As a little girl I was always sick. I was susceptible to every sniffle, every cough. Perfect attendance at school and church were unrealistic for me and my immune system was virtually non-existent until I had my tonsils removed at the age of twelve. Even now, my immune system is something that needs working on. One of the most common problems for me as a sickly child was my susceptibility to strep throat. In my mind, I had it at least once every month. Although that may seem like being over dramatic, it probably isn't too far off.
Now, aside from my own childhood struggles with health, there are many more children and even adults that struggle with strep throat. If you think that you may have strep throat, go see your family physician and talk about options of getting better. Some of those options I'll discuss in this post.
What is it?
Streptococcal pharyngitis is the term used for naming strep throat, particularly the strain of group A streptococcus. When someone is infected with this bacterial infection, their throat becomes red and sore, their lymph nodes swollen, and they run a temperature. This illness is more common in children than adults, and it is important to be properly diagnosed by a doctor because these symptoms could also apply for other bacterial diseases stemming from Streptococcus such as scarlet fever (from the specific bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes). If you are infected with Strep, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and possibly an acetaminophen for the pain.
It's not about the amount of supplements you take, or the amount of hand sanitizer you use. Your immune system needs to be raring to go and your body well cared for. Washing your hands will help keep the germs down, but you need to think of the inside as well. What are some protocols to follow that may help keep this sickness, and many more, away?
Herbs are meant for use as preventive medicine and to tone the body's systems. If you are into drinking teas, teas of echinacea and elderberry are a great addition to your health. Citrus essential oils in your bath are good for low energy and for fighting the onset of illness.
What if you still end up contracting the illness? Is there a way to naturally fight it off? There definitely is.
Once you've been diagnosed with Strep, talk with your doctor about natural treatments. Many herbs can help fight off illnesses such as strep and return your body to it's healthier state. If you have been practicing the protocols I had listed above for preventing it, there's a good chance that it isn't as bad as it could be and if you hurry you could nip it in its early stages. The following are herbs I would recommend in fighting Strep:
How would you go about taking these herbs? I would suggest a tea, because teas are quicker to be absorbed and then quicker to start working. I would pair these herbs as a tea blend (if you can handle the strong stuff). If you would much prefer something not so strong I would suggest a tea blend of: marshmallow, yarrow, horehound, and then thyme with honey added. (Starting with marshmallow being the most and thyme being the least amount added.) Still too much? Switch out yarrow for goldenrod! It is sweeter unlike the yarrow.
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Author: Tina Potter
Master Herbalist, I've graduated as an American Healthcare College Alumnus, I've become a member of American Herbalist Guild and author of survivalist series Survival Ember co-authored by professional survivalist Kenny Dietrich of Ashland, KY. I've been beyond blessed with the constant desire to learn and teach.
COMMON SENSE NOTICE: I do not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. What you do with the information I post is up to you, but it is advised to consult with a doctor before acting on alternative methods of medicine. I wish you all the best!