The purpose of this site is to collect lab research by medical doctors about herbs that are proven to treat illnesses and counter the false attacks on herbs by the medical industry and false claims by alternative medicine. I let the science tell the facts.
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Strep Throat

See my page on natural antibiotics

Strep throat is caused by Streptococcus, originol oil, cinnamon and green tea, may help it.

Note: Strep is not something to experiment with, it is too dangerous.  I do not like antibiotics and they are over prescribed, however I do not recommend substituting herbs when an antibiotic may be the safest option.

1. Strep Throat is caused by Streptococcus. "Streptococcus is a genus of spherical Gram-positive bacteria belonging to the phylum Firmicutes[2] and the lactic acid bacteria group. Cellular division"

2. Oil of Oregano kills Streptococcus. "The essential oils (EOs) obtained by solvent-free microwave extraction (SFME) and hydrodistillation (HD) from endemic Origanum husnucanbaseri H. Duman, Aytac & A. Duran were investigated using the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry system. The main constituents of both oils obtained from SFME and HD from O. husnucanbaseri are borneol (15.2-12.8%), a-terpineol (12.3-10.8%) and trans-sabinene hydrate (11.8-9.92%). The EO obtained from SFME contained substantially higher amounts of oxygenated compounds and lower amounts of monoterpenes than that from HD. The antibacterial activities of the EOs from SFME and HD were evaluated by the disc diffusion method against six bacterial strains. The EO extracted by SFME was more effective than the EO extracted by HD against the tested bacteria, except for Klebsiella pneumoniae American type culture collection (ATCC) 13883. Streptococcus pyogenes ATCC 19615 and Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923 in particular were more sensitive against the EO extracted by SFME".

3. "The antimicrobial activities of the ethyl acetate, acetone and methanol extract of 12 plant species were studied. The extract of Capsicum annuum (red pepper) (fruit) Zingiber officinale (ginger) (root), Cuminum cyminum (cumin), Alpinia ficinarum (galingale), Coriandrum sativum (coriander), Cinnamomun zeylanicum Nees (cinnamomun), Origanum onites L. (thyme), Folium sennae (senna), Eugenia caryophyllata (cloves), Flos tiliae (lime), Folium menthae crispae (peppermint) and Piper nigrum (blackpepper) were tested in vitro against 2 fungi and 8 bacterial species by the disc diffusion method. Klebsiella pneumonia 13883, Bacillus megaterium NRS, Pseudomonas aeroginosa ATCC 27859, Staphylococcus aureus 6538 P, Escherichia coil ATCC 8739, Enterobacter cloaca ATCC 13047, Corynebacterium xerosis UC 9165, Streptococcus faecalis DC 74, Kluyveromyces marxianus, Rhodotorula rubra were used in this investigation. The results indicated that extracts of different spices has shown antibacterial activity in the range of 7-24 mm 30 microl(-1) inhibition zone Eugenia caryophyllata (clove), 7-20 mm 30microl(-1) inhibition zone Capsicum annum (red pepper) and Cinnamomun zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark, 7-18 mm 30microl(-1) inhibition zone Folium sennae (senna) leaves, 7-16 mm 30 microl(-1) inhibition zone Zingiber officinale (ginger) root, 7-15 mm 30microl(-1) inhibition zone Cuminum cyminum (cumin) seed, 7-14 mm 30 microl(-1) inhibition zone Folium menthae crispae (peppermint), Origanum onites (thyme) leaves and Alpinia ficinarum (galingale) root, 7-12 mm 30 microl(-1) inhibiton zone Piper nigrum (blackpepper), 7-11 mm 30microl(-1) inhibition zone Flos tiliae (lime) leaves, 7-8 mm 30microl(-1) inhibition zone Coriandrum sativum (coriander) to the microorganisms tested.

Summary of the 12 items: Note any of these will be more potent in an Essential Oil form.

1. Capsicum From red peppers sold as cayenne pepper available in most stores that sell natural products.
2. Ginger Availabe in most stores that sell natural products.
3. Curmin Most natural stores do not sell Curmin by its name, they often sell Turmeric which is the same thing.
4. Galingale Galingale Powder you may find it in the spice area of your grocery store.
5. Coriander

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also known as cilantro, Chinese parsley or dhania. Cilantro is sold as a spice and in in all grocery stores.  Also known to help remove heavy metal problems. see Aluminum  and Mercury

6. Cinnamon Common spice, however its form sold in both grocery and health stores is not very potent. see Cinnamon
7. Thyme A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for coughs and bronchitis. Wickipedia
8. Sena Cassia senna plant. May act as a laxative and may have negative side effects.
9. Cloves Avail abe in most health as spice stores
10. Lime Lime fruit a yellow citrus fruit. The report above indicates the leaves were used in the study.
11. Peppermint Available in food and health stores.
12. Black Pepper Available as a spice in grocrry stores.


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