For the past several days I have been bed-bound attempting to get over a serious case of strep throat. I seem to pick up strep at least once every summer, and each time it seems more painful and miserable than the last. Common symptoms of strep throat include swollen lymph nodes in the neck, significant fever, muscle aches, extreme fatigue and headache, and I was fortunate enough to experience each and every one of these symptoms to their utmost degree while slowly dying in my bed.
I did some research on this type of bacterial virus and was surprised to discover that individuals often continually pick up strep if they consistently resort of antibiotics to rid their body of this infection. Granted, most persons would think that antibiotics are the most practical means to cure an infection, however an immunity to said antibiotics often develops when taken repeatedly, therefore it is often just as effective to simply let the infection run its course. It has actually been proposed that antibiotics for strep may reduce symptoms for a mere half a day sooner than not taking antibiotics.
So, I thought I would research some natural, at-home remedies for strep. I am unsure of just how effective these remedies are, but they did provide temporary relief for me personally at least.
Oregano Oil: Add a few drops of oregano oil to a glass of water and swallow.
Sea Salt: Dilute one teaspoon of sea salt in warm water and gargle several times per day.
Lemon Juice: Drink daily in combination with water.
Honey: Add to boiled water and sip.
Hot Bath With Epsom Salts: This is a great way to relieve body aches and pains. Feel free to add a few drops of essential oil.
Finally, be sure to allow your body to rest and get ample amounts of sleep!