughts, anyone?

      August 17th, 2015 8:41 pm Reply
    • Hannah

      Yes! So glad someone said something! If I were to listen to this article all the time I could die. I have a previous vsd and heart issues currently so not treating strep isn’t an option as it could go to my heart.
      I do have to admit, I waited a good 6 days to go to the doctor the first time, I didn’t think I actually had strep so didn’t want to go through being swabbed, and the pain never lessened, my throat just kept getting worse. In fact, I didn’t start antibiotics until 8 days after my tonsils swelling up. My strep didn’t go away on its own and I waited at least 7 days because I’m stubborn.

      October 26th, 2015 10:53 am Reply
    • LOOregano

      Jerry, if what you say were true and that it really was impossible to have any kind of immunity to Strep Throat, then everyone who is exposed to strep throat would get it every single time. The fact is, is that that doesn’t happen. People are often exposed to strep throat and don’t always get it. That means people do have some kind of immunity to this disease and that it does depend on the strength of that persons immune system.

      You said that most people have the bacteria have it and that sometimes it just flares up. That is not a very scientific statement and that if this opinion is shared by the greater medical community, that indicates the greater medical community doesn’t have a clue why all of a sudden it could just flare up and overtake someones immunity.

      I also do not trust a Natural remedy just because it is claimed to be natural (after all strep throat is all natural, but that doesn’t mean it is good for me! :-) ). I value people’s feedback on this site, combined with what it is saying, most valuable. I myself have strep throat now, but thankfully have a Chinese medicine doctor who prescribed non-antibiotic herbs in order to help the body heal. I see this as the best of both worlds. Non-antibiotic treatment to help my body overcome it.

      January 14th, 2016 4:26 pm Reply
  • Tami Rasmussen

    So almost 4 weeks ago, I got what I think may have been the flu. The following weekend I [got a BAD sore throat. It knocked me out again. My neck was swollen and it hurt to swallow for a few days. After day 3-4 it gradually got better. I thought strep throat was always related to the white spots and there were none. Now, 3 weeks later, my husband had a BAD sore throat no white spots, no fever, got tested after 5 days of not being able to knock it and it was strep. Now I am freaking out that I am going to develop a complication because I never got checked or received an antibiotic. What can I do naturally to hope that something like rheumatic fever or scarlet fever does not develop? Its been almost 3 weeks and I have read that is can be UP TO 6 WEEKS before complications come up. Does anyone have some advice to ease my anxiety?

    June 4th, 2015 11:55 am Reply
    • Ed

      If you don’t have symptoms it is very likely you won’t develop scarlet fever or Rheumatic fever. From what I understand, this happens when the immune system is desperate and failing to resolve the infection on its own.

      July 10th, 2015 11:45 am Reply
  • Brenda

    One person stated that the white spots in the throat could be nothing but strep….WRONG….as a RN with 35 years experience,there are more reasons to have white spots in your throat: Thrush, mouth ulcers, sinus drainage causing raw spots, etc….you all are listening to someone who ASSUMES he had strep but was never tested…be careful… Strep is nothing to play with…left untreated it can migrate to the heart resulting in valve damage….it can also go to the kidneys causing severe infections and even kidney failure….

    June 2nd, 2015 1:04 pm Reply
    • Mellie

      The point of this article is that the strep IS being treated, but naturally rather than with prescription antibiotics.

      August 27th, 2015 8:50 am Reply
      • Val

        If the person was never tested, how do you know it’s strep?

        March 8th, 2016 11:27 am Reply
    • Marisa

      What’s an RN?

      October 25th, 2015 8:33 pm Reply
      • Jenny

        Marissa, I really do hope that you are joking. An RN is a registered nurse.

        November 17th, 2015 9:21 pm Reply
  • Notwowto

    I get throat issues regularly, and I’ve used a nearly identical formula to get rid of Strep Throat sans antibiotics, and MUCH quicker than when using antibiotics. Only thing different was I used Oil of Oregano directly applied to throat (extremely painful) and collidial silver in addition to what you listed. IMO OO and Silver sped it up a ton. Silver like, 30 sprays a day, spread through out the day, directly on back of throat. And OoO about 15-30 drops throughout the day.

    May 31st, 2015 10:57 pm Reply
  • Karen

    I have an 11 year old boy. He refuses to take meds for strep. He’s been sick for 4 days now. Has only eaten very little. Was wondering if he didn’t take anything, he won’t try the concoction that is mentioned, how long would it take for him to feel better? I have to take off work while he is gone from school and can’t take off another day. Advice is appreciated. Thanks.

    May 31st, 2015 7:54 pm Reply
    • Albart

      Advice: You’re the parent, not him. Make him take the meds.

      September 9th, 2015 4:39 pm Reply
  • Mary

    I’m reading this and I think it is great that every one was able to get over strep on their own. Good for you. But, I have to be the note of caution. I caught strep every couple of weeks for about two years, when I was 13. My mother also let me “tough it out.” I wound up in the hospital with tonsils and lymph nodes so swollen I had to have surgery. My jaw was so swollen I could not speak, much less eat. It also turns out that the bacteria had spread to my heart and damaged it. Be careful, see a doctor.

    May 27th, 2015 10:48 pm Reply
  • CJ

    I am going to try this garlic/cayenne/honey mixture. I came down with strep on Thursday whilel out of town visiting my sister. In order to avoid a hefty emergency bill, I decided to tough it out until we returned home and I could see my primary phiysician. We arrived home Sunday afternoon and by Monday morning I was feeling much better but still had a pretty significant sore throat. Tuesday was even better. Today (Wed) I returnerd to work and made it through just fine but still have this nagging sore throat. So after my shift I decided to do some research and stumbled across this site. I really hope this helps with the soreness. But, clearly I am recovering with no antibiotics and it would be truelly awesome if I never have strep throat again!

    May 20th, 2015 4:09 pm Reply
  • Elisabeth

    I had strep for a week before I went to the doctor for it. They gave me a shot and it didn’t work. Since the service was horrible, I decided not to go back. A Dr. that specializes in natural medicine had me take a probiotic (build up the strong good bacteria to fight the bad is how she explained it). For upkeep or when I feel like I’m catching something I’ll drink “tea” consisting of: warm water, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar-with “the mother”, cinnamon stick, and raw local honey. It actually tastes a lot like apple cider but with a bit more of a “zing”. I had a really bad case and haven’t caught it again since although two years later my nephew keeps popping up with it and I’ve been around him constantly every time. He’s being put on antibiotics every time :-(

    May 2nd, 2015 11:23 am Reply
  • Alyssa

    Is it safe to take this remedy while pregnant? I just found out I have step and am nervous about putting antibiotics in my body while pregnant.

    April 24th, 2015 5:10 am Reply
  • Melanie

    Our neighbors child has strep throat and scarlet fever. Over the weekend our kids were playing together so her mom told us about the exposure. I made the mistake of mentioning it to my mother who reacted in complete hysteria over it. She nagged me to take them to urgent care to get early treatment of antibiotics and I refused. She told me my lackadaisical response is ridicules and I should be more proactive. So I had them a teaspoon of raw honey (for the 5 yr old) and apple cider vinegar for the 11 year old and sent them to bed. Again she harped about how she is now exposed and she can’t afford to be sick. I tried to tell her that exposure does not equal contraction or infection. But I’m talking to a person who runs to urgent care for ever ache and pain, so I don’t expect her to understand. My kids have never been to the hospital for colds, never had flu shots, and only treated with antibiotics once in their lives.
    Anyhow, to satisfy my mom I called the kids doctor and told them about the exposure and they said if they aren’t showing symptoms then not to bring them in. They wont pre-treat. I was glad to hear that as it validated my lackadaisical response. I will continue to give honey and ACV treatments and my oldest actually enjoys raw garlic. And I’ll let you know if it ever develops from here into anything.

    April 21st, 2015 10:07 am Reply
  • karen

    Well, I have to weigh in on this because I tried it this week for strep throat. I am so shocked and impressed I am telling everyone about this. Strep is making its rounds here where we live. Friday I began to feel it, Sat much more, Sunday could barely drag myself out of bed. Saw this site and decided to try this. I was all prepared to head to Dr on Tues if no difference. Began Monday am, did it pretty much exactly as explained, minus the gargling. Never have been able to do that. I did add 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar to garlic mix. Also started really pumping up on Vit C and sipped bone broth through the day. Tues morning was remarkably better then Mon, 24 hours later. So I continued and by Wed am, I knew I had kicked it. I continued with garlic but only about 4 doses that day. It is now Thurs and its gone, with only a slight rasp in my throat to remind me. I am going to continue the garlic 2x day for another week. Everyone I know who has been on the antibiotics is still feeling it, even after a week. Made a big believer out of me.

    April 16th, 2015 4:52 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Great news! I’ll bet you will be more resistant to catching it again next time too since you licked it without drugs and built some natural immunity.

      April 16th, 2015 4:54 pm Reply
      • shareen

        What to do for pain and if you need to work?

        April 25th, 2015 8:51 am Reply
      • Holly

        Any suggestions for young kids (2 years old)? I can see her taking the raw honey, the ACV (maybe), but raw garlic? Help!

        September 17th, 2015 1:02 am Reply
  • Chummy

    I know this article is several years old, but I thought I’d chime in for anyone still reading. Our family doctor is open minded, scientific and pragmatic. He is a board certified family doctor who also uses homeopathy and natural home remedies. He has treated our entire family of 7 for Strep Throat over the years. He recommends adults tough it out, and that children be kept under very close observation, but tough it out as well. However, in one case in which I personally was unable to overcome the illness within 10 days he recommended that I take antibiotics, but left it up to me. I took them and have not had Strep Throat since. He explained Strep Throat like this. This bacteria is in the digestive system all of the time, and we get Strep Throat when our system is out of balance, usually due to stress, exhaustion, lack of sleep, etc. Strep bacteria then has the opportunity to over colonize, leading to illness. When you tough out the illness without antibiotics, you preserve the healthy bacteria in your gut which keeps Strep bacteria from taking over. That’s why people who choose not to take antibiotics are less likely to have a repeat occurrence. In other words, you can’t “build up immunity,” but you can maintain a healthy gut by avoiding antibiotics whenever possible and by being aggressive with probiotics when you do take them.

    April 1st, 2015 9:19 pm Reply
    • Heather

      Thanks for posting!! I get strep once every 2 to 3 months and go through the same scenario.. go to doc, get amoxicillin it goes away for 2 months, then its back. This time I am saying enough is enough! When you mention probiotics, do you reccommend kombucha?

      April 9th, 2015 1:31 pm Reply
    • Leah

      This comment makes complete sense to me. I have been holding up my immune system through a mostly plant based diet and herbs etc successfully until the last month. Prior to this my immune system was in terrible due to my partner dying, losing my business and having my home repossessed. I was not eating properly and in quite a state.

      For the last month every time I have worked a long shift and then drank alcohol, the next day I have a sore throat and signs of ‘coming down with something’. I have rested, eaten well, taken herbs or whatever, and luckily by the next day, I’ve been fine. However, the last two weeks I have been very low, not eating properly and not taking any of my herbs. I have even had take away food which is not like me and of course just promotes ill health. I drank alcohol two nights in a row (which is also unusual) and today I have developed strep. I’m contributing this to alcohol lowering my immune system but I have to be able to combat this in the past, until the last two weeks when I didn’t give my body anything to fight with.

      I have never had step before but I am fairly sure this is what I am experiencing. I don’t have tonsils as they were taken out so it can’t be tonsillitis. I have no cold or flu symptoms other than feeling off, temperature and headache. I have a severe sore throat and white patches. My throat looks like all the strep throat pictures on Google.

      Anyway, I have been using oregano this evening as this has been scientifically proven to be more effective than antibiotics against strep. I have also made a tea of nettles, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon, gargled with acv, drank a couple of chamomile teas and took some raspberry leaf tincture. I also put five cloves of garlic in my dinner too so I will stink for the next 24 hours! As much as I don’t feel great, I don’t feel AWFUL. I was running a temperature earlier but that has gone. I am struggling to sleep though despite feeling tired hence why I am commenting at 4.30am!

      I will update how long this lasts and what I did. I always try a combination of things and try to attack from all angles. I recommend that anyone suffering any illness does the same as long as they know what they are combining is safe to do so. I would recommend taking remedies aimed at the problem, some multi vitamin herbs like dandelion, nettles, alfalfa or raspberry leaf and then some immune boosting remedies too. That way you are doing all you can to support your body even if you are not eating a lot due to pain or feeling unwell. Try to avoid refined sugars and starches. Eat as much nutritional food as you can manage when ill. Always keep up fluids even if you don’t feel like drinking. It’s very important in any illness.

      May 22nd, 2015 11:44 pm Reply
    • junkman

      I think this is the best advice that I have heard, it makes a lot of sense. Strep effects my stomach greatly. Thanks for sharing.

      October 18th, 2015 3:34 pm Reply
  • susanne

    you never mentioned if a throat culture was done when visiting the doctor. You only said he looked at your throat and prescribed you something. We don’t know for sure if you had strep throat. It might have just been a mild throat infection.

    March 31st, 2015 8:01 am Reply
    • Alexa

      white spots on your tonsills is strep throat…. can’t be anything else… thoiught everyone knew that.

      April 10th, 2015 12:42 pm Reply
      • Natalie

        Actually white spots on the tonsils don’t just indicate strep throat it could be many things such as: Mononucleosis (or better known just as Mono), severe tonsillitis, oral thrush and even Diphtheria (but of course there are other symptoms with Diphtheria not just white spots on tonsils). Strep Throat can only be determined by a throat culture, I’d never recommend self diagnoses. I have had a history of strep throat 4x a year since the age of 14 (I am now 21). Recently went to the doctor to get a note for work expecting strep throat and surprise, strep test was negative! Had a blood test for Mono, Positive. I am all for natural health (I actually treat all my illnesses naturally if possible) but I always make sure to know the monster I am up against. :)

        April 15th, 2015 9:05 pm Reply
        • Mike

          I am a specialist physician in my country (Australia) There are a number of viral and bacterial causes for what may be perceived by a person to be strep throat. Some are potentially life threatening. At least three types of bacterial tonsillar/throat infection (diphtheria, haemophilus and pertussis) can in some cases progress very rapidly to airways obstruction. So if you do develop tonsillitis or sore throat that is significantly inconveniencing you I would strongly recommend that you see a competent family doctor sooner rather than later and insist on having the tonsils swabbed. Antibiotics may or may not be prescribed once the swab result comes back, depending on whether the result is positive for a bacterial infection, but get the swab done and ring up or attend promptly to get follow up antibiotic treatment if indicated.

          Strep throat can cause serious heart and kidney complications later and needs to be treated in every case with suitable antibiotics for up to 10 days. Persons who state otherwise need to read up on rheumatic fever and streptococcal nephritis. Both are disastrous but are potentially avoidable if streptococcal infections (of the skin as well as of the throat) are treated with the appropriate antibiotics.

          Don’t forget: Your esteemed raconteur Samuel Clemens is alleged to have once said: Denial ain’t a river in Eygpt. Protect yourself. Understand the history (horrific), the science and the evidence for treatment of these diseases and don’t succumb to snake oil remedies.

          May 4th, 2015 8:21 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Just a heads up, Garlic…like antibiotics, affect birth control.

    March 28th, 2015 9:23 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    I was just looking through articles because I’ve been having a sore throat associated with a cold virus and found that coconut oil helped soothe it. I just want to add my 2 cents here. I really don’t think riding out strep is a good idea. A few years ago, I broke out in these scaly bumps all over my body. It was so itchy I would wake up in the middle of the night with blood on the sheets from scratching. Eventually, my dermatologist tested me for strep with a blood test. I had apparently contracted strep about 5 months earlier and didn’t even have a sore throat! This led to psoriasis guttate. After a round of antibiotics about 90% of my psoriasis cleared up. Now, about 3 years later, I still battle with psoriasis and it is an awful and embarrassing disease. About 6 months ago, I had a minor sore throat and the next day, had a sudden sunburn like rash that lasted about 30 minutes. I was in tears. I thought I was having an allergic reaction and was going to die. Eventually I got to the doctor and I suggested a throat cultureg. Strep AGAIN. My dr said that it’s clear my strep manifests itself more in my skin than in my throat for some reason. So PLEASE take strep seriously. I’m all about home healing and avoiding antibiotics whenever possible, but I don’t want anyone else to have to experience psoriasis. I’m a 24 year old woman and will, for the rest of my life, be embarrassed by my body thanks to strep-induced psoriasis when I was only 20.

    March 27th, 2015 10:38 pm Reply
    • Aimee

      Sounds like you have a serious gut flora issue. I would definitely try to boost my immune system by taking a high quality probiotic with 10 strains minimum. Or even better… eat traditionally cultured foods like homemade sauerkraut or drink homemade kefir.

      April 12th, 2015 11:16 pm Reply
    • David

      Look at dropping nightshades in your diet. You have an autoimmune disease and you should check our Autoimmune Protocol diet. My assistant stopped eating nightshades and her psoriasis stopped within a month. Hers was all over her arms and legs for years.

      April 23rd, 2015 9:26 am Reply
  • James

    I used to get strep about twice a year sometimes 3. When I was a kid we always got meds and of course it was gone in a flash. As an adult, making my own decisions, I decided to ride it out 2 times. Both did not end well. The first time it became scarlet fever. The second time I would have been hospitalized with a trach had I not gone when I did. My tonsils were s big I could barely breathe. They closed every time I relaxed the least little bit. So, although natural remedies are great, do not neglect your health and wait too long for these to take affect.

    March 25th, 2015 4:26 pm Reply
    • Leah

      I completely appreciate your point and it is a valid one. However, I can’t get to the drs for two days now anyway so this is the kind of advice that could seriously prevent something like this turning as nasty as yours did for those that know nothing of natural remedies.

      Our bodies should be able to fight off anything with the right support. I have been able to stay well for months despite living with people who have had serious colds, possibly flu, chest infections and minor colds. I haven’t developed anything until I allowed my immune system to slip. There are lots of natural remedies that will boost you immune system so it has a chance of fighting even if this is until you can see a doctor or in conjunction with prescribed medication.

      I personally think it is better to try and stimulate your immune system to deal with any illness. However, I would always advice anyone to get a diagnosis and a prescription for the medication needed so they at least know what they are dealing with, and if their body does not respond to their natural remedies, they can pick up medication sharpish. There are times when the body becomes overwhelmed and it just can’t fight off what it should be able to.

      May 23rd, 2015 12:02 am Reply
  • Ryan

    I recently just had a strep throat/ fever for the about 3 days. I didn’t get sick for about 2 years before this too. Here is what I did to get rid of it:

    1. Took a swig of apple cider vinegar several times/ day.

    3. Drank Echinacea tea

    2. Made the cayenne pepper, raw honey, chopped garlic concoction and took a 1/2 teaspoon several times/ day.

    3. ‘The Kicker’. 4 drops of oil of oregano diluted with water and had this 2-3 times/ day. I’m pretty sure this is what really made an impact.

    I hate using anti-biotics from the doctor and wanted to use a natural alternative. I was close to going to the doctors for how terrible I felt, but I stuck it out for a couple days and then rapidly started feeling better. I will use this concoction anytime in the future, but hopefully I don’t need too :)

    March 24th, 2015 11:20 am Reply
  • Kate

    I’ve been battling the flu the past 5 days now. I’ve been gargling with ACV and cayenne, taking elderberry lozenges, and drinking lots of immune-boosting tea. I haven’t been eating garlic, honey, and cayenne together, because my stomach was upset the first few days.
    I wonder if I start this regime now if it will combat my (perhaps strep) throat problem? Is it too late? I’m really trying to avoid going to the doctor. I’ve been taking ibuprofen when the pain is too much to bear.
    Any suggestions would be well appreciated!

    March 21st, 2015 10:02 pm Reply
  • Amy Y

    You do realize, of course, that these ‘natural remedies’ are antibiotic in nature? Many pharmaceuticals are derived from natural sources. Garlic, onions, etc., especially in quantities recommended here are very akin to taking an antibiotic- penicillin ABOs are the recommended first line defense against Strep(except for those allergic obv) and where did penicillin come from? Uh, it was found to be produced by mold. Yes, it has been altered and ‘enhanced’- sometimes to facilitate administration(IM injection, IV admin) or to enhance its effectiveness against certain types of microorganisms.

    Look up Allicin. It is found in Garlic and exhibits antibiotic properties against many strains of gram – and + strains of bacteria, including some resistant strains. So, I’d say, don’t eat garlic in massive quantities and act like your body is doing all the work- it isn’t- you are helping it out with an antibiotic, just in a more natural form.

    Please, enjoy your heartburn.

    March 19th, 2015 6:03 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Except that natural antibiotics don’t wreak havoc on the gut environment like drug antibiotics do, encouraging gut wall perforation and the development of lifelong autoimmune disease. Big difference!

      March 20th, 2015 7:33 am Reply
      • juilletrain

        Except you are all amazing me with your ability to eat mounds of raw garlic. I can’t even imagine. That makes my guts feel like they are rotting. I love garlic, but not much raw and definitely not in these huge quantities. It would make my stomach completely revolt on me.

        May 1st, 2015 4:43 pm Reply
  • LH

    I think when writing such an article, it is also BEST to mention this article is good for people who have strong immune systems. People with weak immune systems will only worsen and experience WORSE medical problems if not discussed with doctor. How do we know we have weak immunue systems? With a thorough blood test is then diagnosed with low immune system, including experience of shingles twice in one year, which I must add is VERY rare. In our time, we have more people who live longer then previous years, including the days they use herbal. Also, some people are allergic to herbal remedies. None of this has been mentioned in this article, which causes health problems in house holds today. Don’t act like a doctor if you’re not. Instead, spend a few dollars and see a doctor.

    March 1st, 2015 8:58 pm Reply
    • JH

      Although i agree with the statement of poor immune systems being a huge factor in this remedy. in no way did this person call themselves a doctor. They stated that their parent was an MD and had them muscle through it at a young age. They are not enforcing this ideal onto the public, but simple stating with enthusiasm a possible alternative than ineffective antibiotics which, all can agree, do lessen your immune system. I, for one, need antibiotics due to my lack of immune system so i understand your position. Just want to help make it clear that they are not slandering a doctor’s advise but simple putting out there opinions and experiences. The garlic “sucking” does actually help, tremendously actually. Honey is amazing for soothing a sore throat. honey and tea, wonderful remedy. My opinions and experiences but in no way forced onto the public or slandering professionals. If their advise intrigues someone then they have the freedom to choose to utilize it or disregard it. The author is not responsible for the actions of others or the effects they suffer from, from using the advice. yes, there should have been some mention of allergy risks or reactions, however, they are not doctors prescribing medication; they are a simple writer who have a thought to share so if you know your allergic to cayenne (which i am allergic to capsaicin) or garlic or etc. This advice is not for you.
      However, in my recent case i suffered from a sever case of strep throat. My situation was not ideal for an illness like that because i had no transportation to get to any medical aid nor any money and in a new environment with no resources. I had no choice but to rely on my body and wit to survive. i did already know about honey, garlic and salt, all of which i “obtained” from the nearest store. Although it wasn’t brief and i did suffer a lot of pain, it did eventually subside and go away. Now, it has re-occurred but it doesn’t seem as painful or long lasting as before. So i will not say that this article is not full of truth but i will not deny the wisdom to see a doctor. Its best to do what each individual is comfortable with. it is a positive thing when people go out of their way to share their wisdom or experience with the world. Its how we learn on a broader scale.

      March 12th, 2015 4:11 pm Reply
  • Martin DeBourge

    It’s me, checking back in…nearly a year and a half since this article, and strep has never returned.

    I spent a few hours reading every single comment. I’m encouraged by the people who had positive results following the regiment. Alternatively, I have taken to heart the comments from people seriously concerned with “this approach” as opposed to conventional antibiotics. I get it, it’s one of those things you can’t blanket statement on an entire suffering populace, and I would not claim it to be. When I get the frequent inquiry via my facebook from this Healthy Home Economist article, I ALWAYS preface my communication with “I’m not a doctor, and I wont put my neck on the line for it, but I CAN say it worked like gangbusters for me.”

    this, from a SINGER who YEARLY suffered under the hammer of strep throat. Well, no more…
    and I’m SO convinced of it – that IF it ever returned, I would treat it the same way, with natural remedies.

    One of the earlier commentors accurately pointed out that perhaps my success was linked to NOT waiting for “official diagnosis”. I started treating it when I knew damn well what it was. Early.

    Say what you want… but it worked for me, and I can’t afford to lose my voice, so that should tell you something.

    Thanks again…. be good to each other.
    Martin DeBourge

    February 28th, 2015 4:07 am Reply
    • Bree

      In your article you said you only had one case of strep and that was when you were 15 and you haven’t had it since. Now you’re tellino people that you had it YEARLY? I’m confused…

      April 9th, 2015 6:36 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        You are confusing the first article I wrote where I got it at 15 and never got it again. This story is by someone else who was having it on a chronic basis.

        April 9th, 2015 6:41 am Reply
      • Whitney

        No this is the singer… obviously u dont know how to read

        August 22nd, 2015 3:01 am Reply
        • Becky

          Whitney, I urge you to go back and re-read the article. you are confused. I’ve copied and pasted just in case. :)


          “I’ve written before about the one and only case of strep throat I ever had. It occurred when I was 15 and I am ever so grateful my MD father loved me enough to let me fight through it and win without antibiotics. The result? I’ve never ever gotten strep throat again despite repeated exposures. One exposure was in very close quarters – a college roommate had strep throat and I still didn’t contract it! What’s even more interesting is that none of my children have ever had strep either despite multiple exposures from friends and classmates.
          I obviously built up a strong resistance to strep throat at a young age and have been blessed with never having to suffer with it again by allowing my body to fight through it naturally. It’s also quite possible I passed on my immunity to my children via breastfeeding, although that is obviously just an educated guess on my part.
          The article I wrote on my personal strep throat story has invited both ridicule and applause over the past couple of years. Some folks have angrily emailed me saying I am crazy and putting people’s lives in danger by suggesting that forgoing meds for strep is the best way to go if one is in good health.
          For others, the article triggered an “aha moment” with more than just a few deciding once and for all to stare down the strep throat demon and win!
          One such inspiring story crossed my inbox recently and the strep throat victim was none other than professional singer Martin DeBourge!”

          Now, here is Martin’s snippet:

          “Here’s what Martin had to say: ‘As a singer, getting strep throat every single year is not only frustrating, but vocally debilitating! So when it hit again this year, and I felt it coming on, I decided a new course of action was in order.'”

          I ‘d say that it’s pretty clear as to who said what. :)

          October 23rd, 2015 5:04 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Yes!! You can get over strep throat without an antibiotic!! That’s very true!! But you might find out a year or so after that you have developed kidney disease from doing so. That’s excatly what happened to my father. A young healthy man in his early 30’s, thought he could tough it out without going to the doctor. Well, a year later when other complications arrived, he was told he had a deadly kidney disease….Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis. He lived 4 more years in and out of hospitals. Even a kidney transplant couldn’t save his life. He died at 32 leaving his wife and children devastated. So if you are willing to take that chance, yes it’s a small chance, but it happened to our family and CAN happen to you, go for it. But I think it’s child abuse to take that chance with a child.

    February 25th, 2015 2:27 pm Reply
    • tonsmorecowbell

      Call me a skeptic, but how does a man in his 30’s get strep, get diagnosed with kidney disease a year later, live 4 more years, and die at 32? big pharma #troll alert! Also, the fact that they would link strep from years earlier to his death makes me wonder how they also knew that every other factor in his life did not contribute to the kidney disease. It’s well known that pharmaceutical companies hire PR firms that have interns constantly trolling online against people seeking non-conventional medical alternatives, and I would say that this fits the profile.

      If your father did indeed die 4 years after getting kidney disease and, subsequently, finding a -2 year wormhole in space/time, my deepest sympathies go out to you. Otherwise, good luck with your internship and I hope that you get your useful marketing degree without incurring too much debt.

      March 12th, 2015 10:32 am Reply
      • Yepthatsme

        LOL!! At first I read her comment with feelings of sympathy and actually started rethinking not seeing a doctor… then I read your comment. Haha, I didn’t even catch that! Lived for 4 years and died at 32. 😛 Thanks for bringing clarity and a good laugh. 😀

        March 25th, 2015 11:23 am Reply
  • EHM

    I am a huge believer in natural rememedies and allowing the body to gith infection by iteself. However, this anecdote isn;t a one size fits all experience. I had repeated bouts with strep (or various similar illnesses, which is more likely) and was hauled in for my prescriptions so many times that I’m resistant to anything penicillin-derived. for the past 3 years (since I had a daughter) I’ve become entrenched in the natural health lifestyle and have not taken so much as an asprin, much less antibiotics. I still get sick, even strep. In fact, since I’m now exposed to children through my daughter’s social activities, I get sick a whole lot more often than I used to when I avoided children like the plagues they seem to carry 😉
    The illnesses are more bearable and less sever, and get less severe with each episode, but I definitely am not the healthy horse other natural minded people claim.

    February 18th, 2015 2:18 am Reply
    • Mary

      I so appreciate your website and the information you share. I’m going to have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

      February 27th, 2015 4:59 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    I can’t believe it but this stuff acually works. On sore throats at least. I don’t think I have strep, but my throat has been killing for days. At first I couldn’t tell of my throat felt better or if the pain from the cayenne was just overshadowing it. But this morning it feels much better. I’m about to take another dose. Yuck!!!! (but worth it)

    February 3rd, 2015 10:02 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    Our sixteen year old came back from camp with what appeared to be strep. We have been saying NO to antibiotics for the past six years. The second night our son had the classic red throat and 101.9 fever. I found your site and began the garlic, honey and cayenne. Over night he Improved and by day three almost healed. I am a fan of natural remedies and have seen many heal. We will keep this remedy in our family for many years! Thank you!

    January 25th, 2015 5:14 pm Reply
  • Joshua

    Hooooooweeee! That garlic Cayenne pepper mix is yuuucky! But I feel like it works.. I’m pretty sure I DONT have strep throat but decided this would definitly help my bad sore throat. I woke up and my throat was on fire and ended up finding this site.. Not sure how I lean on antibiotics since I remember when I was in High school a girl died from strep because it attacked her heart I believe.. I think she had heart issues before though… Anyway I like this remedy and its helping my sore throat feel better after only a few times taking that mixture and gargling with ACV :)

    January 16th, 2015 12:24 pm Reply
  • Dana

    The danger of rheumatic fever and other post streptococcal complications is that you do in fact feel better before it shows itself. 2 years ago I unknowingly had strep, “recovered” in 5-7 days but unbeknownst to me the strep began to attack my body. I was back to normal and passed it off as a cold. But about 14 days later I had erythema nodosum and arthritis appear overnight. I couldn’t walk or put shoes on for 2months. The pain was 8/10 and the swelling was awful. Hopefully no damage has been done to my heart. Only time will tell, but I don’t recommend refraining from getting treated. I was 28 when this happened so I wasn’t a kid. Prior to this I hadn’t had strep for almost 20 years…

    January 16th, 2015 7:01 am Reply
    • Robyn

      Dana, I too developed erythema nodosum after not treating strep. I had just graduated high school and moved away from home. I didn’t have insurance and knew right away that it was strep, but didn’t have money, so I just kind of suffered through it. About 3 weeks later, I got strep again and had these ugly spots show up on my legs. I went back home this time and went to several doctors (over the course of 2 months) before someone could finally tell me what they were. Really painful, and I looked like I had taken a severe beating.

      March 25th, 2015 9:00 pm Reply
  • Sylvia RN MSN NP-C

    I’m an ER nurse practitioner, and I’m SUPER conservative when it comes to antibiotics. For example, around of ear “infections” and bronchitis cases are viral, and sinusitis is NOT considered bacterial (so antibiotics don’t help) unless the patient has had symptoms for 10+ days, or 5+ days WITH a fever/severe pain. So I often have to counsel patients NOT to take antibiotics. HOWEVER- it is a different story when it comes to strep throat- left untreated, patients can have heart and/or kidney complications, as well as PANDAS (neurological issue). So I ALWAYS treat positive strep swabs; we also send all negatives off for a culture to be safe. Just because the infection will clear up in 3-5 days on it’s own does NOT prevent the serious complications from occurring later….

    January 11th, 2015 10:55 pm Reply
    • Antonio

      Its been 8 days and my strep throat hasnt gone away what should I do?

      January 12th, 2015 11:45 pm Reply
      • Amber

        Gargle with Apple cider vinager plug your nose to prevent gaging. It works evertime! Use half water mixed with it if its to strong, gargle about half a cup hold and gargle for as long as you can. Then spit. And youl see all the bacteria come out withing 2 hours youl feel good as new!

        January 23rd, 2015 1:12 am Reply
      • mikeu

        Contact your doctor immediately. Don’t use any folk treatments. Most of these folk treatments came about before people even understood how illnesses worked.
        Garlic is an analgesic. Strep is an infection. It doesn’t kill bacteria in your system. Neither does gargling vinegar. Though, if you ask the right person, vinegar will cure everything.

        February 4th, 2015 8:46 am Reply
  • Nicole

    Something we do that’s super easy is to gargle hydrogen peroxide or a mixture of HP and water. If gargling isn’t possible, such as in the case of youngsters, put a couple drops of HP in the ears, let it rest for a bit and then drain out, and do the other ear. This has always helped us avoid strep, especially when done at first sign of illness.

    January 10th, 2015 9:44 pm Reply
    • EHM

      NEVER put anything in the ears! If anything, I’d say dip a Qtip in peroxide and then swab out the ear. I tried this once on the advice of a natural health blogger and I had pain in my ears for DAYS! I gargle with peroxide (50% / 50% mix with water) but I will NEVER again put drops of it in my ears. Even oils for ear infections should be rubbed around and in the ear, not dropped directly inside.

      February 18th, 2015 2:22 am Reply
      • Darin

        A mix of equal amounts peroxide, rubbing alcohol and white vinegar is a very effective means of treating an inner-ear infection or just cleaning wax. Don’t use straight peroxide, as it’s very harsh and will give you a headache.

        July 20th, 2015 1:37 am Reply
  • Joya

    I’m not at all one to run to the doctor at the first sign of illness. I had strep a couple times as a child, and then as an adult in 1992. I ignored the sore throat at first, thinking it would go away. I got sicker and sicker and my lymph nodes were very swollen. Finally after a week I went to the doctor and got an antibiotic, and that quickly resolved it.

    Several years later it was summer when I got a sore throat. Again, I didn’t think it was strep right away and just waited to see if it would get better. After a few days I called the clinic to see if I could get tested for strep. They dismissed me, saying it wasn’t strep season and likely I just had some mild virus and I’d be better soon. I kept trying to muscle through it, even going to a family wedding that weekend during which I felt miserable, but didn’t want to stay home since I was told I couldn’t have strep. Finally over a week later my lymph nodes were again horribly swollen and I couldn’t swallow without intense pain so I went in and got tested. Yep, strep. Again, antibiotics turned it around for me.

    So, clearly, trying to muscle through it the first time didn’t prevent me from getting strep again, and I didn’t get better on my own the second time either, although I significantly delayed treatment.

    I hate taking any unnecessary meds and am well aware of “super” bugs and don’t want to contribute to that so I never rush out and get antibiotics, but they do have their place. My Grandpa’s brother died at age 22 because he had a heart attack due to his heart being weakened years earlier by rheumatic fever.

    January 10th, 2015 5:43 pm Reply
    • Shelby

      Amen….my dad died to the step settling in his kidneys and had to go on dialysis and died after a transplant. This article is not valid.

      January 25th, 2015 9:24 pm Reply
    • EHM

      I probably wouldn’t have gone to that wedding if I were you. “Musclign through it” doesn’t mean carrying on as usual. I totally baby myself and lounge around in and out of bed until I’m totally better. I understand most poeple don’t have lifestyles that allow for that, but as a work from home mom, I have that “luxury” if you can call it that. When ill, I sleep whenever my toddler will allow, stay indoors for 2-3 days or so and then after that, only go out for necessities bundled up like it’s the arctic for the next 3-4 days after my 2-3 days of total rest. I also do the apple cider vinegar (to get body ph back in line and make it more efficient at fighting the infection) and I also gargle with 50/50 peroxide diluted with water before bed.

      February 18th, 2015 2:26 am Reply
      • kristyreal

        I feel the same way. I bet everyone at that wedding would have wanted Joya to stay home if polled. I hate it when people are too stubborn to stay home and end up exposing a ton of other people to contagious diseases. “Muscling through it” does not include going to social functions full of people who don’t deserve to be dining with strep patients.

        I feel that antibiotics are necessary for strep infections…..maybe nothing else really “requires” antibiotics, but strep is different. I will use these remedies on my daughter to help her feel better faster, but I will also get an antibiotic from the doctor as well.

        March 4th, 2015 11:26 pm Reply
    • Crystal

      I younger sister had strep and didn’t present any signs pr symptoms until she had scarlet fever. I think people need to be educated on the effects of not being tested.

      March 31st, 2015 5:26 am Reply
  • GEN

    I am definitely going to try this method next time, with what I’ve been doing the last four weeks with my own bout of strep. I gargle with oregano oil and warm sales water four times a day, and took my own tincture of chaga, Echinacea, usnea, new England asteroid and elderberry. I was in incredible pain for three weeks with a dozen white spots on my inflamed red throat. After following this regimen for three weeks I had no more white spots, and a test at the walk in clinic confirmed strep wasn’t there anymore. I also drank sage tea and ate more garlic than usual. I seriously believe I had strep and got rid of it naturally.

    January 10th, 2015 5:38 pm Reply
  • am

    I am big on home remedies myself but this advice is very dangerous I am a strep throat carrier and have muscle through it many times and ended up developing a horrible strand of strep throat that could have killed me if I didn’t go to the doctor so I would definitely advise putting somewhere in this blog that you should definitely seek medical advice if symptoms continue after so long. aside from being a carrier of strep I’m a very healthy person so again this advice is very dangerous

    January 6th, 2015 7:42 am Reply
  • Diane

    I never comment but had to this time. After a night of medium partying for new years. On Thursday night I had a dry throat and drank lots of water throughout the day on Friday. But by that evening my throat was pretty sore. I normally have a regimen including camu camu vit c, fulvic minerals and chlorella but had not taken it for 2 days. I am 45 about 105lbs. and that night I had the worst sore throat of my life. I tried everything drinking a tsp of sea salt in 1/2 cup hot water, gargled with Epsom salt and clove oil, took hylands severe coldand sore throat drink, Hall’s site throat drops and everything just made it hurt more. I put drops of clove oil thieves oil and grapefruit seed extract to my finger and ruined it onto my tonsil area and noticed there was white stuff on my finger. I didn’t know until later that white spots was a sign off step. I finally resorted to cutting slices of ginger I had in the fridge to make my own drops and bit into it to swallow the juices and finally felt some relief at about 5 am. Sat I was in the bed all day DH got me the garlic cloves and minced them for me. I had a little bit of raw honey on hand and added a tbs to the garlic and a little over 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper and ran it through mini shake maker to puree. Took the 1st dose at 530 and about 1/8 tsp every 1/2 hr till I went to bed at 1015. After the first couple of doses I could swallow without as much pain and could talk a little bit and ate some eggs DH cooked for me. Warm stuff really hurt so ate cold butternut squash soup and drank water. Is Sunday and the massive pain is practically gone. In a witness that this stuff really works! A million thanks!

    January 4th, 2015 10:59 am Reply
  • Debbie Hobbs

    An easier and quicker solution is to drink warm sea salt water (first the regular way straight down your throat and then also bending your head forward when you swallow to make sure it gets everywhere). The reason gargling might not always work is because it doesn’t get down far enough. I have been doing this for years with my family. Each time we start getting a sore throat we drink warm sea salt water and it kills the germs on contact.

    December 20th, 2014 2:57 am Reply
    • EHM

      The reason drinking it works isn’t necessarily that it “gets everywhere”. Salt water, expecially taken first thing in the morning, gets the body’s ph back into an alkali state to more efficiently fight infections.

      February 18th, 2015 2:29 am Reply
    • Jake

      My mother had always told me to do this with simple sore throats and boy did I hate it because it tasted so nasty, But I woke up today and had the worst pain in my throat I’d ever had, When I tried the salt water I felt a WHOLE lot better
      It’s not gone completely but if I keep trying this I think it will work in a day or so

      November 6th, 2015 8:45 am Reply
  • Erica

    My daughter just turned 2 and has had 3 strep infections in 6 mths. We had her tested to see of she is a carrier and it came back negative. She doesn’t complain and I don’t want to give her more antibiotics. I don’t think she will take this recipe. Any suggestions!!

    November 7th, 2014 2:36 pm Reply
    • EHM

      Rub the concoction on her feet and then put socks on. Also peppermint tea (organic) will help as well as soothe. My daughter drank peppermint tea since she was about 5 months!
      Also, if she does get to the point where she is very uncomfortable, you can try oregano oil from a health food store DILUTED in coconut or olive oil rubbed on the feet with socks to cover.

      February 18th, 2015 2:31 am Reply
  • April Washington

    I usually don’t comment on these sorts of things but in this case, I must. My throat had been hurting since Monday night. Tuesday, I woke up with swollen glands and a sore throat. I assumed my allergies were getting the best of me, took some meds and went to work. By Tuesday evening, my muscles were achy and stiff and a fever was beginning to settle in. My throat still didn’t hurt too much, but my glands were extremely swollen and uncomfortable. I took more meds, still thinking it was a cold and went to bed. I fought the fever all night long and it finally broke around 4 am on Wednesday morning. When I got up that morning, I checked my throat for white spots because even though my throat wasn’t hurting, it was very sore because the glands were still swollen. I saw what appeared to be one large white patch. I didn’t think it was strep right off because I’d had strep when I was 14 and the pain was horrible. I was barely in pain. Thursday, I got up and went to work, but still didn’t feel quite right. Through out the day, I noticed it was getting harder to swallow certain things and decided I needed to check my throat again. I had my friend look inside with a flashlight and what had been 1 white spot the day before, had now turned into 7 small white spots. My worst fears confirmed, I started internet searching natural ways of curing strep throat. I came across a website that instructed me to mix 1 – 4 tablespoons of raw, unprocessed honey, 1/8 -1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 4 cloves of minced garlic. I was to mix these ingredients and consume a 1/2 teaspoon every half an hour while I was awake. I took my first dose at 6:50pm on Thursday night. My throat immediately began to feel better. I missed a couple of does through the evening. By the time I went to bed at 11:00 pm, I had consumed about 5 does of the concoction I ‘d mixed. I woke up this morning and had my friend take a look at my throat. I had went from 7 white spots to 2 over night!!!! My throat was still a little sore, but I was feeling sooooo much better. At this moment, I am at my desk at work researching the health benefits of garlic and came across this website. When I saw all the comments, I knew I needed to add my own because I am such a skeptic. I know there are tons of ppl out there who might think this is too easy. But for less than 10 dollars I’ve cured my strep throat. The doctors’ visit including copay and prescriptions would’ve cost easily 60 bucks. Not to mention, the antibiotics would’ve given me a yeast infection and that would’ve required prescription as well. Trust me! This stuff works!!! Give it time and don’t give up on it. I didn’t do any gargles or anything. Just the “hot” honey. Good luck

    October 24th, 2014 3:17 pm Reply
    • Claudia

      Do you gargle this or how do you take it please respond.

      December 11th, 2014 11:27 pm Reply
    • Monique

      Did you make the mix and put it in hot water or did you just eat the mix like that?

      December 14th, 2014 3:26 pm Reply
      • Marisa

        You take it in an 8 oz glass of water, 2 teaspoons of ACV. 2 teaspoons of honey.

        January 12th, 2015 10:27 am Reply
  • Veronica

    I fought strep off when I first moved from home. I had no insurance to see the dr. I of course didn’t have internet at the time (remember dial up?) because I of course didn’t have a computer just yet either. And I used a lot of pain meds and tylenol sore throat with honey. It lasted for over 2 weeks before it finally started getting better. But, I still get strep throat. Just pushing through it didn’t make my immune system any better. To be honest I’ve always had a problem with strep throat and having it for months on end. Even on antibiotics. The antibiotics would help keep the pain away but as soon as they were over the pain would come back. Recently I have a 3 year old that had his first every strep back at the beginning of the year. His tonsils never shrank back down in size and he still has strep.. sometimes with pain and sometimes with none. I’m at a loss because I notice that he struggles to talk around his tonsils a lot :( But I don’t see me being able to get an already picky 3 year old to chew on garlic :( :( :(

    October 22nd, 2014 8:49 am Reply
    • Nelle

      Look into getting his tonsils take out. A friend of mine had a few kids with continuous strep throat, and as soon as they all had their tonsils taken out, they never got strep again, and felt better all around!

      December 25th, 2014 10:37 pm Reply
      • greg

        My girlfriend had her tonsils taken out 9 years ago and she has had strep throat for 2 days now i also thought if you had your tonsils removed you couldnt get strep throat.

        December 27th, 2014 10:03 am Reply
      • David

        I had my tonsils taking out and still get strep

        December 28th, 2014 11:12 pm Reply
  • Damizer

    I tried this for my throat pain, which I had for about 4 days and after 2 days of taking the “concoction” and ACV gargle it healed and my throat is back to normal. Thank you very much for sharing this article and good luck.

    October 17th, 2014 9:27 am Reply
  • Bobbie Jo

    My youngest 3 kids have never been on antibiotics. Never had vaxes either, but I’m positive we’ve dealt with strep. Mixed fresh garlic in soups they’re about to eat, gave elderberry, and various other things and oils, and we’re alive and healthy. No scarlet fever. My oldest daughter did get strep about 5 years ago, and even after garlic, honey and the works, we took her to the hospital as she couldn’t swallow. They said she had one spot, and they drained it, said it held as much as a hens egg. So, we just tried again next time. She’s been fine since! Thank you for spreading the good news that docs aren’t always the answer!

    October 5th, 2014 4:00 am Reply
    • Nate

      Let me see if I missed something here. Your daughter got strep pharyngitis which you opted not too treat and eventually had to go to the hospital for one “spot” that had to be drained? Are you saying she had a peritonsilar abscess that required draining? As in “can lead to airway compromise and respiratory distress” peritonsilar abscess? That’s bad, but at least it didn’t end up as a retropharyngeal abscess or maybe even mediastinitis. There is a reason we still treat strep and it’s not rheumatic fever (very rare with US strains of Strep pyogenes).

      October 21st, 2014 1:33 am Reply
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  • jake

    I tried fighting through strep once before, I have a healthy immune system. However, I fought it for a month and I turned into scarlet fever. I’m going to try antibiotics this time

    July 7th, 2014 7:32 pm Reply
    • ian

      I’ve been fighting a sore throat and earaches now for 14 months. No perscription has been offerred by my doctor. All tests negative except for Thyroiditits ( elevated thyroid values and pos ultrasound) which has now dropped back to normal range but pain still exists.
      I have used , garlic, honey, silver, oil of organo , lympdiral , quassi, salt, juniperus , tea tree oil, and castor oil packs , immune boosters , Medi C-vitamin C 4000mg , lysine …. and 14 months later I still have sore throat and earaches… I wonde which wonderforumla will work.. Ive even gone to Rieki ….
      my spleen is also now being affected and i’m not being offerred anti biotics …. So I guess the belief of ,, ‘that which does not kill me will make me stronger” but somehow I think I’m losing this battle …… God these ears are itchy and sore …its insanity !!!!

      September 15th, 2014 12:46 am Reply
      • Terry Bohn

        Sounds like it isn´t Strep at all, but maybe a form of the Epstein Bar Virus? (This effects the spleen.) I had something similar happen last fall. After working late on stuff for about a week, I got a very sore red throat, burning tongue, tiredness, felt feverish but the fever was very low grade. Because of the physical symptoms of infection, my doctor put me on antivirals, since a test for bacteria came back negative.

        But then my legs started to ache much more, I felt like fainting or falling, off and on, and kept loosing my voice for 1 month more, until I could not continue to work. (I am a teacher and have to talk every hour I´m at work.)

        The doctor at my work said I had nothing at all, but that the symptoms were being caused by the anti viral medication (even though everyone else at work were coming down with the same symptons I had, one by one, but with higher fevers – only for a few days, then after staying home, they got better.)

        I stopped the antivirals per our work doctor`s instructions , and did feel much better. The pain and fainting apparently were being caused by the antivirals, but the burning tongue, tiredness, and sore, red throat and loss of voice continued. I stayed in bed one full week over Christmas, then went with my family to a very cold climate and was outside in the extreme cold- I live in a place with a very mild climate.) The symptoms finally went away! totally. Maybe the rest did it, or the bug didn´t like the cold!

        But a week ago I had to stay up all night to finish a project, and now I have a burning tongue and sore throat with tiredness again. The worst thing is that my children and their friends who have been visiting our house, now have tiredness and sore throat, as well.

        When I get lots of rest, the symtoms improve and when I gargle with Iodine, the burning and sore throat almost go away until the next time I get only a little sleep. Then the cycle repeats. My biggest problem is that my husband and I are night owls and can´t adjust our schedules to help get full 8 hours of sleep to help me stay well! And now I have to get my kids well, as well, since they have tons of school work at this time.

        Honey and green tea, antioxidents and vinegar have not worked with this thing, but the iodine gargle and rest seem to improve symptoms.

        Even though I had serious ear infections and throat problems as a kid, our doctor didn´t believe in antibiotics, so I never took antibiotics for any of these infections, or for anything. Still, as an adult, I got Scarlet Fever, even though another doctor told me (without a test) that I had a virus. But, as a kid, 4 people in my family had rheumatic fever (people in our family believed in fighting infections out when sick, instead of taking medicine, I guess) with my father and sister ending up with heart conditions because of it, so some strains of Strep can be a very serious business in these types of families.

        More recently my 2 kids got weird behavioral and physical / neurological reactions during a diagnosed Step infection (the PANDAS Syndrome), with their weird symptoms returning and persisting after their treatment ended (strong phobic fear reactions and muscular tics). They had to be put back on prophylatic antibiotics, and kept on them for many months to totally keep these symptoms away. Fortunately, our current doctor saw the connection between my kids´ sudden bizarre behavioral symptoms and the Strep infection – maybe because she knew of all the cases of Rheumatic Fever and Scarlet Fever in our extended family. The prophylatic antibiotics worked 100% for my kids. They have been 100% their normal selves ever since.

        There have also been recent medical studies showing an association with cases of adult Schizophrenia (in families with high susceptibility to Strep). The idea is that some strains of Strep have receptors on their cell walls that physically resemble neurological receptors in the bodies of people in these families, so the people´s own immune systems attack the person´s own neurological receptors, either in the brain (as with future victims of Schizophrenia or OCD -Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or in the muscles (as with Rheumatic Fever) and damage their own bodies while fighting the Strep Infection. Antibiotics kill the Strep bacteria and reduce the bodies´ own production of these particular antibodies against the Strep, so less damage is done by their own immune systems to their own body tissue.

        This only applies to specific families, who tend to have Rheumatic Fever, allergies, asma, vitiligo, cancer and other autoimmune system disorders. Our family has a history of all of these, and we did not take any antibiotics as children, ever (with the exception of my sister, who was put on prophylatic antibiotics after having Rheumatic Fever.)

        So make sure your family doesn´t have a genetic susceptibility to certain strains of Strep, or you could be asking for big trouble or giving it to your children in the future.

        September 20th, 2014 2:52 pm Reply
      • sarah

        Ian your answer to why your ears itch and throat is sore is in your post, Thyroiditis. I have had these same symptoms and I know how frustrating it can be. Just thinking about the itchy ears makes me quiver. You can cure thyroiditis naturally your body is in distress obviously, but check out STTM website, (stop the thyroid madness). This website helped me out a lot. Hope that helps!

        November 24th, 2014 9:55 am Reply
      • Marcella

        Do you have amalgam fillings in your teeth? If you do, I recommend finding a dentist (this will take some research) in your area who is knowledgeable about removing silver amalgams (there is a special process for safe removal) & then have them removed! They contain mercury & could be poisoning your system.

        December 11th, 2014 1:10 pm Reply
      • Snatos Do Cestra

        have you considered taking Iodoral or Lugol’s iodine, you would need large doses 12.5mg to 50mg and follow Dr Brownstein’s supplements protocol to help absorbing the iodine (selenium, Vit C, B2, B3, etc). It may help

        March 16th, 2015 7:13 pm Reply
      • Peter

        Ian, you can take all of the herbs and minerals and supplements in the world but unless your body can biologically assimilate them they are of no use. It is time for you to eat ONLY organic food which will have beneficial microbes. Take a probiotic with a minimum of 10 billion count daily. It may also be goof for you to take some colostrum pills to get you body’s immunity up to educate it on the addition of these microbes. It will take a few months of doing this but your body will regulate itself.

        May 30th, 2015 2:28 am Reply
    • Kim

      Yep. I had it and it turned into rheumatic fever (is that the same as Scarlett?) I couldn’t work for a year! There’s a damn good reason the doctors push those antibiotics. I generally never take them – but if I even suspect strep, you’d better believe I’m getting the biggest baddest prescription they’ll give me.

      October 3rd, 2014 7:28 pm Reply
  • hejaab

    my throat culture clearly says i have a strep thorat. i have had it three times since jan. its v painful and i cannot even swallow water! dr says its allergies! i have no symptoms of teary eyes, sneezing, runny nose or congestion. its just a bright red throat, low grade fever under 100, body aches and weakness. i develop it overnight and the pain goes away after three days of anitibiotics.

    i am tired of it. in the last two weeks, i have had it twice! apparently i was not taking the right antibiotics and am taking klaricid now. how to prevent this, and i am scared of the complications.

    April 10th, 2014 2:41 pm Reply
    • gwsevt

      I sure would try starting a non-antibiotic treatment the next time if I were you. Sounds like you have had it so much that it’s become resistant to the antibiotic or antibiotics (it’s a whole relational family of antibiotics thing). I would worry more about the complications of so many antibiotics (some you are already having by the sounds) than complications from helping your body take care of itself the way it was designed to as long as your paying attention and listening to your body you should catch any developing “complication” before it’s bad. At least that’s been my experience.

      September 16th, 2014 9:58 am Reply
    • Bruna

      I have allergies and once my rhinitis went full on pharyngitis (sorry for any misspelings, i’m brazilian). I could barely eat, and in the end i had to take anti-biotics, antihistamine and some other stuff in injections, because I couldn’t swallow anything. Now, once I feel the allergies kicking in, I go straight to antihistamine. For me, the symptoms aren’t allways the same. Sometimes I get very tired out of the blue, or have a ichy throat, sometimes I have running nose. You should go see a otorhinolaringologist once it starts and ask about a more continuous medicine.

      October 19th, 2014 7:53 pm Reply
    • ryan

      You can get strep once its gone by not making sure everything youve infected is thrown away or washed. Especially things like toothpaste and your toothbrush.. Strep can survive on its own for quite some time.

      December 14th, 2014 5:30 pm Reply
  • joem789

    Nice to see someone slam the doctors for what they are. You are right. They are usually good for one thing. Scaring people and promoting drugs. Well thats two things. But they go hand in hand.

    I decided years ago that ive had enough of them. I stopped taking my kids to them and devoted my life to understanding illness. Over time it has inadvertantly taught me that doctors are not our friends. They are liars and thieves. Self proclaimed royalty. Puppets of the pill makers. Pimps on vacation.

    And just imagine all those with cancer that they taught would die. But instead got cured by baking soda and other unconventional means. Our bodies are remarkable. But doctors like to say our parts are defective. Talk about a slap in GODs face. I say push those bastards over a cliff and take care of ourselves. There’s your free health insurance.

    March 25th, 2014 9:17 am Reply
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  • Jenny Randlett via Facebook

    Jessica, have you seen this?

    March 20th, 2014 8:40 am Reply
  • Molly Crews via Facebook

    Was this gentleman even diagnosed with strep? Sounds like he just decided he had it based on symptoms. Glad he had a good outcome without antibiotics, but I’m sure glad for them when I need them.

    March 19th, 2014 11:06 pm Reply
  • Diane Castanon via Facebook

    The best cure for strep throat is prevention – eat lots of berries – raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc. (or make a berry smoothie). I read this in a school nurse article years ago when I was a school nurse. I found it really works!

    March 19th, 2014 9:17 pm Reply
  • Beth Aiken via Facebook

    My 15yo son came down with strep in January, right after having chicken pox! Poor guy. He got chicken pox from his dad, who came down with shingles the previous week. Anyway… I treated my husband’s eye (where the shingles manifested) with colloidal silver drops and he went to see an eye doctor, who confirmed that it was shingles.
    My son’s chicken pox were treated with homeopathic rhus tox, quarts of immune boosting tea (echinacea roots and tops, eleuthero, elderberry, nettle, rosehip and peppermint), high doses of vitamin C and epsom salt baths. He missed two weeks of school and was really looking forward to getting back to school! Friday he started complaining of a sore throat and fever but seemed to be ok Saturday morning so went on the ski bus for a day of snowboarding. He said he had a great day but by the time he got back home Saturday evening he was feeling pretty crappy. I started giving him vitamin C, tea, honey and tried to get him to gargle with salt water but the taste made him gag. By Sunday he was pretty sick. I remembered colloidal silver so started him gargling with, and then swallowing, about 3/4oz. Monday I took him in to get checked because he was so miserable, he could barely talk or swallow and said it was getting hard to breathe. Rapid test was negative for strep, cultures for flu and strep were sent off to the lab, we were given a prescription for abx and I asked for a steroid shot. (not something I’d normally ask for) We went home with the Rx for abx awaiting results the next day. He also got a Rx for steroids which I had filled and he started those immediately. He continued the colloidal silver gargle/swallow routine and tea with honey, juice, chicken broth with garlic, turmeric and birdseye pepper and vitamin C. By the time the lab results FINALLY came back (two days late) on Thursday, strep positive/flu negative, he was feeling so much better I told the doctor’s medical assistant I was not going to fill the abx Rx. She confirmed with doc who said that would be fine. The strep he had was group B, not associated with complications. The following Monday I took him back in because his ears were still feeling plugged and he said it was hard to hear. Our PA said it was nice to see him because he looked so good, after he had looked SO bad when she had seen him last, and they rarely get to see patients after recovery! Exam revealed no swelling or infection in the ear so we let it ride itself out and in a couple more days he was back to 100%. I have great expectations that he will have a much higher immunity to strep in the future.

    March 19th, 2014 6:01 pm Reply
    • Nate

      If only there had been a way to stop him from getting chicken pox an missing those 2 weeks of school. Like, maybe if he had been exposed to the antigens in a non – infectious form at some point before and allowed his body to form immunity to it without having to get sick.

      October 21st, 2014 1:44 am Reply
      • EHM

        I had chicken pox as a child and my parents didn'[t treat it with ANYthing – homeopathic or conventional. I got oatmeal baths and calomine lotion. I was sick for a week – like every other kid in school in the 80s and early 90s. Not 2. My biggest complaint was that I got sick over Easter vacation and missed not ONE day of school :-/ what a waste!

        February 18th, 2015 2:39 am Reply
      • Melissa

        I’d take chicken pox, personally. Only wild chicken pox confers these properties, unfortunately. Oh, here’s one more for that,

        May 16th, 2016 11:04 pm Reply
  • Tasha King via Facebook

    This worked for me!

    March 19th, 2014 5:10 pm Reply
  • Terri Lindsey Brown via Facebook

    Thanks Barbie…very interesting….

    March 19th, 2014 5:01 pm Reply
  • Barbie Frost Lindsey via Facebook

    Terri I thought of you when I read this one. I follow her blog all the time.

    March 19th, 2014 4:55 pm Reply
  • Catherine Graham via Facebook

    Ended up with T1 Diabetes after waiting too long to take antibiotics in 1959.

    March 19th, 2014 1:24 pm Reply
    • emily

      Listen, Marylebone diabetes is a auto immune disease, not a product of a bacteria or virus. It’s an effect of bad nutrition and genetics.

      September 14th, 2014 12:38 am Reply
      • Jen

        Type 2 diabetes are caused by nutrition….Type 1 is not. But I do agree that it
        could not be caused by strep.

        September 15th, 2014 7:23 am Reply
  • Julie Esther Thomas via Facebook

    I tried natural remedies on my didn’t work but they don’t get it anymore.Strep is very dangerous I have two friends with rheumatic fever they are in their forties.The doctors are also finding people who don’t treat strep are getting PANDAS.So I say do what you want at your own risk.My friends with rheumatic fever don’t know how or when it went to their heart but most likely from not treating.A damaged heart or a little yeast?

    March 19th, 2014 1:23 pm Reply
  • karen

    When I was a kid, the local doctor would “paint” the back of your throat with iodine if you got strep. I don’t remember ever having strep, but lots of my friends did, and nobody seemed to be sick for very long. Has anyone else heard of this treatment?

    March 19th, 2014 12:24 pm Reply
    • Rich

      I was born in 1936 and grew up in a small southern West Virginia town, and the standard treatment then for strep throat was to paint it with iodine. I recall being treated once or twice like that as a preteen, and other than having a bitter taste in my mouth for a few hours, I didn’t mind it.

      January 28th, 2015 4:27 am Reply
  • Janet Sherman via Facebook

    I am cautious about vaccine and antibiotic overuse. That said, a dear friend had untreated strep as a child (and otherwise healthy), now she has chronic fatigue and heart problems. It’s hard to watch her, knowing it could have been avoided.

    March 19th, 2014 12:17 pm Reply
    • gwsevt

      I’m curious what makes her think her Chronic Fatigue and heart problems are caused by untreated strep as a child. I would also have to guess it would be hard to watch even if you didn’t think it could have been avoided. I know it’s hard to live with and knowing it could have been avoided or not the day to day living with any chronic illness, especially one that robs you of energy, is the same struggle.

      September 16th, 2014 10:25 am Reply
      • Terry Bohn

        Perhaps the person knows they had Rheumatic Fever, which can cause heart damage. Rheumatic Fever is an autoimmune system reaction where your body´s antibodies to attack Strep, attack your own muscle tissue (including the heart), while attacking the Strep bacteria. It occurs to some people with genetic susceptibility when Strep infections are not successfully treated or are incompletely treated or are not treated at all.

        PANDAS is similar, but your body´s anti-Strep antibodies cross the blood-brain barrior and attac

        September 20th, 2014 3:45 pm Reply
  • Kelly Burns Lieber via Facebook

    I’m not anti abx but I remember an older doc telling me that ear infections used to be an acute rather than chronic illness before the advent of abx. I have never had to give either of the kids abx yet. sage tea is our go to for sore throats. Acupuncture and rest. So far so good and they are teen and tween now!

    March 19th, 2014 11:43 am Reply
  • Jennifer ‘Eusanio’ Clark via Facebook

    Laurie ‘Eusanio’ Whitfield

    March 19th, 2014 11:33 am Reply
  • Melisa Hills via Facebook

    I think this is great information to have for a grid-down situation (or some other such disaster). And, not everyone is blessed to have a body that likes some meds.

    My mom was allergic to penicillin based antibiotics. I have a child that is. That wipes out an entire category of antibiotics for them. For us, we found that out with one of our children when he could not shake a UTI – and to try to get rid of it, they gave him a penicillin based med. Nice rash we ended up with from it. But, ultimately, it was not and of the 3 meds they gave him that cured it. D-Mannose was what did the trick and he has not had a problem since. And it was the Ped. Urologist that approved the D-Mannose when we asked about it.

    So, anti-biotics are great and have their place in medicine, but we are quickly approaching a point where things are becoming resistant to the old-school antibiotics. Remember – they have really only been in use since the 1940’s and less than 75 years later, we have resistant strains out there!

    March 19th, 2014 11:30 am Reply
  • Darcie Mayo via Facebook

    Handfuls of ibuprofen every 6 hours. went away on its own by the time my doctor mailed me my results of a positive strep test. I had initially tested negative with the quick strep.. it was torture but it did go away on its own

    March 19th, 2014 11:29 am Reply
  • Brianna Elise Montoya via Facebook

    I also use natural remedies for a sore throat… My mother used to make her own ointment when we were children with honey and garlic and other natural ingredients. For STREP (as in, you were tested and tested positive), I cannot imagine refusing antibiotics.

    March 19th, 2014 11:20 am Reply
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    Michelle Marie

    March 19th, 2014 11:07 am Reply
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  • Katte R Piller via Facebook

    Apryl Miller!!

    March 19th, 2014 10:33 am Reply
  • Emily Baker-Hawksby via Facebook

    I have been making a drink we called switzle as a kid. It’s 1 cup Bragg’s ACV, 1 cup raw honey, 1 tbsp powdered ginger, in a 2qt pitcher fill with spring water. Works every time. The fastest thing my mom ever used on me though is crushed onion, crushed garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, and ACV, (no water), she made me gargle that and swallow slowly with my head tilted up. It burned like heck but my throat was not on fire the next morning and within a couple days I was back to normal. Today when my girls are sick, I make them the switzle and slice an onion real thin and have them eat that on gluten free bread with lots of mustard. Works every time. Also I mix 1 cup raw honey to 1 cup powdered (Ceylon) Cinnamon. Make a paste of it and keep in a small mason jar. I take a tsp of that two to three times a day. I was skeptical of that but I have 5 daughters who kept getting sick at school. Can’t afford the Dr and meds every time so I had to try something. It has worked faster than any antibiotic we have ever tried. For my younger daughters I put the honey in a coffee cup with hot water. They call it their honey tea. :-)

    March 19th, 2014 10:29 am Reply
  • Trina Covey via Facebook

    We are blessed to have antibiotics. When you NEED them and do take them correctly there is nothing wrong with that. When you take them when you shouldn’t and or you don’t take them on schedule and complete the perscription that is when you are doing harm.

    March 19th, 2014 10:14 am Reply
  • Esther Goldengirl Grondahl via Facebook

    Colloidal silver spray is awesome. I use it if my throat is even a little sore.

    March 19th, 2014 10:08 am Reply
  • Kay

    What is VERY IMPORTANT to remember here, is that the warning for complications of strep have largely to do with UNTREATED strep infections. Kidney damage, heart damage, etc is mentioned as a complication of UNTREATED strep. While even though best ‘hippies’ of practitioners might say you need an antibiotic for this one, the literature is referring to UNTREATED strep. Doesn’t this raise the question: if you use alternative methods to treat the strept (NOT just the symptoms), wouldn’t that count as treating? Not just “taking it” and hoping you develop immunity? I think an antibacterial treatment is in order once the strep IS CONFIRMED (also another oft missed point). Saying you had it and got over it without being 100% sure you actually had strept is only adding to confusion on the matter. Some non-strep sore throats are often worse in symptoms than actual strep. It is important to keep track of these distinctions, I believe.

    March 2nd, 2014 1:48 pm Reply
    • PANDASmom

      Yes…several problems with those touting natural remedies to strep throat:

      1) Has the strep been confirmed via throat swab? Or are people just presuming they’ve had strep when it was actually viral?

      2) Was the strep actually cleared in a timely manner w/out antibiotics? Was a follow up swab done to confirm these people were no longer contagious? Are these people who are choosing to NOT treat their strep with antibiotics keeping themselves quarantined until said strep infection has actually cleared? Or are they going about business as usual, putting others at risk?

      3) The consequences of untreated strep is serious. PANDAS isn’t rare and can have lifelong repercussions of mental illness. Acute rheumatic fever and kidney dz from untreated strep can kill. Even if you don’t care about yourself, please don’t put others at risk by exposing them unnecessarily to strep. Even if you aren’t worried about the consequences of untreated strep, think about others who may be more suspectable to these issues.

      4) Strep throat *usually* goes away in 3 to 7 days with or without antibiotic treatment (for most people). If strep throat isn’t treated with antibiotics, you will continue to be contagious for 2 to 3 weeks even if your symptoms go away. So, the main reason for treating with antibiotics, isn’t to “get rid of the sore throat”, but to minimize your contagious period, AND prevent post-strep complications (kidney, heart, brain).

      March 9th, 2015 12:04 pm Reply
  • Berenice Payan via Facebook

    Thanks for sharing Janice Lizardo! I need to find a way to compile and save all these great articles!

    January 29th, 2014 8:22 pm Reply
  • Janice Lizardo via Facebook

    Berenice Payan

    January 29th, 2014 3:01 pm Reply
  • Zoe Mckinery via Facebook

    Had strep throat in 1981, and have never had it again. Made a very strong tea of echinacea and goldenseal, which I kept refrigerated, and gargled repeatedly over the next 3 days. Also drank lots of sleepy time tea with honey. In 3 days it was gone, never to be seen again

    January 29th, 2014 6:12 am Reply
  • Janene Anderson Kramer via Facebook

    My mom gave us avacodo tea to beat strep/staph infections. It worked in24 hours! I only had strep once in my life, and that was 30 years ago. My grandfather beat a terrible staph infection because of avacodo tea. I still feel, however, that it is important to continue to live a nutrient dense lifestyle, using the food and herbs correctly as our ancestors did.

    January 29th, 2014 12:48 am Reply
    • Lynn

      How do you make avocado tea? Thank you.

      September 13th, 2014 2:44 am Reply
  • Jennifer Gunther Taylor via Facebook

    In my experience, those that practice traditional food preparation and limit the processed foods as much as humanly possible (really hard to do at 100% unless u put ur kid in a bubble), have a better outcome using natural protocols. With the onslaught of numerous antibiotics, some even given at birth, vaccines which change the way the immune system functions(cellular vs humoral immunity) and with the food supply so tainted, it’s getting harder and harder for our kids to lead a healthy life. So much so, that serious allergies (a hyper-response if the immune system) are so common they are considered normal. I follow WAP eating principles and my son did get strep. I treated it with homeopathic Belladonna and he recovered in 12 hours. His best friend, who doesn’t follow those principles, got the flu shot, etc, got the flu and strep, couldn’t move his neck for 3 days because his neck was so swollen and was out of school for over a week. The use of natural remedies relies on the strength of the immune system of the individual. If the immune system is already over-burdened, then they are less and less effective.

    January 28th, 2014 8:57 am Reply
  • Kristina Hight via Facebook

    Yes I would be very cautious about treatment of strep….it causes some pretty bad secondary complications if treatment is prolonged.

    January 28th, 2014 8:25 am Reply
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  • Cyndi

    About a month ago I had strep for the first time in decades, used to get it all the time as a kid and was always treated with antibiotics. This time, however, I knew I wouldn’t even set foot in a doctor’s office. Despite everyone warning me of the dangers of not medicating strep with pharmaceuticals, I stayed home, rested, gargled several times a day with either oil of oregano, hot salt water or tea tree oil. I also sipped warm water with ACV. I still had an appetite, but was unable to eat because of the horrific pain. Thankfully it was short lived and after 4-5 days I was on the mend.

    January 28th, 2014 6:54 am Reply
  • Rebekah Rhodes via Facebook

    Did you all the naysayers read the article? He cured it with natural ingredients! He did not let it go untreated!

    January 28th, 2014 6:44 am Reply
    • Jesse

      Nope, don’t think they did. They’ve got themselves convinced I guess.

      July 25th, 2014 10:48 pm Reply
  • Kim Jones Strange via Facebook

    My daughter had to have emergency surgery after being misdiagnosed and non-treated for strep. The virus gathered in her hip socket. It was a terrible experience. Adults, do as you will. Parents, take every precaution.

    January 28th, 2014 6:14 am Reply
  • Rachel Bruce via Facebook

    Wow…who are all of these naysaying trolls?

    January 28th, 2014 4:11 am Reply
  • Robyn Rae via Facebook

    Katrina Bootsma – haha!!

    January 28th, 2014 2:33 am Reply
  • Stephanie Landry Claudet via Facebook

    Gargling with thieves oil every hour until my fever broke knocked it out in one day

    January 28th, 2014 1:40 am Reply
  • Jonathan N Mary Tremaine via Facebook

    Justina Kornelsen

    January 28th, 2014 1:29 am Reply
  • Britta Landeck via Facebook

    My doctor in Germany also threatened me with risk of heart muscle inflammation if I don’t take antibiotics – so I took them. It lead to having sore throat min thrice a year getting worse. So I decided to try without antibiotics but herbal helpers. No sore throat since then…

    January 28th, 2014 12:36 am Reply
  • Larissa Katriina Lee via Facebook

    Sarah, do you ever worry about the advice you give to people? Not everyone is able or should do what you recommend. What if something bad happens to them or their child if they follow your advice.? I hope you could answer my question. Thank you.

    January 28th, 2014 12:11 am Reply
  • Larissa Katriina Lee via Facebook

    In Calgary last year a mother kept her 7 year old son at home for ten days trying to heal strepto with natural medicine. Her son died. I suggest no one will follow this advice on the article! If you want to experiment on yourself but do not do it to your children!

    January 28th, 2014 12:03 am Reply
  • Samantha Parris via Facebook

    To join the chorus of people saying how serious strep can be, I had strep, which turned into scarlet fever when I was little. Even hitting it immediately with antibiotics, my temperature was so high for a sustained period that it messed up the development of my permanent teeth. Two of my front teeth only developed halfway & my very front teeth have large spots where the outer layer did not grow. I can’t imagine the damage that would have happened if my parents had waited to give me antibiotics.

    January 27th, 2014 11:51 pm Reply
  • Ashley Gildea via Facebook

    I just got over strep throat. I went to the doctors to confirm what it was and for a doctor note so I could take off work, and they handed me a prescription for THREE different antibiotics to take, along with a steroid shot in the butt. I didn’t fill my prescriptions, and I got over it. I did use elderberry syurp a ton and that may of helped.

    January 27th, 2014 11:43 pm Reply
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  • Melissa Parkinson via Facebook

    Sue Mcallister

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  • Syd Boston Erickson via Facebook

    Wish you could have shared this information last year when I reacged out! Bummer!

    January 27th, 2014 11:41 pm Reply
  • Brandi Beckwith Swelling via Facebook

    I beat strep in two days on my own!!

    January 27th, 2014 11:14 pm Reply
  • Tracey Harris Ossenkop via Facebook

    I had good luck with lots of vitamin c, zinc, wellness formula. It took about a week to feel normal again but it worked and no antibiotics! :)

    January 27th, 2014 10:47 pm Reply
  • Tony Freeman via Facebook

    i eat raw white onions. works everytime.

    January 27th, 2014 10:42 pm Reply
  • Kay

    As a child, I was no stranger to strep throat. However during college, I came down with strep throat while on vacation and was never put on antibiotics. After about a week, I thought I had fully recovered, however a month later I started to feel lethargic, achy, and feverish. After several hospitalizations I found that the strep infection had manifested itself and done a number on my immune system. It took a total of 6 months for me to feel like myself again.

    I am not hating on natural remedies, however, in this situation I believe people should understand the risks of not treating an illness such as strep. Talk to your doctor about your options before making the decision to forgo conventional medicine.

    January 27th, 2014 10:39 pm Reply
  • Kathy Ward via Facebook

    I used to get strep every year and did the antibiotics. I read a book by Dr. Mendelsohn saying something about not needing antibiotics for it. I suffered through one more case w/o the ab’s and I’ve never had strep again. (over 20 years ago) We went without ab’s with our son also and he’s never had it since. We stay well-nourished and take olive leaf extract.

    January 27th, 2014 10:35 pm Reply
  • Jenna Griffith via Facebook

    Nicole Buelo Nielsen

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  • Tracy Bunnell via Facebook

    Raw garlic with a sprinkle of sea salt and olive oil in a spoon. My kids thinks yummy and so do I. Kinda like pasta or salad dressing. It doesn’t have to be terrible to be healthful.

    January 27th, 2014 10:32 pm Reply
  • Whitney Fecker Gesch via Facebook

    Whitney Huffman

    January 27th, 2014 10:25 pm Reply
  • Traci York Bleyl via Facebook

    I used to get strep at least 3 times a year. My Chiropractor told me about a tincture called Immuno Plus by Nutri West. The next time the dr told me I had strep, I told myself I would give it 2 days of using it and if it didn’t work I would fill my prescription. It worked. I had to hit it hard though. Took it every 30 min for the first few hours and every hour for a few days. It’s hot. It has cayenne and garlic along with many other healing Ingredients. It worked. Since then, every time I get a sore throat or any of my children do, we use it. It’s been 8 years and I’ve never gotten strep since. It has worked for a lot of different ailments since then. I’m very grateful to know about it so I wanted to share.

    January 27th, 2014 10:21 pm Reply
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  • Katrina Achin Fontes via Facebook

    Strep can attack the brain as well: sydenham’s chorea, choreoform movements, Tourette’s, PANDAS.

    January 27th, 2014 10:08 pm Reply
  • Amy Finley Oliver via Facebook

    If you notice he didn’t let it get out of hand to start with. At the first sign of irritation he began. I have used this concoction for just a sore throat while out of town and it worked wonders on it. Kids probably won’t use it but I would do it again for a sore throat and if it didn’t improve over the next day or two like his strep obviously was then try antibiotics.

    January 27th, 2014 9:54 pm Reply
  • Sonia Kaur Sohi via Facebook

    I would assume that it’s better to use antibiotics first and then if that doesn’t work- go natural. There is only a 2 week window to treat it before it goes to your heart.

    January 27th, 2014 9:54 pm Reply
  • Kelli Ragan Franklin via Facebook

    If left untreated with a severe case it could lead to kidney issues as an adult. My grandfathers kidney disease was linked to his having scarlet fever as a child and resulted in his death at the young age of 56. Antibiotics are needed for these types of infections and the right class/ type of antibiotic. I’m all for natural cures (and many times know they work better than the chemical cures) but remember antibiotics such as penicillin came from natures processes. it’s about moderation.

    January 27th, 2014 9:44 pm Reply
  • Deborah Lynn Clauss via Facebook

    My five year old had strep last year. We chose antibiotics for him. But did keep everybody else in the house healthy by swallowing one teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil three times a day. No one else got it not even his sister who regularly shares his drinks and toys. B

    January 27th, 2014 9:44 pm Reply
  • Ginnie Lynn via Facebook

    Yes, I have a friend who ended up needing a kidney transplant after she let strep go too long and it went systemic. Antibiotic overload is not healthy, but if you only take them when they’re truly necessary, they are a blessing. I consider strep a situation when they are necessary.

    January 27th, 2014 9:43 pm Reply
  • Modernly Primal via Facebook

    I enjoyed this read, thanks for sharing :)

    January 27th, 2014 9:43 pm Reply
  • Crystal Abbott Garcia via Facebook

    This scares me…my 3 year old had scarlet fever & it was terrifying..took being treated 2x…it can affect the heart & is the leading cause why children have to get heart valve replacement. Strep is nothing to play around with IMO. Not to mention it can hurt the kidneys as well…I like natural, but sometimes it’s just tok risky.

    January 27th, 2014 9:30 pm Reply
  • Bridgid Ellingson Rooney via Facebook

    One problem with this is that it is tough to keep a 6th grader out of school for 3-7 days to recover naturally.

    January 27th, 2014 9:28 pm Reply
  • Daria Gimon via Facebook

    Awesome. Thank you!

    January 27th, 2014 9:25 pm Reply
  • Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff

    Just was I was looking for! Thank you! I think I may have strep and never want to take antibiotics again as I know what it does to gut flora so I’ll be doing this concoction now! :)

    January 22nd, 2014 4:21 pm Reply
  • Jill @ Jill’s Home Remedies

    I love this Dr. Christopher Strep Throat Remedy that Martin used! I have had success with it as well. It’s great to see someone else write about it!

    January 6th, 2014 11:06 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    I love the idea of fighting things naturally first, but I’m not opposed to the appropriate use of antibiotics. You see, I’m sitting here now on a regimen of antibiotics for a strep diagnosis, after trying for days to treat it naturally. I garbled with raw ACV, I take fire cider, drank lots of warm lemon water with raw local honey, took grapefruit seed extract and raw garlic…but after days of the pain waking me all night, I threw in the towel. I’m a stay-at-home momma of three- a very spirited toddler, and two school-aged children who participate in many extracurricular activities, not to mention myself being a school rep, a youth catechist for our faith formation program, a volunteer for our community theater program, a writer for various blogs, a pastoral council member, owner of a new puppy currently undergoing housetraining, and wife to a fantastic fellow who often works late in order for me to stay home with our children. I don’t have the means to lay in bed for a week, and I was becoming so disoriented and sick from the illness, the pain, and sleep deprivation. I don’t have it in me to cancel all activities- a Christmas play my children have been rehearsing for months to perform, a choir concert my daughter has been looking forward to, our holiday program at church….you get the idea. sometimes, it is what it is…
    I do occasionally get strep, not because of my relying on antibiotics, but because I grew up in south Texas but now live in NE New York- different strains and less incidence, so I never got it as a child. No exposure. But bacterial resistance isn’t a one time battle as it is with viruses, you need a lot of exposure, and even them it’s no guarantee, as you could just happen to be over tired, stressed out, slacking on your diet a bit…any number of these things could put you in the position when exposed to bacteria you’ve come in contact before and could lead to infection. Many of us may even not ever know that we’ve been exposed and DO fight it off without ever knowing, so resistance isn’t that simple.
    Point being that one should, in my opinion, always try to treat themselves naturally, but don’t feel guilty if you’re turning to conventional medications in an appropriate and responsible way. Just load back up on probiotics during and after treatment (I’m currently starting a couple new batches of fermented veggies, and will do several batches of crock-pot yogurt).
    Also, from Martin’s story, it sounds like he self-diagnosed strep based on white spots. That’s not a confirmed diagnosis, and I’ve had viral sore throats that have had spots and hurt badly but were confirmed non-strep related, as well as having had confirmed strep without spots. You can still see a doctor and get a more appropriate diagnosis while opting to treat yourself as you see for, but never self-diagnose. Many people confuse strep, tonsillitis, and other viral throat infections, and they’re not one and the same. I know that scarlet fever and rheumatic fever, as well as other bacterial complications ARE uncommon, but they’re not impossible, especially if your run down body isn’t fighting the illness on its own. When you self-diagnose, it does make it more difficult when you need medical intervention and you’ve progressed to the point of serious illness. Find a doctor that you trust and that will respect your decision to treat at home. That isn’t as hard as you think; while I’m in fully agreement that the Rx industry heavily influences many doctors, it isn’t the same for them all. I live in a smaller town and have just such a doc AND pediatrician for my children, as well as knowing a doctor who works in the ER in our area hospital who also has his own holistic care clinic…and he’s a MD! It’s not impossible, and it’s isn’t all or nothing, so be wise in finding that middle ground.
    God bless!

    December 18th, 2013 10:19 am Reply
    • LOOregano

      Thanks for the informative reply Sarah. I like how it didn’t just make blanket statements but was sincere with practical details. Yes, the circumstances happening around us do have to help determine what steps we should take. For example, I like fixing my car when something goes wrong, but if I don’t have the time it is better to take it to a mechanic than to just do nothing (which could leave me up the road without a car! 😉 )! And being a stay at home mother is more important to your children than whether or not to take antibiotics (though it is a balance because it can effect how long we are around for them). There are many more important questions in life than in the medical industry…such as why did God create us and and who are we living for?

      January 14th, 2016 4:43 pm Reply
  • Vicki

    My mother got strep, it did not clear her body and did result in rheumatic fever and a series of painful weekly injections and months of bed rest. Self-diagnosing and self-medicating comes with some risks. People have treated themselves successfully and naturally for centuries. Many also died. Use wisdom and common sense, and remember that antibiotics are useful for serious illnesses like strep.

    December 17th, 2013 11:12 pm Reply
  • lou

    three weeks ago I suddenly developed the most painful sore throat i’ve ever had. swallowing was so painful, it actually made me cry. I could not even talk. this was on a saturday, and by monday the pain hadn’t lessened at all so I went to the doctor. my rapid strep test came back negative, but the doctor said based on my symptoms and the degree of pain I was experiencing it was very likely I had one of the other kinds of strep, and so he prescribed me antibiotics. I am usually quite wary of taking them unless I absolutely MUST, but I was in so much pain I was really desperate for some relief. two days later he called to confirm that I did indeed have strep – he explained that the kind of strep they test for in the rapid test is the dangerous one that can spread to your heart, kidneys, etc., but the other forms are more benign. so now I am feeling really regretful that I took antibiotics (clindamycin, 3x a day for nine days :( ) and am eating a lot of miso, homemade sauerkraut, and am on the market for a good probiotic…can anyone recommend one?

    November 28th, 2013 10:05 am Reply
    • Sarah

      Lou, I did not know that about the strains that test positive on the rapid test, so I’m glad I read your comment. I commented below- I have strep and decided to take the dreaded antibiotics AFTER a positive rapid test and having not responded to home treatment. My case very well COULD have even one of the more uncommon dangerous cases left untreated! My comments were about finding a balance between home treatment and medical intervention, but ALWAYS getting an actual medical diagnosis!
      Anyway, thatnks for helping me to feel better in my choice, and I hope you’re on the mend. Check out, she has lots of info on good natural probiotic options in addition to veggies.

      December 18th, 2013 10:29 am Reply
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  • Paola

    I have NEVER had strep throat. Well that is until this past summer. Since I have had if FOUR times. Currently on my fourth which started yesterday (will be going to doctor today). I am not one to take medication usually I ride things out.

    I however would NEVER recommend that someone ride out strep throat. First time around thought it was a common cold. That was until a week later when I still couldn’t swallow much of anything. And even water was painful. I have since had damage to my ear on the side which the strep seems to attack.

    I would not recommend to anyone to ride it out. That’s just dangerous.

    November 20th, 2013 6:13 am Reply
    • KMB

      I had it a couple of years ago. My throat started to swell up and close and my voice sounded like Daffy Duck. I ended up in the ER. If I had been alone I might have died of asphyxiation.

      December 22nd, 2013 5:59 pm Reply
  • Julie

    This article, plus the comments that follow, really drive home to me that we need to be like other Western, first-world countries, and license homeopaths and naturopaths. They should be part of the acknowledged, “legitimate” medical community, as they are in Germany and other countries. Not knowing when the risks of antibiotics are more or less than the risks of the potential infection seems to me like taking a stab in the dark, which is incredibly scary when one’s children are involved. Furthermore, how are we to know about things like dosage and duration of treatment, and when to give up, for natural remedies like goldenseal, if we have not had training. We mothers can not be expected to be experts on EVERYTHING, especially when we have more than one or two kids.

    November 19th, 2013 9:03 am Reply
    • KMB

      I agree. We should also license wizards and witches too since homeopathy and naturopathy are based on magical thinking not science or evidence based medicine. You don’t need to be an expert on everything. That’s what people who spend decades in medical school and practice are for.

      December 22nd, 2013 5:57 pm Reply
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  • Marilyn Patterson

    When my oldest granddaughter was about 5, I bought her one of those big all day suckers. She loved it and wanted it to last. She got strep throat and was on antibiotics. She got better but got sick again and again and again. I was walking into their kitchen and saw the sucker and I knew that she was reinfecting herself. I told her mother and it was thrown away…there went the source.

    October 28th, 2013 8:28 pm Reply
  • Janknitz

    I’m with Roo, this post is horribly irresponsible. Rhuematic fever STILL happens in this country and causes permanent disability and death. I’ve worked in inner city hospitals and saw children with serious heart problems that started with untreated strep. Before antibiotics, people routinely died or were crippled for life from “morbid sore throat, rheumatic and scarlet fevers, no matter how natural and real their diet was and how healthy they were.

    The reports of people above who “cured” their “strep” with home remedies never went to the doctor to confirm strep in the first place. Viral infections can cause the same symptoms, so it’s likely that these people would have gotten better over time in any case. It does not mean their home remedies “cured” their “strep”. A robust immune system may be able to beat out strep, but I wouldn’t want to rely on hope, when a wrong guess could seriously damage my heart.

    I’m no fan of antibiotics. But for goodness sake, if you have symptoms, have a strep test and find out if it’s even strep, and then what strain before you go avoiding antibiotics! Antibiotics, used APPROPRIATELY are not the problem.

    October 28th, 2013 3:46 pm Reply
  • Laurie

    We use goldenseal and oregano capsules. We also gargle with: 8oz water as hot as you can stand, 1TB apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Some of my children prefer to sip on it rather than gargle with it.

    October 27th, 2013 9:30 pm Reply
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  • Anastasia @ eco-babyz

    I wish I knew more about natural remedies when I was a teenager, I’ve had antibiotics one too many times and my mom didn’t know any better. My kids have it pretty well now, none of them ever had antibiotics and they like garlic :)

    October 23rd, 2013 9:06 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    While this article sounds great – I’d strongly recommend proceeding with caution before just going along with what they suggest. I agree that we run to antibiotics too quickly – but completely avoiding them isn’t always the answer either. Case in point: my own family history. My mom had strep throat when she was a kid, and it did not get treated. She soon developed rheumatic fever, which is a serious disease that attacks the heart, brain, joints & skin. She wasn’t able to participate in sports after that, or do anything that would strain her heart. She missed school for at least a year and had to try to keep up with the work at home.

    October 21st, 2013 8:05 am Reply
  • Jan

    My sister contracted rhuematic fever as a child. She was 5 years old and as healthy as we were before she got strep throat. My parents didnt take us to the doctor unless we were very ill. They felt very guilty for years after she was diagnosed. She still has medical issues with her heart from it and she is 50 now. It does happen.

    October 21st, 2013 7:42 am Reply
  • Joan

    I wish I had know about this when I was 15. I left strep untreated because it was the holiday time and I did not want to miss the Christmas activities at school. I ended up with Scarlet Fever and it took me a month to recover from that. I have never been so sick in my entire life as I was then.

    October 21st, 2013 7:35 am Reply
  • Roo

    This is so not even based in reality.
    Strep is a bacterial infection. You don’t develop immunity. The dangers of becoming very ill are REAL. I’ve known several people in my life who’s parents didnt’ treat their strep as children and have serious life long complications – heart problems and infertility being the most common, results of rheumatic and scarlet fever.
    The ONLY way to know you have strep is a throat culture. Symptoms of strep are just like several common viruses. The only way to know for sure is to find Streptococcus bacteria which you can only know if you have a throat culture.
    Can you beat it off on your own? Yeah. Sometimes. But if you don’t and you wait? By the time you realize you’re not winning you’re in deep trouble.
    Obviously antibiotics aren’t needed for every sore throat – most are caused by viruses, not strep. Antibiotics don’t do squat for viruses.
    There are SO many reasons some people don’t get strep and other people get it all the time. One of the things is tonsil size – for all we know those who do these “cures” don’t have strep and the people who never get strep just have small tonsils.

    This is just so dangerous and irresponsible I’m literally SEETHING.

    And before anyone assumes anything – I HATE big pharma with a fiery passion that is fiery. I hate medications, I think just about everything is over-prescribed and the overuse of antibiotics is dangerous. BUT THIS!? I just can’t even.

    October 20th, 2013 10:49 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    Although I am sure that this helped you get better. It doesn’t show that you necessary actually beat “Strep Throat”. You had no strep test done, I know personally I get white spots in my throat the resemble strep every time I get sick. So I end up going to the doctors, they feel I have strep and the test show I am strep free and they send me on my way. So just taking care of myself like I normally would for a cold helps my symptoms go away. I also use garlic & honey for illness, they work wonders!

    October 20th, 2013 10:21 pm Reply
    • Melissa

      Her father was an MD, she very likely could have been tested.

      May 13th, 2016 11:17 am Reply
  • Salem

    Sarah, I wish you and my mom had been friends when I was growing up! Then she wouldn’t have put me on antibiotics 2-3 times every year of my life from the time I was 3 months old. Then maybe I wouldn’t have chronic fatigue, bipolar disorder and possibly cancer (waiting for a diagnosis- either way my seizures need to be treated).

    October 20th, 2013 10:12 am Reply
  • Angie

    I have never knowingly been diagnosed with strep throat, as a child we rarely visited a doctor due to not having health insurance. I am sure I have suffered from it at some point but was never offered antibiotics so I’m pretty sure I’m immune. My two children have never been diagnosed with strep either despite multiple exposures. However, a few years back I had the worse sore throat ever and since I work in a lab the pathologist agreed to swab my throat. It came back strep, type “C”. I researched this type and found it is found mainly in farm animals. I rarely come in contact with farm animals except through store bought beef. I did recall handling raw beef stew meat a few weeks prior to my dx that was bloody and since it was winter I had open sores and cracks on my fingers/cuticles. I’m assuming the blood from the beef was probably infected with strep C and thus infected me via the cow’s blood from the beef. The sore throat eventually healed with out use of antibiotics but it was extremely painful. I no longer buy any type of beef from the super market but now by grass fed from a local farmer.

    October 20th, 2013 9:14 am Reply
  • Kay

    Thanks for this information. While my husband and I have not come down with strep throat, I bet this recipe will work for any sore throat issues that arise from the common cold, etc.

    October 20th, 2013 7:50 am Reply
  • gina

    I had strep throat once about 15 years ago, took the meds as prescribed, got a regular non strep throat infection a couple of years after that and have never had even a tiny sore throat since then….Guess I am just lucky.

    October 19th, 2013 10:20 am Reply
  • AshleyK

    would you share your anti-plague syrup recipe?! :)

    October 19th, 2013 7:18 am Reply
  • Hannah Smith

    The BEST thing I’ve ever found for strep throat is an essential oil known as Spice of Life, Thieves or On Guard. They have cinnamon, clove bud, eucalyptus, rosemary and wild orange or lemon in them, and they can cure any sore throat (including strep) in a couple of days. I have used them on both myself and my children (as young as 4) with excellent results. There is also an apple cider recipe with similar ingredients that is supposed to be great for sore throats:

    October 19th, 2013 4:08 am Reply
  • Sara

    Let me add a few things from my own experience and with the input I received over the years from my mother who is a microbiologist and has worked in the lab for years with all these yucky germs! There are people who carry strep chronically, and it resurfaces when the immune system is overwhelmed by fighting off another bug or toxin or even with fatigue. I had recurring strep for years, and being allergic to amoxicillin it was difficult to find an antibiotic to take. But like clockwork, I got it every 6 months or more often, and always a really terrible case. This went on for years. Then I worked with a homeopath and by detoxifying and strengthening my system to fight off strep on its own, I was able to eliminate this bug and stop being a carrier. I haven’t had strep now for more than 8 years! Interestingly enough, when the pregnancy tests for Strep B came around (even though this is a different strain than the type that affects the throat) and I found out I was positive for strep B, I wondered if the same drops that knocked out the strep throat would hit the Strep B – and they did! In subsequent pregnancies, I took those homeopathic drops in the last month or two of pregnancy and was able to avoid the antibiotic discussion with my OB. I highly recommend looking into an appropriate homeopathic remedy if you feel you’re a carrier.

    October 19th, 2013 12:08 am Reply
    • Laura

      Can you please share what drops you used to knock out the strep B in the last months of pregnancy? I’m at 32 weeks and would love to know what I can be doing to avoid it!

      October 19th, 2013 4:14 pm Reply
    • Karen

      Let me start by saying that I am a family physician who recommends and uses a lot of natural remedies and prescribes antibiotics only when indicated (ie, not for a sore throat or cough that is likely caused by a virus) and I do a lot of OB care. With that being said, many people are Group B Strep positive in one pregnancy and not in the others. Most of us are positive about a third of the time, regardless of what we do. Since we started testing for and treating people for Group B Strep, the fetal morbidity and mortality from Group B Strep has greatly decreased.

      January 28th, 2014 12:39 am Reply
  • Liz J.

    I’m just curious, did the people who muscled through it with bad results use natural anribiotics, or just try to muscle through it and let their bodies heal without extra support? It seems all of the good testimonials used something, while I see no mention of natural remedies for the bad testimonials. Of course I’m tired and have kids that are needing me right now, so might have missed that :) My dad has an enlarged heart from rheumatic fever as a baby, so I’d like to understand this as much as possible. I was a sickly kid up through my 20’s until I adopted the WAPF lifestyle and began taking the iodine protocol. I am a carrier of strep, however when my family gets exposed we never seem to get it. I think keeping vitamin AD and K levels up and all the fermented beverages/foods we consume must help kill off the strep quickly. I never skip our daily fermented cod liver oil with a little butter and Thorne’s liquid D and K drops. I’ve learned that when I do, we get sick!

    October 18th, 2013 11:08 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Liz, when I got over strep throat myself … I used no holistic therapies whatsoever. I actually didn’t even eat that healthy at that time in my life. I subsisted during my strep throat episode on milkshakes from the corner ice cream shop. Not exactly health promoting! But, I was healthy with no immune issues and so kicked it with no problem.

      October 19th, 2013 2:06 pm Reply
  • kathryn

    I loved your post! With the immune system, it’s definitely “use it–or lose it”! As a preventative measure…what I have found super helpful in boosting and supporting my immune system–including the throat–is a daily smoothie (yes, I rotate the greens!) that includes 3-5 cloves of raw garlic (natural antibiotic) + coconut oil (anti-bacterial, anti-viral and natural antibiotic) + cinnamon (boosts the immune system) + nutmeg (supports blood cell production to fight against bacterial infection) + lime juice (vitamin C). Sharing the recipe here:

    October 18th, 2013 9:36 pm Reply
  • Amy

    I feel compelled to add to this discussion because there are several different kinds of strep that can manifest through similar symptoms.

    There is ONE type of bacteria that causes serious strep–the kind that can affect your heart–that will show up positive on a rapid strep test swab kit. All the other bacteria cause mild strep will be cleared by the body’s own immune system (if you’re healthy) with no natural or chemical treatment of any kind and will show a negative rapid strep test. As this is the case, a very large proportion of strep cases will not be treated with antibiotics but will rather be met with “symptomatic therapy.”

    While I’ll never choose antibiotics or white coat treatments, I must note that doctors are not prescribing antibiotics with the same fervor I believe this entry suggests–like they were 15+ years ago. Likewise, this article also seems to make some blanket claims about natural treatments for strep when actually the healing effects are made possible by one’s own immune response.

    October 18th, 2013 9:00 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    Eighteen years ago, my then 16 year old daughter came home with several white spots on her sore throat. At the time I was interested in Young Living Essential Oils. I just rubbed Thieves on her neck in the throat area and the arches of her feet. I did this a couple of times that day and by the next morning, there were no spots, just a little redness. She was fine within a couple of days of the first sign of not feeling well.

    October 18th, 2013 6:00 pm Reply
  • Nena

    Thieves essential oil (hot tea, gargling, drops on throat and feet) would be very effective and smell ALOT better than garlic! :)

    October 18th, 2013 5:27 pm Reply
  • Katie

    Every Winter One Or All Of My Family Members Would Get Strep Multiple Times. Last Summer We Started Drinking Raw Milk And No One Got It! Since Then We Have Been Radically Changing Our Diet To Real Foods. Love You Site I Have GotTen So Much InforMation From it.

    October 18th, 2013 4:16 pm Reply
  • Marie

    I am an alternative practitioner as well as a nurse practitioner. In the hospital/clinic setting we rarely treat strep throat with antibiotics any more and actually recommend gargling with a mouthwash that contains zinc. Often times strep is carried by not only members of a family who are symptom free but also by cats and dogs. If there are frequent outbreaks, culturing your pets and family members throats and treating them in what ever fashion you chose , would most certainly help in stopping the recurrence.

    October 18th, 2013 12:51 pm Reply
  • Christine

    I stopped taking my kids to get thier throats swabbed after reading “How to Raise a healthy child in spite of your doctor” by Dr Mendelsohn. He cites a study at an Air Force Base from the 1940’s and 50’s that is the basis for using antibiotics for strep. This study is also mentioned in a newer book entitled “Hippoctrates Shadow” by Dr. David Newman. Both doctors make it clear that this is an outdated and unnecessary treatment which causes more illness and deaths than the rare Rheumatic fever/ heart disease. At this time there is so much cutting edge science ( The Human micro biome project) that is highlighting the importance of healthy gut bacteria and the immune system. Because of this new and expanding knowledge there is strong reason to question the frivolous use of antibiotics! For treatment of strep throat I have had great success with the homeopathic remedy Belladonna.

    October 18th, 2013 12:36 pm Reply
  • Kristen

    I am working through it right now. I was very sick with a sinus infecion in early September and felt I was so sick that I needed antibiotics. It cleared me up but I became sick again this month (October). This time, I decided to take a spoonful of chopped, and smashed garlic with honey twice a day. It really is amazing how my symptoms lighten up a few hours after taking the garlic. I missed one of my garlic doses two nights ago and yesterday morning I woke up feeling as though my symptoms worsened and went to my lungs. I realized that it’s so importortant to take the garlic in regular cycles and don’t miss, your body needs the full amount to fight the bacteria that is trying to spread. I am feeling so much better today, not perfect but it is amazing how clear I am. My energy is back enough to clean the house and go on my walk.

    October 18th, 2013 12:32 pm Reply
  • Amanda A

    My husband is a runner. Runs at least 20 miles a week plus strength training. Eats healthy. Neve gets sick. He tried to “tough it out” with strep a few years ago. He was 28. He developed Pericarditis… An infection in the pericardium (the “bag” the heart is in). We thought he was having a heart attack. The treatment for the pericarditis was a lot more intensive than a round of amoxicillin. Recovery was a LOT longer too. He couldnt run for 3 months. We don’t vax and tough through whatever illnesses may come, buy strep is not something we take lightly.

    I’m not saying this is common, just that my very healthy, fit hubby developed a heart infection.

    October 18th, 2013 11:32 am Reply
    • Nancy

      Just wondering for my own information, was your husband taking any natural remedies while he was toughing it out, like garlic?

      October 25th, 2013 8:56 am Reply
  • Frankie

    I’m very interested in this timely article since strep is common and seems to reappear again and again often in the same person. I am always appreciative of your many followers who offer tips on their life lessons in taking care of themselves and families without resorting to drugs. So, I can’t pass up adding a note to the use of oil of oregano. Oregano is a dynamite means of ridding oneself of most things related to the respiratory system, however, oil of oregano and oregano oil are not the same thing and should be approached differently. Oil of oregano is not a pure oregano and can be used with much less caution than therapeutic oregano oil. On the other hand, I have taught classes on essential oils for a number of years and can tell you Oregano Oil is considered a “hot” oil and should never be administered without a carrier oil like grapeseed or almond oil to dilute it. There are many carrier oils out there, and these two are only a suggestion. The point I wish to warn your readers about is that Oregano oil can cause burning, possibly serious, especially in young throats. Also, unless you know the Oregano has been well-tested by an independent lab, it should never be ingested in the first place. Essential oils bought in health food stores or similar stores do not sell high grade oils regardless of their claim of 100% pure on the label. Also, a pure essential oil does not require that you use a lot. A true essential oil requires only one drop as in the case of the “hot” oil, Oregano, or it may cause detoxing or much worse, a healing crisis. I recommend that the novice use oil of oregano if you do not have background on your source or if the people who sell them have the knowledge to protect you. Essential oils are a wonder (God’s first medicine), but as with anything else there are good and there are not so good. I urge everyone to beware of uninformed promoters of this, otherwise, wonderful solution.

    October 18th, 2013 11:09 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Thank you Frankie!!

      October 18th, 2013 11:32 am Reply
    • Sharon

      This is why I use Premier Research oils. They are well tested and are already diluted.

      October 18th, 2013 2:57 pm Reply
    • Sharon Devi

      Thanks, Frankie. I was wondering why when I put a drop on my child’s finger (to treat her wart), it became red & ‘burnt’. So, I stopped using it, I figured it might be too strong. I tried diluting it the next time with coconut oil, but, it still ‘stings’. So, I stopped completely. I’m confused, as what I have is “Oil of wild Oregano”. Is this the same as “Oil of oregano”?. You mentioned that ‘Oil of Oregano can be used with less caution than therapeutic oregano oil’. The ingredients says: Extra virgin olive oil & Oregano oil. Perhaps it wasn’t diluted with the right ratio of carrier oil to oregano oil?.

      October 19th, 2013 11:04 am Reply
      • kelli-AdventuresInChildRearing

        Sharon – it is VERY strong. Try more carrier oil – less oregano. If it still burns – rub more carrier oil into it. It will have a warm sensation because of the nature of the oil but you don’t want it to burn.

        October 19th, 2013 3:09 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    Great post! I second other readers’ recommendation for oregano oil. Twelve years ago I had recurrent strep — 4 times in 5 months, treated with Erythromycin each time. Strep seemed to take over my life that Winter. At the first twinge of strep coming on a 5th time I gargled and swallowed 3-4 drops of oregano oil in 1/8 cup of juice. I could feel it burn as it coated my throat. It completely aborted the infection, and I haven’t had even the slightest hint of strep in the last decade! It’s truly amazing.

    October 18th, 2013 10:33 am Reply
  • karli

    My daughter got sick with Strep just 2 weeks ago. She complained to me about a hurt mouth (she is 3) and we looked and sure enough we saw the white spots… I had actually just gotten done researching Strep a little bit-sadly I didn’t know to come here:(
    Anyway, the “concoction” I made was a spoonful of coconut oil with one drop each of: Melelucea/Tea Tree, Lemon, and Thieves essential oils. I fed it to my daughter and the next morning the spots were gone… she did still have congestion and runny nose; a slight fever (99) but that was it.
    I did find-if anyone else is interested in this-that she took the concoction better with the coconut oil melted first-but not hot-and then the essential oil drops added. You can melt it easily by putting into a glass and sitting the bottom in hot water for a min or so… Then you just have to add the oils and your child (or you) can just drink it…
    Oh and by the way, I only did this because of her age. I was told young kids don’t do as well with Oregano Oil-which is what I would have used-but that the Tea Tree etc… were a lot milder but still had the same effect. I also used Young Living oils-I feel its really important to use a good quality oil especially if taking it internally…

    October 18th, 2013 10:28 am Reply
    • Jenni Churches

      If your daughter had congestion/runny nose, she did NOT have strep in the first place. She had a cold with a viral sore throat.

      May 11th, 2014 8:36 am Reply
      • caitlin

        Jenni I always have a cold and congestion a day before I get strep.

        July 13th, 2014 11:07 am Reply
        • Michael

          Jenni is Right. Strep does not cause runny nose. Runny nose is a viral infection.

          August 16th, 2014 7:59 pm Reply
  • Caroline

    Wow, I wish I had known this 15 yrs ago! While i have had strep a few times as an adult, my now 16 yr old daughter began getting it when she was just an infant. At 2 yrs she was diagnosed as a “carrier” and had her tonsils & adenoids removed. This did nothing to slow down the frequency of her strep infections. Needless to say, she was on antibiotics a LOT! I recall that she missed 20+ days of preK due to strep. While I’ve always leaned slightly towards a homeopathic lifestyle, I was nervous to experiment very much with my children. I was also warned of the problems she could face as an adult if her strep infections weren’t treated immediately. As a matter of fact, my brother in law was diagnosed with a kidney disease that his doctors attributed to untreated strep as a child.
    Now at 16, she doesn’t get it as often, maybe 1-2 times in that past 4-5 yrs. I’m not sure I could get her to chew garlic or gargle with ACV. Do you have any other suggestions to help her muscle through her next episode?

    October 18th, 2013 10:23 am Reply
    • Sharon

      We use Premier Research Garlicidin and Nucleotides for sore throats and viruses. They also have an oregano oil that can be used also if needed and is very effective for anything upper respiratory. A couple of other products that boost the immune system is Standard Process Immuneplex and Congaplex. So far has worked really well and is easy to take.

      October 18th, 2013 2:50 pm Reply
  • Jo

    Any suggestions for an 18 month old with a cough? I’m having a hard time just getting her to drink water at this time.

    October 18th, 2013 10:16 am Reply
    • Susan

      Homemade popsicles? You could probably get fancy and freeze all sorts of stuff into them! Elderberry syrup would not only be perfect, but would make them tasty, too!

      October 18th, 2013 10:30 am Reply
    • Tamara

      She probably needs Vitamin D3. Bluebonnet brand has both a liquid one, and a chewable one that tastes like candy. If she refuses the chewables, when she falls asleep well enough, crack open her lips and just drop several drops into her mouth. It’ll absorb subligually. :)

      I also make ginger lemonade:

      freshly squeezed lemon juice
      freshly microplaned (very finely grated) ginger
      raw honey

      Mix all of them to taste preference. My children ask for it, even when they aren’t sick, but specifically if they are. Try to use all organic ingredients, if possible.

      October 23rd, 2013 3:36 pm Reply
  • Melanie

    I had strep a number of times as a teenager in France. Didn’t get antibiotics. Had it a few more times in my 20’s. Probably got antibiotics then. Hadn’t had it in at least 15 years until this spring, when I had it in Feb (after my partner got it), then in Mar. Antibiotics both times. My doc said my throat didn’t look particularly red either time and the second time, it didn’t even hurt, but hey the swab test doesn’t lie. Unless you’re a carrier for strep, which apparently I am, having tested positive twice since then when I’m healthy. Sore throat was likely due to something else. This fall I got an excruciating sore throat that lasted well over a week. I was on painkillers for 5 days straight. Didn’t bother going to the doc though, as I knew I’d test positive either way and didn’t want to take antibiotics anyway. It went away on its own, eventually. My partner got strep right after that. Neither kid has ever had strep. I fear that Sarah is making too many generalizations based on her experiences: you can see that mine is similar in places (first exposure not treated, kids never had it despite their parents having it) and totally different in others, but I wouldn’t generalize it out by any means. Important also to note the potential for strep-based complications even with the use of antibiotics: a friend is now suffering horribly with this: and another friend’s sister was on life support twice this winter for strep-related heart failure (wasn’t rheumatic fever tho). It’s not something to be trifled with, but it is something to think carefully about. And if you’re repeatedly diagnosed with strep, see if you’re a carrier.

    October 18th, 2013 10:06 am Reply
  • Jill

    I had strep and staph at the same time when I was about 5. I must not have been given antibiotics as, at nearly 54, I’ve never had either again since. It surprised me to hear that anyone would have a “yearly case.” Aweful!

    October 18th, 2013 9:11 am Reply
  • barb

    so it was never confirmed that he ACTUALLY had strep throat. AS a health care provider I see tons of sore throats daily and most are not strep which means then don’t need antibiotics and will go away with-out (as will strep.) white spots do not confirm strep. kudos to him for sticking it out with the natural remedies. not convinced that this will help him become less likely to get it next year but time will tell.

    October 18th, 2013 9:02 am Reply
    • Charlotte

      Hi Barb, I think you have touched on an important point. As with the potential over diagnosis of ‘flu’ that is oftentimes just an illness with flu-like symptoms, I suspect similarly that what is often diagnosed as strep throat is not. The good thing about natural remedies is that regardless of the cause of the sore throat – viral or bacterial – they will likely provide good effect and relief without adverse effects and allow for full and optimal natural recovery for an illness that is self-limiting in the vast majority of cases. When a doctor gives antibiotics on the suspicion of strep throat without lab confirmation (as I saw happen often in my years as a pharmacist), clearly they will only be effective against actual strep (or other bacterial) infection. I would say to everyone, before using antibiotics, please insist that a lab result confirms strep throat first. And maybe not even then. Use the natural remedies described here and in the comments, allow your body to rest and by the time the result is back you’ll probably be well on your way to recovery anyway!

      October 18th, 2013 10:36 am Reply
      • Tamara

        I love your comment! Amen!!

        October 23rd, 2013 3:28 pm Reply
      • Leanna M Zimmerman

        I totally agree Charlotte about waiting for confirmation. I really do not understand why doctors will prescribe an antibiotic before the lab results confirm the diagnosis. I really try to avoid antibiotics after several bad experiences with my oldest son, who became very ill from them. When my daughter was suspected to have a urinary tract infection, her doctor prescribe her antibiotics and told me they would call me with the lab results to confirm in two days, but to go ahead and give her the antibiotics. I waited and they NEVER called. So finally I called them, and guess what? She had NO infection. So the antibiotics were completely unnecessary.

        January 27th, 2014 9:54 pm Reply
  • Heather H

    Gargling with Oil of Oregano was a huge thing here. If you have never tried swishing this in your mouth or gargling with it, try a bit in your mouth first to get used to it. No added water; believe me, you will have enough saliva.

    October 18th, 2013 2:31 am Reply
  • Jamie

    Awesome! I am learning every day how to take care if things naturally. I have struggled with strep in the past a lot, one year I had it once a month for 7 months. Thank God I haven’t had it in a few years but if we ever get it again I will be powering through and also trying the hydrogen peroxide. My husband and I just recently had sore throats so the next time that pops up we will gargle some.

    October 18th, 2013 2:01 am Reply
  • tricia

    My son has what looks like impentigo on his face. Have been treating it with aloe and grapefruit seed extract, with not great results. Was just going to go put honey amd garlic on it when I saw this post…hope it kills it.

    October 18th, 2013 1:19 am Reply
    • melisa

      My son has a rash on his face too but its does not look like impetigo because there are no puss bubbles. I have used coconut oil applied in the morning and at bedtime and it is healing right up!

      October 18th, 2013 10:44 am Reply
  • Andi

    Oregano oil destroys strep! My daughter came down with strep the day before we were to be flying to South America, and antibiotics were not going to be an option for us. I read a lab study about someone accidentally dripping oregano into a petri dish with the strep bacteria in it, and it decimated the strep! with nothing to lose, I tilted my daughters head back and dropped a few drops directly on her tonsils/back of throat. Did this 3 times (every 4 hours) and she started to feel better. By morning, no spots, no fever, no pain! We continued having her take oregano oil capsules for the first few days of our trip too, just to make sure. It worked like a charm!!!

    October 18th, 2013 1:11 am Reply
    • Juliann

      You are absolutely correct about oregano oil. I use many of the essential oils for natural remedies and Essential Oregano oil also kills gastritis bacteria fast! A few drops in a large glass of water twice a day and also rubbed with some olive oil on the stomach, or ear area if an ear infection, will heal it in no time!!! I also use ImmuPower and Thieves from Young Living Oils at the first sign of any illness and they work powerfully!

      October 18th, 2013 8:57 am Reply
    • kelli becton

      don’t ever ever ever put oregano oil UNdiluted – directly into an ear canal for ear ache. . . . I once set myself on fire :) I was in terrible pain with my ear ache and out of desperation I dumped several un-cut drops of Oregano right into my ear . . . . . burned like fire . . . but the ear ache did clear right up. Oregano oil is an amazing remedy. I will always be sure to use it properly & not jump the gun as I did that time!!! I catch on eventually.

      we use many of these remedies for soar throats and such & rarely need a doctor visit. I also have a compromised immune system & these things work!

      October 19th, 2013 3:02 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Awesome post! Being a mom of many, things can be easily passed around the family. We used to use the sucking of garlic, warm salt water, honey, lemon,cayenne, ginger drink. NOW, I am happy to say, we have found something that works Quick! We take ambrotose(glyconutrients) and suck on an immunostart. Which beefs up your immune system. Now, the kids are like’ I can’t even be sick around here,”

    October 18th, 2013 12:56 am Reply
  • Trish

    Thank goodness for the natural remedies- but even better is a natural preventative! The strep bacteria cannot live in an oxygenated environment—so at the first hint of sore throat gargle with hydrogen peroxide, straight is best, but also is effective if cut with a bit of water. You will foam like a “mad dog” when you gargle, but you will literally kill the strep bacteria and not develop any further sore throat. I learned this from a biology professor colleague (thanks Bill Landry!) years ago. My daughter was 12 and had had annual bouts of strep since early childhood, usually passing it on to at least one or more members of the family. Once we started using Hydrogen Peroxide – virtually NO ONE in our family has had strep throat since and it has been 24 years and counting!! and Laura— young children can do this and they laugh about it while they do— Our daughter is now 36 and uses this preventative with her little ones that range in age from 27 months to 7 years. Hydrogen peroxide does not taste bad- it has a somewhat “stale water” taste. The kids don’t mind it at all and if they swallow it, the worst that happens are some hilariously big burps! We typically gargled about 2 to 3 times a few hours apart and that’s usually all that was needed. It is truly an amazing preventative!!!

    October 18th, 2013 12:32 am Reply
    • Helen T

      I keep reading about ‘food grade’ hydrogen peroxide – I have my doubts that’s the one you pick up from the drugstore shelf, is it?

      October 18th, 2013 11:24 am Reply
      • Jennifer

        Doubt it Helen. Food grade is typically 35%, and store shelf is 3.5% – food grade HAS TO BE DILUTED or it will give you a chemical burn (of sorts). Many people use food grade H2O2 as parts of a natural cancer treatment protocol, candida killer, etc. It super oxygenates your blood and kills many pathogens when ingested (DILUTED in water…as in 2-25 drops per 8 oz)

        October 19th, 2013 12:42 am Reply
      • Ryan


        Food grade is 35% in most cases and will cause instant chemical burns even on your hands. I don’t even know how badly it will damage the soft tissue in your mouth.

        DO NOT use food grade. Get the 3% stuff from the store and dilute it down to 1.5%.

        1.5% is safe. 35% IS NOT SAFE.

        April 21st, 2016 10:19 pm Reply
        • Melissa

          Why is it called food grade if it isn’t for ingesting? Is it to wash food? Honest questions.

          May 12th, 2016 11:40 pm Reply
  • Flora Radding

    Yes! My daughter had strep a few years back, when she was about five. I told her that we had 24 hours to try something and if not, we would have to go to the doctor and get some medicine like she saw other kids taking a lot. She had never — and still thank g-d has not — had any allopathic meds and only a few herbs here and there. I told her that if she wanted to stay free of medicines with this situation that she would have to drink a spicy drink. A lot. She agreed. So we made her orange juice with cayenne (fresh squeezed oj with just regular culinary organic cayenne powder). I had her take a few sips every half hour or hour or so throughout the day. And chase it with bread.
    By the next morning her strep — which had been really intense looking — was basically completely gone.
    Since then, we have never had a situation like that so far, thank g-d. But anytime we go near anything at all like that, we just do a few cayenne frescas and we are good to go.
    Mama Flora
    ps. keep in mind that if you need it, the cayenne will sting. but it stings as it heals, so with each subsequent dose, it should sting less than the dose before…

    October 18th, 2013 12:27 am Reply
  • Kay F

    I agree that antibiotics are greatly overused and should be avoided whenever possible. Perhaps I would be more in sympathy with your post were it not for my family history. My paternal grandfather died of complications from strep throat before I was born, and my mother’s sister developed rheumatic fever at the age of five and nearly died. There are a number of indications that at least some of us do have compromised immune systems–I developed appendicitis at the age of two and nearly died; one sister had multiple serious health problems as a child; and my youngest sister came down with spinal meningitis at the age of 18 months and nearly died. I think I’ve had strep throat only once, when I was in college and the doctor told me it was the worst case he’d ever seen. So I don’t take risks. I have taken antibiotics for pneumonia twice and, most recently, for Lyme disease. I hate taking them, but although I take care of myself and am generally quite healthy, I do it when the risks of not taking them include extremely serious health problems or death.

    October 18th, 2013 12:00 am Reply
  • Kim Schuette

    Great post, Sarah! We will be passing on this strep throat remedy.


    October 17th, 2013 11:50 pm Reply
  • Sonia

    Interesting article. Fortunately have never had Strep throat. How would oil pulling go. I have used it in the past. Amongst other things supposed to be good for lymphatic drainage.


    October 17th, 2013 11:50 pm Reply
  • cindy l

    wow, what an awesome story with wonderful results. Natural is definitely better to try first. If for some reason you can’t beat it, then, seek further intervention. Congrats Sarah for being an inspiration and thanks Martin for inspiring more who will ‘seek the truth’ in healing themselves….

    October 17th, 2013 11:18 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Wow, what a great testimonial! Great idea to keep a little journal about it.
    I’m wondering how to get small children to take those concoctions. I can give them honey but the garlic, cayenne and ACV? That would be a battle. Any ideas?

    October 17th, 2013 10:42 pm Reply
    • Sharon Devi

      I also couldn’t give cayenne pepper and garlic to my 4 year old boy when he had Strep Throat. My sister, who is studying Ayurvedic, told me that cinnamon & clove is considered “natural antibiotic”. The recipe: boil some water in a small pan with 1 cinnamon stick and 10 cloves. Then simmer on low, until the colour becomes dark (tea like). I gave this “tea-drink” mixed with raw-honey through out the day (4-5 times a day). My son’s strep-throat was cleared within 3-4 days, without antibiotic. A friend also tried this ‘cinnamon-clove-honey’ tea for her son’s tonsillitis, it worked too.

      October 18th, 2013 12:35 am Reply
      • Carmie

        Sharon, did you give a whole cup of “tea” to sip on several times a day, each cup made with 1 cinnamon stick and 10 cloves? Or did you give spoonsful throughout the day? Or??

        October 18th, 2013 4:25 pm Reply
        • Sharon Devi

          Carmie. I give around 100-150 ml each drink (4-5 times a day). On a good day, my boy would be able to drink 500ml-600ml in total.

          What I do is, I have a dedicated small pan (milk pan) just for this. I just keep topping up the pan with more water and reboil (reuse) the same cinnamon stick & clove through-out the day. Put it in the fridge overnight. The next day, I would add a new cinnamon stick & cloves to the old mixture & do the same process again. I’ll prob throw it out after 3 days.

          I also dilute the mixture with water, especially when it is the 1st boil or when it’s very strong. It’s important to boil and simmer first – to get that strong ‘tea colour’. I guess this acts as a way to extract the ‘healing properties’ (so-to-speak) of the cinnamon & clove. Then, I dilute it with water. Make sure you give it warm, not cold. Lots of honey, raw honey is better. If you can’t get it, normal honey will do. Just a note on the honey, my boy is 4 years old. Not sure how old yours is.

          Hope this helps. We also use it for coughs & colds. This is just what WE do at home, it works for OUR family & friends. In saying that, everybody is different and I’m not a medical doctor. All the best.

          October 19th, 2013 10:36 am Reply
          • Marilyn Patterson

            I am 67 and as child of school age my grandmother would give me a cold remedy of boiled onion and a sugary syrup….I didn’t like it but it worked.

            PS grams was born in 1886 in England and didn’t like Drs.

            October 28th, 2013 8:57 pm
      • Rain

        This “tea” sounds great. I have a wee one that seems to be a strep “carrier” and has had it 3 times in as many months.
        Her swabs come back negative, so I believe this will be quite helpful.

        October 21st, 2013 12:13 am Reply
      • Sandra

        I found out last year that I am allergic to antibiotics. I have strep throat and am going to try your cinnamon clove mixture. I sure hope it works as I am miserable and have no other options. Thanks so much!

        February 28th, 2014 3:33 pm Reply
    • trish

      Laura- please read my post about hydrogen peroxide at the first sign of a sore throat. Our daughter was 12 and our son was 8 when we started using this- and she has used it for her children since they were wee little. The strep never gets a chance to develop- the headache and fever may persist for 24 hrs- but thats about the worst it gets.
      All the best to your and your little ones!

      October 18th, 2013 12:39 am Reply
      • Amber

        Can I have the link for this article?

        October 21st, 2013 9:28 am Reply
  • Shelly

    Sarah, I LOVED this post. It got me thinking about my own history of strep infections. I used to have it almost yearly as well, sometimes more. I would always know it was strep because from the moment I didn’t feel well till I knew it was strep because I was suddenly very fevered and extremely ill was only about an hour or two. Most of the time I ended up going to the doctor quickly because I was SO miserable with vomitting, dehydration, extreme throat pain, aches and pains all over. It was awful. One time I even ended up in the hospital because I had gotten so dehydrated. Anyway, 6 years ago in December I realized I was coming down with strep, but we didn’t have any medical insurance. I did some research online an decided to battle it myself. I did take golden seal as directed for 1 week, I also ate lots of raw garlic about 4-5 cloves daily. I took our super tonic 3-4 times a day with lots of vitamin c and tried to take a cayenne/honey concoction which was very difficult for me and I wasn’t as successful at taking that. I was sick for about a week, but the worst was the first 3 days. I just realized after reading this post that I haven’t had any problem with a strep infection since. Thank you for your post and ideas for fighting it in the future.

    October 17th, 2013 10:32 pm Reply
    • Lori

      I take a cotton swab (Qtip) and gently scrape the white spots off of the tonsils. I figure its bateria growing back there and like a piece of fruit, I can stop it from spreading further onto the good tissue by removing it. Gargling with raw ACV (Apple cider vinegar) is also a good way to slow down the bateria.

      April 1st, 2014 10:50 pm Reply

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