Sore Throat
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Cayenne Pepper for a Sore Throat

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Posted by Miki (Laporte, Indiana) on 11/26/2011
5 out of 5 stars

One and a half hours ago. My husband read on your site about cayenne for sore throat. I was desperate for relief. I have used 2 teaspoon of cayenne to a cup of water every 15 minutes wow I am about 90% better already. Thanks to all who submitted this.

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Posted by Davemomusic (Philadelphia, Pa) on 11/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I know I'm one more log on the fire for Cayenne but as a singer with a gig coming up, it was really important to me to get rid of my sore throat. I tried the whiskey and that numbed my throat but it didn't cure it, and I didn't want to repeat it because even with the gargle, I found it went in through my mouth's pores (slight buzz). So I tried gargling the cayenne, but I really think that the drinking of the cayenne was the best. I ended up putting it in my water bottle and drinking it throughout the day. What it did best was open my throat temporarily and clear my sinuses. As the post-nasal drip disappeared, so did the sore throat. It also helped as I was teaching too. I was able to be my normal volume without losing my voice. Started drinking it Wednesday night and through Friday, by the time of the gig, I was great! Oh, and the name-brand stuff worked just fine for me.


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Posted by Coloradopanic (Ft Collins, Co Usa) on 11/21/2011

Just tried the cayenne & warm water mixture... hot damn!! How are you supposed to possibly gargle something that is that hot??? Is it really supposed to work?? I'm desperate.

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Posted by Carrie (Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada) on 11/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne absolutely works.

----> juice fresh lemons hot water honey as much cayenne as you can handle

-the cayenne burns a bit but it quickly feels soothing on your throat


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Posted by Janel (Washington, Dc) on 11/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Really didn't think this was going to work. Mixed one tsp of Cayenne in approx 8 oz of warm water. Honestly, it made me gag a bit and lit my lips on fire but in less than three minutes, no sore throat. My lips are still tingling... I like the suggestion from a previous poster to wear chapstick!


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Posted by Too Early For Mixing (Roseville, California) on 11/19/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I just want to make sure no one makes the error I did after waking up at 5:30am with a terrible sore throat. (FYI: I'm not much of a morning person unless I'm going fishing) Use around 8oz. of water. No need to be exact. And use 1 TEASPOON of cayenne peper. NOT a tablespoon. Also when you gargle make sure it hits your throat. Otherwise you're just spinning your wheels. I used a tablespoon and less than 8oz of water and let's just say I had a very spicey and mouth numbing experience. Took most of the pain away instantly though.


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Posted by Pureheart (Lauderdale Lakes, Florida) on 11/17/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Well after reading several of these amazing results for cayenne, I gave it to my 14 yr old. She had a bad sore thoat for several days. Missed school on Tue, went Wed and called me five times to pick up today; Thurs. Before I left to get her I googled natural sore throat remedies and found this site. I make it with 1 tsp of cayenne and approx 6 or 7 oz water, warmed it up in microwave and told her to gargle with it. She told me in less than 10 min. "Mommy, this stuff is amazing, I feel better. I can eat"


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Posted by Madison (Duluth, Usa) on 11/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I got to go to work and I ahd a terrible sore throat. I used the cayenne and boom gone.

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Posted by Brenda (Newark, Delaware) on 10/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My almost 8 year old Son had symptoms of a cold working its way toward his chest. His Sore Throat was soooooo bad that he could not even eat or swallow. I did everything to help him. Vitimin D3, Bee Propolis, Hydrogen Peroxide Gargle, Childrens Cold Sampler Tea, Throat Coat Tea.... BUT THEN I came on here and saw the YES for Cayenne Pepper, Salt, and warm water Gargle and we did it! Within an hour he could TALK and FELT better! His EYEBALLS looked BLOOD SHOT but I gather that was from the Pepper and how strong it was to his system. He woke up this morning and NO SORE THROAT AT ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! CURED!!! He still has lots of mucus and of course his cold symptoms but NO SORE THROAT!

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Posted by Dana (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin) on 10/17/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne for Sore Throat

Thank you! 3 days, very sore throat. Nothing worked. Gargled ten minutes ago with 1 teaspoon of cayenne in 1/8 cup of warm water and already a big chunk of hard phlegm came up! Felt better immediately. This actually works.


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Posted by Lpta08 (Roanoke, Va) on 10/17/2011

Just tried this because I woke up with a terrible sore throat caused by allergies/sinus drainage. I didn't have any cayenne pepper but looked in the cabinet and found some montreal steak spice. Mixed it with a cup of water and gargled til it was gone. It helped ALOT!!


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Posted by Manny (Chattanooga, Tennessee) on 10/11/2011

Well I woke up yesterday feeling my throat clogged.. So I hacked all that up and then through-out the day my throat started getting more an more sore. I'm thinking I caught something from the house because my mom has been sick and I also drive her car. Well I woke up with a lot of pain in my throat.. Hurts to swallow.. Bad! I got no sleep at all. I just tried the Cayenne gargling trick.. So we will see how it goes, I still have pain but Im going to gargle some more in a little while, I dont have the powder so im using the flake type red pepper, still leaves a burnin in my mouth but not bad. I've already noticed that alot of mucus is coming up.. Dunno if this has something to do with it or not.. But I'm going to keep trying this method and post back soon with more results.


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Posted by Mikel (Revelstoke, Bc Canada) on 09/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I tried gargling with ACV, hydrogen peroxide, salt water, drinking garlic, ginger, honey and lemon broth. No success after 5 days of not being able to talk without gagging. Then I did cayenne with a little lemon, salt and honey and that took it away overnight.

The side effect was that I woke up in a pool of sweat. I don't mind that as long as I don't have to cringe everytime I try to swallow. I had used this cure years ago, but I forgot about it. Thank you for reminding me of the best cure for sore throat!! I can talk and swallow again, what a relief.


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Posted by Booya! (Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Usa) on 09/15/2011

So my throat has been hurting for the past four days. And I googled some remedies and found this website. I was saddened that I had no cayenne pepper, so I looked around for something with red pepper in it. I picked up the Old Bay, read the ingredients and rejoiced when I saw that it had red pepper in it. I gargled that bad boy and IMMEDIATELY my sore throat was gone!!!! AHHH!!! The only side effect I have now is a tingling mouth from all the spices Old Bay contains. I dont mind it though!!!


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Posted by Brittany (Chicago, Il Usa) on 09/08/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I am very sceptical to any home remedy really, but I am a full time college student with a part time job, and getting sick is just not an option. I woke up two days ago with a sore throat and as my day at work went on it kept getting worse. It would also be my 5th sore throat this summer, which I had taken a lot of antibiotics for. But the second I got home from work, I looked on the internet for any cures, and stumbled upon this. I felt it was my last option.

To my surprise I put 1 teaspoon of cayenne in a glass of warm water with a pinch of salt, gargled and then repeated a few hours later. I was sooooooo septical but it seriously worked! My throat was 99% better the next day! I am so extremely amazed! Thanks!


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Posted by Dougler (London, On, Canada) on 09/07/2011

just tried it out. I dont have a sore throat, I do have a mouth that feels like its on fire.


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Posted by Courtney (Kalamazoo, United States) on 09/06/2011

how many times did you gargle the water and cayenne pepper?


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Posted by Kurt (Ames, Ia) on 09/03/2011

Wow. Laying in bed after first cayenne gargle starting to feel slightly better. I think this post just made my day. I was literally laughing out loud. Woke my roommates up. There are some people in this world huh? I never post on threads but I felt that in this case it was necessary.


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Posted by Bob (England, Bristol) on 09/02/2011
1 out of 5 stars

It taste more horrid then you can imagine.


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Posted by David (Albuquerque, New Mexico) on 08/29/2011

Just learned about this remedie today. I have had a very bad sore throat for about four days. Went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection. My sore throat was very bad. I had not been able to eat anything for three days because the throat pain was so bad. The pain has been so bad that I have been unable to even swallow my saliva. I hadn't been able to get a full night of sleep. My sore throat has never hurt this bad. I got me a cup of water and mixed it with red cayenne pepper and a little bit of salt. I gargled several times and kept spitting it out. I did swallow my saliva after gargling. My throat started feeling better about 15 minutes later and the excruciating sore throat was gone after about an hour and a half. I still felt a little soreness but I am amazed at how well this worked. I can tell you it wasn't that bad and didn't taste bad either. It definately worked for me and I hope it will work for you

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Posted by Richard (London, United Kingdom) on 08/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I just wanted to say thanks. I've always been fascinated with the remedies on EarthClinic.com but never tried one out until now.

For about ten days, I've been trying to deal with a stubborn saw throat. It was raw and swallowing was painful and difficult. As suggested, I tried gargling then swallowing some cayenne pepper in a glass of water.

The next morning my sore throat wasn't just improved... It had GONE. I'm amazed. Further testimony to the fact that we don't always need to throw pharmaceutical medications at ourselves at every opportunity. Thanks again!

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Posted by David C (Melbourne, Australia) on 08/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Just tried this today and it worked almost instantly! Just get a cup (250ml) of orange juice with pulp and mix it well with about 1/8th of a teaspoon of Cayenne and sip it slowly.


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Posted by Marcus (aka Hookah-victim) (Jax, Fl, USA) on 08/20/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Amazing Amazing Amazing..... Its a miracle.... Ok, here's the story --- a little more than 2 weeks ago I went to a bohemian style restaurant that served Hookahs... Having never tried it, I ordered one and began to puff away the entire evening.... Very cool.... However 3 days later I woke up with a terrible sore throat and congestion... (beware of the public hookahs!!!!!! They are FUNK harbingers!!! ).... I gargled with mouthwash many times, and salt water also, and nothing got rid of it.... It has lasted a full two weeks and I was at my wits end and even considering going to the Doc which I never do... But last night I googled and found this site... I immediately went to the kitchen and found that I did not have any cayenne pepper... However I did have a shaker of "Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning" which lists red pepper (cayenne) as one of its main ingrediants... So I got a coffee mug and shook a good amount of it into the mug and even threw in some salt on top... Then I just filled it with tap water and stirred..... Then I began to take small swigs and gargled them.... I never actually drank any outright but I did swallow the spit I had which was heavily laced with the salty peppery concoction.... After I got thru the whole mug I went and got a spoon full of honey and slowly swallowed it to coat my throat... Then I went to bed... This morning a woke up and guess what.... NO sore throat... Its completely gone... Many many thanks for the remedy... it realy works!!!!!

P.S. just say no to hookahs :-)

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Posted by David (Cleveland, Ohio) on 08/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Thank God for this site! I have had the worst sore throat in a very long time. So painful and I had lost my voice! I tried gargling with peroxide, used sore throat lozenges, and have taken a ton of ibubrofen and nothing has helped. It was so painful to swallow. So I read this thread and heres what I did:

Gargled with 1 teaspoon in 8 oz water twice 20 minutes apart. My sore throat is virtually gone and I can talk again! It is unbeleivable! To finish it out I am eating lentil soup with a ton of cayenne pepper in it to really get at my throat.

Give it a shot! The gargling with the cayenne pepper was not bad whatsoever!


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Posted by Geri (Loomis, Ca) on 08/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Cayanne Pepper completely cured my sore throat! I read several of the testimonials as I am quite a skeptic when it comes to self promotion. I figured who really has much to gain in the pepper industry?

I have had a sore throat for 1.5 weeks. It is the longest lasting throat issue I have ever had. I have a strong immune system, however, I guess it wasnt this time around to fight this unblelievable cold. My throat felt like a thousand razor blades when I swallowed. I became desperate to cure this as I kept thinking it would go away soon and it was only getting worse. I mixed Chicken Broth with Cayanne Pepper and gargled with it and then swallowed. It was hot going down, however, my throat began to feel much better immediately. I did this several times and then right before bed. The next day, no sore throat!!! What? I couldnt believe it.

Now I am working on the cold that comes after. I am going to treat my mucous and cough with Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon, Ginger, Honey and Cayanne in a tea. I am hoping for another miracle!

For every ailment, there is a cure. Mercy is all over the planet. Good luck~ I hope this works for you as well!


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Posted by Lily (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) on 08/03/2011

Hi Sam, you just use the powdered Cayenne pepper in the spice section at the store for your gargle, you can also swallow it if it's not too much, normally the tip of a teaspoon is enough. Of course you can use more if you can handle it. Cheers Lily.


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Posted by Sam (Nyc, New York) on 08/02/2011

do I chop up the pepper and put peices in at a time, and gargle or do I put in the whole pepper and drink all the water and bite off a peice at a time while keeping the same pepper in it?

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Posted by Ericka (Chicago, Il) on 07/19/2011

I feel much better now and cayanne might be partially credited I posted the whole regimen that I did last night with the cayanne I also did 3 homeopathic things bought a super strong garlic supplement and a goldenseal throat spray. I also took advil according to the box for the pain early this morning and I no longer need it. I filled my antibiotic perscription but I will not use it so overall I change my answer to a sort of YEA


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Posted by Ericka (Chicago, Il) on 07/18/2011
1 out of 5 stars

Monday 7/18/11

I have a really bad sore throat. No fever. Hellish pain when I swallow and horrific background pain on roof of mouth and throat.5:55 Drinking 1 cup water with a tablespoon of honey a teaspoon of lemon juice and 7 shakes of cayenne

6:11 Just finished the concoction and no noticeable difference

6:55 Gargled the cayenne followed with salt water gargle about 7 times in a row with cayenne about 10 seconds each time burned like hell I could not take it anymore. At 7:15 I will go down to the 1/4 teaspoon per cup of water. Still no relief to speak of but I am going to keep it up for at least two days

7:25 Just finished a cayenne gargle 1/4 teaspoon in a cup of water actually used measuring cup and spoon this time much more tolerable. Did the whole cup 10 seconds at time followed with a salt water gargle no relief still hurts crazy bad to swallow.

7:43 Just finished a cayenne gargle same formula as last time no saltwater gargle afterward. Put a little salt in the mix though still in a lot of pain when I swallow getting rid of some mucus some one cough up was bloody.

8:03 Just finished the gargle again no noticeable difference. Make sure to oil your lips with any oil that you have to avoid burning them.

8:05 Starting another round of the lemon juice concoction from 5:55 only this time with 1/4 tablespoon of cayenne after which I will switch to every 30 min on the gargle

9:13 Going to bed drank all of the concoction that I could stand no more gargle tonight still feel horrible.


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Posted by Rocco (Ortley Beach, New Jersey, Us) on 07/15/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a sore throat now for nearly a week and finally was fed up. I've been gargling salt water and just about every other remedy I could think of. Then I talked to my friends mom because she's a nurse and suggested that I try gargling salt water with a couple pinches of cayenne pepper. Instantly I felt some relief from my sore throat. It has now been a couple hours and I feel remarkably better. I completely suggest this remedy fir anyone who doesn't like attending doctors... Like me!!


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Posted by Mike (Paradise Valley, Arizona) on 07/02/2011

Go to the Dr. It could be throat cancer. Don't chance it.


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Posted by Maral (Davis, California) on 07/02/2011

My throat hurts like hell! It feels like an open cut! I have always experienced sore throat my whole life but this one is killing me. I cant even cough because of its pain 1)no body ache 2)no headache 3)no sever runny nose! Jist SORE THROAT. I couldnt sleep from 5:00 AM till now! My throat is all red and sensetive! I cant swallow my saliva! I have tried Thera Flu and salt and water and hot tea! It gets worst and worst. So I decided to use CAYAN+WORM Water salt this morning. I was so afraid its gonna burn so bad! But it DOESN'T! And actually it didn't do anything either! Im about to go get some PHO (soup)and mix it with cayanne peper to see if it gets better!


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Posted by Kama (Nashville, Tn) on 06/27/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I recently had a bacterial throat infection. I finished one round of antibiotics and the symptoms instantly came back. The doctor prescribed a different antibiotic. When my throat infection started to come back after completeing that, she informed me if this didn't work she'd have to send me to an infectious disease specialist.

Desperate to avoid this, I started gargling with salt water, then with a few shakes of cayenne pepper powder in warm water. I did this for ten minutes every three or four hours. The rivers of snot in my throat went almost completely away. It no longer hurt to eat. Within two days, my throat is almost completely healed after over a month of agony.

It did give me canker sores, however, so people prone to them might want to be wary. Even so, I'll take a few canker sores that heal in days to throat pain for months!


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