Sore Throat or Strep Throat

woman_with_strep_throatA sore throat, also known as strep throat, is a bacterial infection which can come from a number of different types of bacteria. A common sore throat differs from a strep throat because it is usually a viral infection. Both types of sore throats are contagious and can be passed from person to person in any place with close contact.

The viral sore throat and the strep throat are both described as a painful soreness feeling. However the common sore throat can be accompanied by coughing, sneezing, or a running nose. These symptoms do not occur with a strep throat infection. Strep throat symptoms are sudden, severe sore throat, swollen tonsils, and white-like spots which may be seen by looking to the back of the throat. Many essential oils are both antibacterial and antiviral making essential oils a great choice in treating both types of sore throats.

Suggested Oils to Use

Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Oregano, Sandalwood

Also consider: Cinnamon, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Tea Tree, Myrrh, Peppermint, Thyme

Suggested Ways to use

Add 2 drops of both Lemon and Oregano to a shot glass (small glass) of warm water. Gargle for 5 to 10 minutes then swallow. Repeat this every hour until the pain goes away.

Oregano will be too strong for some to use as an antiviral oil because it is strong. Consider using a toothpick to gather a smaller than 1 drop amount before adding it to the warm water. Also consider using cinnamon as well. Cinnamon is also a strong oil, yet antiviral.

For children, add 1 drop of Oregano and 2 drops of tea tree oil to a carrier oil in a small bowl. Mix the oils and then apply the blend of oils topically on the throat, around ears, and on the feet. Use at least 3 to 4 times a day for 2 to 3 days in a row.

Also consider gargling with oils that are antibacterial but less strong and not as bad to taste such as peppermint and lemon.