Home remedies are always effective and they don’t have any side effects like medicines (antibiotics). You can easily use the following amazing home remedies, and I am pretty sure you haven’t heard many of them before, to treat your strep throat infection. You will surely start feeling better in a short time.
Strep Throat Home Remedies And Self-care
Many of us want to use natural remedies to get rid of such infections and let our body heals by itself. It was considered mainly that only medication can be the best solution to it, but antibiotics have many side effects.
Our Goal Is To Let Our Body Heal By Itself!
Strep is a bacterial infection that can be transferred from one person to another person, easily and quickly. Simple strep throat home remedies make life easier and the infection will go in a day or two.
Simple strep throat infection remedy:
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 4- 5 garlic cloves, chopped finely
- ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
Mix all together and take a dose of 1 teaspoon every hour.
People who don’t like garlic even tried this and were happy and surprised with how simple and effective this mixture is.
1. Get Some Rest
The best thing you can do for yourself when feeling under the weather, is to get some rest. No matter what you do and try, strep throat infection will not go away in one night.
Getting proper sleep and rest will help to fight off most infections. If you work, take a day off to stay home and rest. Pull the curtain, turn off all electronic devices and go to sleep without an alarm clock.
2. Avoid Drinking Alcohol And Smoking
Your throat is at the weakest when you are having strep throat infection. It is at risk. So, you should eat and drink with full care. Most importantly, stop eating and drinking things that can irritate your throat even more, such as alcohol and smoking. Also avoid deep-fried foods and processed foods.
If anyone is smoking near you, move away immediately. Care for your throat, and make health your priority.
3. Honey And Pepper
Honey and pepper have been used for centuries in many cultures for soothing the throat.
Simply take one spoon of honey and sprinkle a pinch of ground pepper on it. Mix it well with another spoon. Lick mixture slowly and let it glide down the throat. It helps to ease the pain.
4. Warm Comforting Drinks
When you have a scratchy and dry throat, a simple cup of warm or hot herbal tea can relief your throat pain. Sip the warm drink slowly and you will surely start to feel better. It is the definitive cure for fighting off the weakness, fatigue and tiredness that strep throat brings.
If you like white tea or green tea, then this won’t be a problem for you. On the other hand, if you don’t like tea, then it’s time to experiment with different available flavors. There are so many delightful herbal teas to choose from.
5. Ginger Tea
Ginger is best known for its natural healing functions. It helps to relieve and treat strep throat infection.
- Take crushed ginger
- Add crushed ginger in boiling water
- Boil for about 4 to 5 minutes
- Strain the ginger
- Add honey for taste if desired, it is also a natural antibiotic
- Ginger tea is ready, drink warm
6. Cayenne Powder
Cayenne pepper is the most generally used natural therapy for strep throat infection and sore throat. It helps to get rid of the pain that comes with a strep throat infection. Many people consider this as an effective and useful drink.
- Take a cup of hot water
- Add raw honey to desired taste
- Add cayenne powder (depends on your tolerance of the spice)
- Mix until it is well combined
- Let hot drink cool a little
- Sip it warm to soothe the throat
7. Inhale Steam
Steam doesn’t immediately cure your strep throat but it helps to relieve the complications that come with strep throat infection. Steam is effective for relieving a congested nose and makes you feel better.
Put a few drops of an essential oil of choice in a bowl of hot water. Put a towel over your head and inhale the steam to relieve the congestion and to speed up healing of the sore throat. Use any of these oils: peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, oregano oil, hyssop oil, thyme oil or juniper berry oil.
You may experience an almost immediate relief using this method.
8. Green Matcha Tea
Green matcha tea has very high antioxidant content that helps speedy recovery of inflammation and boost the immune system.
This amazing matcha tea is beneficial for removing harmful toxins from the body and provides relief to the throat and symptoms caused by the infection.
Read more about matcha tea that has better health benefits than your regular green tea. Adding moringa oleifera in your hot beverages is also helpful to bring the infection under control.
9. Licorice Root
Even if a sore throat isn’t that serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor, it is still painful and may affect your sleep.
Licorice root has been widely used to treat sore throats. It is effective when mixed with warm water to make a gargle solution. Sucking on a non-sugar licorice root candy is soothing and may provide relief to the pain.
10. Slippery Elm
Slippery elm is a traditional remedy for treating sore throats. It has a mucus-like substance when it is mixed in warm water that forms a soothing gel to coat the throat wall for healing.
If you have slippery elm supplement that comes in capsules form, you may open up one or two capsules and use the method below. Drinking it in water helps to soothe the throat, versus swallowing the capsule that goes directly into the digestive system.
- Add a teaspoon of slippery elm powder in an 8-oz glass of warm water
- Stir till dissolve, and drink
11. Marshmallow Root
Like slippery elm, marshmallow roots also has a mucus-like substance that coats and soothes the infected throat.
Some research have shown that use of marshmallow solutions can comfort and soothe irritated mucus membranes.
- Add some dried root in a cup of very warm water
- Make a tea
- Sip this tea twice a day
12. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is probably one of the most helpful methods for treating strep throat infection and helping the body to recover from numerous minor ailments. Prepare a solution of half a cup of warm water and 1-2 teaspoon/s of apple cider vinegar for gargling.
If you like and can easily handle the flavor, experiment mixing 1-2 teaspoon/s of ACV in an 8-oz glass of water and sip it the whole day. Use raw organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother” for best results. Bragg’s is a good reliable brand that I use.
This article was originally published on wordsiseek.com. It is republished here with permission.
Michele Smarty is a short story author, novelist, and award-winning blogger. She is a contributor on many popular websites including Words I Seek, Tuts I Seek and many more.