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Posted by Tamairo (Milwaukee, United States) on 02/12/2008

[YEA]  I read through a wealth of information here. I was very skeptical about using tobasco sauce! It is just way too hot. However, I didn't have any in my kitchen anyway. If I did, I probably would have used it as bad as my throat was hurting. I ended up using a derivative of the tobasco sauce. I got the Louisiana Hot Sauce from my cupboard. I read the ingredients and Cayenne Pepper was in there. So I figured, what the hell! Most people on here have said that it works, I am in so much pain! I thought, well, my throat feels so bad, it can't do anything but get better from this. I took a small 4 ounce plastic cup. I put about six shakes of hot sauce, and the rest hot water. I gargled with this solution for about 5-6 gargles in a row. The first few times, my throat felt like it was on fire. I thought that the fire department would need to be called. I was looking for a fire extinguisher! Anyway, to my surprise, this remedy actually gave me alot of relief! I couldn't believe it! I am going to see how I feel in the morning. I was just about to go to the ER. I just decided to search the net first and found this site. Awesome guys! Thanks for your helpful suggestions! I feel alot better.

Posted by Christopher (Springfield, MO) on 02/12/2008

[YEA]  One more thing: if you're using milk to unbond the capsicum from your mouth and stop the burning, I'd advise just rinsing with it and not swallowing. You should avoid eating dairy products as much as possible while fighting a cold because they cause your body to secrete more mucous and phlegm--which means that you'll actually be making your congestion worse.

Posted by Chris (Springfield, MO) on 02/11/2008

[YEA]  I've found another good vehicle for the cayenne sore throat cure is bouillon broth. It ads to the beneficial effects of the hotness the other beneficial effects of salt exposure. I don't have any cayenne or Tabasco on hand (and the weather is not such that I can easily get out and get them right now), but I have Sriracha, which is a hot pepper/garlic sauce I got from a local Oriental food market. I mixed a teaspoon or so of it with the beef bouillon (didn't really measure, just squirted a glob in that looked about that size), and it worked well.

Posted by Brandon (Pasadena, Maryland) on 02/06/2008

[YEA]  Hello, today I got a bad sore throat and found this site. I'm only 15 so I don't have a lot of this crazy stuff people have laying around but I read about people using different kinds of hots, so I thought about things I have like that. A1 Steak Sauce (best stuff ever) came to my head. The way this work is, you get a table spoon and fill it with A1, then one by one drink 5-10 spoon fulls of it in a row very fast(between 5-8 sec between each spoon full), in about 3-7 min my throat stopped hurting. The measurements for this will probably varies for more or less server cases, and I don't suggest chugging the bottle. Only thing bad that happened is a bit of face sweating from the A1. ((And you'll have less sauce for your steak!!)) One more thing that could be important is, my A1 was cold, I know it adds something to it that I don't get from warm A1. So if your a steak guy, or a woman married to a steak guy, or a steak woman this is a great tasting cure for a sore throat.

Posted by Bob (Monroe, LA) on 12/31/2007

[YEA]  I didn't have any Tabasco but I had some habanero sauce. I swallowed a spoon full and my sore throat ceased immediately. I'm sweating a little from the heat of the sauce but it is a welcome relief from my sore throat.

Posted by AL (Kuching, Malaysia) on 08/30/2007

[YEA]  I had read alot of positive feedback about using cayenne pepper powder to cure sore throat but unfortunately, in this part of the world, cayenne pepper isn't easy to find. So I thought I'd try a substitute instead-pure chilli powder which we keep an abundant supply because we cook curries so much.Then I decided to combine the other effective ingredient which have been also highly recommended by readers here-ACV! I had a terrible sore throat which was hurting very badly so I mixed a teaspoon of chilli powder with a 1/4 cup of ACV, then diluted the mixture with 1/2 cup of warm water and gargled 1/2 of it. The back of the throat burned a little but I didn't make much out of it. Then I rinsed my mouth and drank some water before going to bed.It didn't seem any better immediately after but the next morning , when I woke up, the pain in the throat was gone although I still felt as if a cough was still going to come up.I gargled the mixture again throughout the day, about 2 hourly and by evening, the sore throat was totally gone. I tried it with my children, aged 4 -13 and it worked for all of them too. Although my 4- year old felt it was too hot for her, she quickly took a chip of ice to cool her throat down. I must also add, it will not work if it's only done once a day-it will only be effective if it's gargled at least 3-4 hourly and for a very bad sore throat, every 2 hours.

Posted by Barb (phila, pa) on 07/11/2007

[YEA]  I fill a spray bottle with cayenne and water/honey/lemon, and I don't have the problem of burning lips, mouth etc. I squirt it down my throat (i'm using an old Cloraseptic bottle), and I avoid that unpleasant feeling in and around my mouth.

Posted by Sam (Ewa Beach, Hawaii) on 03/21/2007

[YEA]  Been using hot peppers for ever, but I just take a very small bite of Tai, Jalpeno, Habanero or whatever hot pepper I have on hand. Your saliva starts to flow like crazy but then just swallow very slowly, letting your choice of pepper ease down the throat. Don't choke and I can eat unusually hot food I am told. But it works like a charm within hours it you can handle the heat.

Hot Tea   8  2   

Posted by Sara (Des Moines, Iowa) on 11/01/2011

[YEA]  What I do, is I take a cup of boiling hot water let it cool a little, but while it is cooling I take a little slice of lemon and squeeze some juice out of it. Then stir in raw honey, after my tea is to my "darkness" of choosing I sit outside on cool fall nights and drink my tea slowly. And you **might** be thinking "But doesn't the cold make your cold worse?" Actually it helps me because I absolutely see no help in being stuck in the air that has been polluted by my sickness.

Posted by Mountaingirl (Asheville, Nc, United States) on 09/08/2009

[YEA]  Hot Tea for sore throat

1/2 large lemon
dash powdered cayenne
dash powdered ginger
1 tsp. manuka honey

2 cups before bed took away my sore throat completely. I've tried this in the past but never with so much lemon. I enjoy sour and this was almost too much for me but did the trick amazingly well. I knew it was working from the pleasant burn during and after drinking it.

Posted by Michelle (Colorado Springs, CO) on 12/03/2006

[NAY]  I have had a very bad sore throat going on 10 days now!! I'm 11 weeks pregnant so I unfortunately can't take a lot of medicines. So almost every website I went to said to drink hot tea with lemon and honey. I have been drinking this for 3 days, even trying to change the amount of lemon and honey I put in it and the level of hot I can stand. My throat is still just as sore and wasn't even relieved for a couple minutes. I'm sure it works great for some people but I have not had good luck with it.

Replied by Ch In Iah
Houston, Tx
To Michelle from Co. Springs: if your sore throat has lasted for 10 days, it is probably more than just a sore throat. You might need a traditional remedy which your doctor can assign or prescribe even while you are pregnant.
Replied by Saida
Nyc, Ny
are you sure? my mom usually put vicks but I can tell that hot tee is good 4 u because the hot steem will heal him.

Posted by Jenny (Santa Barbara) on 02/06/2006

[NAY]  i did the hot tea with honey and lemon and to tell you the truth it didn't do anything for me. all it did was plug up my nose i guess i'll have to try something else.

Posted by Melissa (Selma, Alabama)

[YEA]  Drink hot tea with lemon and honey to relieve sore throat and laryngitis.

Replied by Caiti
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
I have swollen lymph nodes, a sore throat with white sores which makes it uncomfortable to swallow. A few nanas here in Mexico have suggested to me, in the morning to drink camomile tea and separately eat a tablespoon of honey with lime juice added to it (pretty tastey! ). Also, during the day to drink tea from the flower of Boganvilia, gargle with salt water sporadically, and avoid breathing through my mouth. And obviously, rest and stay warm! All day yesterday I was completely wiped out, but after following this, I feel wayy better energy wise, and my throat has improved although is still swollen and a bit uncomfortable. Hopefully with one more day of patience, I'll be cured!

Posted by Julie (Edina MN)

[YEA]  make a cup of your favorite tea, add a slice of lemon, lemon juice, 2-3 tablespoons of honey and add aloe vera juice, you can mix some ginger or cinnamon in too if you want: It works great! my throat cleared up overnight.

Replied by Harold
Brandon, Florida
Hot tea with Ginger does help some with sore throat pain, but avoid sugar as it will only aggravate the congestion. A warm salty water gargle is also helpful and recomended by MD's, DO's, homeopathic and my late mother.

Posted by Marina (Harrison City, PA)

[YEA]  Drinking tea always works for me. I usually drink mine with french vanilla creamer and sugar. It tastes good and it helps my throat very well.

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