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Can You Use Garlic for Strep Throat?

author image Cheryl Grace Myers
Cheryl Myers has has a master's degree from Saint Leo University and currently writes for several publications including Fit Pregnancy, Guideposts and Parent's Magazine.
Can You Use Garlic for Strep Throat?
Garlic can ease the pain in your throat. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Garlic may help you get rid of strep throat and the irritating symptoms caused by the bacterial infection. Strep throat causes a painful, itchy throat, often accompanied with a fever. You might have red spots on the roof of your mouth, and your tonsils might swell. The Mayo Clinic says strep throat symptoms are more severe than symptoms associated with other types of bacterial infections that cause a sore throat. Hang in there. Your pain won’t last much longer after drinking some homemade garlic tea.

Step 1

Place 1 cup of water in a medium-size pot. Bring the water to a boil.

Step 2

Place four fresh garlic cloves in the pot and boil for an additional minute. Reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes.

Step 3

Remove from heat and let the water cool for five minutes. You can inhale the steam from the pot as you allow it to cool for additional benefits. Germs spread from the mucus in the nose into the throat, so inhaling the steam may kill some of the germs before they can travel to the throat.

Step 4

Strain the tea with cheesecloth and pour the water into a mug. Make sure not to allow any part of the garlic clove into the mug. Although you may eat garlic cloves to help you get rid of strep throat, you are preparing a tea, so you don’t want to choke on small pieces of garlic as you drink the tea.

Step 5

Add 1 tsp. of honey to the mug and stir. Honey, also an antibacterial agent, provides even more aid to fight your strep throat. The thick consistency of honey coats the throat like a syrup, allowing more of the antibacterial properties from the tea to remain on the throat.

Step 6

Sip the tea. Prepare as much garlic tea as you want throughout the day. Michael Tierra and John Lust, authors of “The Natural Remedy Bible,” say you can get rid of the infection quicker the more garlic you use, but some people cannot tolerate garlic’s side effect of lingering bad breath. However, the more you drink the garlic tea, the sooner you can get rid of the strep throat.

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