Last Modified on Jan 27, 2014
A variety of natural treatment options offer relief from mono; however, no actual cure for the condition is available. Treatment of the condition ranges from limiting the symptoms to boosting the immune system.
What is Mono?
A highly infections condition, mononucleosis is caused by a virus transferred through saliva. Symptoms of the condition include fatigue, a general feeling of unrest, sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, swollen tonsils, headache, skin rash and swelling in the spleen.
Mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. The condition is not usually very serious as many adults have been exposed to the virus and built up antibodies; however, the condition is more commonly a problem adolescents and young adults.
Natural Remedies to Treat Mononucleosis
While no actual cure for mono is available, many natural options offer relief from symptoms and shorten the duration of the condition. Effective treatments include coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, vitamin C and others.
Coconut oil is a natural element known for its numerous health benefits. Coconut oil taken several times a day can help treat sore throat associated with mono. Additionally, the oil can remove toxins in the body and treat infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A powerful health tonic, apple cider vinegar delivers natural antioxidant properties as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals. When taken as a part of mono treatment regimen, apple cider vinegar eliminates infection in the body and support immune health.
A water soluble vitamin, vitamin C is necessary for normal growth and development. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and immune support. As such, vitamin C is an effective component of a mono treatment regimen for supporting the immune system and shortening the duration of the condition.
Commonly known as the kissing disease, mono is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. Effective treatment of the condition involves natural remedies that offer support for the immune system and treatment of symptoms.
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[YEA] 08/13/2008: Carol from Boston, MA: "I am so grateful for this home remedy website and forum! My daughter has Mono and over the last 2 days has had an unbearably sore thoat. We tried everything (salt water gargle, steriod solution gargle, advil, codiene...) and nothing was working. She couldn't even swallow her saliva. It was preventing her from sleeping, and when you have mono, thats all you want to do. I happened upon this website and she gave it a shot. Using the 3 tablespoons of ACV and Honey in warm water was not particularly appetizing, but after drinking it, she was able to sleep 4 hours and now says that her throat is so much better. I am now a believer in home remedies!"Replies
[YEA] 08/15/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Mono is a virus and every virus I have tried L-lysine on has been susceptible to it. If your daughter is l2 or older, 2000 mgm. mealtime and bedtime is the dosage, if younger decrease to l000mgm. or less at the same times. With a sore throat you will probably need to crush or dissolve for her to swallow them."
09/23/2010: Kimberly from Hackettstown, New Jersey, Usa replies: "If you feel the need to call in a prescription, I highly recommend prednisone. I'm a 17 year old girl who is suffering with mono at the moment. Prednisone is a low dose of steroids which is great for badly swollen glands. I prefer this option more than any of the remedies. The steroids last all night, and all day. 12 hours to be exact."
09/25/2012: Stubzley from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada replies: "Hello, I need to comment on the reply from the 17 year old girl touting the benefits of prednisone. Someone needs to talk to this girl about this seriously dangerous steroid. I have a friend who had to have both of his hips replaced because of this drug. He connected with a support group of people all over North America who have similar afflictions from the side effects of this terrible drug. I understand that some people dont think that they have an alternative which may be true in some cases but to anyone reading this, please research, research, research every possible alternative before resorting to ingesting this nasty medication. Great site!"
10/17/2012: Queen_gie from Oceanside, Ca, United States replies: "I wanted to comment on the 17 year old girls steroid comment also! I had to take steroids b/c I would have died! And the side affects of that drug are horrific! I've had a partial knee replacement and orthoscopic surgery on my other knee and my right wrist, I'm right handed. Eventually I will have to have my wrist fused and luckily I am starting to lose the 120lbs I gained from taking the steroids, which was a very high dose for 8 months, I might get away w/not having any further surgery on my knees! I will be on on disability for the rest of my life; I'm 29. I was on the steroids at the age of 26/27. I WOULD NOT take steroids unless the opposite will result in death! Just my personal opinion from personal experience!"
01/24/2014: Osteopathic from Columbus replies: "I am a physician and love homeopathic and naturopathic remedies but I had to comment on the use of steroids. Steroids, like an medication (including herbals), don't come without risk or side effects.Steroids can cause hypertension, osteoporosis, etc with high doses but mostly prolonged, greater than a month use. The acute use for someone with mono for possible inflammation and obstruction from the tonsils is okay."
Baking Soda and Salt Gargle for Mono With Bad Sore Throat
[YEA] 12/23/2007: Rin from Camas, WA: "My daughter has a bad case of mono. Her tonsils were so swollen they were touching her uvula and she couldn't swallow any pain meds. We were having her gargle with a salt rinse, with no real relief. We called my inlaws and they suggested rinsing with a tsp of bs in lukewarm water followed by the salt rinse every two hours. Amazing! My daughter's tonsils are a little less swollen and it took the pain away for her to sleep for a lot longer last night. I found your site this morning when I was researching bs rinses. The doctor's we saw never even suggested it."Replies
11/04/2011: Mike from Baltimore, Md - Maryland replies: "It was very helpful to find this site. I am a non believer until I try things out myself. I just found out that I had Mono based on everything symptom. Home remedy bs rinse with warm water followed by salt did get met to improve. After the remedy, I was able to take a 4 hour nap, and then again I just was the remedy again. So far my this Mono has taken away 5 days from me. I need this to go away bad. This is one of the worst feeling. Wow..."
Coconut Oil Cure for Mono
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Virgin Coconut Oil
Consume 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily while experiencing mono symptoms. You can take your coconut oil straight, mixed as a sweetener with hot tea, blended into a smoothie, or however else you like. Coconut oil is a powerful general health aid and seems to have antiviral properties. In most cases it will get rid of typical mononucleosis fatigue.
Warning! Some people experience side effects from consuming coconut oil – gas, nausea, diarrhea, gallbladder attacks to name a few – so you might want to start with a small amount of coconut oil for the first few days and see how your body tolerates it.
[YEA] 09/22/2013: Mountainespresso from Denver, Colorado: "Since 9/17/2013, I've noticed that the lymph nodes in my neck are swollen, in addition to fatigue that stays with me throughout the day. My spleen is also slightly swollen. From talking to friends and co-workers, I concluded that I have a mild case of mono - nothing I can't handle, but also not ideal for a working college student. I stumbled upon this amazing website, with the list of mono cures, last night at 9:30 PM, so I ran to my local health food store to get some extra virgin, unrefined, organic coconut oil. All I can say is wow! After 2 tablespoons and a good night's rest, followed by 2 more tablespoons this morning, the fatigue is gone. My guess is that I'll keep improving. Thank you, and if you are in my situation as well, try coconut oil! You won't regret it."
[YEA] 08/16/2013: Jen from Tennessee: "I wanted to share a quick note to tell everyone how much coconut oil helped me after a diagnosis of mono. After 5 weeks I was still so achy and tired and was having a hard time taking care of my very busy 18 month old daughter. I looked up home remedies for mono and came across coconut oil. I went out to the store the next morning and within 36 hours I felt like myself again. It was miraculous! I am a believer!"Replies
[YEA] 10/03/2013: Mc2013 from Indiana replies: "Coconut Oil works but you must get extra virgin Coconut Oil. Take two large tablespoons a day. I am on by second bout with mono and my cure is always the same. Two tablespoons of Coconut Oil, Two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 teaspoons of extra virgin Olive Oil (Which is better than Tylenol). Mono is very hard to deal with, but honestly homeopathic cures are the way to deal with it. The doctors won't do anything but send you home and tell you to rest and drink fluids. The first time I had mono I did this and got over it in 5 days. I also take 1000mg of Vitamin C every 2 to 3 hours, a multivitamin, two 900 miligrams of Omega 3 and Vitamin D3.
Don't suffer if you don't have to. Believe me as soon as I got diagnosed a second time this was my go to cure and it works."
[YEA] 08/03/2013: Buyfind9 from Croton, Ny: "Coconut Oil for Mono
this really works. After reading this website and having a very sick kid at home with mono and strep I decided I had nothing to loose. after only one dose of the coconut oil the next morning my son woke up and said he was hungry and felt better. That was after not having any solid food for days. I know he was on other medication as well but I believe this made the difference. Day two of the coconut oil and large doses of vitamin C he is up and about and said I feel "fine". now again, he has had antibiotic and steroids but was still not turning the corner. it was not until the coconut oil and the vitamins. This stuff has helped. I hope it does the same for you all."
[YEA] 02/18/2013: Jmsteffler from Airdrie, Ab, Canada: "My 14 year old daughter had mono and I felt so bad for her; there was nothing I could give her to relieve her throat pain. As with a lot of posts on this, her throat was swollen to the point of almost not being able to breathe. She laid up at night crying from the pain... I felt awful and tried everything. The Dr finally prescribed something; I forget what, and she was told it would start taking effect in 3-4 days. That wasn't good enough for me. So I Googled "home remedies" and came upon Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I bought a jar, and made her take 2 tbsp a day. She didn't mind the taste but very much disliked the texture. I tried it a few ways with her.
1) I gave it to her in hot chocolate, melted. This was the best way for her to take it.
2) I mixed it with cinnamon and mashed it all up and called it "cinnamon spread". I initially had her take it in little bites off the spoon, and as she got better, I spread it on toast.
3) I applied a small amount, topically on her neck at bedtime.
I did this for 3 days, each day lending a little more improvement. After the 4th day, she said her throat didn't hurt, and she was back to her bubbly-self. I made her continue to take it for 7 days, much to her refusal, but I wanted to be sure. After that was completed, I took her back to the Dr and had her re-tested. Her mono test was negative and her Dr was very surprised, as he told her she could be sick with this for up to 3 months. 2 weeks between when she tested positive for mono until she had a clean bill of health. This stuff works! Watching her cry from the pain of swallowing the smallest bit of water and thinking there is nothing you can do is a horrible feeling. I have told many people about this and continue to use it regularly. I love this stuff."Replies
03/18/2013: Michelle from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "To help coconut oil be more palatable to a child, spread it on top of a saltine cracker which has Nutella on it. It'll taste like an almond joy cookie!!! We sometimes make "Reese's sandwiches" with whole wheat bread, peanut butter and nutella, you could easily slip coconut oil into that too."
07/24/2012: Megan from Golden, Colorado: "I am 19 years old and right now I am still awake at 2:30 in the morning. For I have had mono for the past two weeks and feel like my throat is on fire. So I've resorted to spitting in a bottle so I can avoid even swallowing. I haven't tried the Coconut Oil yet but thank you for all the advice! I feel like I can actually do something other than deal with the excruciating pain!!! I hope it works!"Replies
11/12/2012: Autumn from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "This past weekend I felt like death. I slept from 6:45 Friday night until 9:00 Saturday morning, got up for an hour, and felt like I hadn't slept all night. I took some of the suggestions here and went to the health food store to get Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and a high dose of Vitamin C - 1,000 mg. I took 2 Vitamin Cs and 2 tsps. of coconut oil with 1 tsp. of honey in water yesterday afternoon and then again this morning. It is miraculous because I have really been struggling for the last 7 months with mono like symptoms on and off and have not been able to kick this. Just when I think I'm getting better after a month of feeling very sick, an infection comes back. There is no doubt that these remedies, in combination, have been tremendously helpful. I was able to make dinner tonight for the first time in a few weeks."
11/13/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Autumn: There are a number of ways to boost the immunity and cure chronic infections like Mono. Stimulating the Thymus Gland is very important. I have posted a comprehensive method for strengthening the Thymus here on E.C. somewhere (sorry, don't have the link).
The Zinc/Vit-A combination would also provide long-term immune building power. The Chinese herb Astragalus is a very good immune herb (a favorite of Dr. Weil). Quality protein in the diet is critical as evidenced by vegetarian's immune deficiencies. The amino acid Lysine is good for inhibiting viral infections."
[NAY] 12/24/2011: Mono Mom from Kelowna, Bc, Canada, Canada: "I am writing after being very disappointed in coconut oil for relief of mono swelling and sore throat! After reading all the "miracles" I ran out to get the virgin coconut pills and the oil itself. My son has been battling mono for the last 3 weeks. Every week the swelling of lymph nodes and tonsils worsened. I started the pills twice a day(5) second week along with tea with Tablespoon of the coconut oil and continued into 3rd week when he just kept getting worse and ended up in hospital as the swelling worsened and he couldn't swallow anything, not even his own spit! I am not a believer in the coconut oil! Sorry didn't work for this Canadian!"Replies
12/25/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Pills? Coconut oil Pills?
I take EVCO out of a jar, with a TABLE spoon. I can't imagine being able to put enough in a pill to be effective when I am taking a couple of tablespoons a day of it. This would mean a literal handfull of pills.
I believe that your son was not getting the correct dose of extra virgin coconut oil, or was getting an inferior product.
I had mono as a teenager, and know how miserable it is. My heart goes out to you. I hope your son is doing better now.
PS: I do know that when you have mono you don't even wake up enough to eat.... Let alone take in fluids. It is important to wake up the sick person, and MAKE them take in some nutrition. Hydration is so very important. Being dehydrated all by itself will land you in the hospital with an IV in your arm."
[NAY] 01/16/2012: Mono Mom from Kelowna, Canada replies: "EVCO comes in pill form also, I doubled the dose, he was getting 10 pills a day. Plus 1 Tbsp. Of EVCO in every cup of tea I could get into him beginning it was 2-4 cups a day! It didn't work, product was from a natural, organic store, one of their best products(as they told me) was not worth the $$ I spent. Sorry still not a believer! I am a registered nurse so I know the importance of hydration, he did not have the tiredness at this stage of his mono, so he was always awake and always in pain with swollen tonsils."
[YEA] 02/01/2012: Tammy from Half Moon Bay, California replies: "It works! My 19 year old son has mono, he could hardly breath, so very sick. I steeped some tea, added two tablespoons of coconut oil and one tablespoon of honey and had him drink this, once in the am and at pm. He was able to sleep and was eating and drinking the next morning. He couldn't believe how much better he felt, he said he felt 300 percent better. I'm a believer!"
02/16/2012: Sarahtolson from San Diego, Ca replies: "It may be that your son contracted Strep with his bout with Mono. One can bring on the other, and with strep, while coconut oil would help a little, it would take an enormous amount to kill the infection. Strep needs natural antibiotics like oil of oregano, or Grapeseed Extract. I'm sorry he was so sick. :(
I had Mono when I was in college, and had no idea about natural remedies. It took me 5 weeks to recover. I am in my mid-thirties, and still can get run down with mono like symptoms or strep, if I'm not careful."
[YEA] 02/21/2012: Kayvon from Oklahoma City, Ok, Usa replies: "Coconut oil works WONDERS! Not only does it contain monolaurin which is a natural immune-boosting powerhouse, it taste delicious and can be used on just about everything.
I have concoted a drink that will completely soothe & heal your throat within a matter of days. Take about 6-8 oz of hot, purified water and mix in 2 tablespoons of elderberry concentrate and 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Drink it hot, and within 3 days your throat will be back to normal."
05/04/2012: Angel from Damascus, Va replies: "Coconut oil seems to work for many people however it has never helped me! In fact I get bad stomach cramps if I ingest even a teaspoon and if I use it on my skin it feels like my skin is on fire! I have dealt with Epstein Barr virus for 25 years and the only thing that has ever worked for me is 2000 mg of vitamin ester C per day during my mono like sypmptoms then back to 500 mg a day when pain and swelling are over. In a few cases I had to take 5000 mg for 3 days in a row when I had a liver inflamation problem due to Epstien Barr virus it only took 3 days on 5000 mg and 2 weeks of 2000 mg vit C to get rid of all signs and symptoms of MONO to include returning my liver back to a healthy state.
[YEA] 05/23/2012: Mark from Hagerstown, Md replies: "My daughter had contracted Mono over the weekend and was very tired and sick. I used two teaspoons coconut oil, one teaspoon of local MD honey and hot tea. She sipped it until gone for about 30 minutes and finally fell asleep for about an hour. She started feeling better when she awoke including regaining her appetite. This remedy does work! Thank all you for your comments and suggestions. Though this may not help everyone it does indeed help some. Good luck."
[YEA] 07/14/2012: Coconut Oil Advocate from Austin Tx, Tx replies: "Coconut oil helped my son. He was miserable yesterday. Today after taking coconut oil and also colloidal silver, gargling, neti pot, facial steams (we hit this one from all angles) he is remarkably if not miraculously better."
07/15/2012: Brian from San Luis Obispo, Ca replies: "What type of coconut oil did you use? I was diagnosed with mono last night and this is day 6 now. I have a severe sore throat and my tonsils are covered in white. I was looking around and found spectrum organic coconut oil."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/08/2011: Queendom from Birmingham, Alabama: "Coconut oil does help with Mono!! My husband was spitting to keep from swallowing! He was in that much pain! But after giving him a 1000mg of vitamin C 5x a day and a tablespoon of coconut oil, he was up laughing and joking. I went to our local herb shop and they recommended 5000mg of vitamin C for his energy. The combo of both has improved his condition. Now he still is running a high fever but the CO does offer him GREAT relief."Replies
09/21/2012: Izzysay from Houston, Tx replies: "I tried Coconut oil mixed with ACV with a warm cup of water, and I felt a lot better. (It was really gross though) I was sick for a week with mono and the first days are just dreadful! I have to say home remedies are the only way to end it fast along with plenty of rest. I took a week off of work and school and now feeling almost 100% I drank warm home squeezed orange juice 1-2 times a day. My doctor had prescribed me a magic mouth wash as well and that numb my throat which helped with the swollen. Thanks everyone for sharing their remedies, really does help!!"
[YEA] 10/25/2011: Richard from Greenville, S.c.: "10/23/11 my 18 yr. old daughter was diagnosed with mono. She was hardly able to sleep, her throat was on fire, she was having considerable difficulty breathing, her face was swollen. I read about the benefits of coconut oil on 10/23/11 and went straight to the health food store and purchased some. I gave my daughter one tablespoon of CO in a cup of hot tea, two times before she went to bed.
The results were dramatic. She slept through the night, her sore throat was gone in the morning, her breathing returned to normal, she began to get her voice back. Two days later now she continues to dramatically improve. She feels really good. I am very thankful for the info on the merits of coconut oil."
[YEA] 06/07/2011: Vivica from Phoenix, Az: "i have been miserable for 2 days, can't swallow and my lymph nodes are swollen in my neck. I checked this forum and went and got some organic coconut oil. I melted a teaspoonful in a cup of hot tea and I felt IMMEDIATE relief. Thank you all so much! I will make sure and take the 4 teaspoons a day recommended :-)"Replies
07/24/2011: Amung from Nashville, Tn replies: "23july2011 -
i really hope the coconut oil works. I purchased a jar today. it's crazy expensive.
I've been sick for five weeks (i had strep first), then tested positive for mono. It's insane how sick you get with this stupid virus.
my recipe is two teaspoons of coconut oil. One teaspoon of honey. Three ounces blue gatorade. mix the honey and coconut oil together. Melt for about 15/20 seconds. Mix in the gatorade. Drink immediately. (tastes like a margarita).
the coconut oil will soldify quickly, so drink fast if you using a cold beverage.
I'll repost if it does work and I'll repost if it doesn't work."
09/05/2011: Catsass from Phoenix, Arizona, Usa replies: "So? Did it work or not? My son thinks he has mono."
09/07/2011: Joe from Blackwood, Nj replies: "Almost three weeks ago my daughter started to not feel very well. Headaches, sore throat, congestion, body aches, fatigue, etc. We went to the doctors, and the diagnosis was a sinus infection. Augmenten was prescribed. Ten days went by and several trips back to the doctors and no relief for my daughter. Finally the doctor ordered a blood test, and it came back positive for mono. They said there was nothing we can give her for mono it just has to run its course, and it could be 4 to 6 weeks or more before she feels ok.
She has taken virgin coconut oil for approx. 4 days. Twice daily along with some vitamin c. Her turn around is nothing short of remarkable. We've read and heard horror stories associated with mono. Months and months of lingering sickness. Thanks to this site and VCO, my daughter will be back to school next week. We are believers. I am sure results vary for each individual but, definitely worth a try."
08/22/2012: Tracey from Warren, Mi replies: "Thank you so much for the Coconut Oil drink mix! My daughter is 16 and has been fighting a virus for over a month. They tested her for Strep and Mono, both came up negative in July. Last week Mono came back positive. The steroids were not working after 3 days, I took her back in and they gave her 2 shots of steroids and advised to continue Motrin every 6 hours. The next day I found this drink mix and gave it to her last night. She woke up feeling the best in a while, more energy, her throat wasn't hurting as much. She still has 1 more day of steroids. At first she didn't want to drink it, then changed her mind. She even makes this drink herself! We know this isn't an overnight cure, but if it cuts the healing time in 1/2; I'm happy about that! I plan on giving her this for a few weeks until she is fully recovered. Thank you so much! I can't believe all the many uses for coconut oil :0)"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 11/27/2010: Cst5027 from West Chester, Pa: "I have had Mono for about two months. The doctor told me 10 days ago, that I was on the Tail End of the illness and that it should end within 2 weeks. So basically he says I have 4 days left. IDK how the hell he would know how long I have, but I got Coconut Oil yesterday took 4 in morning, 4 at night, and I feel a little better today, not cured, but a little better, the only thing im battling now is the fatigue, nothing else... Should I trust the coconut oil?"Replies
11/29/2010: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, Usa replies: "Read the information listed in remedies about coconut oil, it is very informative, and yes it will help give you strength, it would help if you ate at least 3-4 tablespoons a day with your food. Merryanne of Central FL"
11/29/2010: Anita from Victoria, Australia replies: "Yes, you can completely trust Coconut Oil. It's antifungal, antibacterial, etc. Will fix everything. Take internally & mix in your food, as well as externally/topically on your skin."
12/01/2010: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, Usa replies: "I also enjoy the benefits of coconut oil. I am nearly 64 YO, and I use it for all my cooking, for my body moisturizer, my hand cream, my face cream, I have only been using it about 6 months and my cousin who is about 3 years older than me told me I look 5 years younger, and asked if that is why my hands look so so smooth, and my face is fresh and radiant?? You cannot buy anything on the market better for your total body's skin care than coconut oil. Now I do take minerals and vitamins, but I always have, but I have seen many changes in my skin and weight loss with VCO. Merryanne in FL"
03/27/2011: Wanda from Oakhurst, Nj replies: "Should the VCO be melted before mixing into applesauce?"
08/06/2011: Robert from Birmingham, Michigan replies: "I just came down with Mono 5 days ago. The doctors said there was nothing I could do but be patient, and get lots of rest. I am so happy I found this website. I went out this morning, and bought Coconut oil, and Apple Cider Vinegar. I hope it works. Thanks for all the post."
08/30/2011: Michelle from Lake Worth, Fl replies: "please advise updates if the Virgin Coconut Oil works?
[YEA] 11/04/2010: Heather from Hibbing, Mn: "My daughter became sick and diagnosed with mono, after being told that fluids, rest and crossing your fingers that she may feel normal in three months, I did some research on line and started reading about coconut oil! After three days of taking it she was like new. No more high fevers, swollen eyelids, swollen glands in her throat, no more excessive sleepiness. She went back to school, only missed five days total, and back to work also! She has never had a relapse even after being done taking the tablets for a month, has been healthy ever since!! Coconut oil is a miracle as far as I'm concerned! I will use it for other illnesses also. Thank you for all the great information!!"Replies
11/22/2010: Kms from Shreveport, La replies: "Hi, my daughter was recently diagonsed with mono. Will you give me the exact dosage of coconut oil you used for your daughter? As you may know, my child is in so much pain."
11/30/2010: Katie from Mpls, Mn replies: "Hello, I was diagnosed with Mono about a little over 4 weeks ago now, and was given nothing to help with it. I was told to get sleep and drink lots of water, I am still suffering being tired, all the time and the very large tonsils, and that kills me especially when I am trying to sleep, I feel like they are caving in, and can't breath. But really they are not, (I'm just thinking about it way too much) but I want to get rid of that! I never get sick , so this is horrible for me. Where do I purchase this coconut oil? and how much do I take?!"
01/10/2011: Michelle from Praireville, La replies: "hi my lil girl is 4 and I just found out she has mono. I also have 3 other kids I am so worried about them geting it also Anyway at first her throat was sore and I went to the health food store and got elderberry chews silver shield and vs-c it did help with her throat and she isnt that bad sick as what every has said. She just sleeps alot but she has only had it a week. Any info would be welcomed by the way how is your child doing? I am so freaked out about this. Is it as bad as every one says thanks god bless!!!! "
05/02/2011: Msmom11 from San Antonio, Texas, United States replies: "Have you tried the coconut oil? I am willing to give it a try on my adolescent daughter who is on her second case of mono.... In 15 months. Three years ago, another daughter of mine was the first to get mono while she was in the 2nd grade. Her case was milder than my teenage daughter who has had a very rough recovery since being diagnosed the first time in Jan 2010. I am trying to boost her immune system. I wish an easy recovery for you and your family as it impacts the entire family."
07/23/2012: Jordan from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Hi, I'm 19 and have glandular fever, as I havn't been able to do much else I have spent a lot of time researching. Please do not worry about your younger children as from what I have read in various places it generally only affects teenagers and young adults severly, for young children and elderly it generally just presents as flu like symptoms and is usually gone in 1-2 weeks. Interestingly many state the reason for the rising rate of teenagers and young adults contracting this illness in its debilitating form is due to rising health standards and protection of young children which means people are not catching the illness as small children when it would only have mild effects. So it appears that it is a good thing for younger children to catch it as this then gives them some imunity from it when they are older. I myself am in the 3rd week of my illness and after being very very ill for 1 week in hospital, I have now made a rapid recovery through using Apple Cider Vinegar, vitamin C, homeopathic remedies and a herbal mixture that includes herbs such as echinacea and olive leaf extract, once I have finished this course of immune boosting remedies I intend to move on to remedies focussing on energy and liver support (as mine was severly affected and I became jaudiced for 3 days)."
[YEA] 09/16/2010: Ohnalee from Suttons Bay, Michigan: "Our 19 year old daughter was diagnosed with mono through blood testing on Monday. At this point, she had all the classic symptoms along with severe swollen tonsils and glands and a sinus infection, which the doctor was wanting to utilize an antibiotic to treat.
After much research and reading testimonies of those who have used coconut oil successfully for treatment, we decided to try this option and postpone the use of the antibiotic. Coconut oil pills were not available at our local health store so we purchased organic virgin coconut oil (VCO), unrefined. Beginning on Tuesday, we mixed 1 1/2 TBSP of the VCO each morning and each evening in a smoothie or with some applesauce for her consumption. The sinus infection began to loosen and drain after the first consumption of the VCO and the throat pain from the swollen glands and tonsils began to decrease significantly. After two days, this morning, Thursday, she awoke and actually came to me with a huge smile and lots of hugs of appreciation for finding this solution to her ailment. She no longer has any throat pain, her sinus symptoms are gone along with all other symptoms and she is feeling and looking well. While she was sleeping I had researched a little further and found that you can mix the VCO with honey and cinnamon and spread it on toast for another option of consuming. We both tried this option this morning and it is tasty. A great way to serve it to younger children.
I have now continued the research on all the health benefits of VCO and will be utilizing it regularly for cooking, treatment of various ailments, and as a face moisturizer. Thanks so much to all who posted on this site, it was truly a blessing to our family."Replies
[YEA] 10/08/2010: Brandi from Mariposa , Ca replies: "My husband was diagnosed on 9/23 with mono with a positive blood test. We started vigin cocnut oil that day 2 tablespoons every day and with in 5 days he was completely symptom free. His doctor had filed disability paperwork because he was going to be out at least one to two months she thought, but he was relaesed for work this past week and is TOTALLY symtom free!!!! She was shocked because she had never had any patients recover that quickly, she ensured us that she would encourage others with mono to give it a try."
10/31/2010: Aisha from Hickory, Nc, America replies: "Aisha from NC -
So I began to look for mono cures since currently I have Mono, I came upon here and I read about the coconut oil. Im already trying that, its my second day, I had Apple sauce, Coconut oil, and a lil honey for flavor. My Throat is just as imflamed as your Daughters and I am 17. Couple of questions though, when she took it was it hard for her to swallow? Because when I take mine I have to choke it down and it hurts very very much. Plus I keep spitting up mucus so it feels like it wont stay down, any suggestions? I'm in dying need of Help. Im in my 2nd week of Mono."
12/07/2010: Megan from Everett, Wa replies: "Hello,
We are just home from the ER and my husband is asleep in bed with mono. He is in a lot of pain and so very fatigued. The doctor said that he can expect to be out for 4-6 weeks. He was do discouraged and frustrated when hearing this. I feel awful for him! I just started researching as soon as we got home and found this site. Very thankful! We are healthy people and always use natural cures when feeling a little under the weather. He has a very sensitive system, so tylenol, ibuprofen etc. are not preferred. I have a lot of these remedies at home already, but am curious how much someone with mono should be taking? What would be a good daily regimen for my husband? Also, with the coconut oil we have expeller pressed organic coconut oil that we use for cooking. Is it okay to just have him take this or does it have to be virgin?
Thanks so much for any tips or advice that you all are able to offer! With gratitude,
03/25/2011: Jaidynsmommy from Waco, Tx, Usa replies: "I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR GIVING THIS GREAT ADVICE ABOUT COCONUT OIL FOR MONO! I HAD BEEN SICK FOR A FEW DAYS AND THOUGHT ID GET OVER IT, BUT MONDAY IT GOT SO BAD THAT I WENT TO THE DOC BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS STREP. COME TO FIND OUT IT WAS MONO! ITS NOW FRIDAY AND MY FOURTH DAY HAVING IT AND THESE HAVE BEEN THE WORST FOUR DAYS OF MY LIFE! SINCE THERES NO CURE IP THOUGHT ID LOOK UP REMEDIES. MY GMA TOLD ME ABOUT HOT TEA WITH HONEY AND LEMON. I THREW THAT UP! CAME ACROSS THIS AND HAD SOMEONE BUY IT FOR ME AT THE VITAMIN STORE! I HOPE IT IS WORTH EVERY 15 BUCKS I SPENT BECAUSE EVERYONE ON HERE POSTED THAT IT WORKED! ALL I CAN DO IT TAKE IT AND PRAY THAT IT WORKS FOR ME! IN A FEW DAYS I WILL COME BACK AND LET YOU ALL KNOW IF IT WORKED FOR ME.. KEEP ME IN UR PRAYERS AS I AM DEALING WITH THIS HORRIBLE THING.... THE WORST PART IS I HAVE A 19 MONTH OLD SON THAT I HAVENT SEEN IN DAYS :(((("
05/19/2011: Valerie from Phoenix, Az replies: "Did the cocounut oil work? My 16 year old is in the exact same position. I just came to this site and want to do the best thing for her - and not irritate her throat any more. If it worked, could you say exactly what you used and how much please? thank you."
[YEA] 08/28/2010: Debbie from Bohemia, Ny, Usa: "My son was diagnosed with Mono about two weeks ago. I read the recommendations about using Coconut oil as a therapy. I am beyond the word IMPRESSED! He had pustules on his tonsils and his lymph glands were very swollen. After four days of taking the 4 coconut oil pills morning and night the swollen glands are very reduced the pustules are gone. He had a slight cough and that disappeared as well. Thank you for posts regarding coconut oil. Debbie, Bohemia, NY"Replies
11/25/2013: Pinkkid from Forney, Tx replies: "I got Mono this last Aug, I feel better now except for still getting tired out fast and my swollen Lymph nodes. I am going to try this Apple Cider Vinegar and coconut oil. I will repost to let you know if it has worked. so far nothing has worked for me. I take herbs like olive leaf, oil of oragano oil, and a few others...nothing has helped.....but will give this a try"