Strep throat is a bacterial infection and can be from a number of different strains of bacteria. It is most common in mid age children and during the colder months of the year. A common sore throat differs in that it is usually a viral infection. Both are contagious and can be passed from child to child or person to person in any place with close contact.
Both the strep and the viral sore throat can have a painful soreness in the throat but the common sore throat may be accompanied by coughing, sneezing, or running nose while these symptoms will not usually occur with a strep infection. The symptoms of strep include a sudden, severe sore throat, swollen tonsils, and whitish spots on a very red throat.
Luckily, since many essential oils are both antibacterial and antiviral, the same protocols will generally be effective with either.
Mild: At outset 2-3 drops Lavender topically to throat every 15-20 minutes.
Strong: Place a mouthful of warm water in a shot glass (small glass) and add 2 drops each of Lemon and Protective Blend. Gargle as long as possible and then swallow. Repeat every hour or two until pain subsides. Continue then 2 or 3 times a day for at least two days.
Strongest: Add 1 – 2 drops Oregano. This may be too hot (uncomfortable) for some.
For children: Use Mild or Strong oils recommended above applied topically on throat, around ears, and on bottoms of feet. At least 3-4 times daily for 2-3 days.
If treatment begins after heavy soreness has developed, use the previous application coupled with either a topical neck ointment, lymphatic massage, and/or a neck compress. Make the ointment with 10 drops of carrier oil and 1 drop each of Lemon and Oregano oil. Wrap the neck with a warm compress with 1 or 2 drops of oil added. If laryngitis has developed, use Oregano and Marjoram or Frankincense as a gargle.
Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.