Herbs for Strep Throat

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Many herbs have anti-bacterial properties, making them idea in the treatment of strep throat.

Herbs can be taken in capsule form, in tincture form, or in a tea.

Tea is an especially wonderful way to take your herbs when you have a throat infection. Warm herbal tea will get the herbs in direct contact with the infection and will be soothing as well. Some herbs do not lend themselves to tea as they are strong and bitter, like goldenseal, though this is a great herb for strep throat.

Use any of the following herbs or a combination of them in a tea for strep throat:

  • Ginger
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon

Ginger, clove and cinnamon go very well together, as do ginger and peppermint.

Adding a pinch of cayenne to any of these teas will add a bit of kick and healing power to your blend.

If you would like to read more about cayenne for strep throat or garlic for strep throat, see their respective pages.

Echinacea tincture can be taken internally or sprayed onto the throat.

Have you used herbs to heal your strep throat? We would love to hear from you!

5 User Reviews

Posted by Kyia (New York) on 03/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

This drink works with colds as well as strep.


  • Water
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Mint
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon
  • Honey

Boil ginger in water. You want a strong ginger flavor.

Once the flavor is potent, pour into a cup add a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, teaspoon of 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a few mint leaves, squeeze 1/4 lemon and honey to taste.

Let the tea stew for about 5 minutes after mixing. You will have to continue mixing it as you drink but trust me you will feel relief right away. The cinnamon, honey, and mint help with the taste.

Also. If you are lazy, I use Honsei Ginger Tea with Mint. Just boil water add the powder mix to the water and add the other ingredients the same. Same results, better taste. You can also add agave nectar instead of honey.

** I wouldn't try sugar, it seems to have an adverse effect on strep.

Happy recovering!

Posted by Laura (Northern California) on 05/06/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I live in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, and pretty sure I got strep after a very stressful few days, a trip to the big city and the International Airport being around hundreds of people (where presumably I was exposed to strep), and a night of missed sleep which happened all at once. These same conditions happened to me a year and a half ago, and I received antibiotics in the emergency room which REALLY messed up my digestion and mood although definitely cured me of the strep at that point. That time, I was scared into going to the ER because my gums were inflamed and hurting as well and I was frightened by the possibility of secondary illnesses (and as we know, dental diseases can affect the heart, and strep can have secondary effects on the heart).

Being in the middle of nowhere now, with no way to get to town very soon, this is what I have: paprika (related to cayenne), spicy chili sauce (doesn't say what kind of hot pepper is used), apple cider vinegar, two heads of garlic, and luckily, a pound of goldenseal powder. I took a large dose of goldenseal yesterday and throughout the day today, and am feeling a great deal better. I plan on continuing with the high-dose goldenseal for another week. I encapsulate it and swallow it with an awesome homemade chai with lots of soothing, moistening cinnamon, and lots of pain-relieving clove, which is the only thing I feel like drinking right now. I feel confident that I can properly treat my case of strep with herbs this time. No need for me to be scared. I am about to go try gargling with the paprika and maaaaybe the spicy chili sauce diluted with warm water... Oh, and the first thing I did was gargle with hydrogen peroxide and that took the pain down to 50% for maybe an hour. Thanks everybody for sharing your experiences.

Posted by New Generation Hippy (London, Ontario, Canada) on 03/21/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I used to suffer from strep throat quite frequently before I switched from antibiotics to home remedies, but since I have severe tonsil problems, even going natural hasn't saved me completely. I still get strep once a year or so. (as opposed to about 5 times a year before).

I have used goldenseal many times to cure my strep throat, it is a wonderful natural antibiotic that can be taken orally or applied topically to the tonsils, as well as gargled. It can be used straight or watered down a bit if the taste is too strong for you. The dosage will vary depending on the strength of the tincture you buy (mine has 800mg in one 0.8 ml dropperful), but a dose of 2-5 dropperfuls 2-3 times a day is usually adequate. It has always worked wonders for me.

It's one downfall is that constant use creates resistance, so it's best not to use it as your go-to antibiotic for everything(it has many uses). Try to cycle through other natural antibiotics to avoid immunity to it. (oil of oregano is a good one for strep as well) As well as temporarily decreasing your body's ability to absorb B vitamins. It's said you should avoid taking supplemental vitamin B at the same time as it will decrease its effectiveness

Posted by Jorgen (Sacramento, California) on 10/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Strep/Throat Sickness Remedy

1 ginger root
1 fresh lemon
3 tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder

(the above ingredients should be available at your local grocery store for less than $2)

chop the ginger root and lemon into small pieces, boil the ingredients into a pot full of water mixing well.

Gargle some of this mixture every 45 minutes each time swallowing a very small amount. Do this for 1 day, 2 days if problem continues..

I had a bad case of strep throat and no money see a Doctor. So I asked a hippy what to do? Then put his plan into action.. and the strep was gone the next day.

Anti-Biotics are bad for you, always look into natural remedy's first!

Posted by K (Waukesha, WI) on 05/15/2007
5 out of 5 stars

The last time I had strep throat I went online looking for home remedies and came across using echinacea tincture. You squirt it on the affected area once an hour until you see results.

As full blown as my case was I was really surprised that it worked, and fast. A day later I was completely well. I used a child's brand (Well Child) that was echinacea/elderberry and haven't had the same results with any other brand. Also it knocks any cold right out.

I am suffering from strep throat again and was out of this stuff. The difference is a much more painful and longer healing time. So now the strep has been with me a week. I went and bought more tincture and am squirting away!