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Natural Remedies to Cure Strep Throat

Last Modified on Apr 11, 2016

72 User Reviews | 42 YEA | 3 NAY | 5 BETTER BUT NOT CURED    Treatment

Posted by Gracie (Graciechappaqua, New York) on 04/28/2007

[YEA]  Strep Throat is one of the most painful things I have experienced. After relentless tea (I'm sick of going to the bathroom) and coughdrops (which wore away the lining of my mouth), i decided to try a google remedy. After a few sips of Cayenne water my razor blade throat had subsided. THANK THE HEAVENS, my boyfriend is happy because now i dont bother him for tea at 2 am.

Posted by Jenny (Cincinnati, OH) on 04/14/2007

[YEA]  I had horrible flu symptoms and a sore throat. Tested positive for Strep at the Dr. s office. I was put on the ZPack and the symptoms only worsened. As a last resort I looked for any remedy... and found the cayenne pepper recipe! My throat is actually starting to feel better in just 2 hours! Thank you!!

Posted by Patrick McLean (Chicago, IL) on 04/04/2007

[YEA]  I had a severe Sore throat and was convinced it was to develop into Strep Throat. My symptoms were: Swollen Glands, Sore Throat, difficulty swallowing, and a slight cough. Skeptical to try the remedy, I mixed a teaspoon of 100% Organic Ground Cayenne Pepper with about 12 oz. of water. I gargled for about 5 minutes, getting fed up with the spicy burning in the back of my throat. After that I took a packet of Theraflu Tea medicine and in the morning my throat was 100% better! I highly recommend this remedy and will always use this in the future.

Posted by Jewel (Richmond, VA) on 03/27/2007

[YEA]  CAYENNE PEPPER REALLY WORKS! The first night I mixed cayenne and pure lemon juice, and painted the back of my throat with the mixture. The following day I gargled with 2 tablespoons of African Ground Red Pepper (cayenne) mixed with a 1/2 cup of water. I gargled every hour for 5 hours. I then took 2 Motrin and Tylenol Sore Throat and Cough. My strep throat is GONE!!!!! It only took 2 days to cure it. The third day it was gone. This sure beat taking antibiotics.

Replied by Rop
St. Catharine's, Ontario
How did u paint the back of your throat?

Posted by Emily (Beaumont, TX) on 01/18/2007

[NAY]  After reading all of the positive feedback concerning cayenne pepper and sore throats, I decided to try it. It was very uncomfortable and after a day and a half, my throat just got worse. The third day after my symptoms increased, I went to the doctor and found out I had strep. I honesty think the cayenne pepper exacerbated my throat. I will say, however, that I have been accompanying my antibiotics with a mixture of 2 tbsp pure honey, 2 tbsp Broncolin (Mexican herbal throat syrup), the juice of one large lime, and one clove of chopped up garlic heated in the microwave for one minute. Now THAT has greatly eased my suffering and I would recommed that people try any remedy containing honey and/or garlic, before they try cayenne pepper.

Posted by Stacee (Rexburg, ID) on 01/17/2007

[YEA]  Wow! This works so well! I have spent the last 4 days in bed with strep that even antibiotics hadn't seemed to help. I was taking everything I could think of to make it go away. My throat remained swollen and painful. After not being able to crawl out of bed for 4 days I drug myself to the computer and found this site .I tried your cayenne pepper remedy and it was instant relief! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! I can actually swallow now with out feeling like my head will explode. After not getting any sleep because of the pain I am looking forward to getting a full night of sleep. Thanks again for the great cure! PS the cayenne also worked on the migraine that I have had along with the strep, so I had 2 cures for the price of one!

Posted by Dave (Whitewater, WI) on 01/01/2007

[YEA]  I tried the Cayenne Pepper for Strep Throat. This really works. At first I was a bit skeptical about the whole cayenne pepper, but it really does work!! Within two days my throat was feeling better already. The only thing I don't know is HOW it works, just thank god it works.

Posted by Gord (Toronto, Ontario) on 11/29/2006

[YEA]  It's 4:am and i just woke up gagging on my tonsils. it's 48 hours into a cycle of penicillin my doctor prescribed to me for strep throat and my sore throat's getting worse and my tonsils are so enflamed that they're triggering a gag reflex in the back of my mouth. i've never had a serious infection before and now with the anti-biotics not working i was starting to get worried that it was one of those super-bugs! i couldn't sleep so i jumped online and came across this site. reading the stories calmed me down alot (i'm not prone to anxiety but i think being a father of a toddler has something to do with it) and i immediately whipped up 1/2tsp of cayenne w/ 6 oz. of warm water for a gargle. i don't eat spicy foods because it upsets my stomach but i was pretty desperate. turns out for some reason it's not spicy at all, maybe because i didn't swallow it. just a little tingle and now even that's gone as i'm typing this. my tonsils not touching my tongue anymore so i feel better. i'm gonna gargle a few more times and head for bed. thx for this great site. i'm going to tell my friends about it and the peppers.

Posted by Lorelei (Utah) on 11/03/2006

[YEA]  My husband has been having repeated episodes of strep throat, and passing them on to me. I detest antibiotics because they play havoc with body, but I can't afford not to treat strep throat because I end up with a condition called guttate psoriasis (small, raised, white, scaly patches everywhere, and I mean everywhere, on my body; it took over a year to disapper the last time I had it). My husband has tried grapefruit seed extract to cure his strep throat, but that didn't work at all. So this Halloween, when I felt certain that I had strep throat, I turned to the internet in desperation, and found this site. I'm not a big fan of spicy food, so the strongest dilution I could handle was about 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper in about 6 oz of water. I gargled with it every 15 minutes, as recommended, for 2 hours, and then gave up, feeling that it wasn't helping (and my mouth was on fire). I passed out for a nap, and woke up with my sore throat mostly gone! And I felt like I might even be able to go trick-or-treating with my kids that night! I continued gargling periodically for the rest of that day and the next. It's been a few (gargle-free) days now, and my throat and energy are fine. I'm impressed! I must add that I have also been taking high doses of Vit C and echinacea. While my throat was sore, I was also drinking a lot of warm water with raw honey and lemon. My only complaint is that by the end of the second day, the cayenne pepper gargle made me gag. That night, my husband served up steak that had been marinating in a mixture which included a small amount of cayenne pepper, unbeknownst to me, and I couldn't figure out why the taste of the steak was making me ill until I asked if there was cayenne pepper in it!! I have been perusing the rest of the site, and can't wait to try some more natural cures!

Posted by Mariah (Amherstburg, Ontario) on 09/02/2006

[YEA]  I used half a lemon, two regular spoonfuls of honey, 3 drops of tobasco, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and chopped up half a clove of garlic. i put this all in a huge mug and strained it and drank it taking small sips. It tasted better than i thought, kinda like a spicy lemon instantly my throat was better. Trust me. I get sore throat/strep throat ATLEAST 3 times a year and this really works...Made me sneeze a little the first time though ; ). Try it!

Posted by Kevin (Miami, FL) on 06/29/2006

[YEA]  Go spend the $1.29 right now and get some Cayenne pepper. I am BLOWN AWAY by this cure. I have suffered from sore throats all my life, and nothing has ever worked this quickly and efficiently. I just had strep throat a month and a half ago, lost a week of work, stayed in bed, then finally spent the money to get some antibiotics. I wish I had read this sooner. Yesterday morning I woke up with a feeling of dread as the right side of my throat began hurting just like it did a month ago, and by the end of the day I couldn't talk again and was weak. This is 4th of July weekend and I must party, and I had to find a cure asap. This was it. I could write forever about the hour by hour improvements, but just take everyone's word for it and do this, it's like... all I can TALK about!

Posted by Joe (Carlsbad, CA) on 06/16/2006

[YEA]  It's 1:23 in the morning and i haven't really slept in two days because of the pain of strep throat. I'm absolutely exhausted. Nothing seems to work, not ibuprofen, not niquil. Finally out of desperation i search online for sore throat remedies and find the idea of gargling water mixed with cayenne. Finally....I feel i might be able to go to sleep, and I think i just might, so good night, and thank you SO much.

Posted by Kathleen (LA, CA) on 06/08/2006

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Seems going barefoot before summer always gives me throat probs. became allergic to penicillin age 14. tonsils died, not removed. after becoming a health nut adult, still got strep/laryngitis min once ev year, lasts 6wks. do acv 3x every single day. used to use echinacea, graduated to elderberry, then oregano. monday, no signs. felt great, got laryn again. it only took 3 hours to hit. no more swallowing, or talking. today's thurs. tried all these cures over the years. jic, i tried every single one this a.m.! 99% of you are lucky. guess i'll call the doc. not a single cure that works yet! cayenne feels a little better ev few seconds tho.

Replied by Force Recon Sam
Corona, Ca
I have strep throat. Got the penicillin shot in the rear, was feeling fine, well, better. But woke up no more aches or pains just not able to swallow or eat. How can I get up on my feet again for my recon training. I can't be on bed rest I can't afford it. Sleeps no help and anti inflamatories ain't working. Please help. Simple things such as drinking tea, eating vitamins, ect. please help a Marine out so he can go fight.

Cayenne Pepper  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Mae (Portland) on 08/26/2015

[YEA]  Always know when I am getting strep throat. Read about cayenne and decided to try it. Within 24 hours my white spots in the back of my throat were gone! I used raw honey - dipped a q-tip in that and rolled it in cayenne pepper powder. Swabbed it on the back sides of my throat every few hours for 2 days. In between I gargled with cayenne and warm water. About a tsp. This is the third day and my strep is almost gone!!!! Really works but you have to keep at it for the first days .

Cayenne Pepper, Hydrogen Peroxide  
3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Nathan (Mesa, Az) on 08/19/2011

[YEA]  i am definitely saying yea to the cayenne pepper and chicken broth idea. It didnt cure it right away as I just did less than 30 mins ago, but I did feel better, also gargling hydrogen peroxide though extremely disgusting help immediately as well though it seems the pain relief was temporary but it did dull it. anymore suggestions with everyday items/remedies are welcome as I have a job and cannot afford to miss any days much less multiple days.

Replied by Victor
San Diego, Ca, Usa
Regarding your strep throat remedies, you will not even need them if you use prevention: vitamin C. Not one 500mg tablet a day, but several grams a day, which equals to about ten of such tablets, or more. You can use vitamin C crystals to avoid tablet fillers. There is lots of information about different benefits of taking megadoses of vitamin C on the net. I've been doing it for about a year. No cold, no flu, no vaccines, either.
Replied by Mythroatfeelslikeanopenwound
Salt Lake, Utah
Preventative measures may help lessen the likelihood of getting something, but does not altogether prevent it. It is a good idea to practice preventative measures though. Congrats in not getting sick for a year, I'm prone to getting sick despite the best preventative measures which is why I'm on the site now; because the preventative measures that are so highly recommended didn't work. Now I'm off to try my newfound ideas of self-treatment before attempting to spend money that I don't have for the antibiotics that hurt my system. Enjoy your day.