So the day we found out Ellen had strep I was sad for her, of course, but I was also immediately concerned about how to keep the rest of the family from being infected with strep, too. That’s the thing about big families, once a germ finds us, it usually isn’t satisfied til it’s taken us all down.
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
So Ellen got her antibiotics and her shot and we headed home. I had exactly 24 hours to make sure no one else came down with strep so we could take our trip and Ellen could be the star of her own show in my cousin’s wedding. I sent Ellen to bed with peppermint oil on her back (for fever). Then I declared her room Off Limits.
However, she’d been wandering the house for two days with a fever, so the odds were not good that I could contain her germs. I clicked on my diffuser and filled the air with OnGuard while the kids watched some TV. I began handing out the OnGuard throat drops to the older kids, although they declared them “spicy” and wouldn’t finish them.
And then I had to admit that I already had a sore throat. I’d had it for hours but my brain didn’t want to accept that I would be the next victim. So I went to my collection of essential oil remedies and found a recipe for a “strep throat shot.” I put three drops of lemon and one drop of oregano oil into a veggie capsule and swallowed it with water. I did that two more times that night and three times the next day.
By 6 pm, 24 hours later, my throat didn’t hurt a bit.
The shot worked because I caught it before I developed a fever. I also made sure to drink plenty of fluids, I slept in the next day, AND I took a nap. I didn’t try to be superwoman and pack the van by myself or anything stupid like that. I RESTED.
I don’t know that a strep shot like that would have worked on Ellen, since she was already very sick. I managed her fever with the peppermint, but since I had already given her the antibiotics, dousing her with extra oils wouldn’t have mattered much.
(I do know that people treat strep with the oils, but in this situation I didn’t have time to play around with it. If you’ve tried it, let me know in the comments what you did and how it worked for you. I’d love to know!)
My point is, by God’s grace and with a few oils I had in the cabinet, we avoided the Throat Plague of ’13, or, That Time We Missed Audrey Ann’s Wedding.
Catch it early enough and maybe you can, too!
Disclaimers & Further Suggestions:
1 – I’m not a medical professional and can only speak from experiential knowledge. Use your own judgment in treating your family and yourself.
2 – If you don’t have veggie capsules, you can gargle the oil in a bit of water like an actual Shot and spit it out, but it will taste sort of yuck. To protect yourself from the “burn” of the oregano oil on your lips, apply coconut oil to your lips first.