Introduction: Gargle Juice for Strep Throat

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 With all the superviruses out there that are now antibiotic resistant, lots of people are turning to natural means of helping their immune system beat the garden variety bacterial infections we all pick up now and again. This includes strep throat. 
I in particular don't like taking antibiotics if I don't have to, because I'm allergic to many of them, and building up resistances to the precious few I can take could be very dangerous for me. 

But alas, Baby Brother gave me strep this week, and so I concocted a gargle to help relieve pain, and fight the infection.

This is not medicine people! it is simply something you can try to help boost your immunity and anti-bacterial load, and manage your symptoms. Try this at the onset of a sore throat of any kind, but if symptoms persist or get worse, seek medical care. 

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

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 Basically, this is a super-powered salt-water concoction for you to gargle and spit out. The other ingredients all have either soothing, antibacterial, or antiseptic properties, to help pack a little more punch.
1 tbsp Salt- I like to use coarse sea salt
1 large sprig Peppermint- I use dried- works out to just over a tbsp when dried and crushed
1 large sprig Sage- ditto
1 tsp Lavendar buds
4 drops Tea Tree oil
1 tsp Honey

You can also add:
Olive Leaf Extract
Rosemary
Thyme
Jasmine or
Chamomile

In addition you will need a small sauce pan, a stove, a clean jar with tight fitting lid, and fine cheese cloth, a very fine strainer or a clean cotton hanky.
More about these items later.

Step 2: Make the Gargle

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 Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan, bruising or breaking the herbs first to help release aromatic properties. Add about an inch of water to the pan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Try not to take the lid off too often or you lose your liquid in the form of steam. A pan with a glass lid helps here. Once the dried herbs look reconstituted and the water is taking on a khaki ish colour, it should be about done.
Turn off the heat and let cool, keeping the lid on.

Step 3: Storing It

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 Now is where your clean hanky and jar come in.  Rest your hanky (or cheesecloth, or strainer) over the mouth of the jar. If using cloth of some type, push the center into the jar a couple inches to make a pouch for the herbs to strain into. 
Pour the contents of the sauce pan through the handkerchief into the jar. Gather the corners of the hanky and lift off/out of the jar. Squeeze to capture any remaining liquids, then discard herbs and rinse hanky.
Fasten the lid tightly on the jar. You can put it in the fridge if you like but I'm inclined to think the salt concentration alone will kill just about anything. 

Step 4: Using It

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 To use the gargle juice, take a swig of the liquid into your mouth. Swish it around coating your mouth. Tip your head back and gargle... try using higher and lower sounds to let the fluid hit different parts of your throat. You want to get it as far back there as you can without swallowing it. Spit out into the sink and rinse it away. Repeat at least twice a day. Should last a week or so, depending on how big you swig!

Comments

MsJan (author)2012-08-07

I cannot do any oils since they are toxic to me. They react to me just like perfumes that are very toxic. For a sore throat I would recommend using warm water with salt.

LittleRose68 (author)2011-03-28

Well, I give everyone pineapple juice when I first hear of a strep case. I'd heard that the Amish use it to prevent strep and it works very well. In 17 years we haven't had strep at all in my home and we have 5 family members. Just a glass of pineapple juice a day seems to work and we don't even do it every day, just until the juice is gone! I'd learned that no other juice does this. We don't gargle with it, we just drink it.

Roflolommo (author)LittleRose682011-05-25

Best way I've found not to get it is chug water. My brother has had strep 25 times or something like that and I've never had it once.

dlewisa (author)2010-05-19

You might change the line "With all the superviruses out there that are now antibiotic resistant".

Viruses do not respond to antibiotics. Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections.

got2bskilled (author)2010-05-17

I really like the idea of making my own mouthwash!

But, I thought tea tree was an anti-fungal.... ??

I would like to know more about how you choose each ingredient and how it

is beneficial. Nice Job~

Tool Using Animal (author)2010-04-20

Not to be rude, but your first sentence is nonsensical.   Virii  =/= bacteria

I immediately said the exact same thing to myself. lol

lemonie (author)2010-04-20

How did your brother infect you? I would like to understand the risk / hazard involved.

L

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