Strep throat is an infection caused by the streptococcus bacteria.
The main symptoms include sore throat, fever, swollen neck glands, red and swollen tonsils, headache and white patches in the throat or on the tonsils. In addition to these symptoms children may have other symptoms like abdominal pain, vomiting and red rashes, especially under the arm pits and in skin creases.
A turmeric sea salt gargle is one of the simplest home remedies for relieving this condition as well as common sore throats caused by colds and viruses. Simply mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt into a cup of warm water and gargle several times while the water is warm, not hot. This should be repeated several times a day until symptoms improve.
I also recommend taking 30 drops of echinacea tincture directly in the mouth as often as needed. This helps to kill the infection, support the immune system and relieve pain, burning and discomfort in the throat. For children, I suggest using a glycerin based echinacea tincture, which is more palatable when taken directly on the tongue. Slippery elm lozenges are also a tasty and soothing remedy that is available at most health food stores. Avoid eating sugary foods and heavy dairy products and make sure to eat plenty of vegetable soup and take plenty of water and warm tea with raw honey. Don’t forget the most important medicine, plenty of rest!
Other important herbs for internal use include high quality organic goldenseal or goldenseal/echinacea tincture. The dosage of either of these extracts is 30-60 drops 2-3 times daily in water of juice.
In Ayurveda, strep is effectively treated with the formula Mahasudarshan. Mix 1 tsp of the powder with 1 tsp honey and wash it down with warm water. This is a very bitter compound and is best taken in tablet form (2 tablets, 3 times daily for adults and 1 tablet, 2 times daily for kids) if one can’t take the taste of it. For children I suggest putting it in “O” size capsules, because even the tablets taste too bitter for their little tongues. A more tasty Ayurvedic remedy includes mixing 1/2 tsp licorice powder and 1/2 tsp sitopaladi churna with enough raw honey to make a paste that can be eaten 2-3 times daily.