see also Bronchitis,
and Congestion, Flu,
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
Oils & Blends:
MarjoramC, On GuardC, OreganoEC, SandalwoodC
Essential oils based
CypressEC, EucalyptusEC, Frankincense,
GeraniumEC, MelaleucaC, MyrrhC,
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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 On Guard.
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
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Our thanks to:
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, On Guard on his neck and also
internally (he chose to take it without a capsule). He used
the On Guard 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 On Guard 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 On Guard 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
I treated the other family members with On Guard 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 doTERRA 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 doTERRA's CPTG 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 On Guard. 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
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 On Guard. These seem
to have stopped things from getting worse, but the strep is
still around. The On Guard 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 On Guard after she gargles with it.
She can do that every hour or as often as she feels the
symptoms. Rub On Guard 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 On Guard 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.
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 On Guard.
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
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 On Guard instead of Oregano and
Lemon. Gargling the mixture for nearly 3 minutes.
The Clove in the On Guard 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 On Guard 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