Cayenne Pepper Remedy for Strep Throat

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Cayenne Cure for Strep Throat

Cayenne pepper works for strep throat! Cayenne pepper is not only very inexpensive, but it works very quickly to relieve the pain and infection associated with strep throat.

How Do I Use Cayenne Pepper for Strep Throat?

As usual, our readers have come up with a variety of effective and creative ways to treat strep throat.

Cayenne Gargle

An easy way to use cayenne pepper for strep throat is to make a gargle. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to a small cup. Add 1/4 cup of warm water to the cup. Mix. Apply lip balm to your lips to avoid the pepper burning your lips. Now gargle the cayenne pepper and water solution. Cayenne begins to work immediately. While this remedy can be spicy hot, the spicy feeling doesn't last long. And the spicy feeling numbs the throat some as well. Sometimes after using the gargle it is easier to eat and drink for a while. Repeat the gargle every two hours on the first day. Gargle four times on the next day. Once you have experienced significant improvement, continue to gargle once or twice a day until the throat is completely healed.

Cayenne Throat Spray

If you cannot imagine getting the cayenne on your mouth or tongue, mix 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 cup of water into a spray bottle and spray the back of your throat. This could be done hourly the first day and at least 4 times a day or more often, if needed, the second day. Continue with frequent spraying until the throat is completely healed.

Cayenne on a Q-tip

Another way to get the cayenne pepper to your throat is to use a q-tip. Wet a q-tip and dip it in cayenne pepper and swab the back of your throat four times a day. Some of our readers have used honey on the q-tip and then put that into the cayenne pepper. Applying cayenne and honey puts two anti-bacterial and healing elements into action.

Add Cayenne to Food

Some of our contributors just added cayenne pepper to the food they consumed. Because this would deliver a more diluted concentration of cayenne to the throat, if you do not see results quickly, do add one of the above delivery methods to your treatment plan. Adding cayenne to soup may be the best way to get it onto your throat, if the "add cayenne to food" is your method of choice.

Have you tried cayenne pepper for a sore throat? Please share your story with us!

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Posted by The Vegan Herbal Lover (Los Angeles, USA) on 04/10/2023
5 out of 5 stars

I don't remember how I happened upon this forum for cayenne for strep. I thought I had searched “what herb kills strep”. But now looking back none of the many articles that initially come up even mention cayenne as an option. I drink cayenne lemon water daily and have been for years so when my 14 yo daughter encountered strep throat, maybe this prompted me to eventually search specifically for the effects of cayenne on strep. But I'm glad I did! I initially gave her most of the recommended remedies listed in all the articles from cinnamon to gargling with sea salt water mixed with the many recommended essential oils with MINIMAL results.

My daughter also slept most of the day these first two days and ate and drank very little as she was in constant miserable pain whenever she swallowed. Her sleeping so much actually became a concern as lethargy is not listed as a common symptom of strep.

So we were very relieved after discovering and implementing cayenne as an option. I made a gargle for her that consisted of hot lemon water and added sea salt and as much cayenne as she could stand. After 1 day of gargling about 4 times (3 hours apart), my daughter felt immediate relief and was able to drink an entire smoothie that night. As she gargled she noticed white cloudy stuff the mucus filled water she spit out. We noticed the white patches on her throat disappearing after every session. We wondered if what was coming out was the actual white stuff on her throat, but couldn't be sure.

However as the patches decreased the pain also drastically decreased and by the end of day two of gargling all the pain was gone. She continued gargling 3 times daily for two weeks however even though she was pain free as we treated the cayenne like a medical antibiotic. I had read to do this to ensure the virus is completely gone. So CAYENNE CAYENNE CAYENNE FOLKS!!!! And shame on all those articles for not including this as a natural home remedy option for strep!!

Cayenne has done so much for me from detoxing me as well as regulating my blood sugar. It has also worked in lowering my sisters blood pressure.

Posted by Becca (Cedar Hills, Utah) on 09/20/2020
5 out of 5 stars

My granddaughter had a sore throat, so I looked at her tonsils and saw the white puss pockets on her tonsils. I thought oh no strep throat! I had read on EC about cayenne. I got a q-tip and wet it and dipped it in the cayenne and dobbed on both tonsils. The pain stopped and she was better the next day! I have Dr Christopher's books. Love him and EC! It's my 1st go to for ailments.

Posted by Sugarandspice (Huntsville, Al) on 03/29/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I contracted strep my first week of working at a preschool. I had swollen tonsils, white patches on the left side of my tonsil, ear pain and it hurt so bad to swallow. I was miserable. I tried Garlic, chamomile tea, and ACV solution. NONE of those worked AT ALL. I got anxious because I wanted to feel better without wasting hundreds of dollars to see a dr(I didn't have insurance). I tried gargling Cayenne Pepper with warm water and within MINUTES I felt relief. I continued doing it for 3 days, every so often. Even on the 3rd day I felt 99%, but I wanted to be sure. I wanted to cry from happiness. I've suffered for years with strep and I literally look forward to it every year. This remedy has saved me money, time and headache. I was able to go back to work the day after.

Replied by Kim
(British Columbia)

Your story sounds like mine! I work at a school too. This is the first strep throat I've had since I was in high school. Following your advice, somewhat, I've made a concoction of coconut milk yogurt, honey and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. Shocked at the burning nature and was a little frightened by it, but moved forward. Slowly things are feeling better. I'm thinking of trying your gargle technique. How much does it burn your throat each time? Or 'heat it up' in the moment. I'm a bit of a wimp since the pain in my throat and left ear has been so great. How long did it take for your strep throat to disappear, in days? It seems so against anything you should do to get rid of that horrible pain. Would love your feedback!

Posted by Val (Long Island, Ny) on 02/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I was sick with strep back in December. I got put on antibiotics and it went away. I got sick again 2 months later with strep which turned into Scarlet fever. Was put on antibiotics which got rid of the rash, but not the strep or the fever. My glands were very swollen and it was difficult and painful to swallow anything solid. The last thing I wanted was yet another trip to the doctor. I came across a remedy on here which consisted of putting Cayanne pepper into lukewarm water and gargling with it. I did 1tsp in 8oz of water. Within hours, the pain was bearable and within 2 days the strep was gone and my throat was back to normal. The best part was, unlike with antibiotics, there were ZERO side-effects. I highly recommend this for anyone suffering with throat pain!

Posted by Sheila (Temecula, California) on 11/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using the site for years and have tried many many remedies on here. Unequivocally without a doubt I can say that the Cayenne pepper for strep throat remedy is the quickest most miraculous instantaneous natural treatment I have ever tried. For me it literally works quicker than antibiotics.

Apple cider vinegar does not work, hydrogen peroxide does not work, and gargling with saltwater does not work for my strep at all. And antibiotics take approximately eight hours for me to notice the effects. But gargling with Cayenne pepper in lukewarm water provides instant relief. And cures the strep. I have tried and tested this and told many people. It is truly a miracle and actually quite silly that anyone would try anything other than This!! IT WORKS. It CURES strep throat.

Gargle with it, your lips will feel warm/ hot but it won't even burn your throat. Avoiding all dairy also helps prevent strep BUT once you have it the cayenne kicks it's butt. If your children have strep you can put the cayenne / water solution into a spray bottle and spray their throats. This method took my five year old son from screaming hysterically to sleeping soundly. I had to come up with a way to get the cayenne onto his throat cuz no way would he gargle with it. Well of course it worked like a charm and saved us a trip to the emergency room at midnight, God bless you all!!!

Replied by nn
(san jose, ca)

What form of cayenne pepper is everyone using? Powder form, liquid tincture, or fresh??

Posted by Mae (Portland) on 08/26/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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 .

Posted by Kari (Denver, CO) on 11/17/2014
5 out of 5 stars

My son was diagnosed with strep on Friday. I was feverish with body aches Friday and Saturday. By Sunday my throat felt so sore with that razor blade feeling when I swallowed. I had been drinking ACV since Friday but looked on here for something specifically for the throat pain. At first I sprinkled organic cayenne pepper on my dinner and I felt it working instantly. The pain came back 2 hours later so I gargled with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice in warm water. It was very unpleasant but I pushed through. The pain was gone in about 10 minutes. I went to a Walgreens clinic today and had my throat tested for strep and I don't have it!!! I am so happy! Thank you Earth Clinic.

Posted by Louise (Ab, Canada) on 11/29/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from a sore throat (strep), headache, body aches and high fever for a couple days now. I really didn't want to go on antibiotics again because I was on a very high dosage just a little over a month ago for an unrelated incident. I was very happy and rather surprised at how quickly the remedy provided relief and with ingredients I presently found in my home. I will keep up the gargling until the symptoms subside completely. Thanks!

Posted by Andrew (Elkhart, In) on 11/16/2013
5 out of 5 stars

So yea cayenne for strep works. But I just want to add that I didn't have cayanne peppers or powder or anything in the house. But I did have franks red hotsauce. With cayanne peppers being the main ingredient. Plus the bonus ingrediants of vinegar and garlic powder. So it worked out well for me, maybe u don't have peppers or powder? Try hot sauce!

Replied by Gary
5 out of 5 stars

Frank's Red Hot reduced the pain by 80% in a few minutes of gargling. It's currently 2 am. No way to buy cayenne pepper at this time. I have slept less than 2 hours per night in the last 4 nights due to the pain. Thank you for your comment Andrew. I'm going to try to get some sleep and I'm going to have some more hot sauce for breakfast!

Replied by Trekie

Question: Did you dab the hot sauce (cayenne) with a qtip, to the back of the throat? Did you dilute it with water, and dab? Let me know. Sometimes the powdered cayenne in water won't spray, because of the tiny granules getting stuck in the tube. This seems like the most convenient method. Please share. PS: Walmart's version says "cayenne" as the main ingredient.

Posted by Christine (On, Canada) on 06/20/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Strep Throat: I used the 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper in hot water as I could take with 1/4 lemon juice then I gargled it. I am amazed at the relief I felt. I was able to sleep the night. I'm going to keep at it a few times a day until it clears up. Amazing!!

Posted by Jessica (Riverside, Ca) on 12/30/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I contracted strep throat on my right tonsil (unmistakable white patches) and spent several days taking ibuprophen for the pain, hoping that the strep would clear up on it's own. When it became difficult to swallow, I found the home remedy of using cayenne pepper on this website. I applied the cayenne pepper with a qtip dipped in honey and then the pepper, directly to my inflammed tonsil. The next morning the swelling and pain were reduced by roughly 50%! I reapplied the honey/cayenne pepper twice more throughout the day and by the second morning the white patches were almost gone and the swelling was as well. By day three my throat was completely back to normal! I am absolutely amazed that such a simple cure worked so well! Thank you earth clinic!

Posted by Dawn (Orlando, Fl) on 03/22/2012
5 out of 5 stars

WOW, what a cure! I woke up a few nights ago with a raging sore throat; every swallow felt like I was choking down razor blades and I was in tears. Sleep was impossible so I did a net search for remedies and found earth clinic.

I've tried ACV in the past without much effect, but cayenne was a new idea to me. It sounded terrible, but I was in too much pain and willing to try anything. Mixed up a cup of warm water with about a quarter teaspoon of pepper, and added a squirt of lemon for good measure.

I found the gargle much easier than I expected. It felt pleasantly warm, not blazing hot, wrapping my throat in soothing heat. The relief was instantaneous and within minutes the raw pain had subsided to a dull ache that I knew I could sleep through. When I awoke the next morning I still had a cold, but the sore throat was gone, and never came back while the virus ran its course. Wow. I am a believer! Cayenne really works!

Posted by Jessie (Lakewood, Ohio, United States) on 11/20/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Yes! It works! I was skeptical it would help my strep throat but I did it nonetheless. I gargled before bed and felt like it did nothing to help. When I woke up I felt what I would estimate to be 70% reduction in swelling and pain. Unbelieveable.

Posted by Krasavitza (Philadelphia, Pa, Usa) on 11/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Yesterday I could feel the strep throat coming on so, I came to my favorite forum to find out how to treat it. I went to the doctor today and have the antibiotics just in case, since this is my first time trying a home-remedy for strep throat, but I am hoping to not have to start taking the prescription. After reading numerous posts on strep throat, I decided to take everyone's advice and tweak it to what I hope will work for me.

What I did was take about a teaspoon of raw, organic honey and mixed into it about 1/2 teaspoon of organic cayenne pepper. It made a thick, sticky reddish paste. I then (using a small flashlight to aid in seeing back into my throat) used a cotton swab to dip into the paste and then brush it onto my tonsils and uvula. (the uvula is the dangly thing hanging in the center of the back of your mouth and the tonsils are on the sides). I am keeping it in a tiny tupperware container to use until my strep throat (hopefully) goes away.

I was gargling with a warm-water and cayenne mixture, but that was burning my tongue so much that I thought this might be better; plus I'm applying it directly to the problem so, I think it is a better idea. I love that it doesn't burn at all when I apply it directly to my tonsils!

Replied by Ursula
(Weston, Fl)
5 out of 5 stars

I loved the Cayenne on a Q Tip idea! It worked! I dipped it in a bit of honey first to make it sticky and then the cayenne. I swabbed the white pus pustules on my tonsils with the cayenne Q tip. Gagged a bit but was worth it because the pain was gone in 5 minutes. Did this 4 times a day for next two days. By day two was able to remove the white spots with the Q tip. Kind of gross but I got the infection out! No doctor no antibiotics! Wow!

Posted by Nathan (Mesa, Az) on 08/19/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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