I keep dabbling in home remedies, especially with health care moving in the direction it is, I feel safer being able to come up with solutions that I am not dependent on a doctor for. Many medicines are made from the miraculous plants God has made, but because so many medicines have many different side effects, it lends me to thinking the perfect balance and proportions can’t be mastered by man so artfully as God himself put them on the earth for our use. Here are two beautiful scriptures, to demonstrate:
Alma 46:40 And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land—but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate—
Doctrine Covenants 42:43 And whosoever among you are sick, and have not faith to be healed, but
believe, shall be nourished with all tenderness, with herbs and mild food, and that not by the hand of
Additionally, when I find the right remedy, I find that the cure only aids your body, but lets your body do alot of the work to heal itself, which to me seems godly as well.
A while back, I had found a Natural cure for strep online, called Hot Honey, which was supposed to be used every half hour, but personally, letting honey and garlic with cayenne, slip down my throat, and set at the back as long as possible before swallowing, was enough for me to almost prefer strep, well not prefer strep but I could only do it 3-5 times a day instead of every half hour, and this wasn’t helping to cure strep. I relented, begging, for antibiotics.
Some back ground knowledge for you, I have huge tonsils that catch and hang on to strep easily, and I can get it repeatedly through a season.
With some research, I have found remedies that call for similar ingredients as the Hot Honey. And I have found other remedies to use as well to enhance and speed healing.
Here are some finds using the same ingredients but put into more palatable forms:
~Garlic and onion chopped up in vegetable broth or gentle soups feel nice and hot feel great on the throat and get those good anti-viral/bacterial properties of these foods in your body.
~Rest and water. This seems obvious but when your throat is hurting its easy to forget that you still need water, plenty of it!
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and water and other ingredients. When I used this with water for my initial gargle on the first day of a developing sore throat, I really believe its use helped my tonsils not get to their monstrous porportions and out of this world pain I am used to.
A friend suggested gargling calloidal silver for strep. This stuff is supposed to be amazing but I saw that there was some on-line controversy as to whether it kills all bacteria like penicillin if swallowed, and adds medal to your body… Or if it tackles just your strep virus and leaves all the good bacteria be, as many others feel. To play it safe, I gargled about 2 Tbs for 2 minutes (at 10 second intervals 12 times) 5 times a day. This instruction I found here.
And here is the modified hot honey, with other things in it really great for you. Raw honey is antibacterial/antiviral, lemon is good for illnesses, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, and the cayenne, well the cayenne makes the whole thing feel horrible at first, but it brings more blood to the area to help things to heal. You will be in pain for about 1-2 minutes, and then for about half an hour, it literally has a numbing and soothing effect.
Here is the website I got my gargle from, and with her suggestions, as well as with some of her commenter’s advice, I was able to concoct a nice tasting tea…nice of course until you add the cayenne. (Drink a little for its benefits before adding the cayenne, too.)
Here’s my story:
I started feeling my throat get sore and so I immediately started gargling an Apple Cider Vinegar, water and sage mix I had in the fridge, about every two hours. The Apple Cider Vinegar does relieve the throat, and I think because of this mix that my tonsils didn’t get as monstrous as they usually do. I was feeling kind of achey and head achy, but my husband took the kids for the day and I was set on sewing some curtains for the house.
Through the night when I awoke to hurting tonsils, I gargled my ACV mix and added a little cayenne to my gargle. I did this a few times through the night. This helped with the pain after the initial burn and I was able to resume sleep.
By morning my tonsils had the familiar pus, but they were not so large and killer pain as I am accostomed to, due to the remedy I was doing. I commenced with researching calloidal silver on line, and followed this advice for strep, except for swallowing:
I also gargled my ACV sage, water mixture, about 5 times a day.
Then, I prayed, I prayed that the Lord would help me to cure this and guide me to anything else I should be doing. It was brought back to my mind, that Simple Healthy Tasty, where I found the helpful hot honey cure, did her cayenne cure every half hour, and so I looked up a strep throat gargle, finding one that had honey, had ACV and cayenne, had lemon, all things I knew to be good for the killer throat. Like Simple Healthy Tasty’s Hot Honey, she recommended that the gargle be used every 15 minutes, to 30 minutes. This confirmed what I felt to be part of my answer from God in how to get this disease away.
Looking in the comments, I found a commenter who put even more honey, fresh squeezed lemon, cinnamon, and more ACV, and what looks like way too much cayenne, but I modified my gargle to this:
A BIG batch:
4 cups water
4 tea bags of lemon zinger
6-10 lemon slices (I keep a bag of the slices in the freezer for easier readiness)
2 -4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raw honey
To each cup add about 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne
I rested all day Sunday doing these cures, and after my prayer I began to gargle the cayenne pepper from 20-30 minutes apart, till bedtime. I took an Ibuprofen to take away the headache so I could sleep, and woke up doing TONS better!!! This illness has never been this fast for me! Normally when I have strep I have to use the Ibuprofen or Tylenol far before bedtime, but this headache was very manageable, but not too sleepable.
The Next day I was about 50% better, I continued with my cayenne gargles about every hour and my Calloidal silver five times a day, and as much rest and water and garlic broth soups and tea as could be delivered me!
The Third day, I am at having a gargle about 3 times a day and throat losenges, a little lower on energy, trying to take it a bit easy still, but feeling really great for having been using just home remedies to get better!
Now what I should do to maintain this wellness once I am better, like you do with penicillin, I am not sure of….I will be travelling into uncharted territory~
I am swearing by a frequent gargle (remember the cayenne has a numbing soothing effect besides helping you heal), Bragg’s ACV, and perhaps the Silver Gargle was helping too! Luckily I bought some when my friend recommended it, so I’d be ready for next strep throat!
And that same friend, kindly shared a few tips that she used when she had strep:
Add honey and cream, her kids love it too!
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