Friday, January 6, 2012

The Empowering Benefits of Essential Oils for Sore Throat/Strep Throat

Strep throat is a bacterial infection and can be from a number of different strains of bacteria. It is most common in mid age children and during the colder months of the year.  A common sore throat differs in that it is usually a viral infection.  Both are contagious and can be passed from child to child or person to person in any place with close contact. 
Both the strep and the viral sore throat can have a painful soreness in the throat but the common sore throat may be accompanied by coughing, sneezing, or running nose while these symptoms will not usually occur with a strep infection.  The symptoms of strep include a sudden, severe sore throat, swollen tonsils, and whitish spots on a very red throat.
Luckily, since many essential oils are both antibacterial and antiviral, the same protocols will generally be effective with either.
Oils & Blends: lavender, lemon, marjoram, OnGuard, oregano, sandalwood

Non-doterra essentail oil for detoxing: Moringa oil 2oz, Moringa oil 4oz

Also consider: cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, melaleuca, peppermint, thyme

Suggested protocols:
Place a mouthful of warm water in a shot glass (small glass) and add 2 drops each of lemon and oregano.  Gargle as long as possible and then swallow.   Repeat every hour or two until pain subsides.  Continue then 2 or 3 times a day for at least two days.
Oregano will be too hot (uncomfortable) for some.  If so use the same procedure with OnGuard or a more comfortable oil listed above.
For children use 1 drop oregano, 2 drops melaleuca or OnGuard topically on throat, around ears, and on the feet.  Use a carrier for easier application.  At least 3 to 4 times daily for 2 - 3 days.
If treatment begins after heavy soreness has developed, use the previous application coupled with either a topical neck ointment, lymphatic massage, and/or a neck compress. Make the ointment with 10 drops of carrier oil and 1 drop each of lemon and oregano oil. Wrap the neck with a warm compress with 1 or 2 drops of oil added. If laryngitis has developed, use oregano and marjoram or frankincense as a gargle.

Testimonials (shared by Rob James)


LeNee -  I have had great success. Two ways. The first was my husband. he awoke with a sore throat, I could see pustules in his throat. I had him use oregano on his feet morning and night, OnGuard on his neck and also internally (he chose to take it without a capsule). He used the OnGuard every 2-3 hours as described above. He never got a fever, never missed work and by end of day two he had no sign of strep throat.

I took OnGuard internally without a capsule for 3 days and I never got his strep throat!

Second was my son a month later. He is 4 years old.  I used the OnGuard and oregano on his feet 2 x a day. He never got a fever nor acted sick after mid-day on the first day of his sore throat complaints. His pustules were gone by morning on day two and I treated him a total of 3 days to be sure.

I treated the other family members with OnGuard on their feet or internally when the 4 year old was ill and no one else got it!

What a savings over a $95 doctor visit a $45 strep test and $$ for an antibiotic plus usually time off work for my husband or myself to care for ourselves or children.  I LOVE doTERRA essential oils!!!

Lil - I had a really sore throat and ears Friday morning when I woke up.  In about 2 tablespoons water, 5 drops each of oregano and lemon, I gargled, then swallowed. It was HOT and YUCKY for about one minute, but WOW, almost totally gone. Just to be safe, I did it again Friday night and then Saturday AM and PM. No signs of anything today.   Wahoo, gotta love doTERRA's CPTG oils.

Tim -  Any suggestions for strep throat?
Pat - Gargle with lemon and oregano, it is hot but worth it. Just have a cracker or something after, to tame the burn. Try to gargle a full 30 seconds.
Tamalu - For those who are very sensitive to hot oils, like small children, we have found a combination of 1 drop thyme and 2 drops lavender applied externally (throat and around ears, bottoms of feet) 3-4 times daily has taken a positive strep test to a negative within hours.  When I discussed this with Dr Hill, he added along the same lines a combination of 1 drop oregano and 2 drops melaleuca applied in the same way with the same frequency.  All of these oils are documented effective against strep, but the combinations cut the heat of the hot oils.  They can still be diluted if necessary.  I also encourage folks to continue this application for at least 3 days, to eliminate all the nasty pathogens while rebuilding the immune system.
Brandon - This is definitely not for small children, however it works quickly and efficiently.  In 4 ounces of water add 3 drops of myrrh and 3 drops of OnGuard.  Gargle half of the solution for 10 - 15 seconds and swallow.  Repeat this with the other half of the solution.  This will numb the throat, thus taking away the pain.  Additionally, do this in the morning and in the evening or if the pain returns.  In my short experience, the infection and pain are typically gone within 1 1/2 days, but the pain subsides almost immediately.
Rob - Can I say that I've had strep throat success with oregano and lemon gargles, and cinnamon and lemon gargles.  Oregano gargles are very hot, especially if you get drops on your lips... but I've found if you use a "whiskey shot glass" with the oils and a tablespoon or 2 of water, it's easier to get it in your mouth without touching your lips. Also, it doesn't hurt to do it often - every half hour if needed till the pain

Cindy - Does anyone have a protocol for strep throat.  My daughter has it and has been suffering.  She drinks lemon in her water and I've had her gargle with OnGuard.  These seem to have stopped things from getting worse, but the strep is still around.  The OnGuard helps the pain, but how often can she do it?  Is there more I can do?
Samara - I get strep throat at least a couple times a year and I was starting to get it a couple of weeks ago, but can I just say I love these oils!
Have her swallow the OnGuard after she gargles with it.  She can do that every hour or as often as she feels the symptoms.  Rub OnGuard and castor oil on the outside of her throat where the lymphs are swollen.  I massage them as deeply as I can stand it.  Other people on the site can give advice about putting oils in a capsule.  I haven't tried that yet, but probably oregano would be amazing.  She can rub grapefruit on the outside of her ears in front and in back and that will help keep them clear.  (Sometimes the sore throat affects my ears.)
Wendy - Try having her gargle with oregano and lemon and water for as long as she can take it.  If she can swallow, it won't hurt her, but it is a hot blend.  If she gets any oregano on her lips, get coconut oil on it quick.  Be generous with the carrier.  You may also consider cinnamon with lemon.  You could also have her gargle with clove.  Clove is why the OnGuard is analgesic for the strep.  I've heard of clove and melaleuca being effective for some.  Do this often.  There is no overdose.  Continue at a high frequency till symptoms subside, plus a day or so.

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  1. I'm new to EO. What are carrier of oils?

  2. Hi Jacqueline, great question! and welcome to the wonderful world of essential oils. Carrier oils are oils that do just that, carry the essential oil and dilute it, as essential oils are very concentrated and can cause allergic reactions if applied straight onto the body undiluted. There are many carrier oils that are common: Fractionated Coconut oil, Virgin Coconut oil, Grapeseed oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil and Safflower oil.