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Sore Throat Cures

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ACV and Cayenne

Approval Ratings
YEA (53)
93%
NAY (3)
5%
WORKED TEMPORARILY (1)
2%

[YEA]  01/12/2011: Ashley from Detroit, Mi: "I came down with a very bad sore throat about 3 days ago.. I just started a new job and knew I couldn't miss any work so I hunted online for good, quick home remedies to make me feel better!

I was already taking dayquil & nyquil, using these Zicam gel swabs and these Zicam vitamin c tablet thingys.. But nothing was helping. I tried the cayenne pepper a time before, but it just didn't do the trick like I thought it would. So I ran up to the store and got some apple cider vinegar and some honey & lemon lipton tea bags.. (not as good as using real lemons or real honey, but better than nothing! ) and I started gargling and sipping on some of the ACV & cayenne pepper together in hot water.. My throat ALMOST INSTANTLY felt better!! So thanks guys :] My nose is still very runny, and I'm still very tired and am not 100% better.. But at least I can talk :D"

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01/13/2011: Sushilvr from Gainesville, Fl replies: "Vitamin C and Vitamin E

You might want to try this remedy; take 3000 mg of Vitamin C along with one 400 I. U. softgel of Vitamin E.

I'm an R.N. And had not heard of this before until a friend of mine in healthcare mentioned a couple of years ago. Apparently Vitamin E has a synergistic effect on Vitamin C. 3000 mg of Vitamin might sound like a lot; but remember C is water soluble, so what your body doesn't use, you'll pee the rest out. Granted Vitamin E is not water soluble, but I only take this concoction when I begin to feel sick. I'll take it as soon as the symptoms begin, then when I go to bed, when I wake up the next morning, and usually one more dose several hours later. I typically don't need to take it more than that as my symptoms disappear and whatever it was that was starting never culminated into a cold or anything else. You can buy Vitamin C where each tablet is 1000 mg; so you only need to take three of them. They're large and granted Vitamin C is kind of bitter, even if they're flavored tablets and the larger ones tend to be more expensive; but I prefer to do that as opposed to taking several of the smaller ones that are a smaller dose per tablet.

Anyone I've mentioned this to by the way, has eventually gotten back with me telling me that this worked for them.

I've only recently returned to nursing full-time as I had been a FT CSI while working PT as an R.N. For 13 years... So I'm still in the process of building up my immunity level. Most people in healthcare, after working full-time for 6 months, will have never been sicker those first 6 months, and then suddenly, it seems you just don't get anything. In the meantime, I'll stick with C & E regimen. It's worked every time without fail so there has to be something to it. I've been using it for about two years now since my friend told me about it.

Thanks for reading, and I hope this works for anyone else who may try it."

EC: Thanks, Sushlivr! Your feedback has been cross-posted to the flu remedies page.

12/13/2012: Charlie from Jacksonville, Fl replies: "Turmeric powder! Its a miracle worker! Gargle some of this in warm water a couple times and bam! Your sore throat is gone! I swear! Old Indian secret taught to me by a friend."


[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  03/11/2009: Judy from Houston, Tx: "I love this site and try everything it tells me however, ACV has only added weight on me, has not shown any long term healing of sore throat when mixed with cayenne, and I have been using it for months. My sore throat is temporarily numbed for a while so I did use it regularly when I was coming down with something, but I don't know what is so wonderful about it. I use the organic."


[YEA]  06/27/2008: Mike from Queesbury, New York: "When i woke up this morn i had the worst sore thoat ever... it was so bad i had to spit out the saliva i had in my mouth because it was hurting so bad to swallow... so i tried to boil up some ACV with cayenne pepper and salt and it helped my throat out 75% better.. try it it will help you. Don't use sugar products."


[YEA]  06/24/2008: Jerry from Clayton, North Carolina: "This works good and tastes good. One bag of Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice, 3 table spoons ACV, 1/8 measure of cayenne pepper with hot water {from tea pot heated on stove}8 or 10 oz cup. I don't believe anything should come out of a micro wave. It worked almost instantly and is loosening the mucus. EARTH CLINIC RULES... LOVE THIS WEBSITE, NEVER GIVE UP. THANKS."

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03/06/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "I used to make a similar recipe with Constant Comment orange rind and spices tea and 1 T. ACV with an orange slice and a lemon slice. The bioflavenoids from the white of the rind are what heals you. I don't think adding cayenne would hurt!"


[YEA]  03/27/2008: Drew from Salina, Kansas: "I have had a sore throat for a couple days now. Probably worsened by the fact that outside of death I won't go to the doctor. Put 8 oz. water, 1/4 tsp. of cayenne, splash of ACV and some honey in a cup and then in the microwave for a minute. Sipped/gargled this for half an hour. Amazing!!! I can actually swallow not with no pain! Thank you so much!!"


[YEA]  03/18/2008: Eloise from New York, NY: "I tried the ACV/Cayenne Pepper remedy as suggested by Laura for the severe sore throat that I was having thanks to all my allergies and post nasal drip. I put two tablespoons of ACV, two tablespoons of honey, and 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper in a cup of boiled hot water. I drank it and then it worked a bit but I could still feel the daggers in my throat everytime I cleared my throat, so I just went to bed. Today, my sore throat is GONE, and my runny nose has changed to a congested nose which isn't ideal, but baby steps! Also, for some reason, I noticed that after I drank the cayenne pepper, my saliva started becoming really thick so I would constantly spit it out. Whats that about?"

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[YEA]  06/19/2009: Bambam775 from Puyallup, WA replies: "So after suffering for most of the day with an excrutiating sore throat, I came to earthclininc.com. Why it took me so long I don't know. Anyway, I put 2 T raw honey, 2T ACV and a couple dashes Cayenne in hot water. I have a hard time with ACV because I took it for so long it now makes me gag. But I am suffering through and it seems to be easing the sore throat. Nature knows how to help us after all! I'll keep using it as long as I can to make sure the YUCK is gone. Thanks for all the great ideas from everyone."
12/22/2011: Sorethroatcomplainer from Atlanta, Pa replies: "So, I found that Cayenne pepper doesn't dissolve. I didn't realize this until AFTER I made my magical sore throat remedy: Chicken broth, tsp. of Cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp. of garlic and ginger. But anyhow, if you take a very small strainer and place it over your tea cup/bowl, you will avoid drinking the nasty little gritty pieces at the top."
02/21/2012: Vivek from Gurgaon, India replies: "I was suffering from sore throat. And It was not the first time this happened to me. And everytime it had happened, I had to take steroids to get rid of this. But this time I visited this site and then I decided not to take any medicines. Very first day I started gargling with cayenne pepper. It helped but another day my throat has more pain. I decided to continue and doing that again and again. I bought ACV also. Gargled with the mixture. And then I took raw Tulsi and Garlic. I took one tablespoon of coconut thrice each day. And now after 4 days, I have finally cured by sore throat.... I would say keep faith on this and keep doing. It will surely help."
[YEA]  05/03/2012: David from Tacoma, Wa replies: "This definitely works! Although I did tweak mine considerably. I took about 12 oz of hot water and added approx. 2 tsp. of cayenne, 1 heaping tbs. of salt, a generous amount of agave syrup, and a bit of rum. I mixed well and heated again. At first the cayenne was a bit hot, and this is coming from someone who likes kimchee, but I quickly adjusted to it. I gargled for maybe two minutes the first time, after which I felt an immediate relief... After I got over the slight burning. I repeated twice more throughout the day with similar results, and the next day my throat was just fine. Thanks for the advice!"


[YEA]  03/15/2008: Annette from Coolah, Australia: "James' recipe & cayenne pepper cured my sore throat. Brilliant information - thanks! I was quite desperate yesterday morning with a throat that was severely swollen and each swallow felt as though it was against razor blades. I had been gargling with apple cider vinegar for a day already but although it relieved it slightly immediately it definitely wasn't improving. I read the most popular cure (Penny's) of cayenne pepper in water and used a spare eyedropper to squirt small amounts of this down to the back of my throat - ooooh, hot, nasty taste, but it relieved it slightly. I repeated every 15-20 minutes for a couple of hours and it felt slightly better. I continued regularly doing this and about 4 hours after beginning tried James' recipe - 12oz water, 4oz apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tspn cayenne and some honey (I used 2 heaped teaspoons), heated and sipped. It tasted foul and made me feel quite ill, so I stopped sipping and used it as a gargle instead. I gargled every hour or so with this mixture and in between used the cayenne/water mixture squirted to the back of the throat. Within about 8 hours of starting the remedy it was feeling substantially better and now 24 hours later has almost completely gone. Thanks!!!"

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[YEA]  05/06/2011: Ninae from Queens, Ny replies: "Hi,

Everyone is different. I tried the Cayenne pepper, ACV and the turmeric gargles all at the same day. I gargled with Cayenne 3 times and once with Apple Cider Vinegar once with turmeric in a period of 2 hours. I also filled a glass with salt and warm water and I gargled with that as well.

In between I took throat lozenges and I steamed some wated dropped some Eucalyptus drops about 10 and inhaled to open up my sinuses.

My throat dosent hurt anymore. My ear pain diminished... I dont know which one did the trick but my sore throat is gone and its only been an hour! I know its alat of work but I was determined to try it and it worked for me..."

[YEA]  09/12/2011: Poppy111 from Egremont, Cumbria, England replies: "My 20 year old son has had a very severe sore throat for over a week. Whenever we ring for a doctor's appointment it is always about a week's wait and he is going on holiday in two days so was not going to be able to get an appointment. He is rarely ill but this hit him really hard. Anyway he hadnt eaten for four days and we were starting to think he wasn't going to get to go on his holidays as even drinking juice was hurting. So at 3. 30pm this afternoon I gave him a water and cayenne solution to gargle with, followed by a spoonful of manuka honey, vitamin supplements, berocca and an anti-inflamatory. We repeated the cayenne gargle and honey every hour. By 5.30 pm he had eaten a burger and said he could barely feel the sore throat. We are going to continue this tomorrow and hopefully he will get his first good night's sleep for a week and feel all ready for his hols in the morning. Cayenne is definitely the way forward! L"
[YEA]  10/05/2011: Melanie from Tampa, Fl replies: "Pure honey works better than anything. Honey coats the throat and instantly takes away the pain. 2 or 3 spoonsful, or just hold the bottle over your mouth and squeeze the bottle until your mouth is full of honey."
11/25/2011: Veronica from Norwalk, Ct Usa replies: "Honey alone DIDN'T work for me. It did absolutely nothing. I tried salt, honey and ACV and those only worked temporarily. The cayenne with a little bit of honey is doing the best job. I'm going to add ACV and gargle for a while.

I've had this sore throat for 3 days now, so I know it won't be cured immediately, but it's doing a great job of making me feel a little better, and not just temporarily."


[YEA]  03/08/2008: Jennifer from Mesquite, Texas: "I must have had the worst sore throat in history. I have had three babies, and several tooth infections, but nothing compared to the pain of this sore throat! I went to the doctor and it was confirmed viral. The only thing they could do was give me pain meds. So guess what I was given...codine...in syrup form! Why would anyone in their right mind give someone with an extreme sore throat syrup to gag down?!?! Anyway, it didnt touch the pain. I was double dosing and begging my husband to knock me out...for real. He wouldn't, so in desperation, I got online and started searching for natural cures. At 2 a.m. I found earthclinic! I didnt have apple cider vinegar, but I had powdered cayene pepper in the kitchen, so i mixed it with warm water and oh praise the Lord...the pain was decreasing! I cried and cried from sheer relief. I would gargle it for 30 seconds or so every 15 minutes. After about 3 hours, I was feeling waaaay better and could sleep finally. After I woke up, I started drinking ACV in green tea with lemon and honey and cayene pepper. I didn't have to gargle anymore after that. I would just drink the acv cayene concoction all day.After 24 hours,I was completely normal!"

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[NAY]  12/11/2010: Ed from Pontevedra, Spain replies: "I read the advice and tried the method of adding a teaspoon of cayenne to a glass of water with a pinch of salt. I am a teacher and struggled through my class and was desperate for a solution after trying everything from honey and lemon, throat lozenges and so on. Unfortunately I got worse after gargling with the cayenne mixture, it may have been coincidental, but my temperature increased and I was shivering for almost half an hour. Certainly this remedy did not work for me. Today I am feeling better but mainly as I have rested and also it's the weekend so I don't have classes. I'm also keeping my throat covered with a scarf and eating fruit until it's going out of fashion. I'd say the best cures are rest and vitamin C."


[YEA]  02/01/2008: Lisa : "At 1:00 this morning, I finally got out of bed because my sore throat was making me miserable. It has been sore for a few days but it had finally reached it's peak. I couldn't swallow and was almost in tears. I sat down in front of the computer and researched home made remedies until I came across your site and the recipe for ACV, Cayenne pepper, honey and water. After I read all of the Yea's, I decided I certainly didn't have anything to lose. I didn't have any cayenne pepper but I did have some hot sauce with cayenne listed as the main ingredient of 3 so I used 1/2 teaspoon of that instead and I added a small amount of sea salt. Here are the results: It didn't taste terrific... obviously. But it wasn't horrid either. I only finished about 12 of the 16 ounces because I was starting to get a little nauseated. I am assuming that is from lack of food in my stomach though. It took me about 40 minutes to drink that because I waited a few minutes in between each sip. I gargled and swallowed each drink. My first surprise was that immediately, I started having tons of mucus come up. I haven't been congested so I was a little shocked. And, I was disappointed that it really didn't feel better quickly. I went back to bed and then my nose started running...again, surprised since I hadn't thought that was an issue. I did finally fall asleep. I awoke again around 4:30...and was AMAZED in the difference in my throat. While it was still a little sore, the change was dramatic! I could swallow without total agony. It is now 8:00 and it my throat is a little sore but nothing like it was. I am headed downstairs to make another batch of this stuff because I am sure it can only help. THANKS so much! Lisa"

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01/29/2013: Kathleen from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I was so happy to see this modification as I also didn't have cayenne pepper! I'm enjoying sipping my new recipe for wing sauce... Hahahaha..... And hope my throat gets better!"
[YEA]  01/29/2013: Kathleen from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "It's Kathleen, checking back. Happy to report within minutes my sore throat felt better. Within an hour it was gone! I seemed to have a lot of energy, so I got out of bed and walked 2 miles! I'd say there is something to this "concoction" and I've already recommended it to many of my friends who are home sick! I'm so thankful to have found this site.... Thank you!"


[YEA]  01/27/2008: Jason from Mammoth, Cali: "Kudos to the nice site! I hope this helps many people as it did me. Four days ago, I woke up with a little tickle of a sore throat. By yesterday it had become absolutely atrocious. I got desperate, found this site, and went to the store and bought some apple cider vinegar and cayenne powder last night. I have chili powder and balsamic vinegar at home, but figured I should try the exact recipe. I've almost finished a pint of acv and a couple teaspoons (haven't been measuring) of cayenne. compared to yesterday, I feel wonderful! I was getting fever/chills for the last two days, and that's done too. I've also been taking lots of astragalus, echinacea, and goldenseal. So, although I may be in the same shape today if I didn't take anything at all, I am convinced that the cayenne/acv soothed the pain and irritation in my throat. Maybe it helped me along in other ways, too, but who knows... I was very skeptical to try this, as I almost always get hiccups when I eat anything spicy, and I really didn't want to be hiccuping with a sore throat. I started with five "bottom taps" of cayenne per serving (and oh yes did it make me hiccup), and am now up to fifteen taps per serving (without hiccups), which include about two eyeballed-tablespoons ACV and hot water. Mmmm, mmmm, good! Thank you so very much!!!"


[YEA]  01/27/2008: Jason from Mammoth, Cali: "Kudos to the nice site! I hope this helps many people as it did me. Four days ago, I woke up with a little tickle of a sore throat. By yesterday it had become absolutely atrocious. I got desperate, found this site, and went to the store and bought some apple cider vinegar and cayenne powder last night. I have chili powder and balsamic vinegar at home, but figured I should try the exact recipe. I've almost finished a pint of acv and a couple teaspoons (haven't been measuring) of cayenne. compared to yesterday, I feel wonderful! I was getting fever/chills for the last two days, and that's done too. I've also been taking lots of astragalus, echinacea, and goldenseal. So, although I may be in the same shape today if I didn't take anything at all, I am convinced that the cayenne/acv soothed the pain and irritation in my throat. Maybe it helped me along in other ways, too, but who knows... I was very skeptical to try this, as I almost always get hiccups when I eat anything spicy, and I really didn't want to be hiccuping with a sore throat. I started with five "bottom taps" of cayenne per serving (and oh yes did it make me hiccup), and am now up to fifteen taps per serving (without hiccups), which include about two eyeballed-tablespoons ACV and hot water. Mmmm, mmmm, good! Thank you so very much!!!"


[YEA]  12/09/2007: James from Coventry, England: "I had a horrific sore throat and had tried a number of basic medicines (e.g. strepsils) and eventually stumbled onto the 'recipe' of gargling ACV and cayenne. I was pretty skeptical at first, but when the pain got bad enough I was up for giving anything a try. I have gargled it twice in the last hour an a half and I'm feeling pretty much better."


[YEA]  11/13/2007: Steven from Winter Haven, FL: "Took the Plunge! I tried ACV and hot water (2 1) plus 1/8 tsp cayenne and 2 tbsp honey last week for a sore throat that I had had for 2 days. My wife had a sore throat first and went to the Dr and was given amoxicillan. I didn't gargle I drank it. I had relief in 24 hours and it was gone in 36! My wife still had hers . . 'nuff said!"


[YEA]  10/19/2007: Dj from Perth Amboy, nj: "I tried the cayenne pepper with the ACV (apple cider vinegar). Within 15minutes my throat no longer aches. The next day I still feel okay. But will do it again just in case. This really works."

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09/11/2011: Nia from Sd, Ca replies: "I had no clue what ACV was--LOL! Thanks for "spelling" it out. =)"
10/10/2011: Scorpioempress from Ridgecrest, Ca, Usa replies: "I too use lugols. I use 2 drops a day. I was diagnosed with low thyroid, but I do not need the thyroid meds while one iodine supplementation. (?! ?!) I'd rather take a nutrient than a medicine.

Jessica"

[YEA]  10/10/2011: Patrice from Sudbury, Ontario replies: "I must agree with Ted. Iodine is a basic supplement that the body needs (Edgar Cayce said also). In my case, I had many symptoms (fatigue, runny nose, intestine mal absorption, brain fog sometimes, low libido, greying of hair and hair loss) medical testing of low testosterones. Since finding the right amount of iodine to take (50mg Lugol 2.2%) I have seen much a difference in absorption, energy level, and alertness. I recommend iodine."


[YEA]  10/19/2007: Patrick from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: "Apple Cider Vinegar & Cayenne (Cure) -- After a long stressful work week and having a flight canceled, I could feel a sore throat coming on. Did a quick search for sore throat cures and happened upon this web site; read the remedy, purchased the ingredients I was missing, and low and behold not ten minutes later and my sore throat is completely gone."






 



 

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