Ahh… strep throat! a painful bacterial infection that is painful and irritable.
There are many home remedies and over the counter medication that help remedy symptoms strep throat causes, however there’s no better home remedy than the medicinal benefits of pure essential oils.
About strep throat
Strep throat is a throat infection caused by bacteria (Streptococcus bacteria) – which causes pain and inflammation in your throat. If you’ve had a sore throat for a few days in a row, you should see your doctor. Your doctor can run tests to see if your sore throat is caused by a strep infection or by something else (like a viral infection).
Treating strep throat
since strep throat is a bacterial infection, antibiotics will help stop the spreading of the infection and eventually get rid of strep throat all together (takes around a week generally). You will need to see your doctor to get antibiotics.
Essential oils for strep throat
But you’re here to find out what the best essential oils for strep throat are!
- Tea Tree
The nice thing about these oils is that none of them are the expensive kinds and they’re common oils you may already have.
Also note that these oils aren’t meant to cure strep throat. They have medicinal properties that can give you immense pain relief and help you feel better as you recover from strep throat – and possibly help you recover faster.
Anything to reduce the pain goes a long way when you’re in pain, right! Essential oils are a natural way to give you just that.
I’ll go over how each essential oil helps relieve strep throat symptoms and how to use each oil for maximum benefit.
5 Best Essential Oils For Strep Throat
1. Peppermint oil
You’ve probably had peppermint tea before – and you probably already know that peppermint has a cooling and soothing effect. Peppermint is fantastic for soothing problems like colds, sinus infections and inflammation in the mouth and throat (like strep throat!).
The cooling sensation you feel from peppermint comes from menthol. The cooling effect can really help “chill out” the inflamed sensation strep throat causes. Also, antimicrobial and decongestant properties of peppermint can help fight against strep throat.
How to use peppermint oil for strep throat
1. Inhaling peppermint oil
You can use a diffuser to diffuse peppermint oil, however making a hot steamy bowl of peppermint water to inhale may be more soothing.
- Medium size bowl of just boiled water
- 5 drops of pure peppermint oil
drop the peppermint oil into the bowl of hot water. Do a little mixing to get the oil to blend with the water. diluting the peppermint oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil will help blend the oil with the water better – but not necessary.
Place your face over the bowl of steamy peppermint oil. Slowly inhale to relax and sooth. You can also put a towel over your head. This will trap the steam and create a sauna like effect – which will concentrate the soothing effect more.
2. Rubbing peppermint oil on your throat
A cool soothing rub is one of my favorite relief methods for inflammation issues. You can buy over the counter ointments but they likely will not have the medicinal benefits organic peppermint oil will have.
You’ll likely want to apply peppermint oil diluted on your skin. Applying peppermint oil neat (without dilution) could irritate your skin. One drop of peppermint oil diluted into a tablespoon of carrier oil (any vegetable oil can work but I like fractionated coconut oil) should be safe for most people. The last thing you want is a irritated throat that is now is irritated on the outside – so I recommend diluting peppermint oil first.
2. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that is perfect for fighting strep throat. Tea tree oil is one of the few oils that can be used without dilution – but if you’re using this oil for the first time, do a small test on a part of your skin (not your throat) first.
How to use tee tree oil for strep throat
1. Rub directly on your throat
Drop 1-2 drops of tea tree oil onto your fingers and rub directly on your throat. Give yourself a gentle throat massage. Again, if you’re doing this for the first time, I recommend diluting tea tree oil first. 2 drops into a tablespoon of carrier oil should be a perfect blend for any skin type. Or do a patch test on your arm first.
2. Strep throat gargle
- 2 drops of pure tea tree oil
- 1 cup of warm water
- pinch of salt
Add the 2 drops of tea tree oil and salt into the cup of water. Mix it. Use it as a gargle. You can do this once or twice a day.
I’ve read about people placing tea tree oil directly on their tongue and even ingesting it. I guess if that works then sure. But I don’t recommend trying this if you don’t know how you react to tea tree oil.
Also, in the future when you feel symptoms of a cold coming on or anything similar, make the above concoction. You can catch the cold/sore throat and kill it before it gets the chance to take hold of you. Remember, it’s the antimicrobial antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree (natural medicine) that will combat these ailments.
3. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus oils contains an organic compound called cineole. This is the active ingredient that fights strep throat. Eucalyptus has strong anti-inflammatory effects, which could give a break from strep throat pain.
Eucalyptus has a menthol scent and you’ll find this ingredient in many over the counter medication. A pure eucalyptus essential oil has therapeutic value that will fight strep throat on a natural medicinal level (so it’s better!).
How to use eucalyptus oil for strep throat
Diffuse eucalyptus oil
Diffusing this oil releases the essence (medicinal value) of the oil into the air. Breathing essential oils is the quickest way for the health benefits of the oil to enter your body.
Eucalyptus oil also has a relaxing effect as well, so if you’re looking to unwind and get as comfortable as possible, diffusing this oil should be at the top of your list.
You’ll need a diffuser to diffuse oil. Follow the instructions your diffuser came with to do this.
4. Lemon essential oil
Of all the amazing essential oils out there, lemon oil is a top 5 oil everyone needs to have because of how versatile it is. You can use it to heal your body or clean your home. And best of all, it’s an inexpensive oil too.
I think we’ve all had hot lemon water/tea at some point in our lives. It’s like the “go-to” when someone feels sick or feels sickness coming on. Most of the benefit of lemon tea comes from the citrus of the insides of lemon. However, lemon essential oil is made from the rind (lemon skin).
How to use lemon oil for strep throat
Create a lemon rub
- 1-2 drops of organic lemon essential oil
- 1 tablespoon carrier oil
In a small dish, combine 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil with the tablespoon of carrier oil. Mix well. With two fingers, rub the mixture in your throat and neck area. 2 drops of lemon essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil is safe for most adults.
Lemon essential oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that’s excellent for soothing strep throat symptoms. Lemon also contains high amounts of vitamin C.
5. Clove essential oil
Clove is a powerful antioxidant containing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (among other things). Clove oil is popular for reducing all sorts of problems in the mouth, like painful ulcers and even bad breath. Any type of throat pain can benefit from clove oil.
Clove is one of the best essential oil for a mouth rinse. It’s great for maintaining mouth health, dental hygiene, and of course, remedying sore throats and strep throat.
How to use clove essential oil
Clove mouth rinse
- 1 cup warm water
- 2-3 drops pure clove essential oil
- pinch of salt
Combine clove essential oil and salt together in your cup of water. Rinse your mouth. Some people ingest it but I wouldn’t. This concoction probably won’t taste overly pleasant to you. You can use this clove rinse a few times a day.
Have any questions about using essential oils for strep throat? Let me know in the comment box below. I’ll do my best to answer them.