Mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a virus that can be long lasting and quite debilitating. Natural remedies for mono include coconut oil, garlic, vitamin C and zinc. Supplements and home treatments for mono are surprisingly effective and often relief begins to be apparent within 24 hours of implementation.
Mono is a virus – more specifically the Epstein Barr virus. Antibiotics are not effective against mono, though they may be prescribed if a secondary infection results. In severe cases, steroids are sometimes prescribed. Enlargement of the spleen is a serious complication of mono.
Symptoms of mono include fever, extreme fatigue, sore throat, headache, and swollen lymph nodes, aching muscles, poor appetite and nausea.
Coconut Oil – The Best Natural Mono Treatment
Coconut oil, the kind that has not been processed and smells like fresh coconuts, is a powerful antiviral food. You will find more about using coconut oil for mono on this page.
Supplements for Mono
Vitamin C supports the immune system so that it can effectively fight the mono virus. 1,000 mg can usually be taken 4 -5 times a day or more often with a serious infection. You will know when your body has had too much if you begin to get loose stools. If this happens, simply cut back on the amount of vitamin C you take.
Zinc is another important supplement to help your body fight a virus.
If some sunshine each day is possible when you have mono, this is an ideal way to increase your vitamin D level. If not, consider a vitamin D supplement.
Herbs for Mono
Garlic fights infection and supports the immune system. 1 clove of fresh, raw garlic can be added to a salad at lunch and a soup at dinner. (Right before serving, so it is still eaten raw.)
Turmeric will help your body fight infection and inflammation. 2-3 turmeric capsules or ½ teaspoon of turmeric can be taken thrice daily. If you take the powdered form you can mix it with water or a non-dairy form of milk. (Dairy products are not recommending when you are fighting a virus because they increase mucous production.
Elderberry syrup is a pleasant way to take an immune boosting herb. Larger pharmacies and health food stores usually carry elderberry syrup.
How to Treat Swollen Lymph Nodes
If you have swollen lymph nodes, which are common with the mono infection, castor oil can be massaged into the swollen nodes several times a day. This will increase circulation of lymph through the body and allow the white blood cells to circulate and fight infection.
How to Treat a Severe Sore Throat
A severe sore throat is common with the mono virus. Sometimes the throat is so sore it is almost impossible to swallow. Gargling with cayenne pepper will fight infection, numb the area and reduce inflammation. It will feel very spicy at first, but that feeling passes quickly.
Cayenne Gargle Recipe
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon clove powder (optional, but it helps with pain)
Mix your powders together. Add ¼ teaspoon of the mix to 3 ounces of warm water and gargle. It helps if you put lip balm on your lips first so you don’t get the spicy cayenne on your lips. Repeat the gargle every 4 hours or as needed.
If you are treating a small child with mono or do not have cayenne pepper on hand, try gargling with baking soda instead. ¼ teaspoon baking soda in 3 ounces of water, every four hours or as needed.
Sinus Rinse for Mono
If you have sinus pain or pressure with mono mix 6 ounces of water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide (in the brown bottle) and put the solution in a Neti pot. Use this to rinse your sinuses 1-2 times each day.
Healing Baths for Mono
Baths are soothing and can promote healing from the outside in. 1 cup of Epsom salt or baking soda added to a warm bath can deliver nutrients to the body for healing. Epsom salt baths are especially helpful for body aches.
A light and nutritious diet is ideal. Avoid sugar and dairy products. Broth based soups, fruits and non-dairy smoothies are ideal.
Avoid sodas, energy drinks and excessive coffee when you have mono. Tea is a perfect drink for mono. It can be consumed at whichever temperature feels most comfortable to you. Black and green teas have healing properties. Herbal teas are also excellent for mono. A simple vinegar and honey tea gives you the healing benefits of both vinegar and honey.
Vinegar Honey Tea for Mono
- 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 6 ounces hot water
- Mix together in a mug and drink liberally.
It is important to get a lot of rest while you recuperate. When you feel well enough to get back to work, ease yourself back in to work and continue with your home treatments to avoid a relapse.
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