Last Modified on Feb 13, 2016
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.
Remedies for Mono
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I was diagnosed with mono 2 weeks ago but have been sick for over a month. I have incredible heat that swells up inside of me and then breaks and I sweat severely. When this happens my heart races and it keeps me full of anxiety and unable to sleep. I am also very weak and tired. Has anyone else had these strange symptoms?? I have been taking coconut oil and it has helped some, but I am at my wit's end. I am 54 and I thought mono was a teenager's illness. Any suggestions from anyone out there??
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Posted by Carol (Boston, MA) on 08/13/2008
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!
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Posted by Gail (Nh, US) on 03/30/2015
My daughter called from college and said she was pretty sure she had mono. I told her to start ACV and coconut oil in anything she could. The next day she was diagnosed with mono, but she kept up the ACV and coconut oil regimen, and 5 days later when she came home, although still a bit fatigued, all other symptoms had disappeared. The sore throat didn't get to the extremely painful level that I've heard others describe, and she didn't have to drop any classes!
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Posted by Marcin (Toronto, Canada) on 03/06/2015
I wish I had known about this website when I was sick with mononucleosis two years ago!
It took the doctors feeding me 3 series of antibiotics before they realized I had mono. That must have killed my intestinal bacteria which caused a yeast infestation. Not to mention that antibiotics do not kill viruses. Never agree to take any antibiotics before you have a diagnosis.
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Posted by Rin (Camas, WA) on 12/23/2007
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.
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Posted by Mama To Many(Tennessee, US) on 09/26/2014
Three years ago my son, who was then 17, was very, very sick. His tonsils were swollen and had pus on them. I took him to the doctor and he tested him for mono, and the test was positive. I had been doing many, many things to try and fight whatever it was. At some point, I read here at Earth Clinic about using Coconut Oil (Extra Virgin) for mono. I started giving him 1 Tablespoon 3 times a day. In 36 hours he was much, much better. He had been on the couch or in bed for weeks and I know the turn around was the coconut oil!
So, my family recently had a bad respiratory virus. A different teenage son was mostly over the respiratory symptoms but was not getting better. He slept all the time and had no energy at all. He acted just like my other son had when he had mono. I don't quite know how mono works. Some say you can get it again. Some say you can get a flare up after being sick with something else. I really think it was mono. I started him on coconut oil. After the first dose (1 Tablespoon) he started to feel better. After 24 hours he was a lot better. In three days he was about back to normal.
My respect for coconut oil has sky rocketed. I am fascinated that it would help so much.
When I began to suspect mono, I started giving him Liposomal C, also. (He was also nebulizing hydrogen peroxide, taking Elderberry Syrup etc.)
Hopefully I will remember coconut oil more quickly when any virus hits our family. It is worth a try for sure!
~Mama to Many~
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Posted by Mountainespresso (Denver, Colorado) on 09/22/2013
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.
Posted by Jen (Tennessee) on 08/16/2013
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!
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Posted by Buyfind9 (Croton, Ny) on 08/03/2013
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.
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Posted by Jmsteffler (Airdrie, Ab, Canada) on 02/18/2013
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.
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Posted by Megan (Golden, Colorado) on 07/24/2012
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!
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Posted by Mono Mom (Kelowna, Bc, Canada, Canada) on 12/24/2011
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!
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Posted by Queendom (Birmingham, Alabama) on 12/08/2011
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.
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Posted by Richard (Greenville, S.c.) on 10/25/2011
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.
Posted by Vivica (Phoenix, Az) on 06/07/2011
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 :-)
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