How We Beat Strep Throat With Nutrition

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So, last Friday night, our 6-year-old mentioned her throat was a little sore.  I certainly was not thinking that she might be coming down with strep throat.  She was still her normal bubbly self otherwise, so I think I forgot about it by the time she went to bed.  (Easy to do when you have more than one kid in the mix!)

Coming down with strep throat

Bella (in front) not feeling 100%

Well, Saturday morning rolled around, and my girls and I were going out for some special time together.  Once we got to our destination, I could tell that Bella’s throat was really bothering her now, and she did not have her full tank of energy.  However, she still wanted to have fun and was having a good attitude, so we stayed out.

Once we got home, I knew I needed to start her on our “infection bomb” to head off whatever it was that her body was fighting.  She took a handful of vitamins, but she was going downhill fast.  She started running a fever and was losing her appetite.

Strep Throat Confirmed & Treated*

She started to complain about a headache and upset tummy.  “Oh oh,”  I thought. ” This is sounding like strep throat. Let me take a look in your throat.”  Sure enough, her tonsils and glands were swollen big and some white stuff was beginning to show at the back of her throat.

I knew we needed to beef up her supplement program (specifically, the Garlic Complex), but it would be harder with her nausea.  Still, we made it work and even avoided any puking at all.  I dare say she had more vitamins in her stomach than actual food for two days straight.

All day Sunday and all day Monday, here is what we put her on*:

  • Performance rehydration drink — 3- 4 glasses each day helped give her something her body could use while also soothing her upset tummy. I love this beverage because it absorbs so fast that it never sits in the tummy even as long as water.
  • 10-12 Garlic Complex (each day) — I gave her two or three at a time throughout the day, depending on how many she could swallow.
  • Stomach Soothing Complex (blend of ginger, peppermint, fennel and anise) — I gave her one with each dose of garlic. Since her tummy was mostly empty, she really needed this to soften the strength of the garlic on an empty tummy.  On the occasions where she did feel like eating, I could leave this out.
  • Sustained-Release Vitamin C (1500-2000 mg/day)
  • Immunity Formula I (1-2 each day) — vitamins and minerals optimized for immune system support
  • Nutriferon (1-2 each day) — herbal blend, natural interferon booster
  • Optiflora Probiotic–2/day
  • Incredivites (Children’s Multivitamin/multimineral)

After about 36 hours on the above regimen, her fever was completely gone and did not return.  Bella returned to school on Tuesday (with vitamins in her lunchbox), and we’ll continue this program each day for several more days to be sure the strep throat is completely gone.

When NOT To Use The Full Nutritional Approach

strep throatThere ARE occasions where you would not be able to adequately deal with the strep throat virus through nutrition alone.

  1. If you have a child who is not yet swallowing pills easily, then this approach would pose a much bigger challenge.  It may not be impossible, but it is a little riskier and would take longer to get the large doses of garlic into them.  Personally, I probably would not have tried this if Bella was not yet swallowing pills.  I would have gone for the Rx antibiotic and boosted up her immune system after  it was over.
  2. If you are using low-quality nutrition products that have zero proof of effectiveness against strep, it will not work.  When treating an illness like this, it is important not to practice “trial and error” with your child.  Strep throat is different than having the sniffles.  You don’t have time to “try” something one day and allow your child to get worse.  Use only products that you know and trust.
  3. If you don’t already have a well-stocked herbal medicine cabinet, it could take too long to acquire the necessary products.  We keep all these products and more regularly on-hand for occasions such as these.

If you would like guidance about how to build a robust herbal medicine cabinet, please contact me here.  I love helping parents find effective all-natural solutions and enjoy walking through that process with folks.

*We have been successfully treating infections using Shaklee products for over 8 years.  We cannot personally attest to the effectiveness of other nutritional products when treating illness.  Specific products and dosages may vary from child-to-child, depending on the situation.  All the products mentioned above can easily be purchased online through our Shaklee site.  Those who become members through our site also have access to FREE health coaching and guidance from us at any time.



Bonnie Hershey currently serves as a business and nutrition coach with their business, Hershey Holistic Health. She holds an undergrad degree in education, and a certification in Practical Nutrition from the Northwest Academy of Practical Nutrition. She has over 20 years of leadership experience and enjoys encouraging others in their personal growth.


Martin · April 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I am 100% convinced in the healing power of garlic. Well, maybe not in all cases, such as a year ago… I had some majorly impacted wisdom teeth cut out. I opted to use garlic as my anti-biotic. When I went back a week later for a checkup my doctor was unimpressed!!! to say the least. 🙂
So, there are a few times in life where antibiotics are necessary, but I will say after having fought with sinus infection for months on end, that when it comes to natural healing.
Garlic is God’s answer.

Along with Vitamin C, and even Bee propolis,

But anyway, I am so happy to hear of your strep throat success!
and this is a great article,

    Bonnie (site owner) · April 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Yes, garlic is an amazing nutrient for sure! Most of the time, healing is facilitated by the compound effect of many nutrients working together, as our body systems are so interconnected. I don’t think we’ve ever just used the garlic tablets by themselves.

    I so appreciate your feedback and encouragement on this topic! So sorry to hear about your garlic-fail with your wisdom teeth. 🙁

    You mentioned the Bee propolis. I would caution the use of this supplement, however, for our readers as it has not been adequately proven in clinical studies to have much benefit for humans. has the best list of cited research on this that I have found. They conclude that although propolis may be “possibly effective” against a few minor conditions, there is “insufficient scientific evidence about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of this against canker sores, tuberculosis, infections, nose and throat cancer, improving immune response, ulcers, stomach and intestinal disorders, common cold, wounds, inflammation, minor burns, and other conditions. More evidence is needed to rate propolis for these uses.” Even online docs viewed as highly credible (Drs. Mercola and Weil) cite zero human clinical trials supporting their statements on bee propolis.

    It’s important to us that what we use with our kids is truly proven to be effective and safe. So, I wanted to be sure to mention this for other folks reading the comments.

    Thanks again, Martin, for your thoughts!

Linda O'Rourke · April 11, 2013 at 6:09 am

Interesting article never having tried Garlic as an antibiotic I couldn’t say if it works or not. I believe in not taking prescription antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and if you have to then help the gut by taking probiotics to build back up the good bacteria.

    Bonnie (site owner) · April 11, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Thanks for the comment, Linda!

Carol Lamoreaux · April 13, 2013 at 12:39 am

I am certainly for trying natural remedies before drugs, especially with my kids. You can usually find something that will help. Too many people are dependent on drugs these days. There is so much provided for us in nature — we just have to give it a chance to work!

    Bonnie (site owner) · April 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Yes, I agree, Carol. Antibiotic resistance is also becoming a bigger issue due to all the “hidden” antibiotics that are already in our meat supply. I have had many friends who had to go on two or three different antibiotics just to beat an infection that could have been taken care of naturally…and much faster!

Sigrid McNab · April 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Thanks very much for this information on the use of nutrition. It is amazing what can be done….

Arleen · June 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm

What most of us do not realize is the power of the body to heal itself. The first thing we do is reach for antibiotics or some type of drug to fix what ails us. Garlic is a wonderful supplement. It promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. One of garlic’s most potent health benefits includes the ability to enhance the body’s immune cell activity. Another thing to look into is eating alkaline foods as oppose acidic foods. Diseases do not grow in alkaline body like they do in acidic. Happy to hear of your strep throat success

    Bonnie (site owner) · June 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Arleen, thank you so much for your comment! You are so right about the amazing benefits of Garlic and the difference between acidic and alkaline foods. Most of the typical American diet is very acidic, but when we choose a variety of vegetables, whole grains and fruits, our bodies are getting the better balance that they need to thrive!

Jennifer Miller · August 2, 2015 at 12:18 am

I would recommend Honeycombs herbs. They have liquid garlic and liquid proplis extract (alcohol free). That’s what I give all my kids.

    Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids · August 3, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for your comment, Jennifer! I will have to check that out since I’ve not heard of that before.

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