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For strep throat remedies, we use Children’s Advil and castor oil compresses. We also use natural remedies including vitamin C, A, and D. Proberry also works wonders against the flu and other ailments.
My experience with strep
I once got strep throat so bad the inside of my whole mouth swelled up. My tongue got so thick my teeth left indents on it. My tonsils and throat swelled until I could hardly breathe. My uvula swelled until I was choking on it.
I had to go to the doctor for that one and take amoxicillin. We did not know then (eleven years ago) the strep throat remedies we know now. I have had a few bouts with strep since and have won.
We do not want you to think we are giving anyone medical advice. We only want to share what we found works best and safest for our family. Since children ages 5-15 often get this during the winter months, be ready.
Signs and symptoms of strep throat
Recently, my son had complained of a sore throat. In cold dry air, sore throats can come and go. When he started complaining more and breathing funny, however, I knew we were in for a ride.
Strep throat can begin with pain or difficulty in swallowing. It might also include a slight fever and other cold-like symptoms. In the reddened throat, you might see white patches if it has advanced.
Strep throat can continue to grow and swell the throat lining and tonsils. Oversized tonsils and lymph nodes may cause an earache. It can morph into tonsillitis and even lead to heart problems.
Why we avoid antibiotics
When I took the amoxicillin for a strep throat remedy, it killed my immune system. I kept catching every bug that winter, and the strep throat kept trying to come back. Like most of traditional medicine, it fights the disease with little concern for the human’s well-being. I would rather struggle through an illness and come out with a strong immune system, than to compromise my overall health.
Treating the symptoms
When my son’s throat started hurting when he swallowed, I got scared. I remembered what I had gone through and did not want him to. In prayer, God reminded me the doctor had given me Children’s Advil to help me swallow.
Our midwife (a continual source of health advice) told me strep would only last four to five days. We just had to make him comfortable until he got through it. The Children’s Liquid Advil did the trick to help him swallow and sleep soundly.
You should not give Advil (ibuprofen) for more than two days. We switched him to liquid Tylenol which worked as well. However, the Advil lasted longer and targeted the pain better. Also, Tylenol (acetaminophen) accumulates in the liver quickly. We switched back to Advil after a day on Tylenol—much to his appreciation.
Instead of giving the whole dose, which lasts for 6-8 hours, we gave partial doses. We kept the dose as small as possible and gave it every 2 hours or so.
Why we use castor oil
Our midwife suggested castor oil compresses and we found this to be a miracle among strep throat remedies. We rubbed castor oil on his neck and then placed a warm washcloth, soaked in castor oil, in the same area. Then we put a heat pad on it and kept it warm for at least an hour.
As soon as we started the castor oil treatment, he started spitting out all kinds of phlegm. We did this for two to three times a day. The more mucus he expelled the more the lymph nodes shrunk and pain left.
Some people say apple cider vinegar works this way, too, as one of their strep throat remedies. It never worked for me (remember, I had to see a doctor). I wish I could patent the idea of these castor oil compresses, they draw out infection and even help with cancer.
Target the throat
People recommend doing mouthwashes for strep, so we did. Gargling with Lysterine (the kind with four anti-microbes in it) supposedly kills surface germs. At our midwife’s suggestion, we added a few drops of grapefruit complex to each mouthful.
A pharmacist also told me to keep the saliva flowing. This helps sooth the throat which gets dry quickly and helps kill the germs (you have naturally antiseptic saliva). Instead of giving a child sugary throat drops (which can feed bacteria), we let them suck on a chewable vitamin c. This is a good sore throat remedy as it keeps saliva flowing and boosts immunity at the same time.
Boosting the Immune system
To help our son’s body heal, we gave him as much vitamin C as he could take. You know you have too much vitamin C when it gives you the runs. If you intend to take medicinal doses of vitamin C with your strep throat remedies, we have found calcium ascorbate to be the easiest to digest.
Another immune booster we use is ARA6. This product has the healing power of aloe, but ten times more powerful. You will find it an effective health boost for any condition.
We also use a powerful form of elderberry extract called Proberry. If we had this on hand when the strep started going around, my son probably would not have gotten sick. This stuff kicks the flu and other bugs quickly.
We use natural antibiotics including olive leaf extract, grapefruit complex, garlic oil, and oregano. We followed these with acidophilus to rebuild his healthy bacteria. We also used vitamin E oil, omega 3 oil, and vitamins A and D3 to keep the immune system strong.
Change the diet
If you are fighting any disease, you should cut out all corn products, wheat products (white flower, pasta), dairy, pork, and instant/prepared foods from the diet. This is not medical advice—it is just good sense. Good strep throat remedies will not help if you eat junk. Do not eat sugar or imitation products.
Focus on organic fruits and vegetables. During the worst part of strep, you may only want to sip fruit juices and homemade soup (not from a can) with real broth and vegetables. Make sure you drink plenty of water to flush out toxins (some say scarlet fever results from toxic secretions by strep bacteria).
We are not attempting to tell anyone medical advice for treating strep throat; we are just letting you know what strep throat remedies worked for us.