Recurring Strep Throat Was Attacking Our Family
Author: Dawn E.
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Testimonial ID: 10369-OR
Scientific Studies: 6
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My 14-year-old son, my 9-year-old son, and I (age 37) had a major battle with strep throat this Fall... four times EACH! We each were tested repeatedly and came out positive, so we know for sure that it was strep. We all went on antibiotics 3 times each, and it kept coming back within about 10 days.
The fourth time it came back, I said to forget the antibiotics, as they obviously were not working to eradicate the streptococcus bacteria. I also had horrible yeast infections due to the repeated antibiotics. I decided to try the Oregano essential oil instead.
I took a full "00" capsule of Oregano essential oil 3 times a day for 2 days, then twice a day for 2 days, and finally once a day for a week. My symptoms disappeared within 2 days, but I stayed on the Oregano oil to make sure that I was killing the bacteria in my system.
After the first 4 days, I added Lemon essential oil as well, to battle the yeast infection leftover from the last round of antibiotics. I started feeling aches and fatigue, and I thought that I was getting sick again. So I upped the dosage of Oregano essential oil. Little did I know, but I was actually experiencing the effects of bacteria "die-off".
I developed a bad rash on my neck (like eczema), and then a week later it was all over my face. I did some research, which is how I discovered the die-off phenomenon. So though I backed off on the essential oils, I never got strep again... or a yeast infection either.
I was not as generous with my boys' dosage of Oregano essential oil. I gave about one full "00" capsule to my 14-year-old who is about 5'10" and 150 pounds. My 9-year-old got about half of that. None of us got strep throat again after using the Oregano essential oil. It is AMAZING!
I would caution others to not overdo the dosage though. And if anyone knows exactly what a safe dosage is (say based on weight and illness), that would be great since I am still learning! ;-)
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: streptococcal, pharyngitis, tonsil, tonsils, nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis, coryza, candida, candidiasis, pharyngitis.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||"Streptococcus pyogenes [strep] plays an important role in the pathogenesis of tonsillitis.... [T]hyme, cinnamon, lemongrass, tea tree, lavender, oregano, clove, palmarosa, or cajeput [melaleuca] EOs [essential oils] are known to be active against Streptococcus pyogenes, while oregano, basil, mint [peppermint], rosemary, and lavender EOs are known to inhibit another Gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus [staph].... We showed that cinnamon presented the higher activity against S. pyogenes compared to the other EOs tested.... 14 [essential oils] showed antibacterial activity against Streptococcus pyogenes.... Among them Cinnamomum verum [cinnamon bark], Cymbopogon citratus [Xiang Mao], Thymus vulgaris CT thymol [thyme], Origanum compactum [oregano], and Satureja montana [Mountain Savory] essential oils exhibited significant antibacterial activity. The in vitro results reported here suggest that, for patients suffering from bacterial throat infections, if aromatherapy is used, these essential oils, considered as potential antimicrobial agents, should be preferred."||Link|
|2.||"The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."||Link|
|3.||"It is suggested that the in vivo effect of tea tree oil ointment in the therapy of fungal infections of the skin and mucous membranes as well as in the treatment of dandruff, a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, may be at least partly due to an antifungal activity of tea tree oil."||Link|
|4.||"Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."||Link|
|5.||"As proven in vitro, essential oils [Eucalyptus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Clove, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Sage (includes all components of Thieves blend)] represent a cheap and effective antiseptic topical treatment option even for antibiotic-resistant strains [such] as MRSA and antimycotic [antifungal]-resistant Candida species."||Link|
|6.||"[T]he antibacterial activity of lemongrass oil (LG) and its major components (citral, geraniol, and myrcene) against four strains of clinically isolated bovine mastitis pathogens (Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Bacillus cereus, and Escherichia coli).., as well as their activity on S. aureus biofilm formation [were investigated].... [T]hey inhibit S. aureus biofilm formation and exhibit effective killing activities on preformed biofilms."||Link|
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