Strep Throat And Scarlet Fever Threatened Vacation
Author: Nikki S.
Skill: Yoga Instructor
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Testimonial ID: 10462-OR
Scientific Studies: 3
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Our oldest son (now 11 1/2) has a history of catching strep throat very easily. When he catches it, he always gets a rash known as scarlet fever. It typically begins on his torso but has spread from head to toe two of the four times that he has been treated with antibiotics.
In the summer of 2012, we picked our son up from a five-night Bible camp on a Friday afternoon, only to learn that his cabin counselor had been battling a severe sore throat since Thursday morning. Before we even finished the 90-minute drive home, our son was complaining of a sore throat.
We were leaving the next morning for a 6-hour drive to meet family at the Wisconsin Dells before heading to my in-laws' farm for the annual 4th of July celebration. He had no fever, so we put Thieves essential oil blend on his feet and got him to bed early.
Saturday morning his throat still hurt, and he had a low-grade fever; but he was excited for our trip. I sprayed his throat with Thieves Spray. This is not for the faint of heart, as this is not a pleasant experience. But it works wonders on sore throats.
By that evening, he hadn't complained much at all. Sunday was a big, long day of playing hard at a water park. By 3:00, our son was wiped out, which is very unlike him, so we knew he still wasn't feeling well. We left the park, grabbed an early dinner, and headed to our hotel to shower and get some rest.
After his shower, our son showed us the bad news. He had a tell-tale rash creeping up his tummy and lower back. A check of his temperature confirmed our fears: 101+ degrees Fahrenheit.
My heart sank, as we were out of state and not planning to return to our hometown for several more days. I sprayed his throat again, rubbed Thieves essential oil blend on everyone's feet (the five of us were in one hotel room, of course), tucked him into bed, and went onto the patio to call our pediatrician's office.
I begged the after-hours nurse to check his records (this would show that the rash + fever + sore throat always spelled strep for him) and call in a prescription to a pharmacy near my in-laws (where we'd be heading the next morning), but she refused. I hung up, concluding that we'd be having to head home rather than enjoy the family holiday.
Next I went to rub some Lavender essential oil on my son's rash. When he pulled up his pajama top, I was shocked. I'd expected to see more rash than before, but instead there was not a trace of it. I checked his temperature, which was now down to 99.5 degrees.
My husband and I just stared at each other. Never before had one of his rashes gone away without antibiotics. He slept soundly that night and rested in the car on the way to his grandparents' house the next day. He didn't complain of any more sore throat and was fine the rest of the visit.
Our daughter (one of those lucky children who vomits with strep throat) developed a fever and threw up one night on the farm. However, with Thieves essential oil blend, she too felt better the next day.
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: streptococcal, streptococcus, pharyngitis, tonsil, tonsils, nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis, coryza, scarlet, scarlatina.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||"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|
|2.||"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|
|3.||"[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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