STREP THROAT

ESSENTIAL OILS

Eucalyptus. Stimulates immunity; improves respiratory circulation.198

Peppermint. Contains menthol, which helps to soothe a sore throat and thin mucus.

Thyme. Contains anti-bacterial properties that boost immunity and fight infections.

Oregano. Proven to fight infections and promote healing.

Research
Oregano has been shown to destroy the superbug MRSA both as a liquid and as a vapor. Researchers concluded that oregano oil shows tremendous promise as a natural anti-microbial.

Home Remedy
Sore Throat Gargle. Gargle with 2 to 3 drops of oregano oil, 1 to 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 teaspoon of salt in warm water for up to 1 minute, and then spit it out. Repeat three times daily.

Background
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat and is caused by group. A Streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat can affect children and adults of all ages. However, it’s especially common in children between the ages of 5 and 15. Sneezing and coughing can spread the infection from one person to another. The common symptoms of strep throat include sudden fever; sore, red throat with white patches; headache; chills; swollen lymph nodes and trouble swallowing. If a child has six or more severe throat infections in one year, his or her doctor might suggest surgery to remove the tonsils. However, many children tend to stop having recurring instances of strep throat as they get older. The decision to remove a child's tonsils must be weighed against the risks of anesthesia and bleeding, as well as the missed school days to recover from the procedure.

Suggested Supplements

» Garlic. Fights germs and boosts the immune system.

» Echinacea. Can help your body fight off infections; it is best to take it at the first sign of illness (1,000 milligrams, two to three times daily).