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Sore Throat or Strep Throat

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Bronchitis, Colds, Cough and Congestion, Flu, Pneumonia

Strep throat is a bacterial infection and can be from a number of different strains of bacteria. It is most common in mid age children and during the colder months of the year.  A common sore throat differs in that it is usually a viral infection.  Both are contagious and can be passed from child to child or person to person in any place with close contact. 

Both the strep and the viral sore throat can have a painful soreness in the throat but the common sore throat may be accompanied by coughing, sneezing, or running nose while these symptoms will not usually occur with a strep infection.  The symptoms of strep include a sudden, severe sore throat, swollen tonsils, and whitish spots on a very red throat.

Luckily, since many essential oils are both antibacterial and antiviral, the same protocols will generally be effective with either.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: LavenderEC, LemonEC, MarjoramC, Protective BlendC, OreganoEC, SandalwoodC

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: CypressEC, EucalyptusEC, Frankincense, GeraniumEC, MelaleucaC, MyrrhC, Peppermint, ThymeEC

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Suggested protocols:

Mild: At outset 2-3 drops Lavender topically to throat every 15-20 minutes.

 Strong: Place a mouthful of warm water in a shot glass (small glass) and add 2 drops each of Lemon and Protective Blend.  Gargle as long as possible and then swallow.   Repeat every hour or two until pain subsides.  Continue then 2 or 3 times a day for at least two days.

Strongest: Add 1 - 2 drops Oregano. This may be too hot (uncomfortable) for some. 

For children: Use Mild or Strong oils recommended above applied topically on throat, around ears, and on bottoms of feet. At least 3-4 times daily for 2-3 days.

If treatment begins after heavy soreness has developed, use the previous application coupled with either a topical neck ointment, lymphatic massage, and/or a neck compress. Make the ointment with 10 drops of carrier oil and 1 drop each of Lemon and Oregano oil. Wrap the neck with a warm compress with 1 or 2 drops of oil added. If laryngitis has developed, use Oregano and Marjoram or Frankincense as a gargle.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

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LeNee -  I have had great success treating strep throat. Two ways. The first was my husband. he awoke with a sore throat, I could see pustules in his throat. I had him use Oregano on his feet morning and night, Protective Blend on his neck and also internally (he chose to take it without a capsule). He used the Protective Blend every 2-3 hours as described above. He never got a fever, never missed work and by end of day two he had no sign of strep throat.

I took Protective Blend internally without a capsule for 3 days and I never got his strep throat!

Second was my son a month later. He is 4 years old.  I used the Protective Blend and Oregano on his feet 2 x a day. He never got a fever nor acted sick after mid-day on the first day of his sore throat complaints. His pustules were gone by morning on day two and I treated him a total of 3 days to be sure.

I treated the other family members with Protective Blend on their feet or internally when the 4 year old was ill and no one else got it!

What a savings over a $95 doctor visit a $45 strep test and $$ for an antibiotic plus usually time off work for my husband or myself to care for ourselves or children.  I LOVE (...) essential oils!!!


Lil - I had a really sore throat and ears Friday morning when I woke up.  In about 2 tablespoons water, 5 drops each of Oregano and Lemon, I gargled, then swallowed. It was HOT and YUCKY for about one minute, but WOW, almost totally gone. Just to be safe, I did it again Friday night and then Saturday AM and PM. No signs of anything today.   Wahoo, gotta love (...)'s (xxx) oils.


Tim -  Any suggestions for strep throat?

Pat - Gargle with Lemon and Oregano, it is hot but worth it. Just have a cracker or something after, to tame the burn. Try to gargle a full 30 seconds.

Tamalu - For those who are very sensitive to hot oils, like small children, we have found a combination of 1 drop Thyme and 2 drops Lavender applied externally (throat and around ears, bottoms of feet) 3-4 times daily has taken a positive strep test to a negative within hours.  When I discussed this with Dr Hill, he added along the same lines a combination of 1 drop Oregano and 2 drops Melaleuca applied in the same way with the same frequency.  All of these oils are documented effective against strep, but the combinations cut the heat of the hot oils.  They can still be diluted if necessary.  I also encourage folks to continue this application for at least 3 days, to eliminate all the nasty pathogens while rebuilding the immune system. 

Brandon - This is definitely not for small children, however it works quickly and efficiently.  In 4 ounces of water add 3 drops of Myrrh and 3 drops of Protective Blend.  Gargle half of the solution for 10 - 15 seconds and swallow.  Repeat this with the other half of the solution.  This will numb the throat, thus taking away the pain.  Additionally, do this in the morning and in the evening or if the pain returns.  In my short experience, the infection and pain are typically gone within 1 1/2 days, but the pain subsides almost immediately.

Rob - Can I say that I've had strep throat success with Oregano and Lemon gargles, and Cinnamon and Lemon gargles.  Oregano gargles are very hot, especially if you get drops on your lips... but I've found if you use a "whiskey shot glass" with the oils and a tablespoon or 2 of water, it's easier to get it in your mouth without touching your lips. Also, it doesn't hurt to do it often - every half hour if needed till the pain


Cindy - Does anyone have a protocol for strep throat.  My daughter has it and has been suffering.  She drinks Lemon in her water and I've had her gargle with Protective Blend.  These seem to have stopped things from getting worse, but the strep is still around.  The Protective Blend helps the pain, but how often can she do it?  Is there more I can do?

Samara - I get strep throat at least a couple times a year and I was starting to get it a couple of weeks ago, but can I just say I love these oils!

Have her swallow the Protective Blend after she gargles with it.  She can do that every hour or as often as she feels the symptoms.  Rub Protective Blend and castor oil on the outside of her throat where the lymphs are swollen.  I massage them as deeply as I can stand it.  Other people on the site can give advice about putting oils in a capsule.  I haven't tried that yet, but probably Oregano would be amazing.  She can rub Grapefruit on the outside of her ears in front and in back and that will help keep them clear.  (Sometimes the sore throat affects my ears.)

Wendy - Try having her gargle with Oregano and Lemon and water for as long as she can take it.  If she can swallow, it won't hurt her, but it is a hot blend.  If she gets any Oregano on her lips, get coconut oil on it quick.  Be generous with the carrier.  You may also consider Cinnamon with Lemon.  You could also have her gargle with Clove.  Clove is why the Protective Blend is analgesic for the strep.  I've heard of Clove and Melaleuca being effective for some.  Do this often.  There is no overdose.  Continue at a high frequency till symptoms subside, plus a day or so.

Protocols folks recommend for children


Diane woke up in the middle of the night, acutely aware of a horrible soreness deep in her throat.

She went to the bathroom and tied to get a view of her throat.  The angle of the light wasn’t great, but enough to where she could see that it was very red.

She wasted no time.  She knew exactly what to do.  She lifted the protective cover off of her essential oils box, and grabbed the  Oregano, Lemon and Protective Blend.

Back in the bathroom, she removed the lids from the Oregano and Lemon.  She filled a shot glass with a small amount of warm water, then put 2 drops each of Lemon and Oregano in the water.  After taking a deep breath she quickly dropped her head back and poured the mixture quickly down the back of her mouth and throat. 

She knew that the mixture would get very hot, so she quickly started gargling.  She was determined to do it for a full minute, but after about 30 seconds, the heat in the back of her throat became unbearable.  She threw her head forward for a moment, breathing threw her nose and givng her throat a rest, but quickly realized that the Oregano mixture was even more caustic in her mouth, she flipped her head back again, determined to gargle more till she could not stand it.  She carried on for nearly a minute more.  She remembered that her friend that taught her how to do this would simply swallow it after she was done, but Diane wasn’t that brave.  She cocked her head forward again, spitting out the mixture. 

No more that 5 seconds had gone by, when she realized that she had left some residue on her lips.  The Oregano burned at her lips.  She quickly reached for the nearby coconut oil and wiped a number of drops over the area that was burning.  Almost instantly the burning sensation subsided.

Diane took some time to see how her throat was. 

“Amazing” she said to herself.

But she knew she could even do more.  She did the same thing; only she used Protective Blend instead of Oregano and Lemon.  Gargling the mixture for nearly 3 minutes.

The Clove in the Protective Blend was numbing to the sore throat, and the other oils in the blend would further kill bacteria and reduce the inflammation.

After she was done, she swallowed the mixture, knowing that it would not hurt, in fact would be good and help fight off the throat infection.

Finally she grabbed an Protective Blend throat lozenge and popped it in her mouth, then went back to her bed.

The next morning Diane’s throat still felt much better, but she knew that the infection could return, so she repeated the procedure again that morning and two more times that day, including just before bed.  Diane’s throat felt fine by then, but Diane knew it was better safe than sorry.

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