I woke my daughter up for school one morning last week and she said “Mom, I don’t feel good.” I put my hand on her head to see if she was warm and she wasn’t so I said “Nice try, sweetie! You’re just tired and don’t want to go to school again.” We have that problem at least twice a week so I figured she was crying wolf. Plus, my friend Ann was in town and I was sure she didn’t want to miss any action. So, I brought her to school and went about my day.
Much to my surprise, around noon I got a phone call from the school. They told me I needed to pick her up because she had a fever. They also informed me that I should probably get her checked for strep because it had been going around for the last couple of months. I felt awful for making her go to school. We headed to the clinic but I still wasn’t convinced she had strep. She was cracking jokes and running around like nothing was wrong so I kind of felt like we were wasting our time. Not to mention, the guy sitting next to me was hacking all over me and all I wanted to do was get out of there! But, we got in, got her tested, and low and behold she was positive for strep.
Struck By The Bug
The Doctor wrote her a prescription and was kind enough to write my son one as well. We dropped them off at the pharmacy to get them filled and while we were waiting I started feeling sick. My throat started to hurt, I was nauseated, I was hot, and I started to get the body aches. I checked to see if my throat was red and not only was it red, I had the dreaded white spots! This was awesome because I was the only one without a prescription…and if you think I was going back to the Doctor for another four hours with a guy hacking all over me, you’re nuts!
A Natural Remedy
When we got home I started looking through my books to see if I could find a natural remedy for strep throat. I found several different recipes but I didn’t have what I needed on hand. I had thieves essential oil on hand and I knew I could use that for a sore throat but wasn’t sure about strep. However, it turns out thieves oil is a great remedy for strep throat. I started putting a drop of thieves and a drop of frankincense on my tongue, alternating them every few hours. I put 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water and gargled with it three times a day. I also mixed up a recipe of 4 tablespoons raw honey, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 16 cloves minced garlic and coated my throat with it every couple of hours. I added Young Living’s Inner Defense twice a day on the second day to boost my immune system. It might have been over-kill but I have been doing this for the past few days and I’m symptom free.
Drugs Aren’t Always Necessary
There is a natural remedy for every ailment. Ten years ago I would have gone to the Doctor and gotten a prescription for this. However, I have seen the negative effects of many of those prescriptions and I don’t want to use them unless I absolutely have to. Antibiotics have been proven to promote obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. They also destroy the good bacteria in your stomach so if I can avoid using them, that’s what I’ll do! Plus, the visit to the Doctor for one child cost $300 which I had to pay for on the spot. The remedy I used didn’t cost a quarter of that and these are things I can use over and over for many different problems. I’m happy with the results and will continue to seek out natural remedies and share what I learn.
Have you used any natural remedies to cure strep throat?