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ACV and Cayenne   53  3   

Posted by Ani (Ontario, Canada) on 07/06/2006

[YEA]  Well i'd been struggling with some form of tonsillitis for over a month. Viral (not strep since two swab tests came back negative, though only AFTER i had already taken an entire bottle of Penicillin!). It became so bad this week that i could hardly swallow. I'd never seen my tonsils so swollen, they were covered in white stuff and the doctor pointed out they were secreting puss - eeeuu! Well I made a tea using hot water, a couple spoons of apple cider vinegar and about 1/3 - 1/2 tspn of cayenne pepper. All symptoms are COMPLETELY gone after only 2 days of drinking this once or twice a day. REMARKABLE! I will drink this in a more diluted form on a daily basis as it gave me energy and makes me feel great in general

Posted by Ed (Ocoee, fl) on 06/15/2006

[YEA]  First time I have ever been to the Earth Clinic site, and as I had a terrible sore throat and the beginnings of the Flu, I thought I'd try anything. I tried gargling with ACV and Cayenne it took care of it immediately, could not believe anything would work that fast. The next day I woke up with the Flu. I tried the ACV drink and without taking anything else, the Flu was gone in two days. Truly amazing! I have told everyone about the site and my cure. Most impressive - Thanks

Posted by Diane (PA) on 05/08/2006

[YEA]  I developed swollen lymph nodes inside my throat - right one was so swollen I could feel it through the outside of my neck and this all developed in 2 days. My doctor is on vacation and I remember hearing something about vinegar so I looked it up and wound up mixing straight apple cider vinegar (store brand) and McCormick Cayenne Pepper powder in a glass and gargled 3 times. The pain was significantly reduced for me and now I am having a hot cup of Irish Breakfast Tea with honey and lemon juice. I plan to keep going with the cayenne and vinegar.

Posted by Steve on 05/04/2006

[YEA]  This hit me last Sunday, as I was exhausted, for no reason. Then I woke up Mon. with a slight sore throat, that got worse later in the day. Tues. it hit me like a freight train. I had a horrible sore throat that went all through my neck up to my ear. There wasn't a spot on me that didn't hurt to the touch. Every joint ached. My teeth even hurt. I started taking my wife's ACV on Tues.. Yesterday I put in a little red pepper. Last night I woke up in a cold, thick sweat. Today I feel 100% better with only a mild sore throat and no aches. I am still very weak though, I don't what this was, but I'm sure it was some type of flu. The guys at work gave me this and they went to the Dr. so I'll ask them. Thanks for the tips!!!

Posted by Kristin (Dallas, TX) on 04/02/2006

[NAY]  Sorry guys I tried the ACV and the Cayenne Pepper mixed together and diluted down with some water and had no success as of yet. Then, out of desperation, I did a straight shot of the AVC and rinsed with water, still no results. I'll keep trying and see how the day goes!

Replied by Pussy-galore
Madison, Ohio
Try the ACV and salt. It works!

Posted by Julia (Santa Ana)

[YEA]  This is a fantastic combo. My throat felt immediately better and I am now highly energized. Still spitting out mucous 10 minutes after finishing the drink. I had no idea there was so much mucous in my throat (couldn't feel it). Yikes. I will continue to drink this as a daily health tonic, I think.

ACV and Raspberry Tea   1  0   

Posted by Lynn (Waterville, Maine) on 08/15/2007

[YEA]  I learned about raspberry tea and started using a cup of warm raspberry tea with 1/2tsp of apple cider vinegar to gargle with and spit back out. I freaked when I saw the gunk it was nasty. If caught in time it gives a nice relief of a sore throat. From time to time I just gargle to keep from getting a build up of gunk. Especially during allergy seasons. I hope this helps as it did for me.

ACV, Baking Soda, Cayenne   1  0   

Posted by Paul (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/11/2009

[YEA]  Yes the cayenne pepper works wonders. so does baking soda because of its alkalinity. (bacteria love an acidic environment) But I highly recommend putting a roll of toilet paper in the freezer for when you need it, and boy will you need it. I felt like i was giving birth to a marine distress flare on the toilet.

Also something that is of "enormous" help. WARMTH. keep the neck area warm as possible with a large towel. and sleep with it on all night. you'll be amazed at what a difference it makes. White blood cells in your saliva love love loves warmth, and they are more active in a warm environment.

SO WHAT WORKS FOR ME. First gargle apple cider to quickly remove the flem to expose the bacteria or virus, then hit it with baking soda. the baking soda makes the infected area alkaline. then hit it with the cayenne pepper. then wrap up the neck area with a towel and sleep with it on. If that doesn't work, I'll be dammed !

Replied by Sundrop881
Rockford, Illinois
I would be careful about using the baking soda as a great uncle of mine used it almost daily as an anti-acid and eventually it burned holes in his stomach.

I had a sore throat. I just took my tonic (composed of lemon juice, tomato juice, grated garlic and some hot sauce) with 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and swallowed when I was on my back. I took about 3-4 sips and now my sore throat is gone and I feel like a human being. Other than my stomach is a little jittery, I feel Okay. My nose is still plugged, but I am working on it with a saline nose spray. Thanks, I can finally do some work now.

Antiseptic Mouthwash   2  2   

Posted by Jane (Grove City, OH, USA) on 10/14/2008

[YEA]  Listerine. It cures your throat sores immediately, doesn't taste gross, and it makes your breath smell better. Use the amount you usually do for mouthwash rinsing, or if you haven't used it before use about one tablespoon. Gargle it as far back as you can without swallowing it. It really takes away the burn!

Replied by Joey
Toronto, Ontario
[NAY]   This stuff is a lie, it makes you foam haha, I tried it, don't try it, it doesn't even work either.
Replied by Jennifer
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I used anticeptic mouthwash during the first day I noticed an irrated throat. I used the normal amount stated on the bottle for mouthwash but I made sure to allow it to reach the far back of my throat. It does help it to immediately feel better, but I wouldn't say that it cured my ailment. I have had a sore throat for several days and today I tried both Cayenne, and later ACV straight with honey like a shot. Just now I tried the salt water gargle. All have helped but we will see how fast I recover.
Replied by Matthew
Philladelphia, PA
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Antiseptic Mouthwash [Listerine] made my sore throat better, but not cured. It took the sharp edge off of my sore throat, but it definitely didn't cure it.
Replied by Andrew
Lansing, Michigan
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   when i heard that listerine worked, i tried gurgling it in my mouth a couple times. It works but it doesnt cure your sore throat completely. It makes your throat feel alot better. And it gives you a fresh breath.
Replied by Lea
Wabash, In
[NAY]   The Antiseptic mouth wash work slightly for me when I treid this. I think relief in that area the mouthwash was able to reach lasted for a total of 5ish minutes. I have an extreme sore throat which from what I've read sounds like it could be strep or Mono. Though I've had both tests done for it, saddly it isn't either but a bad viral one. Salt Water provided more relief for me than mouthwash.
Replied by Emily
Cape Coral, Florida, United States
[YEA]   I had a really bad sore throat and my friend was supposed to come over later. I read this, ran upstairs, and started to gargle. To be honest I didn't check how much I used, but I would assume it was about two tablespoons. As soon as I started gargling I started to feel better. It definantly worked for me.
Replied by Gerald
Columbus, Ohio
Listerine will help with a sore throat, but only a little. The reason for that is the fact that you are not swallowing the listerine. So basically you are only treating the upper part of the throat. The other remedys are having you swallow some of the concoction so the entire throat is being treated.

Basically, for any sore throat remedy to be really effective it needs to be something you swallow, and be something that clings to the surface of the throat tissues after you have swallowed so it continues to work even after you have finished gargling/swallowing. Thats why pepper works well.... the particles cling to the mouth and throat.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne   5  0   

Posted by May (Melbourne, Australia) on 01/16/2012

[YEA]  I took AL from malaysia's advice on the apple cider vinegar mixed with ground chillies. I woke up with a terrible sore throat this morning and it has lasted all day - 5 mins ago my voice was croaky and horribly sore. I just gargled Apple Cider Vinegar and chili pepper diluted with water and I feel better already! My voice is almost back to normal! Thank you so much!

Posted by Kyle (Clarksville, Tn) on 08/07/2011

[YEA]  I just happened to find this site while desperately searching for something to help my sore throat. Its the middle of summer and I didn't exactly have a stock of conventional cold/flu medicine at my home. I did have Nyquil, but it was already 0530 and I did not want to sleep the rest of my Sunday away just to treat a sore throat. Thats where this site came in. I tried a suggestion on here of 8oz of boiling water, 1/4tsp of Cayenne pepper and a couple TBs of ACV. From the moment I took the first sip I was sold. I felt instant relief. I've been gargling/drinking the mixture for the last 15 - 20 minutes and my throat soreness is almost completely gone! I'm going to keep this regiment up throughout the day in hopes that by this evening I won't have anything to worry about. Thanks for providing a place where people can share these types of remedies with one another!

Replied by Amber
Seattle, Wa
[YEA]   Came down with a raging sore throat, headache & fever yesterday. Was really too sick to do anything but sleep. This morning my throat was still on fire so I resorted to the disgusting recepie that always works after gargling with Hydrogen Peroxide.

8 oz. Hot water, 1 shot glass ACV, 2 TBL honey & 1/2 tsp cayenne. Today I added something else, smashed clove of garlic in a tea ball to steep in my horrible tea. Well, sore throat has lessened and congestion is breaking up. Why resist what Mother Nature gives us when it works so well?

Posted by Ms. Kaye (Indianapolis, Indiana) on 02/03/2010

[YEA]  Concoction of apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, dash of salt, honey, lemon, organic throat coat tea bag, and honey and lemon tea bag helped my sore throat. Taking Acv straight works, but if u can't stand the taste try this:

ACV: 2-3tbsp; sprinkle of cayenne pepper; a dash of sea salt or reg.salt; 2tsp honey; slice of lemon;(cut in half and sqeeze juice in tea, remove pulp & place in cup) the other half garnish cup, eat after tea is gone; steep organic throat coat for 3-5 mins. & take out. Steep and leave the black tea & honey teabag in glass. SIP, gargle, & swallow. Taste is ok. May not be the best but u should feel better. Repeat as neccessary.

I decided to combine all the remedies into a nice herbal tea. U can add brandy to this. You will sleep well and you will be able to swallow.

Posted by C.summers (Fort Worth, Tx Usa) on 01/18/2010

[YEA]  I'm 33 yrs old, have had a bad sore throat for 4 days & it's FINALLY going away thanks to this website!!! I read everyones posts & suggestions & tweaked your ideas to make up my own. Here's what I did:

1) Went & got fresh ginger (which I peeled), carrots, apple, lemon (use whatever qty you like) - juiced & drank

2) made a concoction of 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tblsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 tblsp. honey, 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice - add hot water & a splash of cold water --- gargle as many times as you wish & then continue gargling as you feel like it

3) OPTIONAL - same concoction as #2 MINUS the cayenne pepper - drink it down

I'm telling you - it works! Yesterday I thought I was dying & today I'm almost 100% back to me. WOO HOO!!! Good luck!!!

Replied by Liliana
Montreal, Qc
I feel so bad is my 2nd day plus I have to work, I will try this without the cayenne, hope it works. Salt and water didn't do anything, thanks for your recipe i'll let you know what happens.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide   1  0   

Posted by Joe (Toledo, Oh) on 11/29/2009

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide cure for Sore Throat

The last two times I woke up and had a sore throat coming on strong, I used the following method to relieve it overnight. Do this once in the morning, once in the mid-day, and once before bead. And repeat the following day after throat is feeling better.

1. Use Hydrogen Peroxide 3% (any generic brand) as a gargle, make use to gargle enough to get both sides of the tonsils! You can dillute with equal parts water, just make sure to gargle about a half cup if you do (ex: gargle a little, spit, and repeat until gone)

2. Use Hydrogen Peroxide 3% to clean/disinfect ears. (I read somewhere that most viral/bacterial illnesses start in the ears and that if not treated there will persist for days) Clean ears out as good as possible with cotton swab/q-tip. Take a dropper or use the cap and put a good splash (3 drops or so)of Hydrogen Peroxide in each ear, tilting your head and letting it fizz in your ear for about 2 or 3 minutes (on each side). I read that you should not do this if you have tubes in your ear! You can also use a cotton swab/q-tip soaked in peroxide to clean ears if uncomfortable with the first method (which is preferred).

At this point I like to repeat the gargle just to make sure I got it all.

Lastly, Take 2-3 TBL ACV (preferrably organic but it doesn't matter) and 1 TBL Honey (preferrably raw and unfiltered but it doesn't matter) and add to about 1/4 to 1/3rd cup of water (preferrably warm). Take a few big gulps, and some little ones and get it on tonsils. With last swallow gargle it before swallowing.

This covers and eliminates the infection in the throat, the mouth, and the ears.

I have tested this method twice with success. It is rather inexpensive and works great! And it takes about 5 to 10 minutes 3 times a day. The only nagging problem is the congestion which I just use some vapor rub on my chest, throat, and under my nose to get some relief.

Aspirin   1  0   

Posted by Dallas (Hayesville, NC) on 04/03/2008

[YEA]  For many years, when I had started to get a soar throat I would take 2 aspirins and let them melt on the back of my throat and let them disolve. This would usually cure the soar throat if I did it early enough.

Replied by Keshia
Jersey City, NJ
My throat had been hurting me since last night. I just tried letting the aspirin dissolve some at the back of my throat, and I'm feeling much better already! I hope it lasts! Thanks!

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