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Natural Remedies to Cure Strep Throat

Last Modified on Apr 11, 2016

Several natural remedies have been identified that are particularly effective in treating strep throat. These options include natural supplements and solutions that eliminate infection and reduce inflammation. Most common in children ages 5 to 15, strep throat is a bacterial throat infection that causes additional complications if left untreated.

What is Strep Throat?

A bacterial infection of the throat, strep throat often makes the throat feel sore and scratchy. Common signs and symptoms of strep throat include throat pain, difficulty swallowing, red and swollen tonsils, red spots on the soft or hard palate and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Additionally, fever, headache, rash, stomachache, vomiting and fatigue are also common.

Strep throat is caused by a specific strain of bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes. The bacteria is highly contagious and can easily spread to others.

Home Remedies for Streptococcal Pharyngitis

Reducing inflammation of the throat and treating the underlying infection are the two main components of treatment regarding strep throat. Several natural remedies are particularly effective for accomplishing both of these levels of treatment and more. Cayenne, apple cider vinegar and garlic are among the most effective options for treating strep throat.


Cayenne is a pungent spice with strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial capabilities. The compound contains a dense amount of capsaicin – a substance that encourages circulation and reduces inflammation. Cayenne also works to flush the system of toxins and other infection-causing agents.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar possesses a variety of healing properties. This substance eliminates infection by flushing the system and filtering toxins. This vinegar also carries several vitamins and minerals that enhance recovery by supporting the immune system.


Garlic is also an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. Garlic contains highly concentrated amounts of sulfur that relieve inflammation and filter the blood to remove infection. Garlic is also a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium, which support recovery and overall health as well.

If left untreated, strep throat can lead to more severe complications and conditions including kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever. As such, identifying and applying appropriate remedies at the earliest stage possible is crucial for a speedy, safe recovery.

Remedies for Strep Throat

The Popularity of Strep Throat Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
ACV, GSE, Echinacea, Thieves Oil12014-11-30
Apple Cider Vinegar172016-03-20
Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne132013-04-13
Barley, ACV, Cayenne, Garlic, Sea Salt12007-09-24
Beta Glucan12008-04-19
Bitter Orange Oil12008-04-04
Cayenne Pepper12015-08-26
Cayenne Pepper, Hydrogen Peroxide12011-08-19
Cayenne, Garlic12013-07-16
Check for LPR12015-08-25
Colloidal Silver22008-01-12
Garlic, Lemon Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne12010-10-15
General Feedback02011-04-02
Ginger, Cayenne Tea Recipe12016-03-23
Ginger, Lemon, Cayenne12008-10-20
Goldenseal and Spices12014-05-06
Grapefruit Seed Extract32010-11-12
Hot Tea12006-04-12
Hydrogen Peroxide22011-11-02
Iodine Painting10000-00-00
Latent Strep Throat02007-10-15
Multiple Remedies22010-12-09
Oregano Oil32015-03-25
Oregano Oil, Colloidal Silver12010-08-18
Potassium Bicarbonate12016-03-22
Raw Honey, Silica12009-04-25
Salt Water Gargle12007-03-04
Steaming, Sage and Manuka Honey Tea12008-09-12
Tabasco Sauce12009-12-12
Tea Tree Oil12008-07-05
Ted's Remedies02007-05-31

ACV, GSE, Echinacea, Thieves Oil  

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Posted by Ben (Colorado, US) on 11/30/2014
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Developed white spots on the tonsils and had tough time swallowing. I never went to the doctor to confirm the strep but I have had it enough to know. I primarily used Apple Cider Vinegar to remedy Strep although I went to the max on alternatives because I was not going to take those antibiotics. I also used Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) about 5-10 times a day in warm water gargled and sipped on it all day. I gargled and swallowed the Apple Cider Vinegar about 5-10 times per day as well. I also swabbed my tonsils with thieves essential oils. I also took Echinacea tincture about every hour for about 48 hours. Like I said I was not about to take antibiotics again. All of these alternatives helped me with tackling Strep. Hope this helps someone out there looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope!

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Sam (Long Island, Ny) on 03/20/2016
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Apple Cider Vinegar has worked for my strep throat as well. I discovered after a few days of gargling that that wasn't enough and I had to sip and swallow the vinegar for it to really get the strep out of the entire esophagus. I liked sipping it straight, then I added a little water and that was good too. Be careful of the acidic vinegar on your teeth, you might want to use a straw to avoid affecting your tooth enamel. I've also been taking Colloidal Silver, a teaspoon every hour. I read a prominent MD's website who says she prescribes this for her patients instead of conventional antibiotics, so that sold me on it. Good luck, hang in there, sip the vinegar!

Replied by Michele
Asheville, Nc
For those of you who have beat strep throat without antibiotics, I wonder if you were concerned about the link with rheumatic fever. I have strep throat and do not want to take antibiotics, as has been prescribed by my MD. She says she is not quick to prescribe antibiotics but always does so with Strep because of its link to the autoimmune response that causes rheumatic fever. I have started a regimen of garlic, cayenne and honey as well as apple cider gargling.

Posted by Becky (Lake In The Hills, Il) on 10/15/2015
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I have been a suffer of strep throat for years. My doctor said a couple years back that I was a carrier for it. Every time I would get sick with a cold it would turn into strep throat. I had it so many times I know exactly what it feels like when it starts out. After going to the doctor multiple times and them telling me exactly what I already knew and spending a bunch of money on the appointments and meds. Which I'm allergic to penicillin so I couldn't just get a shot and walk out.

Last year yet again I get a cold and it turns into strep. So instead of doing the same song and dance I went on to your website and found the cure for it. So now every time I get strep I take a tablespoon of the ACV and put it in a cup of hot tea and drink it. Works every time. Thank you so much for ur website. I am no longer suffering!

Posted by M. (Burlington, Vt) on 01/24/2015
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Did this. and it worked! I gargled one part ACV to 3 parts HOT water from a coffee mug every two hours. It was nasty, but by the end of the day my strep was fading!

Replied by Ed
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Similar story, I wasn't too careful with the measurements, but consistently gargling with Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in more than twice its amount in water helped the strep throat from advancing and eventually helped me defeat it.

Replied by Ric
Boyne City, Mi
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Ed, You might try gargling and swallowing the ACV full-strength in small amounts at a time (1 tsp.) for more intense and quicker relief. It's the acid in the vinegar that kills the infection. Lemon juice will work too but it's tough on dental work and harder to swallow. I used balsamic vinegar(very tasty) because I had some already and ACV is super stuff too. Swallowing of course takes the fight to the entire affected area and both vinegars are beneficial ingested internally, probably the ACV more so.

Replied by Susan
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New to my city (and state), new job--which allows me to have medical insurance--after I've been employed with them for 30 days (I've been there for 2). Thinking I'm in the beginning stages of strep and feeling like complete crap. Needless to say, needed an alternative to the doc since I can't afford to go right now. Grabbed the recommended ACV and did my thing. Entirely gross to gargle with (I can't make myself drink it). However...within a minute or two after doing so, I could swallow with zero pain. Going to do it again in the morning. Also, taking Emergen-C powder packets 3x's a day.

Posted by Beezers (Batavia, NY) on 12/30/2012
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I'm a 43 year old male contruction worker who within a couple of days contracted Strep Throat. Rather then spend 3 hours in the ER and several antibiotics, my wife got online and found a remedy for treating Strep with ACV and water. Within 12 hours the sore throat went away. It is amazing to me that something so simple has now made me a believer.

Posted by Lindsay (Chicago, Il, Usa) on 07/30/2010
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I used to get strep throat often and would have to get a prescription or a shot of penicillin from my doctor. It reached a point one year where the strep throat kept coming back and I was tested for and diagnosed with it three times in two months. I read about gargling with apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of warm water and decided to try it rather than go straight back to the doctor again when I got sick for the third time. It worked. Now whenever my throat starts to hurt at all, I pour about 1/4 cup of ACV (just the cheap stuff from the grocery store) into a 16 oz glass and fill it the rest of the way with hot water just cool enough drink. I gargle and spit it out until the entire glassful is gone. The throat pain is dulled after just one use, and after gargling twice a day for a few days, all symptoms are gone. I have been using this remedy for the last 12 years and haven't needed to go to the doctor for strep throat since.

Replied by Bonita
San Antonio, TX
Please don't buy the "cheap" stuff as ACV in order to be medicinally beneficial should be raw, unfiltered and with the mother. It should be not be clear or pasteurized.

Posted by Earl (Tl, Fl) on 08/30/2009
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ACV cured my strep throat within 30 mins. Started sipping and no joke, 30 minutes later I felt back to almost 100%. Plan on sipping ACV for the next few days to knockout the remaining strep. Great stuff! GO GATORS!

Posted by Terradenise (Houston, TX) on 06/10/2009
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Apple Cidar Vinegar is a wonder drug for strep throat. I started taking it the second day after I got strep...when little white bumps started appearing on my throat and tonsils. I took two teaspoons 3 times a day for two days and the strep completely went away! I now recommend it to everyone.

Posted by momof2innewmexico (Farmington, NM) on 04/25/2009

So my throat is KILLING me. I couldn't eat this morning until a DOUBLE dose of ibuprofen kicked in, that's how bad it hurt!! Looked in the mirror - classic case of strep throat. I read about other users doing either green tea or ACV and honey in hot water. I combined the two, made a cup of hot green tea, then added 3 tsp of ACV and 3 tsp of honey (I might have even added a few more tsp of honey, I like my tea sweet!) I am gargling a mouthful for as long as I can, then swallowing it. My pain level was seriously at a 9 or 10, I could hardly swallow, and after only 1/3 of this cup of tea, I can feel it working. Swallowing still hurts, but I'd say it's more like a level 7 or so. I'll post again once I know how this works in 24 hours, but I plan on gargling/drinking with this concoction at least 3 or 4 times tomorrow too!! I'm so amazed that it's already working!!

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 11/09/2007 | 530 Posts
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ACV used half & half with honey makes a very good cough syrup which will also cure strep. When my 3 youngest children got chickenpox at the same time, the older and younger to the 3 were faring much better than the middle one who kept running a fever. The next morning he had classic scarlet fever rash in groin to explain why. Yep, ACV / honey mixture to the rescue - I gave all 3 a tsp. every two hours or so. Next morning the ones rash in groin was decreased, and the other 2 never got it. I kept them on it for a couple more days.

After hospitals discovered they were spreading pseudomonas aurugenosis (?) via the oxygen equipment, they removed this "hospital scourge infection" by soaking the equipment in 1 part vinegar - 7 parts water, so who knows what else it will cure.

Posted by Sara (Port Byron, IL) on 02/11/2007
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Apple cider vinegar/hot tea. I was looking through this site a lil bit ago and seen the info about the cayenne pepper in water. Well i don't have cayenne pepper, but i am drinking hot tea with apple cider vinegar in it. It feels good and the coating of mucous in the back of throat isn't as bad. I went to doctor today and i have strep throat. Bags on tonsils and so very swollen and painful for couple of days. Took first dose of antibiotics 14 hours ago..second dose an hour ago. says might not see results until 24 hours. I really hope so, I'm consumed by this lol. I'm sure some of you know. but if hurts tomorrow i'm going to go get cayenne pepper.

Posted by Leslie (Seattle) on 06/01/2006
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I tried this a few weeks back when I felt a horrible sore throat coming. I knew it would soon turn into strep as I have had it before plenty of times and when I get it, I get it bad! So I was worried since my baby was only a few weeks old at the time and I did not want to take any medications since I breast feed exclusively and did not want to have to stop and give formula because of antibiotics. I have never given any of my children formula and never plan to, so I wanted to find a natural cure to avoid having to do that. I tried the ACV method, gargling a few teaspoons w/ water a few times a day and it worked! It taste horrible, but who cares when it's natural and so much better for you (and in this case, my baby too!) I told everyone I know and my husband a few weeks ago did the same thing and warded off a sore throat this way too. I'm hooked and so glad I tried it!

Posted by Lori (Canada) on 04/24/2006
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My daughter was diagnosed with strep. Came across your site. She gargled with ACV and water. She got significant relief, but the next day it was back. Gargled again, and made a weak tea from ACV, water and honey. She drank about half, but then said it hurt her stomach. She has been keeping up the gargling, and we also painted her wrists and throat with iodine. Does anybody know how often and / or how long you can do this iodine painting? She is 16 years old. Thanks - we sure appreciate this site.

Posted by Lisa on 03/17/2006
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My boyfriend came down with a bad sore throat. After seeing a doctor, he found out that it was strep throat. I know strep throat is contagious! A few days later, I came down with a sore throat. Not only was it sore, but I started to see blisters develop! I became very concerned. I wanted to avoid taking any antibiotics for a number of reasons, so I happen to come across your website and saw your apple cider vinegar cures. I'm a believer in home remedies, and I didn't hesitate to try it. As soon as I started sipping on ACV, my throat started to burn, and I continued sipping it throughout the day. When I came home from work that day, I noticed that my blisters were almost gone, and my sore throat was gone! I will definitely keep ACV on hand and share this remedy with family and friends!

Posted by Hope (Visalia, CA) on 03/15/2006
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I've had sore throats before, but the last sore throat that I had wasn't like my usual sore throats. I had blisters, it was swelled, and it was red. Come to find out that I had strep throat. I knew I had to take some kind of antibiotics to cure it so I decided to look up some home remedies and read some comments on ACV. After using ACV the first day, I noticed that all my symptoms were gone by the next day. My other concern was what the acid in ACV would do to my teeth so I decided to buy a small spray bottle (travel size) and fill it with half ACV and water. With the spray bottle, I was able to spray just the back of my throat and avoid it getting on my teeth. I still rinsed my mouth out just to be on the safe side.