It is an amazing time when the seasons change. The landscapes change from drab to lush or vice versa. Temperatures during these times tend to range from balmy to freezing, sometimes all within a few hours time, in one direction or the other. It’s during these times when sporadic illnesses tend to occur such as common colds, strep throat, and sometimes even the flu.
In the United States, it is common for medical doctors to prescribe antibiotic medications for a diagnosis of strep throat, sometimes before the results have been positively determined. These medications generally have a duration period of 10 days and the patient will typically start feeling better within 4-5 days. The problem with antibiotics is they not only kill the bad bacteria that is causing us to become ill, they also kill all the good bacteria within our intestinal tract. The over use of antibiotic medications has also led to the mutation of many bacteria into what the medical field calls “super bugs“ that are no longer responsive to antibiotics.
What if I could show you a natural remedy for strep throat that is so easy to prepare it can be done in less than 10 minutes? One that would take effect in 24 hours or fewer instead of the typical 10-day antibiotic run? It really is true! I have used this treatment on myself and several of my children and never has it failed to work within 24 hours!
I cannot take credit for creating this natural remedy formula, but I am honored to be able to pass it along to all of you. For any of you that know me, I am a student of the School of Natural Healing studying to earn Master Herbalist certification. The school’s director, David Christopher, MH, is credited with creating this amazing remedy.
Gathering the Ingredients
There are only three simple ingredients needed for this natural remedy for strep throat. You more than likely will have them all in your kitchen already as they are common, everyday ingredients we all use in our kitchens on a regular basis. The three ingredients you will need are:
- Fresh Garlic – 3 cloves
- Cayenne Pepper – 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon
- Raw Unfiltered Honey – 1 Tablespoon
The above ingredients are to be used in those proportions when preparing your remedy for strep throat. When I prepare this mixture for my family, I typically triple the recipe for the formula so I do not need to be mixing up a new batch every few hours. Leaving the mixture to set on the counter, with plastic wrap over the top, it will not spoil in the 24 to 48 hours you will need it for.
First, put the raw honey into a glass dish and add in the 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on the patient’s sensitivity to the heat of the cayenne. Next, finely chop the fresh garlic cloves. Garlic is nature’s antibiotic but those antibacterial properties are only released when the garlic is crushed or chopped and only when the garlic is raw and in its natural whole state. Once you have the garlic finely chopped, add them to your mixture and stir.
How this herbal remedy works – The honey will coat the throat and allow the mixture to cling to the areas where its action is needed. The cayenne will bring blood in the body rushing to the area of the throat where the mixture clings to it. The garlic, nature’s antibiotic, will set to work fighting all the germs and nasties in the throat that are giving us such trouble.
Administration and Dosage Instructions
Now that you have your fully prepared natural herbal remedy, you are ready to administer it to whomever is suffering with strep throat. A dosage of 1/2 teaspoon administered every 15 minutes over a 24-hour period should do the trick. If your ill family member is not completely over the ailment by that time, you may continue for another 24-hour period if necessary. I personally have never had to use it for even a full 24 hours.
Note: Sleep is a powerful healer. It is not necessary to wake your sick family member urging them to take another dose of the remedy during sleeping hours. Administering a dose once every 15 minutes during waking hours is plenty good for the mixture to do its job. Also, do not drink or eat directly after administering the remedy since this will impede its ability to cling to the back of the throat where it is needed. Skipping a dose to have dinner etc. is perfectly fine.
Your Family will Thank You
I have given this herbal combination to my own children as young as 4 years old with great success. As I stated above, in very extreme, difficult cases, you may continue the treatment out to 48 hours but I personally have never had to use it passed the stated 24 hours. It is low cost and easy to prepare in the comfort of your own home and contrary to what you might think, it goes down with surprising ease.
For those interested in DIY natural remedies for allergies and hay fever, see my article here.
If any of you choose to try this natural remedy for strep throat with your family as an alternative to medication, please do come back and let me know how it works for you; Use the comment threads below. I look forward to hearing the great success stories!