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Cayenne Pepper Sore Throat Remedy

Home Remedy Ingredients:

  • Cayenne Pepper - 1 teaspoon
  • Warm Water - Small Glass

Far and away the most popular sore throat remedy. Add a teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper to a glass of warm water and repeatedly gargle with it. Sore throat pain vanishes, and other cold-like symptoms improve as well! (If your lips are raw, put on a little chapstick first to protect them.)

EC Contributor Instructions:

Penny from Fresno, California: "If it is too late, as in strep, it takes gargling with cayenne in water every fifteen minutes until it goes, and be patient, because it GOES. I haven't had a sore throat take hold in 15 years or more, though many have tried to start up, which also is a way for many illnesses to sprout. I generally will gargle cayenne in water at whatever strength I like and do it as much as I can until I tire of it, and then repeat every fifteen minutes, each time swallowing a tiny bit real slowly (not necessary). It only stings the tongue a little when spitting out, otherwise, no discomfort, you can get used to even the swallowing part when you see how well it works. I use the cheap Mexican stuff, but also keep on hand in refrigerator the pesticide free stuff from health store. Cayenne is a miracle cure for ulcers and so many other conditions, plus aids assimilation of nutrients and vitamins. I will keep cayenne in water in the bathroom in case I get up in the night, so I can gargle once in the night if I am very sick, but if it is in water, it will go bad quickly and needs to be put back in refridge in morning. Afterwards suck on a clove (see below). I have never seen a sore throat that won't succumb to it."

EC TIP: DON'T STOP TAKING THE CAYENNE!
Cayenne doesn't always work within the first hour or two. If you've had a sore throat for days, you will need to keep up the gargling for at least one day if not two. Your lingering sore throat will disappear. Many of the folks who reported a NAY rating in the Cayenne section are reporting negative results after a very short period of time.

[YEA]  09/01/2007: Catie from Lewisville, Texas: "I took Al from Malaysia's advice and tried the chili pepper version because I don't have cayenne on hand and couldn't muster up the energy to pile the kids in the car to go get some. First let me say that I believe my sore throat is allergy related. It's hard to take anything to help my "scratchy" throat without putting myself to sleep, being that all allergy medicine has antihistimine. That being said, I generously sprinkled the chili pepper into my coffee, and it didn't taste that bad. Then I got brave and warmed up about 1/2 c. of water, a squirt of generic honey, and 1/8 tsp. of chilli pepper. That went down surprisingly easy. Plus, before I even finished my cup of warm water I was beginning to feel a difference. Thank you Earth Clinic!"


[YEA]  08/31/2007: Shane from Boynton Beach, FL: "I was quite skeptical of the cayenne treatment to the throat, But I tried it and what do you know, My severe sore throat pain is pretty much all gone 24 hours later, You saved my vacation, Thanks."


[YEA]  08/30/2007: Alyssa from Bull Valley, Illinois: "I, like a lot of people, am absolutely miserable when I have a sore throat. Last night I could feel I had a sore throat coming on so I drank a cup of lemon tea with honey, but I woke up at 4 a.m. with a terrible sore throat. Miserably I tried to sleep, but I couldn't... The worst part was that this is the last weekend of summer vacation and I had some really big plans with my friends which I would not be able to fully enjoy if i had a sore throat, bugging me everytime I talked, swallowed, ate, or drank. So I googled sore throat remedies and this website came up. I scanned through it and thought, "pepper? no way!" but I was desperate so I ran out to the store and got a tiny little shaker of cayenne ground red pepper. I paid 4 bucks for that little thing, but I was so desperate. I got home and warmed up a mug of water and put a tiny spoonful of the pepper in. The water turned an icky red and I was afraid to drink it... but I knew I had to try it, I mean like 200 other people posted here and said it worked great, so I gargled a little bit. Besides my mouth burning, my throat was the same, if not worse. So I tried swallowing a little and my throat burned terribly. I was annoyed that I believed that it would actually work, but than a couple minutes later, the pain in my throat was reduced by like 75%! I was so happy! I'm going to drink a little of this every 15 minutes to keep my throat nice and pain free! Tonight I'll drink some Theraflu (helps all cold symptoms) mixed with blueberry tea, and a little bit of the pepper. Hopefully it will be gone by morning. Thanks so much earthclinic."


[YEA]  08/30/2007: Sean from Charleston, SC: "Gargling with Cayenne Pepper helped my sore throat immensely. I put together James from Georgia's concoction to further help my throat and and never in my life have I been more afraid to drink something. It does taste like I am drinking the wing sauce straight but it has rid me of much phlegm and aided my sore throat. My throat still burned a bit but once it went away so did most of the pain in my throat as well as some congestion."


[NAY]  08/17/2007: Eric from Ontario, Canada: "The Cayenne pepper remedy did not work at all for me I have tried it several times over the past year and has about as much effect as throat losenges. If you have a really really sore throat the only way to cure it is antibiotics trust me I went 3 weeks with a horendous sore throat before giving in and within 3 days I was cured there more expensive but so worth the money."


[YEA]  08/12/2007: Penny from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: "I had a bad sore throat (which is not something I typically get) for about a week so headed off to the doctor to ensure it wasn't strep. It wasn't and I was told to wait it out. I had to find another option and came across your website and the Cayenne Pepper gurgle. I like Cayenne so it wasn't a stretch. I did 2 Gargles the first night and then maybe 2 times a day as needed for the next 2 days and my sore throat was gone! It did take a 2-3 days to completely work but it did! Amazing - I'm telling everyone I know about this!"


[YEA]  08/08/2007: Cory from pineville, Kentucky: "Thank you SO much. I used the cayenne pepper mix and within 30 minutes my throat stopped hurting and I could eat. Is there any way I can donate to your website? If it weren't for this site, I would've had to tough it out!"


[YEA]  08/06/2007: Anna from Stockton, CA: "I was sitting at work suffering from an awful sore throat that appeared three days ago and has only gotten worse when I stumbled upon this site and its various recommendations for sore throat remedies. I couldn't leave work, so I asked around if anyone had cayenne pepper. My boss handed me a little container of crushed red pepper flakes, which I threw in a cup of hot water and gargled. I have a high tolerance for spice, so I actually enjoyed the burn, but I could also feel it working fairly quickly. Swallowing hurts a lot less just a half-hour later!"


[NAY]  08/04/2007: Karen from Tampa, Floirda: "My 15 year old son had a really bad sore throat. Being in the medical field I wasn't quite sure this would work but what the heck we tried it. Unfortunately it did not work for him. However, for those of you who swear by it good for you."


[YEA]  07/30/2007: Kim from Atlanta, Georgia: "Worked great!!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!! I could kiss you! My throat had been sore for a month and I tried everything from listerine to peroxide, lemon & honey, halls, you name it I tried it. After gargling with the cayenne pepper my throat felt better within an hour and several hours later my sore throat was completely gone! Thanks a bunch, you just saved me a trip to the doctor which I really couldn't afford since I don't have health insurance."


[YEA]  07/26/2007: Akhee from East Sroudsburg, PA: "7/26/07 I attended a night pool party last Thursday and the next day I woke up with a sore throat and a temperature of 99.5. I used my old stand by Listerine but the next day the pain was still there. I tried different rhemedies for three days with no success. Then I found your website and tried 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder in 1/2 glass of warm water every 30 minutes. When I went to bed I still had pain but when I awoke in the morning it was like I had a new throat. Cayenne Pepper cured my sore throat. No pain and no temperature, thanks."


[NAY]  07/25/2007: Brian from Seminole, Florida: "Well I really wanted to it work and maybe it did a little but over all my tonsils hurt so horrible. I tried it about 7 or so times in less then 2 days and it really didnt do to much I am still in a good amount of pain. I must be to far gone for it to work anymore and thats a shame I really thought it would work. Oh well just pray for me I can barly sleep or eat."


[YEA]  07/23/2007: Luis from New York, NY: "So I've been having a sore throat for the last 6 days. Today saw a doctor and she prescribed Zithromax 5 day treatment. We'll see. However, the pain I have in my throat is terrible and I can't swallow. 3 advils do not help. So I came here and found the Cayenne Pepper Water gargle thing. I went, took 1 teaspoon into 1/2 cup warmish water. the first few gargles went well.. Im used to spicy food so the tongue thing didn't worry me. But my throat pain is deeper than the gargle hits. So the last round I let some of the solution drop deeper into my throat. When it came into contact with whatever is irritated, my entire head caught fire. I had extraordinary pain from my throat through my ears and I was tearing and shaking uncontrollably, gripping my sink with both hands....I howled from the pain. it took a good 5 minutes and deep breathing to calm down. Basically, I maced myself it seems. This did nothing for the pain in my throat either, only, it showed me that the infection does in fact radiate to my ears. Now I will wait for the antibiotic to kick in I think. Im still shaken up by it but I think I'll survive."


[SIDE EFFECTS]  07/23/2007: Luis from New York, NY: "So I've been having a sore throat for the last 6 days. Today saw a doctor and she prescribed Zithromax 5 day treatment. We'll see. However, the pain I have in my throat is terrible and I can't swallow. 3 advils do not help. So I came here and found the Cayenne Pepper Water gargle thing. I went, took 1 teaspoon into 1/2 cup warmish water. the first few gargles went well. I'm used to spicy food so the tongue thing didn't worry me. But my throat pain is deeper than the gargle hits. So the last round I let some of the solution drop deeper into my throat. When it came into contact with whatever is irritated, my entire head caught fire. I had extraordinary pain from my throat through my ears and I was tearing and shaking uncontrollably, gripping my sink with both hands... I howled from the pain. it took a good 5 minutes and deep breathing to calm down. Basically, I maced myself it seems. This did nothing for the pain in my throat either, only, it showed me that the infection does in fact radiate to my ears. Now I will wait for the antibiotic to kick in I think. I'm still shaken up by it but I think I'll survive."

Replies
11/10/2009: Damaris from Queens, Ny replies: "Dude, that was the funniest home remedy story i've ever heard. I visited this site to find a remedy for my sore throat, and laughed my ass so hard, i cried, & now my sore throat has lessened. CAYENNE PEPPER is HOT!! Thanks for the laugh."
12/27/2009: Crystal from Woodbridge, Va replies: "OMG!!! I just wet myself laughing!!!! My throat has been hurting like horrible for the past 3 days. But your testimony just made me feel a little better!!! Thanks for the laugh...i may just wait and go to the doctor now!"
01/18/2010: Ga_peach from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "You Howled in pain! I am laughing and crying, man I cant stop laughing! That laughter will cure anything!"
02/10/2010: Carla from Austin, Tx replies: "Im sitting in front of my computer searching for some home remedies to ease the pain I'm having from my sore throat. I can't hardly swallow nor talk without it killing me. But I must admit, I was about to go to the kitchen and mix me up some of this Cayenne treatment until I read your testimonial. Not only did it change my mind but it made me laugh my butt off! You are too funny! Yeah...I think I better wait to see the doc in the morning."
02/22/2010: M from Aruba replies: "I have to tell you it really works. I am all about natural cures and when growing up in Europe the cure was gargle with salt water to eating raw garlic clove with a bit of butter and both work but the cayenne pepper is much better and you don't taste it. For me it worked in 20 min the first time I gargle I took vit C and garlic as well but in the morning I felt perfect. I don't like taking pills as they all have side effects so give it a try before you go for the medications."
03/01/2010: Evelyn from San Francisco, Ca replies: "I go to this site for all home remedies/alternative remedies...I have a sore throat that is so painful after 2 days of dealing with it, and after reading this testimonial I think I laughed and teared my sore throat off because I feel a lesser pain than I had prior to reading this. This is just way TOO Funny--Thank you for the laugh...I can't stop laughing, Dude!"
03/03/2010: Dwight from Pine Bluff, Ar replies: "My comments are to Luis of NY. My first time to this site. I have never laughed so hard on the computer as I have today. I can only imagine, how much more funny your experience would be if told in person."
03/16/2010: Michelle from Charlotte, Nc replies: "Luis, I want to say "Thank You" for making me feel better. My throat is killing me and I'm looking for a quick cure. You have lifted my spirits from "howling at the moon to macing yourself". You're the best and I think I won't take a chance with the Cayenne Pepper cure. LOL!!!"


[YEA]  07/20/2007: Chirs from Northvale, NJ writes: "SORETHROAT, well I had a sorethroat for two full weeks, on amoxacillan anti's and nothing, after one application I could feel the affects of the cayenne pepper, the next morning completly gone, I mean like a miracle as I tried everything, honey, lemon, tea, salt water, peroxide--you name it. I made a simple solution of 1 tablesppon of pepper ( cayenne ) one tbl spook of salt, mixed together in hot/warm water and gargled, maybe about 5 or 6 times, every 30 mins or so, and presto gone. I had to write in as all the medication and antobotics in the world did nothing but this worked! amazing."






 



 

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