Post # 1
Last January I came down with strep throat as evident by white spots on my tonsils and throat. I decided not to go to the doctor because I wanted to try and fight it off without taking antibiotics. I recently started my career in the education field, so I felt like I needed to boost my immune system since I’ll be encountering sick kids on the reg. Anywho, I researched some home remedies. I found one that used one tablespoon of pure honey, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and four cloves of pressed or minced garlic.
My routine once I started feeling crappy:
- Drank tons of water- at least a glass an hour
- Take vitamin C everyday
- Take Airborne effervescent once daily
- Get plenty of rest (stayed in bed for two days straight)
- Eat only fresh fruits and veggies (when I actually had an appetite)
- Drink at least two cups of hot grean tea with mint
- Take 1/2 teaspoon of the honey/garlic/pepper concoction every hour
I felt good as new after 3 days!
What are some of your home remedies? My throat is feeling a little scratchy at the moment, so I’m sippin on some green tea.
Post # 3
Zinc! If I feel a cold coming on I take zinc and the oncoming sickness never materializes into anything. If I’m already sick then I’ll take it and its gone in about 2 days.
For a while I took it every single day. I didn’t get sick at all for 3 whole years (I took it everyday during this time), even when I shared a bed with my FI that had the flu or a cold or while I was in college surrounded by sick students.
I also eat raw honey everyday (in tea or on bread or whatever) so I think that helps a lot, too.
Post # 4
@adoc86: Ooh I just started taking zinc a few weeks ago! Maybe that’ll help me keep from getting sick this year!
I have to cut the tablets (50mg) in half though because no matter how much I eat before I take a whole one, I get really nauseos.
Post # 5
I drink lots of water and I take vitamin C or eat a lot of oranges. I also like to put Vicks vapor rub on my feet and wear socks when I go to sleep. Weird, but I think it helps 🙂
Post # 6
@MichiganGirl24: Same with me! But I take them right before bed and it seems to remedy the nausea. I just don’t notice it since I’m sleeping. Vitamins in general just make me sick, blech!
Post # 7
I love to steep a hot tea using freshly grated ginger root, and add slices of fresh lemon, or, drops of essential oils (I use young living Thieves blend, among others). I love this tea for GI upset and for respiratory symptoms. I change it up slightly with the oils to fit the symptoms.
Post # 8
8 ounces of hot water.
3 ounces of white vinegar.
Heat til very hot, but drinkable.
Stir in as much honey as you can stand. I promise you that it does not taste as bad as it sounds. The honey takes any of the bitterness of the vinegar out.
100% cure for a sore throat. When I was around 10-12 years old, I had a sore throat that caused bleeding down the back of my throat. My glands around my jaw were incredibly inflamed. Doctor deemed it a mild (Ha!) infection and prescribed antibiotics that did not work. I found this recipe online and my sore throat was cleared up in about three days. I took this mixture three times a day until my symptoms vanished.
For the science behind it… vinegar makes your throat a hostile living environment — It’s an acid. Bacteria can’t survive very long in it.
Heat draws out infection and like the vinegar, makes a hostile work environment for the bacteria and viruses that live in your throat. Heat will remain longer in your throat due to risidual heat whereas the vinegar will wash away with saliva.
Honey is a natural antibiotic. It contains a protein called defensin-1 which is made by the bee. Honey has been used to cure infections, treat burn victims and mild injuries. defensin-1 is currently being used to create new drugs to battle the damage that traditional antibiotics have created by allowing bacteria to become drug resistant.
Post # 9
Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing. There are tons of health benefits, but in terms of fighting illness, it balances your pH levels. I swear by it! The only problem is it tastes terrible. I put about 2 tablespoons in a mug, fill the rest with water and heat it up in the micro. Then I put A LOT of honey in it and stir it up. It’s not very good but kind of tastes like tea. Get the Bragg’s organic unfiltered (I’ve only seen the organic kind at Whole Foods). I feel like I have a cold coming so I am drinking some as we speak!
Post # 10
@anneh1990: Oh yeah I think I did something with ACV too! You’re right, it does taste disgusting! I think it was a gargle, I almost threw up!
Post # 11
I forgot I also gargled with Listerine in hopes of killing some of the bacteria in my throat!
Keep the remedies coming!
Post # 12
Honestly, my neti pot. Cuts down my colds by so much. If your nose never gets completely clogged, your cold will be gone so much faster! LOVE my neti pot.
Post # 13
I live on nothing but OJ for two days when I start feeling sick!
Post # 14
White spots in your throat can be caused by a number of things, but if you think you specifically have strep throat, you really should go to the doctor and be treated with antibiotics. Untreated strep can cause kidney damage, heart damage, and rheumatic fever. Home remedies are great for viral infections, but it’s not worth it to screw around with strep.
Post # 15
@cmbr: true. I get step every year so I’m pretty familiar with the syptoms other than spots and a sore throart. I was very careful and monitored my symptoms. Read up on rheumatic fever and kidney damage. I had scarlet fever as a kid that evolved from strep. I know how serious it can be. I told myself that if my symptoms didnt start to clear up after a day, I would go to the doctor. They started clearing up the next morning, so I stuck with it.