Mono Remedies

Jun 28, 2017

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

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.

Vitamin C

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.

Adult Mono Remedies  

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Posted by Mary (Phoenix, Az) on 07/04/2015

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??

Replied by Bj
Michigan, Usa

Mary (Phoenix, AZ), having had mono three times in my life, as a preteen, as a teenager, and as an adult in my 40's I can attest that having it as an adult is in some ways is more difficult.

I was not healing as I should have from the third adult round of Mono. My liver studies were not great and my spleen stayed swollen, far too long. My conventional medical staff gave me one more week then we would have to talk about having my spleen out. That was not going to happen, so I searched the internet (which was in still pretty young at the time) and found numerous places that espoused Milk Thistle and dandelion (leaves and roots). The dandelion was easy but as I had no Milk Thistle growing in my area I went to the health food store and purchased capsules. I took the capsules three times a day for the rest of the week and made a tea of the dandelions found in my yard, and drank that once a day for a few days. I had more liver studies done and went to the next appointment the following week; all number were in the normal range. The Nurse Practitioner was speechless, she expected at 'best' that they may have been a little lower, but not 'normal'. She asked if I had done things differently, I told her, and she just looked a me in pity for my foolish thinking. It still took some time to recover my normal strength and I took care of myself, but was able to go back to work.

Replied by Mary
Phoenix, Az

Thank you for your reply. I am trying anything that will work. I bought some dandelion tea and will add milk thistle to my regime. I had no idea mono was so debilitating. I am curious how did you know your spleen was swollen? I have a little discomfort in that area but don't know for sure if that is what it is. Curious also how long in total it took you to get well. I know we are all different and heal at different paces, but this is just no fun at all.

Replied by Al Hudson
Homestead, Fl.

Monolaurin worked quickly on my daughter in college...4 days. Have sent her to school with a 90 count bottle each semester and she has passed it on as needed. It is a refined ester of coconut oil and safe for all.

Replied by Timh

M: Any Liver disease causes immune suppression so anything to help in that area is a good start, but there are many other factors that cause immune dysfunction. So, just take one step at a time. Back to Liver. It is important to note any prescription or OTC pharma meds (like acetaminophen or statins) that might be causing toxicity.

There is also chronic nutritional deficiencies that can cause immune suppression, particularly Vit-A/Zinc/Copper. Start taking 50mg Zinc with 2-3mg Copper and 5,000iu Vit-A away from any fiber foods once daily. Raw Bovine Thymus Glandular plus placing a refrigerator magnet over the Thymus gland for about 1hr per day will also help. These two immune boosting remedies should show both immediate and long-term improvement.

If all-the-above is insufficient, whole body detox & cleansing will be needed.

Replied by Mary
Phoenix, Az

Thank you for the info. I will try these vitamins. I'm wondering where my thymus gland is and is any kind of magnet going to work?

Replied by Anon

Research large doses of vitamin C for mono.

Replied by Timh

M: Yes, any magnet will work. The rule-of-thumb is the stronger the magnet the less time needed for therapy. I use a strong music speaker magnet about 1-2 minutes about once per wk. I forgot to mention also for immune boosting is "Thymus Tapping" These two therapies plus the Bovine Thymus Glandular will very much boost immunity.

Here is a link on the subject, and do let us know of your improvements.

Replied by Claire
New York

I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. You're post struck me because it sounds exactly like my symptoms. I'm 29 and was diagnosed with a different virus last summer, then this June I was diagnosed with mono and slight lymes. It's been almost 5 months and I still feel tired and weak all the time... I get sore throats all the time, I feel over heated sometimes and sweat a lot. I get random day sicknesses that feel like the's awful. I've been to a few specialists and my doctor many times and all they do is blood work and tell me it's getting better. I've been taking vitamins and I'm going to try some of these home remedies Bc I don't know what else to do! You're not alone! It's beyond frustrating not feeling like yourself for so long! Let me know if anything else works for you...

Replied by Mary
Phoenix, Az

Apple cider vinegar and monolauren helped me a lot. I have been able to return to work, but I still have lingering achy joints, and some overheating. I'm curious what virus you were diagnosed with originally? I almost feel like I had something else that pulled my immune system down & then I got mono. I still have to be careful and I take lots of vitamins and of course say my prayers. Let me know what has worked for you also. Thanks!!

Replied by Kelly

I too thought mono was a kid/teen virus. Nope. 32 and have never been so sick in my life. Nice to know I'm not alone and there are natural ways to help with symptoms. I've had a high fever for 4 days, z care twice, ER once and still am waiting for a confirmed a most likely diagnosis with treatment of rest and pain killers. Wish docs could partner with naturopaths so patients don't leave feeling helpless when western medicine fails.

Thank goodness for coconut oil...took my first dose tonight and will be trying the other suggested remedies as well. Thank you all!

Replied by Alan Hudson
Homestead, Fl.

Kelly, would like to suggest the use of Monolaurin for is an mono-ester of coconut oil that will give you higher concentrations to beat the virus...which is known to come back stronger the second time if not finished off.

Replied by Nechama
Toronto, On

Hi Mary, I have the same exact symptoms! I heat up and feel like I'm going to faint. It's so scary. Just like you described. Do you still have mono?? I hope not. If you're all better, do you attribute it to something in specific?

Replied by Mary
Phoenix, Az
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Hi Nechama, Yes I finally recovered!! It was a horrible thing to go through. Those heat attacks are the worst. Hang in there. I prayed a lot!! I took loads of cocnut oil, monolauren, a liver cleanse capsule with milk thistle daily, dandelion tea, a good multiple, and vitamin C. I still take my vitamins, but rest is important also. I had to get a sleeping pill from my doctor because I had so much anxiety I couldn't sleep at night. It was a nightmare. It was 4 - 5 months in total. Hopefully yours won't be as bad or last as long. Apple cider vinegar tea is also good. A tablespoon in hot water with honey every day is good for the immune system. Let me know how you're doing. Best to you!

Replied by Mike

Yes, I have had all of that, the heat buildup is from a panic attack which I've given myself several... the best thing to do is to stay away from the symptom checkers because all they do is make ya paranoid. Mono is a SOB and requires a stress free period of rest!

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Posted by Carol (Boston, MA) on 08/13/2008
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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!

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
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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.

Replied by Kimberly
Hackettstown, New Jersey, Usa

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.

Replied by Stubzley
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

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!

Replied by Queen_gie
Oceanside, Ca, United States

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!

Replied by Osteopathic

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.

Replied by Debra
Wilmington, Nc

As far as the lysine...the dosage for over 17 years is 2000 mg with each meal and at bedtime? I have 500 mg Lysine and the recommended does is only 2 capsules per day. I just want to be clear on the dosage. Thank you.

Replied by Cassiem

While this girl maybe shouldn't be suggesting man-made steroids on a holistic type site, using low dosed of prednisone for situations like this is relatively low risk. Definitely only to be done under doctor's guidance and tapering off may be required. But you are not doing to get a buffalo hump or moon face or severe osteoporosis in a couple weeks time.

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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!

Replied by Tina

Can you please tell me the dosage of combining the apple cider and coconut oil??

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Tina,

For an adult sized person, when we treated mono with coconut oil, we used 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil three times a day. Some in my family take it off the spoon. Others take it on toast.

When we are using Apple Cider Vinegar for illness, we make a Vinegar Tea.

  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (Raw)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 6 ounces very hot water

I give try to give this tea 3-4 times a day. My 21 year old son requests this often when he is sick. He likes the taste and also finds it very helpful.

~Mama to Many~

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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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Responding to Marcin, my 15 year old was diagnosed with mono, I agree with you 100% should not take antibiotics without knowing son was first tested and they said no he did not have mono, so they treated him with an antibiotic the first and second time, and then finally they tested him for the second time and it came back positive, now we are having problems with his liver and his kidneys ..

Replied by Marcin
Toronto, Canada

I am sorry to hear that. Make sure he eats lots of probiotic foods, like fermented cabbage, and fibrous foods (switching to whole grains) to rebuild the intestinal flora that was partially destroyed by the antibiotics. Supplementing with milk thistle will heal the liver, but it has to be done over a long period of time. The herb is safe to take for extended periods but it may be nauseating if the dose is too high.

When I was ill with mono back then I have not yet known about herbal remedies, but now I would try the herb neem because it is said to destroy the viruses (viruses being a thing antibiotics are useless for! ), mono being caused by a virus.

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Posted by Rin (Camas, WA) on 12/23/2007
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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 baking soda 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.

Replied by Mike
Baltimore, Md
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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 baking soda rinse with warm water followed by salt did get me 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...

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Posted by Scott (Hastings, Nebraska) on 11/18/2016 2 posts
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Well, I am finally going to take a few minutes to talk about my 18 year old son and his experience with mono and coconut oil. He complained of a sore throat for a week or so and we took him to the Dr. a few days later. He looked at his throat and thought it was allergy related and gave him some steroid nasal spray. It was track season and he competed that Friday and felt so so. By Sunday morning his throat hurt so bad he could barely swallow. The Dr. on call assumed it was strep and prescribed an anti-biotic. Two days later and no better. After three days they agreed to see him again. The Dr. looked at his throat again and said, "Wow, that's not the same throat I saw a week ago." He did a mono test and it came back positive. He had been running a low to moderate fever for several days as well. At that point he only had a few weeks of school and track left. District track was only three weeks away. I'm not sure who was more disappointed, him or me. :( Well, we left the Dr. office figuring his senior track season was over and doubted he would be able to give his graduation speech in two weeks.

Later that afternoon I went online and typed in "mono cures" not really expecting to find anything besides people trying to sell you something. That is when I found this site!!!!!!!! I read about people using coconut oil and vitamin C to cure mono in a few days. I thought, sure whatever but had nothing to lose. I went to our local grocery store and found some cold pressed coconut oil and took it home. When I got home he was lying on the couch spitting into an ice cream bucket because it hurt so bad to swallow. His throat was coated with nasty white stuff and his glands were huge. I was telling him about the coconut oil and he said he would try anything.

My wife mixed up a heaping tablespoon in some hot chocolate and he drank it and went to bed. I went to work the next day and got home around 5:00. He was sitting on the couch playing his guitar. I said, "Why aren't you in bed?" He said he felt much better and wasn't really that tired. At that point he had taken the CO for breakfast and lunch. Later that evening he had his fourth dose and before he went to bed my wife looked at his throat, "Oh my gosh, his throat is almost normal." His temperature was also normal. This was after taking four tablespoons of CO in a 24 hour period. He wanted to go to school the next day but I wouldn't let him. He went back on Monday and went the full day, he also did a light track work out and had a meeting after that. He continued going to school and didn't miss another day.

Now I hate to brag but this whole thing is so amazing I simply have to tell you about the rest of his track season. Two weeks later he participated in the district track meet winning the high jump, the 110 high hurdles, and the 300 intermediate hurdles. It was truly an amazing day. A week later he participated in the state track meet jumping 6'4" for a 6th place finish, Running 14.75 in the 110 meter hurdles for the third fastest time in the state and running the 2nd fastest time in the class B 300 meter hurdles. This was done by a kid laying on the couch spitting into an ice cream bucket four weeks earlier with gross stuff in his throat and huge swollen glands. I tend to be quite skeptical when I read stories like this, but I can assure you it is the absolute truth. I can't tell you how thankful I am to those of you who took the time to post on this site.

Scott E.

Replied by Pmsmom

So thrilled you posted this, Scott! I tell your son's story often! (We attend the same church) And I use this website all the time now, Thanks for telling me about Earth Clinic! I am hopeful to get help here as well!

Have a Great Thanksgiving! Patti S

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Hastings, Nebraska
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Hope you get help as well! Thanks for spreading the word so others can be helped, too. We thank God for answered prayer for J.T. not suffering long before we found out about this help. We are so thankful that the end of his senior year was not stolen from him. We know other's who were affected for many months. :(

Posted by Mom Looking For A Cure! (Texas) on 08/04/2016
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My son was diagnosed with mono this past Saturday. It was a devastating blow because he is getting ready to start his freshman year in college, joined his colleges Corp of Cadets and a member of the marching band. We had no idea how he was going to keep up, especially knowing the typical recovery time with mono. For a couple of days he complained of a sore throat, headache and being tired. By Monday, he had lost his appetite. By Tuesday, he was dehydrated (we had been forcing water down him constantly too until this day), his headache was so bad he was in tears, and he couldn't bare to swallow so eating wasn't going to happen, he lost 8 lbs and was sleeping 18+ hours a day. We took him back to the doctor and came home with 3 antibiotics. He continued to get worse through out the day. I felt so helpless and began looking up remedies online when I came across this post. After reading the reviews, I took off to the store for my own jar of virgin coconut oil.

Tuesday night, I mixed 2TBS of CO in hot sweet tea. Within 30 minutes, he said his throat felt better.

Wednesday - Breakfast- 2TBS of CO. When I came home at lunch, he was in the living room playing video games....1st time he had been awake at lunch time all week!! Said his throat was better and no headache, but he was still tired.

Lunch- 2 TBS of CO. After work, he reported he had no naps all day, throat still better and not as tired. He sat in the kitchen while his dad made dinner and stayed up late to watch TV that evening (2 more first for the week). We gave his another round of CO that night before bed too.

Thursday - he took another round of CO at breakfast.

After 10 TBS of CO (5 doses of 2TBS) he is back to his usual self!! I will continue having him take it for a few more days but I honestly cannot believe this is the same kid I was rushing to the doctor just 48 hours ago!! Thank you all for your posts and help! I am a believer in the healing benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil.

One thing I would not take more than 2 doses (4TBS) a day. He did complain of stomach problems after receiving 3 doses in one day. Now, the whole family is taking CO at least once a day!

Replied by Donna

This is a amazing. I'm so happy for you and your son. I use CO for tooth problems, and it really works. I have avoided many dental bills. It's nice to know it also worked in your situation. Did you just mix the CO in hot tea, with nothing else?

Replied by Vibegirl
Buffalo, Ny
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Hi Donna

Just wanted to know what types of tooth issues you've had good results with when using the coconut oil? I use it too but not as consistent as I'd like.. If you have time to share-feel free :)

Thanks, Vibegirl

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, US) on 09/26/2014
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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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Hotspot, Texas

Mama, your kids are lucky to have you for a mom. I always enjoy your posts and learn something from them.

Replied by Samantha
Steubenville Ohio

So you just made your son eat a tablespoon of coconut oil three times a day? I have mono and I don't want to suffer with it for long, if this truly helps I want to be sure I do it right.

Replied by Mama To Many

Yes. I gave him 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil on a spoon three times a day.

I have another son that seems to get mono symptoms (I think a flare up since having it the first time.) He willingly takes the Coconut Oil because he knows he always feels so much better in a day or so.

If the taste bothers you, you can try it on toast or mixed in oatmeal or something.

Let me know if it works as well for you - I am hopeful that it will!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Mountainespresso (Denver, Colorado) on 09/22/2013
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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
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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!

Replied by Mc2013
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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.

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Diagnosed for the second time? Errr... Know how mono works?

Posted by Buyfind9 (Croton, Ny) on 08/03/2013
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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.

Replied by Jjj
South Jordan, Ut

In addition to killing the bad bacteria, antibiotics also kill the good bacteria (in the gut), which is the body's first line of defense against sickness. Being on certain antibiotics while infected with mono can also cause a nasty looking rash on the body. It's always good to take probiotics when on an antibiotic. Probiotics can help to replace some of the good bacteria. They should not be taken at the same time as the antibiotics. I would take probiotics one hour before or two hours after the antibiotics. Antibiotics were obviously used by the doctor for the strep, but not sure why they gave a steroid. Steroids shut down the immune system, which is not good if you have an infection of any kind.

My sister had her boy on steroids (for something non-related to mono) and the doctor said not to let him be around anyone who was sick because "steroids shut down the immune system". It's no wonder your child got so sick being on antibiotics and steroids. The doctor should have known better. I'm glad the coconut oil worked so well for your child. Garlic and elderberry seem to help a lot for me, too, for any virus. I will also try coconut oil on my son who recently contracted mono. Thank you for your story.

Posted by Jmsteffler (Airdrie, Ab, Canada) on 02/18/2013
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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.

Replied by Michelle
Cincinnati, Oh

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.

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!

Replied by Autumn
Pittsburgh, Pa

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.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa

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.

Posted by Mono Mom (Kelowna, Bc, Canada, Canada) on 12/24/2011
1 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa

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.

Replied by Mono Mom
Kelowna, Canada
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Tammy
Half Moon Bay, California
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Sarahtolson
San Diego, Ca

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.

Replied by Kayvon
Oklahoma City, Ok, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Angel
Damascus, Va

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.


Replied by Mark
Hagerstown, Md
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Coconut Oil Advocate
Austin Tx, Tx
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Brian
San Luis Obispo, Ca

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.

Replied by Anne-kristine
Connecticut, US

We drink sorrel (hybiscus) tea or we drink it cold. Hybiscus tea is a great immune booster, and it tastes great too.

Boil a huge chunk of ginger root (smashed with a rolling pin) for 30 minutes.

Next, pour in one bag of dried "sorrel", usually at a Jamaican or health food store.

Remove from the heat, cover, let it steep for a couple hours, and then add honey to your taste. You will have to strain it through a cheese cloth into containers.

We have been drinking this for decades, and a month ago, Dr. Oz spoke of hybiscus tea. The ginger alone, is wonderful for your stomach

Dr. Oz also had a "gargle-potion", for sore throats: 2 TBSP water, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 2 TBSP honey, and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. Mix it up, and gargle.

Posted by Queendom (Birmingham, Alabama) on 12/08/2011
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Izzysay
Houston, Tx

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!!