Sore Throat
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Cayenne Pepper for a Sore Throat

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Posted by Rich (Atlanta) on 03/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Had sore throat from cold. Gargled with the cayenne and instantly felt relief. It took about 3 days for the sore throat to completely go away. I gargled 3-4 times per day.


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Posted by Abbadackerygirl (Alabama, US) on 02/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

This is a true account on my part: I had been battling a particularly bad case of strep throat with antibiotics and motrin 'round the clock. I had read that cayenne can help strep, but I was skeptical so I didn't even try it.

After a week of continuing to feel miserable, I forced myself out of bed to go with my family out to eat at a restaurant, and for some reason, the vegetable soup sounded like the only thing I wanted. I had never eaten at this restaurant before, so little did I know that the soup was SPICY! I usually don't eat spicy things, but I forced myself to eat the soup...then something magical happened. With each painful bite, I could actually feel my strength returning. As I continued to eat the warm broth, my aches and pains subsided, and I felt better and better...way better than I had in a week! Why was this soup making me feel so good, I wondered? Then I remembered the suggestion to use cayenne pepper...and I wondered if the chef used it to spice up the soup. He insisted that he didn't, instead he used a hot sauce...a lot of it, lol. I asked if I could read what was on the bottle, so he ran to the back and grabbed it for me to read. When I looked at it, low and behold, the first ingredient was...cayenne pepper.

I was sold. This wasn't a case of the placebo effect, as all I wanted to do was eat. I didn't think that this soup would cure me when I ordered it, but in the end, it helped so much that I ended up naming it, the Magic Feel-Better Soup. Ha ha...I wonder if they changed the name after I called it that, but I haven't been back to check.

Replied by Michele
(Harrisburg, Pa)
11/01/2016
5 out of 5 stars

There was a nasty sore throat going around work, which incapacitated my workaholic boss for days. I started feeling it myself one morning, and knew I'd need to be aggressive with trying to kick it out before it became miserable. After reading this post, I decided to give the soup with cayenne a try. I've tried gargling with cayenne in the past, but it's not for me. I made the vegetable soup, but added the cayenne as I ate it, not putting it in the whole batch (in case I overdid it). That way I could also gradually reduce it as I got better. I really added it in heavily at first. That night, I didn't have any throat pain. The next day I ate more with the same amount of cayenne, which I couldn't tolerate as much so I diluted it a little with bouillon broth. That night I also didn't have any pain, nor have I had any since. I definitely have a cold, but the cayenne really seemed to help avert a sore throat crisis. Thanks so much for posting this! I would've never thought to put it in soup.


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Posted by Miyo (Tennessee, US) on 01/21/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I had had a chronic sore throat for about a month.. I had tried to kick it with fermented garlic ( which used to help quite a bit) and probiotics, and oregano, but had eventually gone to a conventional route and taken some antibiotics, which helped for a while. However, the sore throat crept back and I didn't want to do another round of antibiotics, so I tried gargling with cayenne ( a tsp) in a cup of warm water with salt- yes, it burned but a day and a half of this, gargling about three times total, has cured me of the sore throat.. Just want to say, thanks, Earth clinic people- you have save me another trip to the doctor!


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Posted by Miyo (Tennessee, US) on 01/21/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I had had a chronic sore throat for about a month.. I had tried to kick it with fermented garlic ( which used to help quite a bit) and probiotics, and oregano, but had eventually gone to a conventional route and taken some antibiotics, which helped for a while. However, the sore throat crept back and I didn't want to do another round of antibiotics, so I tried gargling with cayenne ( a tsp) in a cup of warm water with salt- yes, it burned but a day and a half of this, gargling about three times total, has cured me of the sore throat.. Just want to say, thanks, Earth clinic people- you have save me another trip to the doctor!


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Posted by Carrie (Livonia, Mi) on 12/31/2014
5 out of 5 stars

1 tsp of cayenne with 8 ounce glass of water and my sore throat was gone overnight. What a relief to find this site, I'm so grateful!


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Posted by Michael (Clifton Park, Ny) on 12/13/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have used cayenne for sore throats for many years and I recently found a natural over the counter throat spray made with hot peppers and horseradish. It's great stuff. One spray and my sore throat is gone.

Replied by Rosa
(Miami, FL)
12/26/2014

I was a little skeptical at first, but I was in such bad pain so I would try anything. So I just add cayenne pepper (powder) in a chicken broth and although it was super spicy I felt better. Good luck!


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Posted by Ute (Albuquerque, NM) on 10/18/2014

I use cayenne pepper when I first notice a sore throat coming on. I put a little tap on a wet q tip and paint my throat with it, being careful not to get any on my tongue. So far this worked every time.

Replied by Patricia
(Northampton, UK)
01/31/2015

Can I use it in my 6 year old daughter?

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee)
02/02/2015

Dear Patricia,

I have used cayenne pepper in a gargle for a sore throat for a child as young as 9. It worked very well, but she was willing and my family is somewhat used to spicy foods.

If you want to try it, I would mix 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon clove powder in a cup with 4 ounces of water. Have the child put on lip balm first to avoid burning the lips and gargle a couple of times. (Perhaps have him gargle a couple of times with just water first so he knows what to do.)

You should try it yourself first and see how spicy it feels and gauge whether or not to have your child try it. For a child that is not very cooperative or hates spicy foods, this may be the best solution.

~Mama to Many~


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Posted by Martha (Hermosa Beach, California) on 05/07/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and looked online for natural remedies. Saw the cayenne pepper cure and tried a few shakes of cayenne in some warm water and then gargling. I felt better immediately, I can't believe it! I gargled 2 more times later in the day and my sore throat disappeared. Yea!!


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Posted by Gina (Montana, Usa) on 12/11/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I woke up yesterday morning with a wicked bad sore throat that has been going around my kid's school. I saw the cayenne cure for sore throats and immediately started gargling with it. Not a fun burn, but it definitely worked! I did it 3 times yesterday - a few shakes of cayenne in hot water - and then once this morning and my sore throat is gone! Hopefully I kicked the virus out of my body too.


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Posted by Wendy (Westport, Ct) on 10/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I started getting a sore throat yesterday afternoon and promptly looked on Earth Clinic for remedies. I couldn't believe how many people tried gargling cayenne pepper for a sore throat! Amazing. I added a few shakes of cayenne to a small amount of warm water and gargled with it. Spit it out, took a breather and gargled again. My sore throat felt better an hour after that. I did it again last night before going to bed and woke up this morning with no throat pain. YEA!


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Posted by Sore Throat (Land Of, Oz) on 03/26/2013
5 out of 5 stars

This is almost immediate relief... I have one of the worst sore throats I have ever had. I tried tea with honey, smoothies with lots of antioxidants but the gargle with cayenne, salt and I used some raw honey. I gargled and swallowed.


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Posted by Max (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) on 03/15/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I had a sore throat for 2 days and I'm finally healed on the 3rd day after reading some of the posts on this site. The gargle-and-sip technique worked for me. I used 1 teaspoon of Cayenne and half a teaspoon of sea salt in 1 cup of warm water. I gargled for 30 seconds, spit it out and sip a little bit of that mixture. I did it again (gargle spit and sip) and lo and behold, my regular voice came back 30 minutes later. Cayenne is so powerful.

*** YOU MUST USE WARM WATER OR ELSE THIS WILL NOT WORK ***


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Posted by Mary (Denver, Co) on 03/14/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Wow! It worked- cayenne pepper 2 tbsp, 1 tbsp acv, honey and warm water.. 50 min later I feel more alive than I have in the past 2 days being sick--- it burns my chest a little but the sore throat is going away and my energy is going way up!

Replied by Doddie
(Lawrenceville, Georgia, Usa)
04/21/2013

Mary, are you sure you used 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper or was it 2 teaspooons ? I did not do it because I thought it was a bit too much so I used a teaspoon. Please let me know because I will use the 2T if I have to. Also did you just gargle with it or did you swallow it all. With 2Tlbs. how often did you have to do this. Thank you for your response, Clara

Replied by Karen
(Michigan)
12/05/2015

Oh heavens, do NOT use 2 TBS. I personally use 1/8 of teaspoon, and if I am brave I can amp it up to 1/4 teaspoon. The most I have seen anyone use is 1 teaspoon. You would have the hot runs if you survived drinking it. Oh my mouth hurts to think someone even attempted anything over 1 teaspoon.


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Posted by Theresa (Valparaiso, In) on 03/04/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a killer sore throat--so bad that it kept me up 2 nights back--for a few days now. Honey, hot tea, etc etc have not been working for this one this time. So here I am and found this cayenne tip. WOW! I put 1 tsp in about 8oz of warm water and IMMEDIATELY my pain was gone. It's starting to make a slight return as I expected with this severe of discomfort, but I plan on gargling for a few times every hour until this subsides.


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Posted by Press Gray (New Orleans, Louisiana ) on 01/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

The cayenne pepper definitely works, I could not sleep so at 3am I found this and tried it out. It's like a miracle cure I can swallow with no problem already only 30 minutes later. No sore throat at all. I'm going to do it again in the morning before work just as a precaution.



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