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Strep throat plagued me as a child; I had it so often that the doctor began the talk about taking my tonsils out.  I took antibiotic after antibiotic to kill this bacteria.
Unfortunately we did not know at the time what the dangers were of taking antibiotics repeatedly, nor did we know there was anything natural that could work.  Circumstances would have it that we moved shortly after to an area that did not have so many cases of strep floating around, so my tonsils are still intact! :)

Why Not Just Take Antibiotics for Strep Throat?

I have had a few people speak to me of the dangers of having strep throat and treating it at home.  While I don”t take any sickness lightly, I do believe that strep can be healed naturally and effectively with healing herbs.  I have seen this happen time and again.  Antibiotics can shorten the course of strep, BUT they also great increase the likelihood that strep will come back all winter long (which is probably why I had strep all winter for more than one year as a child).  Antibiotics kill the strep, but they also work against our natural antibodies.  Using nourishing herbs to fight a sickness causes our bodies to create its own antibodies, which will help us fight the sickness the rest of the year without compromising our health.
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Home Remedy Options for Strep Throat:

Dr. Christoper Strep Blend

Dr. Christopher Strep Blend is very effective.  This remedy has worked wonderfully for more than one person that I”ve recommended it to.
  • 1 TBSP. Raw Honey
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. Cayenne
  • 3 Cloves Grated Garlic
Directions:
Mix honey and cayenne together.  Add the garlic.  Chew and swallow 1/2 tsp. of this mixture every half hour.  This effectively kills the strep bacteria.

Throat and Tonsil Tincture

You can also make a Throat and Tonsil Tincture.  Make one pint of  echinacea tea.  While the tea is still hot, stir in 1/2 cup fig syrup and 1/4 tsp. cayenne.  Add 1/4 tsp. of peppermint oil.  Stir well.
Mix 2 droppers of this tincture with 4 droppers of water.  Gargle and swallow every hour.  For a smaller child, mix 1 dropper of tincture with 3 droppers of water and administer hourly.

Throat Gargle

If you are experiencing pain from strep throat, mix a solution of 1/4 tsp. salt and a 1/4 cup very hot water.  Stir to dissolve the salt and gargle.  Spit out the solution after each gargle.  Do this hourly if needed.  Adding 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper to this solution will also help with pain.

Vitamin C

Take up to 1,000 mg. of vitamin C hourly for adults to help boost the immune system and shorten any sickness.  For a child”s dose, divide their weight by 150.  For instance, if your child weighs 75 lbs., you would divide it by 150.  75/150=.50 – you would give a 75 lb. child half of the adult dose.

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You may ask, which remedy should I use?  Do I try all of them?  My suggestion is to take either the Dr. Christopher Strep Blend or the Throat and Tonsil Tincture (you would not need to do both of these).  I would add to one of those the high dose of vitamin C.

If you are experiencing great pain, also gargle with the solution of salt, cayenne and water for relief.  I would take these frequent doses for 2 or 3 days (or longer if needed), and then just 2 or 3 times a day for about a week.

It is important to follow the directions carefully and consistently.  I”m always surprised when a person tries a home remedy, but is not consistent with it, and thinks it failed them.  If you take the Strep Blend or the Tincture only once a day for a more serious illness like Strep (instead of the frequency of the directions), it just may get the best of you and really bring you down, requiring a stronger medicine at the doctor.  Be consistent, and you will enjoy the results!

Have you successfully treated strep throat at home?  What remedy did you use?

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Jill is a certified family herbalist, a child of God and a homeschool mother of 4. She is passionate about teaching others how to make and use natural remedies from the comfort of their home. You can find her blogging at Jill’s Home Remedies and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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  1. I have been successful with the strep blend with a little apple cider vinegar and also by using garlic oil. I infuse a little olive oil with raw garlic and rub it on the glands and throat often.

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    • “If strep throat is not treated with antibiotics, you will continue to be contagious for 2 to 3 weeks even if your symptoms go away. You are much less contagious within 24 hours of starting antibiotics and are less likely to develop complications of the strep infection” following these instructions are just going to make your loved ones, kids, and their peers sick as well. Please be responsible and use these methods in conjunction with antibiotics. A “certified herbologist” is not a real thing. I am 5 years into my pharmD program, and am urging you to seek real treatment in addition to this natural “pain relief”.

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      • Mike, garlic and colloidal silver are antibiotics. They have been shown to kill bacteria. I agree that I am not a professional or doctor, but I am sharing what has worked for us. Regular antibiotics kill good bacteria in the body and compromise the immune system, and can cause the strep to return time and again.

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        • Doctors think antibiotics cure everything! Everyone should read Raising Healthy Kids in Spite of Your Doctor! We use Bifidophilus on yogurt. I open the capsule and sprinkle it on a tablespoon of yogurt. The Bifidophilus get directly on the throat. It works for us. Growing up, we did the salt and water thing every time we got a soar throat. They didn’t throw us on an antibiotic every time we were sick. Antibiotics aren’t even working well anymore because they are over used!

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          • I agree that antibiotics are way overused!

          • Sorry for replying here – but I have a question. Did you have a dog when you were a kid getting repeat bouts of strep? Same thing happened to me till my pedi had us test our dog – he had strep too!

        • U don’t say how long to take the garlic mixture for? All u say is take it every half hour but for one day two days or how many?

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        • Great recipes, ideas and sharing! My question, how much apple cider vinegar would work in the blend?

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          • I have never experimented with the ACV in this recipe, so I would just experiment! Maybe start with a tsp. or Tbsp.

        • I tried the garlic, honey, cayenne pepper combo and got so sick I had to throw up. I am not to good with raw spice. It hits my stomach like a fire bowl. I hate bread to ease it off. I will have to try the other solution. Do you recommend anything for the stomach after the garlic treatment?

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          • I have never experienced stomach problems with this mixture. You obviously should not take it if it bothers you. I treated my girls with high doses of vitamin C, colloidal silver, and elderberry. This would be another option. You can read more here: http://www.jillshomeremedies.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-i-recently-treated-strep-without.html

          • I have been nauseated since I took this mixture. I only did a half of a teaspoon but I think that’s it for me and this natural treatment. I finally just took something for the nausea so hopefully I can get some sleep.

          • I have taken colloidal silver hourly for strep as well! I also added elderberry syrup hourly and high doses of vitamin C. This is another option for those that may not be able to handle the garlic mixture.

        • Hi Jill, does the child remain contagious throughout the 10 days of taking the strep blend? We are on the fourth day since we started the blend, and last night my sons tongue seemed to have a white layer, he feels great and nothing is bothering him, does that mean he still has the strep. Sorry I’ve posted this a couple of times, and the post goes way down, it does not stay as the next comment.

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          • I always consider my children not contagious anymore when using natural antibiotics the same as regular antibiotics. Studies have shown garlic and silver to kill bacteria like regular antibiotics.

        • Would agave work instead of raw honey with the garlic and cayenne??

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          • I am not a huge fan of agave and it wouldn’t have the medicinal benefits as raw honey, but would just act as a sweetener. It should still work with the antibiotic properties of the garlic though!

        • How do I treat a toddler?
          He doesn’t want to take any spicy stuff like cayenne pepper or garlic. Is there any way to trick a 2 and a 3 year old boys?

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        • Will I get the same reults by using odorless capsul garlic?

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          • Capsules would not have the medicinal properties that fresh garlic does. If you used capsules, you would likely have to take large doses, but I don’t have experience with it.

        • Hi Jill, I am a supporter of natural remedies but We need to be very careful in the treatments we recommend. I challenge you on any evidence regarding the use of Colloidal Silver as an antibiotic. It is an antiseptic with some serious side effects if not used properly.

          Chris

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          • I do have a different opinion about colloidal silver than you, but I have no problem with that! :) I wrote about colloidal silver here {http://bit.ly/Sh2LOh}, and have successfully treated strep throat with this natural remedy. {http://jillshomeremedies.com/2014/01/how-i-recently-treated-strep-without-antibiotics.html}
            Here are some evidence links: {http://bit.ly/1fE11Zu}
            {http://www.silverlivingtech.com/}

      • Its strange to hear someone describe natural methods of healing as not being real. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nutritional science (And that certainly includes the powerful and proven efficacy of herbs) is racing ahead of allopathic medicine. It takes time for studies to be confirm the value of using plants to cure(Yes Cure) many human ailments. There is very little incentive for someone to determine the indisputable benefits of of Tumeric or cayenne pepper for example. On the other hand there’s an enormous profit to be made from pushing pharmaceutical approaches to treating disease. To say that a herbologist is not real is like saying water isn’t very good for you because it contains no nutrients.

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      • Thanks for the recipe. I would just add that a good diet is a must when going the natural way. I find that alterantive health treatments work much better if your body is not full of processed foods, sugars, stimulants (sodas, coffee).
        I have not given my daughter antibotics or vaccines in years. I have not had antibiotics for over 20 years. I believe in herbal treatments 100%.

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      • Mike, I strongly disagree with you for many reasons. My husband and I are Native American and have had the benefits of natural medicine for many wonderful years. Herbs actually can cure a problem much faster than a lab made medication, also leaving our good bacteria in tact and making us healthy again much sooner. As a precaution I take garlic clove and onion internally and teatree essential oil topically on a daily basis. I also eat cayenne and cinnamon on my food. I don’t catch strep anymore, or bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, colds, athletes foot and I don’t even get body odor anymore. I eat raw honey if I feel my allergies coming on with lavender and lemon essential oil. I use baking soda, peroxide and orange essential oil to brush my teeth and I use purified water in a spray bottle with lavender, teatree, grapefruit and ylang essential oil to bathe and wash my hair, and I occasionally rinse my hair with lemon juice. I used to have high blood pressure, headaches and lethargy and weight gain. Now I am losing weight and have low anxiety and normal energy and I no longer suffer from insomnia. I used to run to the doctor for everything. I don’t even take my kids to a doctor or vaccinate anymore. We are healthy because we don’t use OTC or Rx medicine. I am the family doctor now. I have been studying herbal medicine for more than half my life and have not suffered adverse or allergic reactions to herbs. Many essential oils are more potent than lab made medicines and cleaners. they are antibiotic, astringent, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and even mold killers. Raw honey and raw apple cider vinegar are just as beneficial. Next time you have an ear infection, I dare you to use raw ACV in your ear for a full 60 seconds and repeat in 12 hours. Or use lavender and peppermint oil for a mouth rinse. And for pain, try using magnetic hematite. Depending on the pain level depends on how much of the hematite you need. You can make a bracelet, necklace or belt out of it with beeds from 3 to 12 rows of hematite and other stones. And here is something everyone should know about fevers, they are no more dangerous that eating organic. Oh, and don’t use deodorant, especially antiperspirant. Try teatree essential oil neat under the armpits after bathing. It will kill the bacteria, thus eliminating the odor. Have a nice day.

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      • Mike,

        I’d strongly suggest that you try to work a ‘study abroad’ semester into your PharmD. After seeing the rest of the world you might realize that only the US over-prescribes antibiotics for Strep Throat. In most areas of the world, including most countries in the EU, antibiotics won’t be prescribed -unless- there are additional complications from the infection.

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    • I use 2teasppons local honey, 1 to 2 oz. lemon juice, A heaping spoon of minced garlic, and 3 oz. 100 proof whiskey. ( a barley whiskey, not corn. Most scotch is barley.)
      If treating kids only use .5 oz of whiskey.

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    • Word to the wise. Do not take garlic mixture on an empty stomach unless you want to throw it back up. But it works wonders on the pain and discomfort in the throat. Awesome stuff.

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      • For some reason the mixture never bothered me on an empty stomach, but that’s great info for those that are sensitive to it!

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    • I’ve always been susceptible to strep and noticed the glands in my neck getting a little sore about a week ago. 3 days later my throat really started to get sore and the little white puss pockets started appearing a day later. While I already have a routine of things I do when I get a sore throat, I decided to add the garlic/honey/cayenne just to see how it might help, and I noticed a big difference. I’m on the end of the second day and I think it is close to being wiped out. I know it is still in my body, but not like it was. Observations: chew the garlic on both sides of your mouth so that both of your tonsils are coated. Don’t rinse your mouth out. The cayenne seems to help cut back on the mucus where the bacteria is living. If you have a sensitive tummy, you may want to eat something before you eat the mixture. Also, one trick I have for cutting down on the bacterial load is after I salt water gargled, I will coat my tonsils with K-Y Jelly. It is a bacteriostatic or rather, bacteria can’t live in it…which is something an old school dental hygienist told me. She also taught me how to pop my tonsils to get out the little white puss nodules, which can be somewhat painful, but does seem to help to get out the infection.

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  2. Grapefruit seed Extract!

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  3. I tried to treat strep naturally but still had a fever 7 days later, hadn’t eaten in 2 days, and could barely talk. I did everything. Natural is great but set some parameters from the onset as to when you’ll seek treatment (time or symptom wise).

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    • I agree with you Ellen in cases like this you do need to seek professional medical help within a timely manner especially If followed by a persistent fever.Letting strep continue untreated can cause rheumatic fever which is not caused by strep bacteria but by antibodies created by the immune system to fight off the infection cross-reacting with other proteins in the body which causes the body to attack itself and leads to the damage of the kidneys and heart valves.

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      • Sonia, When a person chooses to use an effective natural remedy, this is not letting the strep continue untreated. If their body does not respond to a natural remedy, then medical help would be necessary.

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        • Can u come over and be my acting mom for the week. This throat is killing me and I don’t have money for hospitals! But Ishall try your way. I just don’t wanna get out of bed lol

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    • What natural treatment did you try, Ellen?

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      • I woke up this morning and could barely talk. So i went and got some sleepy sore throat tea with chamomile and something else. Drinking it rught noe, do you think this wjll hrlp with my strep throat?

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        • If you actually have strep, I would not think chamomile to be able to do the job. You need a natural antibiotic {or an antibiotic from the doctor} to kill strep. In my opinion, the fresh garlic is the way to go. I have also had success with taking colloidal silver hourly and high doses of vitamin C.

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  4. We are big “Firewater” fans. I make a batch every fall and it gets us through the winter sickies.

    http://shesourceful.com/2008/12/03/fire-water-baby/

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  5. I have 6 children and myself who have never needed any medical treatment for strep. Natural remedies have worked very well for us but it also starts with good diet and lifestyle to encourage a strong immune system. Melaleuca and oregano oil would also be good to help strep. :) We also avoid all sugar possible when facing illness. <3

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    • Debbie- What did you do with the melaleuca and oregano oil?

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      • This is my first time here on the site. I am pleasantly surprised to see someone mention Melaleuca! I’ve been a customer for 2 years and the store has been such a blessing, physically and financially. I am going to try the strep remedy on myself now. Thank you to everyone for the great tips!

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        • Angela, she’s not talking about Melaleuca the company. She’s talking about Melaleuca the oil… AKA Tea Tree Oil.

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          • Melaleuca – it is a company that provides 2 of the high quality versions of Melaleuca Alternifolia oil (different then just “tea tree” as there are hundreds of tea tree oils, and different then Melaleuca Ericifolia which is another tea tree oil) Young Living also has a comparable Melaleuca Alternifolia oil (it is comparable to the weaker of the Melaleuca company oils) ANYWAY – my family has been using the oil for 15 years to treat many infections including Step, Urinary Tract, Bladder, and Ear infections. We apply it with a Q-tip directly to the inside and outside of the throat &/or add a few drops to water to sip. As with most oils, less is more… than enough :) It is very strong and penetrates very rapidly. It will help numb the area that it touches & may cause drooling… We have one family member that reacts to it (she gets a rash) but everyone else has very good results. I have never used it in conjunction with anything else, but I think i will add the mix above to our recipe box!

  6. Thank you for this post. I’m saving this for future reference! I had it bad a couple years ago, I tried waiting it out and didn’t visit the Dr until I had problems with choking on my uvula. This was before knowing anything about real food and natural healing, so I took antibiotics to help me cope. Even back then, we tried avoiding Dr visits as much as possible. “Health Care” is just too expensive!

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  7. olive leaf extract works great for us in the past. Haven’t had to use it for that in awhile :) We stay on vitamin C year round.

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  9. That you for sharing your great ideas! :-)

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  10. Quick question – it says to chew the Strep Blend every half hour…but for how long? 24 hours? days?

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  11. My 6 1/2 y/o tested pos for strep Tuesday. We immediately began her on the strep blend every 30 minutes for 48 hours (with the exception of sleeping at night). My husband took her to get tested again today and is dismayed she is still testing positive and is pushing for antibiotics or the strep shot. I’m pretty anti-vax and abx and feel like he’s not waiting an appropriate amount of time. Our daughter says her throat isn’t hurting, she hasn’t had a fever the whole time,and is overall her normal self. We’re not dealing with a suffering child at all.

    I guess my question is – do any of you have experience with how long it takes to recuperate from strep using natural remedies? (I know it’s suggested the regimen be given for 2 days, but is she supposed to be well after 2 days??)

    Also, I know with abx, they say that the child is no longer contagious after 24 hours. But with natural remedy, is there a time period after which they’re no longer contagious?

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    • Hey, Shelley!
      If she’s not hurting, then that shows you that the remedy is working. I would personally only take my child to the doctor if they worsened or clearly were not getting better. I also wouldn’t stop giving the mixture to her after 48 hours. I would continue administering 3-5 times a day for a total of 10 days. I hit it hard the first day or two, and then reduce the amount over the next week or so if the child shows improvement. I always use natural treatments for as long as an antibiotic would be prescribed, which is typically 10 days.
      Also, I always follow the 24 hour rule with natural remedies as well.
      Thanks for the questions! :)

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      • You are an absolute crazy person. Remedies like these should only be used when the doctors office is closed (weekends) and one needs temporary relief. Otherwise take your kids to the doctor!

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        • I am certainly not telling anyone not to go to the doctor for strep, but am providing information for those that cannot afford a doctor or wish to use something natural. There are also those that are immune to certain antibiotics from taking them so often for strep and are seeking other options. The garlic formula was successfully used by Dr. Christopher for his patients for years!

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          • I cannot find cayenne pepper or garlic cloves. I am at the grocery store right now and getting very upset!!! Please help!

          • Cayenne should be in the spice section and garlic in the produce. Hopefully you can find a helpful worker or another store nearby that can help. :)

        • Then why r u even on here? Just wondering if u so strongly disagree

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      • Hi! I’ve been doing the dr Christopher’s mixture, Gargaling salt water and cayenne, drinking apple code vinegar, and echinacea tea with reishi tincture. I’m on day 2 and I’m feeling a bit better but still sore. I am congested in my throat but not nasally. My Cousin who is a nurse said I have white spots and my tonsils are huge. My glands are less swollen but still are. How long should I continue these remedies? My parents think I’m crazy but I hate antibiotics and want to beat this thing naturally. How long do I wait until I should go to the doctor if I’m not 100%?

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        • I personally treat for 7-10 days, and I treat hourly for the first 2 or 3 days. Only you can know if you need to see a doctor though. Hope you are better soon!

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  12. I am sure my 7 year old son has strep we have been treating it with colloidal silver we make ourselves. I kinda think he is on the uphill slide he has no fever today but his throat has scabs well they are more on the roof of his mouth. I am thinking of taking him to the doctor just to make sure but I have always tried to avoid antibiotics unless it is the absolute last resort. He has not been miserable this whole time infact he was riding our horses yesterday but it seems like when his Tylenol wears off he starts feeling bad again. He has not eaten much due to his throat being sore. It has been 5 days now. Should I trust that the colloidal silver has worked or take him in to get checked out. Or is there something else I should try. I don’t want to be stupid and him get worse. We have never had anyone in our family be sick for 5 days strait so it scares me.

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    • I would personally add the raw honey, garlic and cayenne mixture mentioned above and up the dosage of colloidal silver. I personally do not bring my children to the doctor unless there is no improvement or they get worse, but only you as his mother can know if you need to bring him to the doctor.
      Best wishes!

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  13. I make something similiar but add fresh ginger, cinnamon, and raw cider vinegar. It is wonderful at keeping coughs at bay at night.

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  14. hI, I have been giving my son this remedy today (he is 5, and i suspect he has strep), but the cayenne pepper I think is burning his tummy. I only used the 1/4 tsp. Can I leave it out for this remedy to still be effective? Just with Garlic and honey? And vit. c?
    I could also try the apple cider vin?

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    • Maybe try cutting the cayenne amount in half. If your son just cannot handle it, you can try just the garlic, honey and adding apple cider vinegar. Thanks, Melissa!

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      • I WAS READING SOME OF THE POSTS HERE AS I BELIEVE I ALSO HAVE STREP THROAT AN I AM TRYING TO FIND A HOME REMEDY THAT CAN HELP. I BELIEVE IN HOME REMEDIES FOR ONE REASON IF I WAS OFFERED A REAL PEACH OR A FAKE PEACH I WOULD TAKE THE REAL PEACH AND I FEEL THE SAME ABT MEDS ALOT OF THE STUFF THAT IS MAN MADE THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE HORRIBLE, THE NATURAL OR AS I CALL IT THE GOD MADE REMEDIES MAY NOT BE AS STRONG BUT GOD PUT THE HERBS HERE FOR A PURPOSE AND THANKS TO ALL THE PPL WHO TAKE TIME TO LEARN ABT THEM.

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    • Just wanted to add that raw garlic can be upsetting to some people’s stomachs. It could be the cayenne or it could just as easily be the garlic causing the tummy burning. If it is the garlic, you would need to find a replacement for the garlic that is safe for kiddos, but still has the natural antibiotic benefits.

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      • I am allergic to red peppers, but have for many years used fresh, raw garlic for strep. I had a child who had chronic strep and when I gave her garlic three times a day, she finally whipped that cycle of constant infection.
        So, I disagree with finding a replacement for the garlic. I’d say if that mother’s intuition says the pepper is the problem, it very may be.. as there are many more people out there like myself who cannot ingest red peppers. My throat closes, but food allergies cause nausea in some people – which may be that child’s issue.

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        • I’m allergic to garlic. That seems to be the ingredient that is helping the most. With the honey mix, IS there a way to replace the garlic, or is it so integral with the mix i need an alternative?

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  15. I’m 23 and my entire life, if i got seriously sick, I’d go see the doctor and take antibiotics. I’ve gotten strep throat several times in my life. Well I just got it 7 days ago again. I don’t have health insurance so didn’t want to pay to see a doctor and then buy the antibiotics.

    So I looked for a natural approach to curing it. I searched and found multiple remedies, but less than a handful seemed widely popular.

    What I used: oil of oregano, silvercillin, acv, cayenne pepper, garlic and some herbal teas.

    However, what I believed really did the trick and took the strep out was the oil of oregano with the silvercillin in 2nd place.

    Last Sunday morning I felt a sore throat coming on, but it was nothing big then. The next day I wokeup and had a nasty sore throat and felt like crap, very sluggish. So I drank hot herbal teas as well as crushed up garlic and acv. It helped, but not by much. The next day (tuesday) I wokeup with an even nastier sore throat. Now I had a fever and really felt like crap. I looked at the back of my throat and saw a couple white/ yellow spots in the back. I knew I had strep. I went out to a natural health store and was recommended to try Silvercillin. I bought it and sprayed in 6-8 times about 4-6 times/ day.

    I wakeup the next day (Wednesday) and my throat is terrible. The night before I could hardly sleep because the pain of swallowing. I was getting tempted to just say F it and see a doctor because of the pain. My tonsils were HUGE, had a fever and everything ached. I researched oil of oregano and bought some. I use 2 doses at 5 drops before going to sleep.

    Thursday, still the same pain, same terrible throat, huge tonsils, fever and felt like the walking dead. Half of me wants to go to the doctor really bad, the other half tells me to wait it out a day or 2 more. So I take about 4 does of oregano at 6 drops each time throughout the day. I use the silvercillin about 4-5 doses also. The oregano does help soothe your throat a bit instantly.

    Friday, feeling much better, but still minor sore throat, still huge tonsils…but no fever and less body aches. I continue thursdays regimen and keep drinking herbal teas.

    Saturday and I’m feeling pretty dang good. About 80% of my sore throat is gone, no more body aches and I’m feeling a bit more energized, a bit more like my normal self. I continue the same regimen of oregano/ silvercillin.

    Today, no sore throat at all, no body aches at all, and I’m feeling about 95% back to normal. My tonsils are at about 90% and almost back to normal. I only take 2 doses of oregano and 2 of silvercillin.

    So I can finally say… I beat strep throat naturally! All of the haters out there against natural remedies and have the “take the antibiotics or your dead” belief, you are wrong! Yes you will have to take some pain. I was in excruciating pain Monday night through Thursday..everytime I swallowed I would have to pinch myself or something to distract me from the pain. But just take the oil of oregano and silvercillin, drink your herbal teas and eat your chicken noodle soup. It works!

    Sorry for the longgggg post, but when i was in serious pain this is all i wanted to read. Exact remedies to take and to know exactly what to do and someone who had great results.

    Good luck to you!

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  16. Been doing the apple cider, warm water, and salt gargle every 5-10 minutes today. Was too weak to even do anything the first 2 days. Also been taking 20,000 IUs of vit D and 5,000 of vit c. Drinking lots of coconut water and soup.

    I have been bed ridden for 3 days now starting on Tuesday Night. Symptoms starting on Monday night with me not being able to stand after a long shift at work.

    Tuesday and Wednesday were terrible body aches and migraines. Uncomfortable fever. Used cold packs all over my face to relieve the pressure. Could not stand, sit, lie down without incredible pain.

    Body Aches gone….sore throat shown through and I discovered the delightful white spots. Darn! Strep Throat!!

    Today is Friday and the fever is finally gone today and so are the body aches – but those white spots and the incredible strep throat pain!! Wow! And this is day 4! I am not use to getting sick and especially for not this long.

    One thing I wish I would have tried from day one was my niti pot. My migraines were spurred from all the inflammation in my sinuses. I am niti “ing” it up about once an hour now and it helps.

    Still not much relief with the strep, but I am glad I can at least rest without the body aches and fever.

    I know my body can beat this…The body can heal! You have everything inside of you already to combat sickness. I am banking that by Saturday night it will be all cleared up.

    Thanks for opening up a topic like this!

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    • Thanks for sharing, Ashley!

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    • Sure, sometimes your body can heal, but sometimes it can’t. People die all the time from illness. It’s dangerous to be so unrealistically optimistic.

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      • An adult human body can only absorb about 200mg of vit C a day. FYI your wasting your time with extremely high doses of vit C. and the fact that you recommend this made me discount your theory here very quickly.

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        • I simply disagree, Tod. A healthy body may be able to absorb less in a day, but not so for someone who is sick. High doses of vitamin C neutralizes toxins in the body so the immune system can work harder to deal with the illness and greatly reduce the seriousness.

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  17. I was wondering if there is any way to make this so that it doesn’t have to be chewed? My 4 year old is struggling with that part…

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  18. How long do you continue the Strep Blend? I made it as listed above, and am just finishing with the last of it, having taken it every 1/2 hours as you suggested. Do I continue this all day, several days, etc., making more batches? Many thanks for the great tips!

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  19. Can I use honey in place of Fig syrup for the tonsil tincture? Could not find any fig syrup at any stores near by. Want to do this so bad since i have a bad reaction to antibiotic (numbness and tingling all over my body). Thank you so much for sharing! U are a blessing!

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  20. what would you suggest for young children? I don’t think my 4 year old will chew cayenne and I don’t have time to make a tincture.

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    • Lindsey,
      Colloidal Silver has been tested to kill strep throat and may do the job on its own. I would personally administer it about 5 times a day for a more serious things like strep.

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  21. am in the middle of strep throat or something just as bad
    am forcing myself to drink lots of water and taking probiotics
    am gargling with hydrogen peroxide
    cannot get to the store
    need to get over this
    had strep and symptoms for three months last year after a death in the family
    have some honey
    am just trying to breathe with this bad cold
    and I have a cold sore – haven’t had one of these in 10 years
    just shoot me

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    • I also had death 10 days ago in my family last week and now i have streps for the first time, on the 7th day. its totally related, body/mind:)
      the first days i was treating with hot ginger, lemon, honey, and gargeling saltwater. and fasting. it didnt seem to help to much.
      3. day i started honey/turmeric/chilli paste, eating it all day. and drinking cold limewater to sooth.
      at the same time all the time brushing my teeth and gargeling saltwater, washing my thoungh. i feel it helpsa little now, but it still looks nasty.
      i dont have garlic in house. i have oregano and almondoil, so after reading this posts, im gonna make and start oreganooil today also.

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  22. I suffer from strep throat at least 4 times a year. I am currently dealing with it and can’t sleep because of the pain. So I have 2 questions for you: 1. Anything I can do to sooth my throat so I can sleep. I have a prescription from doctor because home remedies were not working this time. 2. Anything I can do to help prevent it?

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  23. I have struggled with strep throat and sinus infections since childhood. I have been on two rounds of antibiotics and a steroid shot just this year so far…I’ve always been desperate to get back to work and not be contagious. This week, my family has been on vacation up in the middle of nowhere in the mountains of Colorado. Tuesday, I started with the signs of strep throat…my fever was dangerously high and my tonsils were marbled white. There is no hospital close and I don’t have the $ for it anyway, so I googled “strep throat home remedies” and this came up. We just happened to have all the ingreds for Dr. Christopher’s so I started taking it religiously. I hate the stuff…it makes me gag and want to vomit every time I smell it now because I’ve taken it so much, but holy wow, IT WORKS! I saw significant improvement in 16 hours. I haven’t had fever for two days and as of this morning, no more white marbling in my tonsils. I cried for gratitude this morning. Thank you so much. I feel like I should buy you flowers or something! I think my whole perspective on healing has taken a dynamic shift. No more crippling my body by not allowing it to fight for itself! I have hope that I won’t have to be sick all the time anymore! Thank you! Thank you!

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    • I am thrilled to read this, Loisa! So glad Dr. Christopher’s recipe worked for you and you’ve been able to fight this naturally . Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  24. Quick question. I started antibiotics for strepon sat. night. I really didn’t want to take them but Iwasn’t well enough to make anything myself and I didn’t want to risk my two kids getting it. Is it ok to stop anitbiotics now and continue with one of these remedies?

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  25. For how long should we keep taking the high dose of vitamin C.?

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  26. Jill,
    I’ve been taking aspirin cause it hurts so much but I’m thinking about using the natural remedy. I don’t have raw honey, though. Will regular honey work?

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    • Franche,

      Regular honey is about as healthy as regular sugar and does not have the medicinal properties that raw honey does, but the cayenne and garlic will still do you good if mixed with regular honey. I would do my best to find raw honey at a health food store or local farmer – but I would use regular honey if there was absolutely no way to get it raw. Best wishes!

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  27. I’m pretty sure I have strep throat (have never had it before in my life) but haven’t been to the doctor yet to verify it.

    I tried the raw honey/cayenne/garlic paste. I have been eating it bit by bit but it’s irritating my throat and seems to make my headache worse. Is this normal? I am also using cayenne powder instead of fresh cayenne, so I only put about 1/8 tsp in there.

    Thanks!

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    • Jessica,
      I use the cayenne powder also, so I would increase that to 1/4 tsp. I don’t know why this would make your headache worse – The foods in the formula are very beneficial no matter what sickness you have. If it really seems to irritate you, I would discontinue.

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  28. My 7 yr old was just prescribed Cleocin for strep throat; a strong antibiotic that has potentially horrible side effects, including “rarely fatal intestinal problems”! I can’t bring myself to give this to her. I have been rubbing the soles of her feet w/ olive oil and wild oil of oregano because I read online at a site that sells oregano oil that a child up to the age 7 should not take it internally but had the foot rub on it. I have been mixing a teaspoon of raw local honey with a tablespoon of natural hot apple cider and doing that a few times a day. Her fever is gone and she’s feeling better, but throat is still red and a little painful. I want to give her a garlic oil capsule because she will not do the raw garlic and cayenne. Will the garlic capsule treat the strep?? If so,how much and how often should I give it to her? Also, how much and how often on the vitamin C??

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    • Steph,

      Fresh garlic is so much more potent and effective than capsules and I’m not sure how effective they would be for strep. I would check with a local naturopathic doctor for advice.

      As far as the vitamin C, divide the child’s weight by 150 and compare that with the adult dose. So a 75 lb. child could take 500 mg of vitamin C hourly.

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      • We count in kilograms here. Common sense tells me that the formula is only for pounds.So, what we did was: we converted the weight from kg to pounds, then divide by 150. In case others are wondering. Great post, thank you!

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  29. Jill,
    I was wondering if there is something else that can be substituted for the Garlic as I have an allergy to it. Thank you very much.

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    • Jennifer,

      You could try taking just the honey and cayenne together, and then taking a different natural antibiotic separately, such as colloidal silver, echinacea, etc. and see how it works. I do not have any personal experience with this though.

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  30. It say take the honey, garlic, cayenne every 1/2 hour. Even throughout bed time? Or can you just continue when you wake up?

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  31. Why must the blend be chewed? Can we just swallow with out chewing?

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    • Chewing was Dr. Christopher’s recommendation. You can try just swallowing, but I don’t know if it would make a difference.

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  32. Thank you! We never take antibiotics (anymore, now that we know how they strip away so much goodness), and I think I have strep throat. I’ve gotten over the worst part and have used a myriad of natural things, but today I was discouraged to wake up and feel it worse than yesterday. I found this (Christophers) regimen and it made me feel confident to really keep going in fighting it myself! I have a little bowl to eat a 1/2 tspn from every half hour, which I’ve done twice already. I already feel like I’m getting better. I’m going to do this for several days along with Vitamin C and maybe some grapefruit seed extract and/or colloidal silver.

    Thank you. so. much!

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  33. Must the garlic be fresh or can I use jarred?

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  34. Jill, (or others), what do you think the side effects are of using ibprofen along with the mixture? It has helped so much with my throat pain and fever. I am on day 2 of using both.

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    • Lindsay,

      The ibprofen bottle or insert would say what the possible side effects are. Best wishes!

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      • Jill, do you ever use it? Or would you just gut through the pain? :)

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        • I may use a pain reliever a few times a year. I typically hit a sickness hard at the beginning so it never reaches a point of too much discomfort, and I thankfully have not had to deal with strep in years.

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      • On another note, I’ve been using this cayanne/honey/garlic mixture for 1.5 days, at what point do you think its safe for me to head back to work and not infect my coworkers?

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        • I would personally go by the number of days that a doctor says is safe after starting antibiotics. Most of the time they say 24 hours after a fever is gone or after a person has started medicine. I have not dealt with strep for so long though, and it may be different.

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  35. Sounds good! Thank you Jill.

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  36. Can I replace the cayenne with cinnamon?

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  37. I started the strep blend last night at 10pm. I felt it working almost instantly. However, I woke up several times in pain, I added the gargle remedy as well. I’ve had the strep throat ever since sunday, and hope to be better soon.

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  38. Question: What causes strep throat, and is it normal for your body to ache when you first get it?

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  39. Hi there. I jsut started this tonight – I have had recurring strep since late April and have had five rounds of antibiotics to no avail. Doc says go see ENT, ENT says gosee doc because he doesn’t want to take the tonsils out. So I am tireed of antibiotics at this point. Tried this but not sure why there is chewing – the honey was raw and solid but still spoonable so I kinda chewed kinda swallowed. I’m looking forwrad to seeing how this works but I have some questions:

    1. Must it be every half an hour? I will be out for a substantial amount of time tomorrow and wil not be able to hit that timeline.

    2. Will this help my voice? My voice is comproised by the swellig I guess. I don’t have white splotches on my through but one side is a little swollen.

    Thanks so much!

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    • Every half hour is best, so do the best you can. With a sickness like strep, you have to stay on top of it. I’m not sure that it will directly help your voice, but it will kill the strep, which will in turn help your voice.

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  40. I just wanted to come back and say that after three doses my voice sounds 100% better. My headache is also gone. Wow!

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  41. I actually tried this remedy this morning and it literally made me sick to my stomach. My body went into a sort of shock. I burped garlic all day and the remedy did not want to leave my throat. I would try to drink it down for hours and it just kept rising back up to my throat. I do have strep throat and I am so desperate, but in my honest opinion, this was not worth it. So disappointed. I wish it was a one shot deal rather than every half hour. To me, that is truly impossible.

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  42. Hello,
    I started the strep treatment yesterday after noticing the white spots on my throat and the worsening pain from the day before. Im a firm believer in natural medicines but have never taken garlic in such high quantities before. Today , the pain is almost gone along with the white spots. Very exciting

    As a precautionary measure, I also put my 4 young children (7, 5,3, & almost 2) on the medicine. My 5 yr old was already having strep symptoms. Today everyone seems fine as we continue the 2nd day of every half hour except we are all experincing stomach pain. Is there anything I can do to help this? Can I give it to them every hour or even longer to help them? I do not want to discontinue cause I can see the positive effects, but they are starting to have some bad tummy aches. Any advice? Thank you

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    • This mixture is said to kill the strep bacteria within 24 hours, so it sounds like you used it long enough. I would discontinue or use it less than every half hour if it is causing tummy aches. You can also use less cayenne.

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    • Hi Trese,
      I as well do this for my kids. I have found that if their tummies or mine are empty it does cause discoumfort. At least for us we try to have this with at least something in our tummies. I don’t know if there is anything to it, but it has helped us!

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  43. Hello again,
    We made it through the second day. I made sure the kids had a little snack every hour and added more honey to the mixture and they were able to continue every half hour for the rest of the day. I have just a few spots left and no pain, however we are experiencing complications.

    All my kids woke up with congestion and very chesty coughs. My younger two are running fevers about 101. I, too, am feeling a little rough. We have followed the regiment consistently. I know we have a ton of garlic in our systems. Is it possible to go downhill first with all this in our systems? At this point, day 3, I lowered the number of doses from every half hour to 3-5 times a day. Im wondering if that is a good idea, but I dont know if the kids could take any more. We must have some sort of mutated cold strain on top of the strep , but Im not liking the sound of those coughs. Any ideas? Advice?

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  44. I always hear how contagious strep throat is. During school time notes have been sent home saying that if your child has strep throat, you are required to take antibiotics in order to return to school. I read online that if you don’t take antibiotics, you can continue to remain contagious for 2-3 weeks. Only 2 of us in the house have been infected. I worry that if I don’t take the antibiotics I will be contagious to the rest of them. Not to mention friends we may be around & infect. And also the complications & risks I read about if you do not take the antibiotics. Things like “rheumatic fever.” I avoid antibiotics at all cost but I want to do the best thing for myself & my 10 yr old daughter. Thank you.

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    • Michelle,

      Studies have shown the garlic mixture to kill the strep bacteria within 24 hours, but everyone does have to do their own research and make decisions based on what they feel is best for them. Thanks for reading!

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  45. Hi, I am checking to as about something. I started the every half an hour on the 4th and did it for two days. Move to fie times a day after that and am doign that now. My only symptom was a red throat, one swollen tonsil, and hoasre voice. I stil have a the hoarse voice and it is worse. The throat is less red but now I have a headache (I think it is from effort, honestly because I am forcing my voice out). Do you get worse before youget better? How long should I stay on this regimine?

    thanks!

    Lisa

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    • Your strep symptoms should definitely be improving after 24 hours. Be sure to stay away from sugar and processed foods to help your body in fighting sickness. I would only take this every half hour for a day or two, and then take only a few times a day until better. This mixture should kill the strep bacteria, if there is any, but may not necessarily improve a hoarse voice. It will help fight any sickness though.

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  46. I have had eight cases of strep in a year. I am so thankful to live in the age of modern medicine, but I’m also concerned about being on antibiotics so frequently. Can you please point me to any links that explain, legitimately and scientifically, *why* this honey garlic remedy works? I am interested in the research behind this because I may consider trying it. I also think much caution must be exercised with children because of the risk of developing rheumatic fever. Thank you.

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    • Elizabeth,
      I do not have any links to share on why this specific remedy works for strep, but this is the remedy Dr. Christopher successfully put together and used. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and many successfully use it in place of regular antibiotics. Raw honey is a medicine in itself and helps coat the throat. Cayenne is a catalyst herb that makes other herbs more effective. Best wishes!

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  47. Hi Jill, I’ve a question regarding raw honey is it safe for a 2 year old? Also, if my child doesn’t want to chew the garlic (which probably won’t ), can I mince it or blend it?

    Thank you very much?

    Ps:
    Overall is this a safe remedy for toddlers?

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  48. Hey, if anyone could answer this… i noticed some others used ginger, cinnamon and apple cider vinegar. Could the original recipe but substituting the cayenne for ginger??

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  49. Hello Jill, any advice for a 16 month old child with strep throat? Thank you.

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    • I have never dealt with strep that young, Mirplace. I would just use your intuition with what you would be comfortable with. Best wishes!

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      • I have a jar of Manuka honey that says to NOT give to children under 2 years. Store honey says under 1 year. I would personally follow the directions, because of the risk of botulism.

        I am thinking of trying one of the non honey remedies for my 11 month old. She is allergic to corn and therefor allergic to antiobiotics.

        Thank you for the helpful information!

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  50. I used the garlic remedy for 48 hours every half hour. I then switched to every hour. I did ths for a week or so. The tonsils would not shrink. Blisters would come and go. I decided to stop the garlic treatment, and try apple cider vingegar. Within a few days the blisters and cough are back. Any other natural remedies you might recommend

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    • I really like colloidal silver, or one of the other remedies mentioned above. Of course see a doctor if needed – strep can be serious if not treated well.

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  51. Hey Jill, I was checking out your site because I think I’m bearing signs of strep throat but I don’t want to go to the doctor if it can be avoided. I appreciate your post.

    However I have more of a personal question… I was really surprised when I read below that you are a “child of God” and that you homeschool your children. When you say you’re a child of God, I assumed you meant a born again believer?
    I am a Christian, I was homeschooled when I was a child and I want to homeschool my children in the future. I was wondering where you’re from?

    When you say you’re a child of God, do you mean that you are a Christian

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  52. [...] Here’s a link to natural remedies that fight strep, (HERE) Here’s a link to an article called “Are Antibiotics Necessary For Strep Throat?” [...]

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  53. I just want to say that the honey, garlic, cayenne recipe just blew away my expectations. I had a slight sore throat and post nasal drip on Thursday into Friday. I woke up Saturday in misery. Debilitating joint pain, fatigue, swollen and painful throat glands, swollen tonsils with white spots and my gums were red, also swollen, and so painful I couldn’t brush my teeth! With my high deductible insurance, I avoid the doctor like the plague. I found this recipe and I really wish I had taken before and after pictures. Now, 36 hours later, I am almost in the clear. I could almost watch the white spots healing throughout today! A word of fair warning to anyone reading – the mixture is strong! You may gag. I almost vomited twice. Everything tastes and smells like garlic. I feel like I have turned into a giant walking garlic clove, but it was worth it! I did the mixture every hour and rubbed tea tree oil on my gums between every hour. Tea tree oil has been more effective at combating a history of bad gums than anything else for me. My throat is still a little sore, but the swelling is almost gone completely. My gums have a little farther to go, but have definitely healed. I don’t know if I had strep or tonsillitis or a mouth infection, but this remedy worked! Thank you!

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  54. Hi Jill,

    I took one pill of antibiotic this morning and I’m still debating whether I should stop taking it and just do the honey/cayenne/garlic, add high dosage of Vitamin C and gargle with cayenne/salt. The antibiotic and one prescribed pill made me feel so tired, feverish, and weird feeling in my tummy(it’s like i’m always hungry but there’s also like a grinding feeling). I’m worried to continue taking them but at the same time I’m also worried to stop taking them for fear of getting complications. What do you think should I do?

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    • Dianne,

      I cannot specifically tell you what to do, but if you study garlic, it is used effectively by many as a natural antibiotic. Hope you are better soon!

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  55. I am trying this for the first time. I just had two questions. This remedy is very acidic. If I were to take a drink of milk shortly after taking this remedy to help lower acid level, would it decrease the effectiveness of the remedy? Also, is the garlic the main thing killing the bacteria? The pepper greatly helps the pain but does it have “antibiotic” properties as well or is it just the garlic?

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  56. We rarely get strep throat, but have very atypical presentation and it gets bad FAST. My kids get a sudden onset high fever, abdominal pain and vomiting (much like symptoms of a ruptured appendix). They rarely complain of a sore throat with strep. I waited too long once with my daughter, took her to the ER for blood in her urine and it was strep, needing IV antibiotics and an overnight stay in the hospital.

    If effectively treated, strep should not come back without another expoure an infectious source. The only definitive diagnosis is a positive strep culture and it should not be treated unless the culture is positive. So many people “think” they have strep, but it is really not. Strep actually does NOT cause pustules on the throat, but has a rather distinctive bright fire engine red petichial-like appearance. Is is spread by contact with infected body fluids (think sharing cups, straws, drinking fountains, etc.) and is not airborne. You cannot catch it by talking to someone.

    I have had strep twice in my adult life, got it both times from one of the kiddos. MISERABLE. Sudden onset high fever and horrible throat pain, even painful to talk. No pustules, no upper respiratory symptoms, no gradual onset. Literally fine and fully functional, then out of comission and misearable 2 hours later. Went to the doctor, positive swab, got antibiotics and was a new woman in 24 hours. No way could I wait 3-5 days for a natural remedy to maybe take effect. Can’t return to work post-strep until after 48 hours of antibiotics and a physician’s note stating as such. I would use a year’s worth of sick days in less than a week and could lose my job.

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  57. is there any way to take this that won’t make me gag and vomit. i got the first dose down and it burned and i dry heaved for about 5 min. i’m committed to no prescription meds, but dear lawd. haha! help!

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    • The only thing I can think of is drinking something with it?

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      • It is horrible but so worth it – I am only uncomfortable for about a minute after chewing and swallowing but I still found it a challenge. I only used 1/4 tsp Cayenne per batch but it worked for me:)

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  58. Came down with extreme sore throat and fever Monday – got throat swabbed on Tuesday morning and then started the strep blend – got the swab results back Thursday afternoon but I was already feeling so much better I’m not even going to take the penicillin the Dr. proscribed. I would definitely recommend this. What a life saver! I’m SO glad to be free of the severe pain I had in my throat and to not have had to take the antibiotics!!!

    :)

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  59. I’ve been using the blend remedy for about half a day now but it seems to be getting worse. Is this normal?

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    • Nikki,

      If you have strep throat, the remedy should effectively kill the bacteria. If your throat is sore, try the throat gargle mentioned above for relief. Always see a doctor if you know the strep is not going away.

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  60. This whole page makes me furious. I’m going to try to be respectful about my response, in the hopes that we can have an actual dialog. As a disclaimer, I think alternative/natural remedies are great, and use them whenever I can, but I have a serious problem when it gets into resisting medical attention.

    Because I don’t see it being said a lot, I’m going to just list these facts.
    -Strep goes away on its own in 3 to 7 days typically. The fact that your strep went away within that period in no way indicates these remedies did anything.
    -Strep does not have to be accompanied by a sore throat – just because the sore throat is gone does not mean you have done anything but treat that specific symptom – same for ALL symptoms of strep aside from the fever, although even that can be lessened in a similar manner
    - Unless you’re a doctor, you’re not qualified to diagnose yourself with strep. You can have all the symptoms and not have it, or nearly none of them and have it.
    - Strep can cause other, more serious conditions that can permanently disable or kill you if not properly treated. Just because you didn’t develop them doesn’t mean they don’t happen; don’t go around telling people “there’s nothing to worry about.” If you don’t get antibiotics within 3-5 days of initial onset, you are at risk for these otherwise preventable illnesses.
    - Not treating with antibiotics increases the likelyhood of spreading the disease. There is no evidence that any of these natural remedies will shorten the period during which you are contagious.
    - If you have a small child infected with strep, not treating them may allow it to spread to their brain and cause brain damage, or the other typical complications

    - I’ve seen several people on here mention that they were going to stop taking their antibiotics – DONT DO THAT – Once you start, you HAVE TO FINISH THEM (unless your doctor specifically tells you otherwise), even once your symptoms are seemingly gone. It’s not actually just about you – when you start taking them and don’t finish you actually help develop new, antibiotic-resistant strains of strep that can more easily kill someone with certain risk factors

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    • Richard,

      If you study garlic and colloidal silver, you will find that they have been proven to effectively kill bacteria like an antibiotic does. Several people have used the garlic mixture and found strep going away within 24 hours, which stops the spread just like an antibiotic would.

      It’s obviously fine if a person chooses to take an antibiotic for strep throat, but there are 3 reasons I share this natural remedy for strep throat:

      1. I believe there are natural solutions that are as effective as conventional medicine, without side effects. Of course a person should always use common sense and visit a doctor if necessary.
      2. There are those that cannot afford a trip to the doctor, and are seeking effective, affordable ways to treat sickness at home. I am happy to be able to provide these people with options that work for me and my family.
      3. Going to a doctor may not always be an option in our country, and having the knowledge of what works effectively is a valuable knowledge to have.

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      • Thank you for your response Jill, I really appreciate the open dialogue, and want to apologize for the disrespectful tone of my first comment. I had been talking to two people, one of which I know could have gone to the doctor, who weren’t simply because they wanted to treat it naturally, and was rather frustrated; at any rate, it’s no excuse, so again, I’m very sorry for being disrespectful.

        To be clear, I respect and thank you for sharing these remedies – at no point was I upset about that. All our medicine comes from natural sources, and I wasn’t trying to knock natural medicine. Garlic literally contains antibiotics (Allistatin), and I wasn’t trying to doubt any of the actual remedies on this page.

        However, I repeatedly saw here in the comments where people were discussing quitting their antibiotics, which is where we get antibiotic resistant strains of strep (As well as anything else they mite have). This was the most concerning thing to me, as it has a direct and measurable impact on others, and may literally result in other people’s deaths. Furthermore, the quality and amount of Allistatin found in garlic varies based on region/age/etc, so while it is effective if taken with the proper methods under the right conditions, it is not as sure or dependable as exactly measured doses of medicine dispensed by a physician. Furthermore, it is not as effective as an antibiotic injection.

        There were other things in the comments as well, such as people doubting the seriousness of strep, or discussing how the remedies cured them faster when their illness may have just run it’s regular course.

        We obviously all cannot be blessed with going to the doctor, either because it is too expensive or there literally isn’t one available, but people who can should not be discouraged from doing so, or from following the advise of a physician who has actually seen them in person.

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  61. Hello,
    I used Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend about 2 weeks ago. I have my tonsils and I have had strep at least once a year for as far as I can remember; every time I get strep my tonsils get extremely inflamed with puss pockets. I have always gone to the doctor in the past. I didn’t have the strength to go to the doctor nor the money really. I decided to Google home remedies for a cure and found this site. I started the blend on a Sunday night. I took it every 30 minutes for approximately 5 hours that night. After two hours I started to feel better, not so drained. The next day I did the same thing for about 5 hours. It wasn’t till the third day that I noticed my tonsils were a little less inflamed. By the third day I went to using the blend 3 times a day and so on for the next 4 days and each day I noticed fewer and fewer puss pockets until Saturday I was completely puss pocket free. I never felt any pain throughout the blend treatment and I felt fine physically. After I started the blend you would not have known I had strep unless I told you. This blend works beautifully. The blend itself is not as bad as I thought it would be and I used 1/4 tsp of cayenne because I don’t care for really hot stuff. I found really crushing the garlic, cayenne and honey together really well that it blended nicely. Don’t get me wrong after a while of taking this stuff it was hard to keep down but this was only the first two days when you hit it hard and heavy. After that it was more manageable. Thank you for this remedy; I will always keep it on hand.

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  62. This is very similar to the cold medician I make I simmer a pot of hunny with onion garlic and ginger until the onion is clear strain it and take a spoonful every time my throat tickles. Would this work as well for strep or would you recomend I still add the cayenne pepper ?

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    • Rebecca,
      I’m not sure if cooked garlic would be potent enough to kill strep bacteria like fresh, raw garlic would. The cayenne pepper acts as a catalyst and makes the other herbs more effective, so I recommend adding some cayenne pepper. I have no other experience with treating strep besides this exact formula.

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  63. I have had strep every 3 to 4 weeks for the last year with the exception of 3 months this summer. Usually within 2 weeks of stopping antibiotics its right back. Im so tired of being sick!!!! This morning I woke up with pus on my tonsils again and it seems like a 10day antibiotic only cures it about 90% anyway. How many days should I use thetreatment?

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    • I would personally use the garlic remedy about every 30 minutes for the first 24 hours, and then a few times a day for 5-10 days.

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  64. Thank you! I have been dosing every 30 minutes all day + vitamin C and I can feel and see a difference.( I took pictures,lol.) I seem to be horribly susceptible to strep, is there something I can do to lessen the chances of having throat infections all winter? I already wash my hands like crazy and take vitamin C.

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  65. Hey Jill !
    Glad to have come across this information (: Haven’t given it a try just yet, but looks like I know what I’ll be doing today-some grocery shopping! Anyways, just wanted to let you know that I was so happy to see you find your identity in the Lord. Hope you have a nice day. God bless :)

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  66. what about treatment in babies? I think my 10 month old might have strep, but I’ve read you can’t give honey to babies. We do buy local raw, honey and I’d rather not give her antibiotics, but is it ok to give these things like honey and cayenne pepper to a young baby?

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  67. Hello I’m sure i have strep as i was a carrier as a child so i know the symptoms well. but how do i treat my children if they get it they are 1 year old and 3 years old.

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  68. where can I purchase fig syrup? Any ideas
    I have not confirmed that I have strep (but had it last year along with mono at this time and had symptoms indicating I may have strep starting so I got right on top of it) I have used the honey garlic and cayenne mix yesterday and continuing today and it has worked well, but I have to serve at a dinner tomorrow evening and would like to use the other (at least for the afternoon) as the garlic smell is really strong. I know by tomorrow I could use it less often also, but the smell tends to linger. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks so much

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  69. I haven’t tried this yet but I’m willing to try something new. When I get strep throat I only have symptoms for the first 4 days PERIOD. I eat foods high in garlic, and I eat more when I’m sick then when I’m not sick.. And take echenasia 700mg 3 times a day. I also gargle 6 times a day with salt and warm water. Hopefully with your recommendation I can cut it down to 2-3 days of symptoms

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  70. Hi there,
    I’ve been reading through your posts and I am so happy to have found you. Here’s my situation… My 6 y/o had a light fever on Saturday, at night a bad sore throat that stopped him from eating. Later, the mucous came down and, by Tuesday, some pimples appeared between his nose and upper lip. I am suspecting some kind of staph infection.
    I am also thinking strep, so even though he is not complaining I want to treat him for both. For staph on his face I will use tea tree oil and I want to use your recipe with the honey, garlic and cayenne for the strep. Here’s the issue… The recommendation is to feed them half a teaspoon every half hour but, because of his activities, I can only do that one and a half day. The other days only before or after activities. Will it still work?
    Thanks and blessings

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    • The recommendation is to give it every 1/2 hour for 2 days. 1 1/2 days may work ok. I would just monitor him. Hope he’s better soon!

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  71. Hi Jill, I’m a city worker & a school bus driver & I try to eat as healthy as I can. I am exposed to a lot of sick kids, so my immune system is pretty stout. I was driving a bus load of girls going to a volleyball game & I over heard someone saying that strep is going around. So sure enough I got strep. Determined this time to find a natural cure I came across this website. I have had strep before & heard that there was no natural cure for it. Well they are wrong! I think this is an awesome remedy. I’m on my second day of the strep blend & my wife thinks I smell like a walking garlic clove, but my symptom are subsiding & it is working wonderfully! Thanks a bunch!

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  72. Hi jill my 4 year old has strep, I’m a natural remedy gal, and would like some advise i am going to do Dr. Christopher remedy but he has also broken out in little fine bumps that itch the dr. said it is a reaction from the strep throat i have been bathing him in oatmeal,baking soda and also have done aztec clay body wrap at separate times and once I pat him dry I moisturize his body with organic coconut oil, he also takes caprylic acid capsules. Any other suggestion and how often.

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    • The Dr. Christopher remedy is recommended every half hour for one or two days, and then 2 or 3 times a day for 7-10 days total. You could also try something like the Throat and Tonsil Tincture.

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  73. How Long Should I Do The Vitamin C Every Hour?

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  74. I would love to use these alternatives for my 14-year-old daughter, but would love your input about whether I should in her case. Her doctor sent her for a blood test suspecting a chronic strep infection because she’s had back, shoulder, and side pains together with mild cold symptoms for a week or more. She didn’t have a major sore throat before that, to the best of my memory, she did complain about a mild sore throat for a day or so. Her blood test (saw it on my HMO’s website) shows high antibodies for strep.

    I’m sure my doctor will want to prescribe antibiotics. For an acute sore throat, I’d be willing to go with heavy garlic, honey, and vitamin C first, but this chronic thing worries me – maybe this has gone on too long already? If I try the alternatives, how will can I tell if she’s improving quickly enough? (The body pains come and go.)

    Any input gratefully received.

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    • Esther, if you have a naturopathic doctor in your area, I would get their opinion. I don’t have any experience with chronic strep infection. If you do find antibiotics are necessary, just be sure to follow with plenty of probiotics.

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  75. My son is 4 and is autistic. I can barely get him to eat different foods let alone medicine, etc. We are waiting to get results for Strep. I am scared to death because I don’t know what to do with him :( I have the vaporizer going but can’t do the stuff to eat or gargle :( Anyone have an autistic child who had it?? Any help is appreciated! Thank you!

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  76. Hi Jill. Thanks for all of the information in this post. I have a few questions.

    My husband has strep for the second time in a few weeks. He was on an antibiotic for ten days and three days after he finished the course of them he came down with strep again. Now the doctor has him on a stronger, five day antibiotic. My first question is, do you think it is safe to take the antibiotic and Dr. Christopher’s blend together?

    Secondly, my children had strep at the same time my husband had it the first time. I worry about them getting it again. Can I use the Dr. Christopher’s blend as a preventative measure? And if so how often? I also worry that I may be a carrier despite not getting sick with it. Wondering if i should take it as a preventative as well?

    My other question is, can you point me in the direction of some scientific research on the effectiveness of this remedy or of garlic in general as an antibiotic? I hear about antibiotic resistant strains of strep and other illnesses. Is that possible with the garlic too?

    Thanks so much again for this remedy and for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions.

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    • Cheryl,

      You could use this blend or just garlic to keep the immune system up. I also like to take colloidal silver and echinacea from time to time as a preventative. Anything that boosts the immune system is great! I have read in many places about the effects of garlic as a natural antibiotic. I can’t think of any online articles though. If you google it, you should find plenty of information. I don’t think garlic would become resistant to strains of strep. It works differently than a regular antibiotic. Thanks for the questions!

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  77. What can be used in place of fig syrup?

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  78. okay, so take every 1/2 hour or every hour, depending on the method in which you select… is that every 1/2 hour or every hour for all 24 hours of the day? what about “sleeping”?….. or is it while you are awake?

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    • It’s every 30 minutes during waking hours. Make sure you get plenty of sleep. The every 30 minutes should normally only be necessary the first day, then decrease it the next day to not as often.

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  79. I gargle with Thyme oil drops dispersed in water. Careful though, Thyme oil is very strong. I use 1 or 2 drops of the natural essential oil (organic groceries carry thyme oil) and disperse those in a full glass of water – then I gargle that mixture twice a day.
    Thyme oil contains large percentages of thymol, a very strong disinfectant, I guess that is why this works.
    This method is not for children and even for some adults the thyme oil – even with a lot of water – may be too strong. And while I hate to gargle with that stuff – it is always nice to have any throat problems gone within a day or two – without any other medication.

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  80. How important is the honey in the strep blend?
    Is it just to sooth the throat?
    Can one chew on garlic and cayenne and get the same results?

    I am actually not sure if I even have strep. Had a sore throat for past 3 days. Small light fever. Maybe some body aches on first days but no symptoms of a cold like runny nose and no white spots that would signal strep. Rapid strep test was negative. Waiting on the lab test. My throat is definately irritated and red. but at this point I’m thinking it might just be canker sores in my tonsils. If I do this remedy will it hurt me if I’m not actually sick?

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    • This remedy won’t hurt you if you’re not sick. Honey has medicinal properties, and definitely helps the other ingredients go down. I would add it if at all possible.

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  81. Hi! Thank you so much for all this information. I’m wondering if there is any specific remedy that would work well for toddlers. I don’t think she would chew garlic/cayenne, or gargle. Can I double the honey in the strep blend to mask the taste of everything else, or would that dilute it and make it less effective? Also, I’ve seen people mention oil of oregano and colloidal silver- are those safe for 2 yr olds? Thanks again, adore your site.

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  82. I realized yesterday that I had Strep and immediately searched for a natural remedy and found yours. By the end of the day I was taking the honey mixture and have taken it consistentently today every 30-45 minutes. There is a noticeable improvement, but I feel the symptoms won’t go away for at least another day. How many days after do you recommend taking the honey mixture? I am assuming at least a day or two, but can imagine I might need to do it much longer than that too. Thank you!

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    • I typically take natural remedies for a total of 7-10 days. I would only take this mixture every 30 minutes for a day or two, then take it 2 or 3 times a day over the next week. Thanks for the question!

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  83. I have strep. Don’t need the doctor to tell me because after years of having it 4 times a year or more, I know how it feels.

    But I can’t take antibiotics. My strep is immune to most if not ALL antibiotics for strep. Any good remedies? I gargle saltwater already and drink honey. :/

    Side note: You may test POSITIVE for strep but that doesn’t mean you are infected with it. You could be a carrier!

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  84. Is it safe to continue breastfeeding my 18 month old while using the raw honey, garlic, and cayenne?

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    • The ingredients are safe for the child and even beneficial. I would only stop if your child is extra sensitive to the cayenne. I ate spicy stuff all the time when nursing. :)

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      • He has handled breastfeeding just fine. :)

        I have been taking the Dr. Christopher blend as instructed since Monday afternoon. Last night, I noticed that the white spots were gone from my tonsils and the swelling has reduced, but minimally. But, I’ve also had a step up in pain in my throat to the point that drinking warm or cold water and eating anything is incredibly painful.

        I have been taking liquid Vitamin C 900mg 2x a day and doing the salt water gargling. Is there anything you’d recommend? I don’t want to go to a doctor as I feel like the strep is going away but the pain is making meeting basic needs really difficult.

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      • Hi Jill,

        Thank you for this thread! I am a BF mom of a 2 yr old and think I have strep. Felt fine and then whammo, super sore throat, no other symptoms! I don’t have my tonsils so nothing to see there. My little boy is just getting over impetigo which can be caused by the same bacteria as strep. Hmmm. I started last night on Dr. Christopher’s syrup and feel so much better today. So far, my baby is complaining about my milk, I was worried about that but not as much as taking antibiotics. I’m very curious about colloidal silver and how much and often you administer it for adults and kids? I’ve used it myself once, a diluted 500 ppm to treat mastitis in the past. I recently found Sovereign Silver 10 ppm, ionic silver and wondered if you’re familiar with it? Thanks!

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        • Correction to my previous post:Sorry, my baby is not complaining about my milk, I do think it may be upsetting her stomachs little bit, this afternoon she had a loose stool. I’ll keep an eye on it.

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        • The only brand I have ever used is American Biotech Labs, though there are other good brands, I’m sure. I use silver hourly for illnesses that leave the patient lathargic, and 3-5 times a day when sick but playing and happy. I use it 1-2 times a day to prevent sickness if something is going around. This is just my personal experience with it. :)

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  85. Just started the blend recipe while the culture grows for 2 days…………not so bad but whoa garlic breath—getting my hair done tommorow hope she doesn’t smell it to bad!

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  86. My poor baby and I have had the “common cold” for a week or so now and I believe it is starting to turn into Strep. I’ve had Strep so many times and it definitely feels like it is trying to root itself. Because I am a breastfeeding mother to an infant (4 1/2 months old) I am needing to locate a natural remedy. My question… is this remedy safe for breastfeeding? The last thing I want to do is ingest something that could hurt my baby or dry up my breastmilk. Please, help.

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  87. So, super frustrating. I am trying to locate Fig Syrup and they don’t sell it anywhere. I looked online and in order to get it by tomorrow it will cost me $97!!! Or I can get it in 2 weeks for $30. I need to know if there is alternative, please. I can not go 2 weeks with this, it will only get worse but I also can not afford 100 bucks for syrup. PLEASE HELP.

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  88. Thank you so much for this remedy, Jill. It was 3 days before Christmas, I was hosting the holiday festivities and relatives were coming in from all over the country. I woke up with painful swollen neck glands, tonsils swollen and covered with puss patches. I called my family physician to find the office closed until after the holidays. Then…I found this article. I immediately began taking the mixture every 1/2 hour for the rest of the day. Within 2 hours the swelling in my tonsils, as well as the pain, had significantly decreased. The next morning all but 2 very small spots on my tonsils had disappeared. I continued to take the mixture every 1/2 hour for the next 2 days (even though the symptoms had all completely disappeared by the 3rd morning). Christmas was yesterday and I didn’t miss a beat! I will continue with the 3 times a day dosage for the next week to make sure it doesn’t flair up again. Thank you so very much, Jill. You were my Santa this year <3

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    • I’m so glad it helped you, Lisa! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      • I also want to thank you. Same thing. Just before New Years and I am the third person in the family to get it so we have tried everything and been extremely miserable. I went to the doctor and tested negative at first but deep inside I knew it was strep. They lost my culture results so meanwhile I was getting very very sick. Then I found your remedy. I did it every 15 minutes because I could not swallow at all. After a couple hours the pain was significantly gone. I continued every half hour, then every hour. I finally got the antibiotics so I discontinued the garlic and WHAM it was hard to swallow again so I will not stop taking it until the 5 days are over. We tried so many things and by far, this is the best remedy. Next time I will start that as soon as the first little spot appears no matter what the doctors diagnose. Thank you!

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        • That is a wise idea, Karen! Whether a person has strep or not, the garlic mixture will boost the immune system and heal. It’s always best to hit a sickness hard in the beginning before it gets the best of you. Good thinking! ;)

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  89. Tried blend of garlic, honey, and cayenne and I am not sure how anyone can do this! I did it three times hours apart and it tears my stomach up and I puked on the third dose! Any advise?

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    • Michael, I have also had success taking colloidal silver and elderberry syrup hourly. Also adding high doses of vitamin C. Worked like a charm for us! :)

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      • Thanks I will give it a try!
        How much vitamin c and how many days should I take it hourly?

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        • the garlic honey cayenne mixture has saved me when even antibiotics from my doc didnt but i puke easy off weird stuff like this mixture. the trick for me was to have as much food or crackers i could eat, then take a small amount like the size of 2 kidney beans, chew it violently, then sit back and let it burn your throat and swallow it as slow as u can so that it makes your throat burn, then dont swallow your spit or anything (i had a mug i spit into) so that your throat just burns and i repeated just 5 times over 3 hrs and i was cured when i was down for 2 weeks with dr’s antibiotics doin nuthin, good luck and be ready to have watering eyes from your throat burning but the juice is worth the squeeze

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        • Adults can take up to 1,000 mg. hourly. I would take it hourly for a day or two, or until bowel tolerance. If you experience loose bowels, you need to cut back on it.

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  90. I’ve been using the strep remedy for two days and it seems to be working. However, I have read that sugars should be avoided when dealing with strep. Is the sugar in the honey counterproductive? Could I omit it in favor of apple cider vinegar?

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    • Raw honey in itself is a medicine and makes this mixture taste a whole lot better. If a person knows they have something like candida or are sensitive to honey – it can be omitted. Raw apple cider vinegar is really good for you too, so go with it if you prefer! :) The garlic is what is going to be the main strep killer, and the cayenne helps reduce the swollen, inflamed throat.

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  91. Hello Jill (and anyone else who reads this)!

    I have been susceptible to strep since I was a child, and get it on average six to eight times a year. My pediatrician was against tonsil removal, and would always prescribe me amoxicillin. Now, at twenty-five, I can no longer take amoxicillin. My doctor told me that I’ve taken it so much that it no longer works on me. I am now prescribed The Z-Pac, which works, but I feel like the strep lies dormant and reappears months later. My tonsils (because of strep), are now permanently enlarged then that of the average person. I do believe I am a strep carrier.

    I tried home remedies back in October, but my strep got worse and my fever peaked at 103.2. At that point I needed medical attention. It’s now January and I am starting to get sick again, only this time I am trying to nip it in the butt before anything worsens. I just tried your Dr. Christopher Strep blend and all I can say is…wow! On top of that I am downing a mixture of Emergency and Airborne(4x a day), gargling with warm salt water and hydrogen peroxide (every hour), and drinking herbal tea mixed with raw honey, lemon, and whiskey (Hot Toddy – 3x a day). I have not tried the colloidal silver yet (I am a poor college student), but so far all of these concoctions are working! I was able to go to work today and not have the body aches, chills, fever, swollen throat! It’s still there, but it’s not getting worse.

    I was also told that reoccurring strep is usually caused by allergies. This person told me because of post natal drip due to allergies, bacteria collects and feeds in the tonsils. Reoccurring strep can also be a sign that your tonsils do not function as they should.

    I wanted to say thank you Jill for this forum! As well as everyone commenting, and giving advice. Please everyone take Jill’s number one advice and BE PERSISTENT! As hard as it is to get out of bed to do these things it’s worth it in the end

    Best wishes!
    Amanda

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    • I agree that Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend works wonders for strep! I have personally experienced the sore throat gone after just half a day of using it every half hour. I did let up on the dose that evening, and the terrible sore throat came back again, so I started taking it more often once more. I wish I had known about this remedy as a child, as I took antibiotic after antibiotic for strep {which can be the cause of it recurring}.

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  92. thanks jill, that Dr. Christoper Strep Blend saved me after i spent tons of money on strep cough drops and antibiotics, that blend is seriously a miracle, thanks for sharing

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  93. Hi Jill,
    Great website! Just wondering how to use oregano and/or colloidal silver for my 6 year old who isn’t eating much. I think the garlic would bother his stomach. How often and how to take would be helpful.
    Thank you!

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    • Joyce, I had success giving colloidal silver to my girls hourly when they had strep. I just gave them 1/2 tsp. Hope he’s better soon!

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      • Thanks for the quick reply. This is day 3 and while his fever isn’t so bad I still want to be aggressive. What do you think about adding a drop of oreganol in with the silver every hour? The pustules look bad and his throat is awfully red and swollen.

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        • You can definitely add other remedies with silver. With something like strep, I am aggressive with more than one thing. I recently treated strep in our home, and gave my girls silver and elderberry syrup hourly, along with an Epsom salt bath and high doses of vitamin C. They were doing well after day 2, and feeling great by day 3. You can for sure add oregano. I would do high doses of vitamin C too. Epsom salt baths help remove the toxins. Garlic oil or salve rubbed on his feet would be a great way to get that antibiotic in his system too. I always treat for 7-10 days to be sure they are completely well. After they feel much better, I normally give my girls one of the remedies a few times a day until at least day 7.

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  94. I did this last week, totally killed it! I cant thank you enough! I had been in bed for 3 days with a fever and the only thing I was willing to drink was nyquil just so I could sleep and not be awake in agony! Seriously, Thanks!

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  95. I have strep as I type now. My son just got over it and now my daughter has it. I do things naturally because I don’t believe that doctors really care about what’s best for us or they wouldn’t prescribe antibiotics like candy and for literally EVERYTHING! It’s ridiculous! I do things naturally because that’s what the good Lord put these things on earth for. Not antibiotics…Garlic is a great antiboitic and so is honey. I use these often with my kids when they’re sick. Elderberry syrup or capsules, echinacea and slippery elm (which works great for sore throats.) are all very useful. Essential oils such as perppermint, thieves, eucalyptus and lavendar are good to help fight off sickness. Natural things work really good but people are hung up on these lies about antibiotics. Sure, they “work” but at the same time they’re weakening your immune system. Natural things build up and strengthen your immune system…Not some pills made by man.

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  96. What about tea tree oil or apple cider vinegar? This has been really helpful as I don’t have health insurance, and the last time I had strep my body didn’t respond to the antibiotics (I am allergic to Penicillin) so I had to be hospitalized to get an IV. Joy. So I’m trying to avoid that again. Do you have any home remedies for tonsil removal? Haha, just kidding. I’ve had strep so many times, I am very grateful to find something all-natural. Let’s hope it works!

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  97. I have had strep for 3 days and im down right miserable so at this point im willing to try anything. I read people were drinking herbal tea. Is there any certain brand or kind I should drink that might help give me some relief from the god awful pain?
    jill I think its awesome u put this up and offered what helps you and your family, im most certainly grateful! Thank you!

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  98. Hello Jill,

    I’ve been sick now for a week+ and today I just noticed 2x noduals forming in back of my throat, so I freakout STREP THROAT!!! I’m new to this natural cures but learning about it everyday. First step I take 1tbls coconut oil pull 20 min. Next followed by a cup of minced garlic/honey/lemon. After reinspecting my throat the 2x nods are completely gone. But the area is enflamed. Don’t think I’m not completely cured but I know heading to the right direction. Thanks Jill.

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  99. What is colloidal silver? And how can I make it at home or where can I get it ? Please

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  100. I believe my 6 yr old daughter may have strep throat. She came home from school yesterday afternoon complaining her ‘eyes hurting’ which I believe is her way of describing a headache, tummy upset, and throat in excurciating pain. While I am not against taking her to the dr I suffered my entire life with strep and tonsillitis and I do not want the same for her. Please help….do I try the homeopathic methods described here….how horrible does the garlic/cayenne taste….how long do I wait if I don’t see improvement…..

    I am one very confused and stressed momma. Any insight you could offer would be wonderful. Thank you!!!!

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  101. How long should you chew it before you swallow? I am trying this along with the vitamin c. Wish I could get my 3 y/o yo take it!!

    Is it ok to drink water right after or should you give it some time?

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  102. I just want to say thank you! This worked. I got strep Sunday, started the Dr. Christopher Strep Blend on Monday, not even every 30mins, and it cleared up my throat, getting me back to working order by Thursday.

    Thank you!

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  103. My son got strep about 9 times when he was in first grade. The Dr. kept putting hiim on antibiotics until it was causing a problem with his stomach. Took him off all antibiotics and searched for natural cure. This is what we used. Raw honey, finely chopped garlic, and the finest grade cayenne pepper. mixed them all together and placed the waxy ball at the back of the tongue. We left it there for as long as he could, then spit it out. We did this 2-3 times a day for no more than 2 days and have not used antibiotics since. It helps to get at it at the first sign. Good luck!

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  104. I tried this, and it is starting to work. But I couldn’t stand the Cayenne, so I did it without it and it still works. Would that weaken the recipe? Without the Cayenne?

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    • The cayenne helps with pain and makes the other ingredients more effective, but garlic is the bacteria killer. If you find it working without the cayenne, then I would go with it!

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  105. Wow! Thank you for the salt water/cayenne hot water gargle tip. It brought much needed relief:) I have been waking up the past 2 mornings with a very sore, red throat(no white patches or anything on my tonsils except redness) and swollen neck glands. I do feel better as the day goes on after taking advil but using that suggested gargle brought alot of relief:)

    When I was young I always strep or very sore throats and I remember being at the doctor’s office when the doc told my mom he would not take my tonsils because they help keep me healthy and fight off infections. Well guess what? I never get the flu nor hardy any other sickness BUT I get horrible sore throats. UmmmI guess I would have the sore throats though. Thanks again for the tip!

    Mj

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  106. Can I sub agave nectar for honey? This case of strep is the worst I have had.

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    • Agave nectar does not have the medicinal properties that raw honey does, but if it’s all you have, you can try it! I have no experience with it though.

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  107. I have had strep throat for about two weeks with a fever and head ache off and on. I have colloidal silver, elderberry capsules, and probiotic capsules. How often and how much of these products should I take for strep throat? I am unfortunately allergic to both cayenne and garlic so the remedies listed at top can’t do the trick fro me. I will start gargling salt water tonight. Thank you.

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  108. My daughter can’t have honey due to yeast overgrowth. Is it that important in the mixture? Thank you!

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    • While raw honey is a medicine in itself, one of its main purposes in the Dr. Christopher formula is to make it more palatable. I have never tried the formula without it, but I would think it would work fine. You can also read my other post on strep here: http://jillshomeremedies.com/2014/01/how-i-recently-treated-strep-without-antibiotics.html
      Also, I’ve read garlic kills yeast overgrowth, so the Dr. Christopher formula would help fight that too! :)

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      • Thank you so much Jill! I have one child on the mixture right now (just started a few hours ago) and so I am preparing for her twin to get Strep too. This is all very valuable information so thank you for having it available!

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  109. Well, unfortunately for us we ended up giving our daughter anti-biotics on the 4th day. It’s interesting though because we did the mixture every half hour and by the 3rd day, she was feeling so much better and the pain in her throat turned into just a tickle! We were thrilled. And then the 4th morning, she was all ready to go to school and then her mouth was filled with blood. Her tonsils were bleeding. So now we’re on the way to pick up the meds. It scared me too much to not start meds.

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  110. Hi can someone please give me more details on Colloidal Silver how to give it to children and what is a safe source to purchase from? Never heard of this and I am not sure how to administer it…

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  111. Hello, i believe I have strep. May I do the suggested garlic/honey/cayenne route while breast feeding my 3wk old? I had never had antibiotics until I delivered him and ended up having one during delivery. Definitely don’t want to have doctor prescribe them now.

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    • Suzanne, I have never tried this remedy while breastfeeding. All the foods would be considered safe, it would just depend on whether your baby’s tummy could handle it. My children never had any problem when I ate hot foods.

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  112. Do you have any suggestions on how to treat strep throat naturally in a 10-month-old infant? I know they can’t have honey for sure, how about other ingredients? And how do you get a baby to take in something that tastes nasty?

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    • It would be hard to give a baby the garlic mixture. I gave my babies colloidal silver for illnesses. For an illness like strep I would give it hourly. Always see a doctor if necessary.

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  113. Jill – Thanks for your advice on this! Also, in case this helps anyone else: I had something that could have been strep throat (never received an official diagnosis). So I tried the garlic/honey/cayenne mixture plus 500mg of Vit C every 30 mins, and it seemed to be helping. But after three days of still having throat pain (and various other symptoms), I started taking Colloidal Silver on top of everything. I took 1 tsp 4x a day and gargled with it 2x a day. And within the first day I was already feeling 10 times better. So now I’m just taking it 4x a day for about 5-7 days to make sure it’s completely gone.

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  114. wish me luck, its the night before Easter and I have a tournament next weekend, starting treatment tomorrow and going to doctor on monday to confirm if I have it

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  115. Hi Jill,
    I would like to treat my 6 year old with Throat and Tonsil Tincture. He had 3 strep throats in last 6 months. I have few questions:
    Do you think that Echinacea tea is safe for kids? I can not find peppermint oil without alcohol, do you have any suggestion where should I look up? Can I use this tincture to prevent any future strep throat?
    Thank you SO much!

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    • Vanessa,

      Echinacea is recommended for infants by my local naturopath, so I consider it safe for a 6 year old. I like to buy my peppermint oil from Beeyoutiful, but any peppermint essential oil is fine. You could buy some from your local health food store. This tincture can be used as a preventative, but echinacea is not typically recommended to use for more than 2 weeks at a time.

      Thanks!

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  116. This is my second time using this natural remedy to heal my strep throat. The first time I tried it I just kept telling myself ‘it’s either this or another round of antibiotics that surely are one of the causes of my RA.’ Also I set a timer for 30 minute intervals and wrote down every time I took it. So I stuck it through and was really amazed that it worked! So this time was a no brainier. Doing it again. My gut is thanking me.

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  117. I’ve found this posting last night and because I’m taking anti-inflammatory for other reason I wanted to try something natural. I have a history of strep throat and so does my mom (56 yo) and my daughter (8yo).
    I can’t thank you enough!
    After two terrible days in which swallowing my own saliva was almost excruciating , in 3 hours (6coffee spoons) my throat felt normal! It’s 8pm and I’ve started at 10:30am today, I feel wonderful!
    Again thank you so much for sharing this!!!!!

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  118. What I like to do to sooth the pain (whether its strep throat or just a sore throat) is to take a teaspoon of garlic and ginger paste, lemon, honey, put them in hot water and it really helps. Plus all the above are natural antibiotics (and I rather that than take medical antibiotics which you have already mentioned kill even your good bacteria, which kills your immune system, so you get worse when you get sick again and its a vicious cycle), so it can be used for when one is sick in general to help them get better!

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  119. I keep a piece of ginger root on hand as well as peppermint oil – some strains of garlic can be very hot and cause me to want to vomit even when not taking the mixture on an empty stomach. Chewing the ginger root and taking some peppermint oil quells the vomit reflex. Fresh grated horseradish root is good to add to the mix too and I’ll even use the stuff in the jar if that’s all I have on hand.

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  120. Is it safe to take this remedy while pregnant? I just found out I have step and am nervous about putting antibiotics in my body while pregnant.

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    • None of the ingredients in the remedy are dangerous when pregnant. My doctor always allowed me to eat hot foods. You can speak with your doctor if you are concerned.

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  121. I’m just wondering if there is any problem with taking this if it is not actually strep? I have had a very sore throat for 5 days (with a fever for the first two days) but I am not sure if it is strep or not because my son (14 months) went through the fever and sore throat for 2 days and now he is fine. So if I do the garlic/cayenne treatment (with extra vitamin C) and it is not strep, will there be any harm? Also, I only have Time Release capsules for vitamin C… would these work to take every hour as you say?

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    • Hi Lacey! The good thing about this strep blend is that it’s made with foods that we eat anyway so there’s no harm! The strep blend could really be used for any sickness. I think that vitamin C would work fine. Thanks!

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  122. Thanks so much for sharing! I just started. I took a few droppers full of colloidal silver & vitamin d first, followed by the recipe listed. I don’t happen to have fresh garlic on hand, but I do have a jar of minced garlic in my fridge. So I just added a big spoonful of that to my tablespoon of raw honey & 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. I also added oreganol (oregano oil). I forgot vitamin c but I’m going to take it now, as it’s time for my next dose anyway. Hope it works! Today is the first day for me having a sore throat, but my son tested positive for strep 2 days ago. He is taking antibiotics, I had no idea there was any other way. I don’t have insurance and can’t afford to go to the doctor myself. So I feel like I really lucked out finding this! My son agreed to take it with me. Should I give it to my daughter as well, for prevention? Or just give her more vitamin c and d with colloidal silver?

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    • Nikki, you could give it as a prevention since garlic boosts the immune system, but vitamin C and silver is a great preventative too!

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  123. […] your immune system so that the strep does not come back. I originally adapted this recipe from here […]

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