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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]  04/02/2007: Julie from Marlborough, Massachusetts: "I've had the worst sore throat for three days, and since I recently changed doctors my new doctor was not going to be able to see me for at least a week (call me impatient, but there's no way i can sit around in this kind of pain for over a week). so i checked out this site, and i tried the cayenne pepper cure. I added my own twist to it, I took a can of tomato soup and added a very large amount of cayenne pepper, plus some crushed red pepper flakes and some powdered garlic. it stung like the dickens going down, but less than two hours later i feel so much better. i could barely swallow anything this morning, it hurt so bad i was almost in tears, i can't believe this made me feel so much better in such a short amount of time. i'm going to keep drinking the soup and cayenne pepper and see how everything goes. thank you!!!"


[YEA]  03/29/2007: Hayley from England, england: "cayenne pepper helped to cure my extremely sore throat i gargled 1tsp in warm water and immediately noticed a difference gargled every hour just got better and better."


[YEA]  03/28/2007: Travis from Redondo Beach, CA: "COMBO THERAPY! Wow! Okay here's what I did..

First of all, it's 2AM and I COULDN'T SLEEP. I googled "sore throat remedies" and found this and another site who kept talking about "cayenne" the amazing remedy. Great but what if it's 2AM and no 24 hour grocery stores nearby? (scratch, scratch)

Here's the solution; go to 711, buy Tabasco sauce, a lemon and alka seltzer. (First I just read a bit more to make sure I wasn't just being too spontaneous, a time or two Tabasco was mentioned; I also read about the guys mom who's a Chemist; she mentioned gargling with lime juice, then baking soda to quickly change the PH and kill the bacteria).

So I first dripped the sauce down the back of my throat.. kinda weird but the "burn" felt tingly and kind of good. Wasn't really doing much, so with hot water I squeezed half the lemon, and put in a lot of Tabasco. I then gargled with that a few times and felt satisfied. Then a few minutes later, I squeezed the other 1/2 of the lemon in a cup by itself, and gargled that (it was actually pretty tasty). THEN a few minutes later, I used just a little water, dropped in the Alka Seltzer (made with baking soda and aspirin) and gargled with that a few times.

Almost INSTANTLY my throat was totally relieved. Now, I pray sleep will come and I can carry on with my day tomorrow without being grumpy. Thanks for reading, Hope you feel better soon!"


[YEA]  03/26/2007: Brian from Cirencester, UK: "I wouldn't call it a 'cure' but a very good relief. I had a terrible sore throat but gargling with 1tsp of cayenne in a tumbler of warm water for as long as I could stand took away the pain COMPLETELY for up to about an hour and a half. My throat went in a couple of days but I put that down to me fighting the bugs off. If you find the burning sensation on the lips too much, try a milk drink or yoghurt after gargling. I'll be heading for the spice rack next time I get a sore throat for sure."


[YEA]  03/25/2007: Jenn from Chicago, IL: "I have had terrible pain in my throat for almost 4 days now. The worst part is, it's spring break! I have plans to go to the dells with my best friend tomorrow and I would hate to cancel that. I have already had to cancel movie nights with my friends because of my sore throat. So at last I Googled "Sore Throat Cures" and this site came up! This was the first time I've ever heard of this remedy, but I decided to give it a try because the doctor prescription certainly did nothing. I've only gargled 3 times now, but my throat seems 50% better within 35 minutes or so! Now I don't have to cringe every time I have to swallow or eat something. Thank you so much, now I can go on a trip of a lifetime! Love you guys!"


[YEA]  03/24/2007: Jessica from Camarillo, United States of America: "I just recently tried this, right when I had givin up all hope. I'm only a kid, but this recipe made me feel better. My sore throat was soooo bad, I began to cry. I tried this, and almost instantly I felt better. You need to try this recipe! It worked for me, so it should work for you."


[NAY]  03/20/2007: Phil from Houghton, MI: "I tried using the cayenne pepper for my sore throat. Instead I got the explosive diarreaha and my sore throat is even worse."


[YEA]  03/20/2007: Ricky from Lexington, Texas: "I've had a sore throat for about 2 days now and hadn't planned on using anything because nothing has ever worked in the past. Decided to google "sore throat remedy" this morning and found your site. I ran out at lunch and bought some organic ceyenne pepper and bottled water. I mixed 1 tsp of ceyenne with 12 oz of water and gargled about five times. Believe it or not, my sore throat is already almost gone. Great remedy! Now I'm going to try the ACV for HBP. Thanks!"


[YEA]  03/20/2007: Girish from Chicago, IL: "Here is why (I think) Cayenne Pepper works: Cayenne Pepper contains Capsaicin - which known to us for long time as a great pain killer. When one gargles with pepper powder, capsaicin overloads the nerve endings in the throat giving instance relief from the pain. If you gargle on a regular basis then the nerves are overloaded and you don't feel pain. Capsaicin is used in chronic pain management exactly for same reason. I don't think it has any curative qualities in this case (like getting rid of the actual infection), but the pain relief is great!"


[NAY]  03/19/2007: Andrew from Andrew, Ontario: "I only heard about this cure as my flu symptoms were subsiding, but the cayenne pepper tea did nothing to help my sore throat."


[YEA]  03/19/2007: ROBERT from BEDFORD , PA: "I HAD A TERRIBLE SORE THROAT AND HAVE'NT HAD ONE LIKE THIS SINCE I WAS A CHILD. I TRIED OVER THE COUNTER STUFF AND IT DID'NT WORK. I LOOKED UP ON THE NET FOR SORE THROAT CURE AND IT LEAD ME TO EARTH CLINIC. I READ ABOUT THE CAYENNE PEPPER CURE AND I WAS VERY SKEPTICAL, BUT KNEW THAT HOME REMEDIES WORK BETTER THEN ALOT OTHER STUFF. I TRIED IT JUST AS IT STATED AND WITHIN A COUPLE OF HOURS, MY THROAT FELT SO MUCH BETTER AND I KEPT IT UP THROUGH OUT THE DAY AND IT WAS ALMOST GONE AND I COULD TALK BETTER AND EVEN EAT NOW. TILL BED TIME I WAS SO IMPRESSED BY THIS I TOLD ALL MY CO WORKERS AND FAMILY THE NEXT DAY. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR WONDERFUL IDEAS."


[YEA]  03/17/2007: Janel from Tampa, Florida: "I had the worst sore throat that began over spring while I was in the Bahamas. I couldn't swallow without this UNBEARABLE pain. When I got back from my vacation I still had the sore throat so I came online and searched some home remedies. I came across this one and just read it because I thought it was a joke. But I began to read all the comments and how it worked so well for everyone. So I thought, why not give it a shot. I went out and bought honey, C. Pepper, and white vinegar. Came home and gargled every 15 minutes for the night, and to my shock my sore throat was gone...I couldnt believe it. This stuff is incredible!!!"


[YEA]  03/17/2007: Dawn from Memphis, TN: "woke up this AM for the 5th day of sinus problems & painful sore throat. read about the cayenne gargle...put a dash or two in a cup of water...heated it up & let it steap for a bit. while waiting, i was having my AM coffee & thought...oh, why not...so i put a dash of cayenne in my coffee while i was waiting. by the time i finished my coffee, the gargle mix was ready...and i noticed that my throat was already feeling better!!. just did the gargle & can breathe better already...sore throat is still sore...but not NEAR as painful!! i'll do this all day today & hope to get more relief. wish i'd found this 5 days ago... woo hoo for cayenne pepper!! :)"


[YEA]  03/17/2007: Angie from Indianapolis, Marion: "I have been feeling terrible for about two days to the point where I ant even swallow my spit without wantig to cry, but until I came across this website, I thought I was dying. I have gargled a 1/2 glass of the cayenne pepper with warm water and I feel so much better. I am going to finish the glass. I just have to keep stirring so the cayenne does not stay in the bottom of the glass. Also watch out for a burning mouth. I will say I'll deal with the burning mouth instead of the sore throat. Thank God for this website."


[YEA]  03/15/2007: Valerie from Flippin, Arkansas: "I googled for "Sore Throat Remedy" and came across this site. I didn't scroll down to any exact recipe, but made my own combination of Cayenne Pepper, Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, and salt. Wow! That sore throat is gone! I gave my husband some which he made faces at and criticized, but now he's asking for the recipe to pass on to others. Thank you so much!"






 



 

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