Home Remedies Series – Mononucleosis

Common symptoms for mononucleiosis

Some of the common symptoms associated with mononucleosis are:

– Loss of appetite

– Sore throat, swollen tonsils or swollen lymph glands

– Fever and fatigue

– Headache

– Enlarged Liver

– Enlarged Spleen causes pain in the upper left abdomen

– Jaundice

– Muscle soreness or joint pain

– Irregular or rapid heartbeat

Causes for Mononucleosis

Direct contact with infected saliva is a main cause

The Epstein-Barr virus is a part of the herpes family of DNA viruses. This is a common type of virus and is common throughout the world. EBV is spread by contact with virus infected saliva. One can come in contact with this virus through: sneezing, coughing, kissing or sharing saliva infected utensils, lips gloss, straws etc. Infection through sexual intercourse also cannot be ruled out. EBV is not highly contagious as only direct contact with infected saliva can cause the disease.

Rest is most necessary

Rest is one the most suggested remedies for mononucleosis, given that the disease affects the liver and spleen. Some other home remedies to treat mononucleosis are:

– Aromatherapy treatment using extracts of bergamot, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils for a warm bath may help relieve fatigue.

– Intake of garlic can help fight viral infection

– Incase of a sore throat, gargling with slippery elm bark and licorice is considered beneficial. Alternatively, gargling with salt water will also relieve a sore throat.

– Cleavers and Wild Indigo plant extracts are known to cleanse the lymphatic system

– Yarrow and Elder flower have medicinal properties and helps reduce fever.

Sticking to a diet is necessary

To cleanse the system of viral infections it is suggested to adhere to a strict healthy diet plan to boost the immune system. Here is a list of dietary do’s and don’ts when affected by mononucleosis.


– Eat four to six small meals every day instead of only three main meals

– Include : fresh fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods in your diet

– Drink plenty of water to flush toxins

– Intake of supplements to boost the immune system. Required supplements are: Vitamin A, Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.


– Avoid eating meat, saturated fats, caffeinated or decaffeinated drinks.

– Avoid indulging in sports or stressful activities

Other Suggestions & Tips for Mononucleiosis

– Avoid sharing personal items such as toothbrushes, glasses or eating utensils.

– Maintain good hygiene and wash hands regularly

– Avoid contact with those who are infected with mononucleiosis

– Yoga and meditation can help relax and de-stress the body