Sore Throat
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Cayenne Pepper for a Sore Throat

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Posted by Sarah (Palmdale, Ca) on 04/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I had the worst sore throat I'd ever experienced for six days. After trying throat sprays, lozenges of many kinds, tea, hot water, gargling with salt, etc. I had given up and was wondering if I would ever get relief (and some sleep!)

I mixed 1 teaspoon of cayenne with 8 oz. of hot water, put some chapstick on my lips (as others said it would help...and it did) and gargled with the concoction. Like many others I swallowed a bit, because I couldn't get it deep into my throat by gargling. I tried this twice for about 30 seconds each gargle, then waited 15 minutes and gargled again.

I'm not cured, but I feel 90% better. At a minimum, I know I will get some sleep tonight. I will keep gargling and hopefully be better soon!

Posted by Can (Mill Valley, Ca) on 04/10/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I had tried the gargling with hot water and cayenne and it didn't work as immediate as I needed.. haha but I did try sprinkling DRY cayenne on the back of my tongue and it worked!!!

Posted by Ynos420 (Lakewood, Ca, Usa) on 04/03/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Hello...I just wanted to let you all know that Cayenne Pepper works great! I had a really bad sore throat. It was so bad that it hurt even to swallow my own saliva! I went to the doctor thinking that I would get some relief! I saw the doctor and she told me that it was a viral sore throat and prescribed me a pain killer that I could gargle with. I tried it and it worked, but not well enough to where I was at least able to drink water.

After becoming increasingly irritated that not only was the trip to the doctor a waste of time, but so was the perscription. I started getting desperate for some sort of relief. So I did a google search for "best cure for a viral sore throat", and this site came up as the first result. There were an overwhelming 325 positive responses to this treatment. I figured I am willing to do ANYTHING to get some sort of relief. I went down to the local store and purchased Cayenne pepper for $.79. Got home got a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of the pepper, gargled twice, it was really spicy, but not unbearable (but it still no worse than having the sore throat). Afterward I immediatley felt better!

It still hurts a little, but it is 90% better than before.

This is a great site and I will use it from now on before I make a trip to the doctors! Keep up the good work!!! You guys ROCK!!!

Replied by Jerry
(Harpster, Oh)
5 out of 5 stars

Yes it really works I had a sore throat for a couple days and did the gargled with it a couple times and within an hour i felt alot better got to love the home remedies this is a great site everyone should try it for there great remedies

Replied by Ericka
(Chicago, Il)
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.

Replied by Ericka
(Chicago, Il)

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

Posted by Soph (Pdx, Oregon) on 04/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I had the worst sore throat of my life I was sure it was strep, but tested negative. I put vaseline on my lips to coat them to avoid the burn then I mixed lemon juice in maple syrup( master cleanse) with as much cayenne pepper as I could stand and started drinking it throughout the day. Wow I felt so much better I could sleep in peace

Posted by Alexandra (Apple Valley, California, Usa) on 01/26/2010
5 out of 5 stars

After a week of an excruciating sore throat, debilitating earaches, and two visits to Urgent Care I stumbled upon a miracle. Cayenne Pepper is the best! I haven't been able to swallow without almost crying for a week, and now, an hour after drinking a cup of water with 1/4 tsp of cayenne, and a glass of orange juice with a little over a tsp of cayenne, I am practically pain free. A suggestion to those spicy-tolerant folks out there, up your ante. I love cayenne on food and knew 1/8 of a tsp wouldnt be enough. The tsp is perfect.

Posted by Kimberly (San Diego, Ca) on 01/26/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I used cayenne pepper to cure my sore throat. I am 30 yrs old & have had various sore throats throughout my life. Recently, I ended my job of 10 years & therefor lost my medical insurance meaning I couldn't just go get some antibiotics or something. I had an annoying but not completely horrible sore throat for several days which seemed to hurt the most during the night & when I woke up in the morning, but the pain would subside throughout the day. This afternoon however, after about 4 days of it lingering, it turned for the worse & I would wince from merely swallowing my own saliva. I searched the internet for various cures & this site was better than any I found. After seeing all the yeahs for cayenne pepper, I gargled 1/4 teaspoon with 4 ounces of hot water. At first it didn't seem to help because the soreness was so far back that the gargling didn't really reach it. I then gargled while trying to open my throat to the point of gagging & boy did that make a difference! It reached my sinuses & very back of my throat & was soooo painful, but in a good way if that makes sense. It was like the pain was being burnt away. My throat still hurts, but it's definitely A LOT better. I'm going to go do it some more.

Posted by Tee (Conway, Sc, Usa) on 01/20/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne Pepper cured sore throat and found a sack.

I read some of the other statements about the results of the cayenne pepper for sore throat before I decided to use it. I wasn't exactly how much cayenne and water to use, but I did read a Tbsp was too much so I opted for a generous heaping 1/4 tsp in approx. 3/4 cp of warm water. I shook up the mixture in a small jar with the top on. I gargled three times, then 20 mins. later I gargled thee more times. I could start to feel the pain subside a little. But like others, I too had a lot of pain further down my throat. This is why I gargled the second time. This was about midnight and I could not sleep due to the pain in my throat. After about a half hour after the second gargle it loosened up mucus in my sinus cavity to the point that (Warning: this next part is pretty gross) when I closed off the back of my throat with my tongue then released my tongue quickly pushing the air forward though my nostrils only (not my mouth) a huge deflated sack the size of a oversize grape came flying though my nose onto my tissue. It was filled with junk and mucus and blood (yulk). I instantly felt a difference even though some soreness in my throat still existed. Little by little the deep pain in my throat dissipated and the next morning the pain in my throat was gone. I have never seen anything like that sack. If anyone every had this happen to them, did they loose a sack?

Replied by Christine
(Alexandria, Virginia)

When you blew out that "sack", it was more than likely just a huge chunk of mucous. If it was green/bloody/brown, it means you have a pretty serious infection (sinus/chest).

I have had this crap since I was a kid and it's usually just a chuck of solid mucous crap.

You should probably see a doctor to make sure you don't get a bad chest infection.

May have to go for the dreaded anti-biotic depending on if it is an infection or anti-viral meds if virus.

Posted by Phil (Belfast, Uk) on 01/19/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Hi - I was on a skiing holiday recently and one night I had a very sore throat and my head was congested

I gargled with Cayenne pepper - one tea spoonfull in a small drop of water - after gargling I swallowed it

About one hour later I has a large 'sniff' and cough and the congestion disappeared and when I woke up the following morning the sore throat had gone

I had previously saw this cure on this site - so thank you for that. Great site Keep up the good work everyone

Posted by Jan (Vancouver, Bc) on 12/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Based on your reading about Cyan Pepper as a cure for soar throat I put it on today morning and now just hours later I can see indubitable a befit of do ing so ...

Posted by Aimcdaniel (Phoenix, Az) on 12/12/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am a Naturopathic Medical Doctor who has not practiced for the last four years since giving birth to 2 sons. Before this, I was practicing anti-anging medicine and not doing a lot with home remedies. Needless to say, I was very rusty in the home remedy department. Two weeks ago, everyone in the family developed a cold; my 2 yr old, 9 mo old, husband and then myself. Mine started with an excruciatingly painful sore throat. I sat on the couch thinking there was no way I was going to sleep that night because it felt like someone was sand-papering the inside of my throat while holding a hot blow dryer on it. My husband made a late night run to the store to get a humidifier for my oldest son and I got on the computer to find this site of home remedies. I had my husband pick up some cayenne pepper while he was at the store. When he got home, I immediately made up the remedy. I used 1/8th tsp of Cayenne in 8 oz (a regular sized coffee cup) of warm water. I took the advice of one of the previous posters and smeared vaseline all over my lips so they would not burn from the pepper. Then I began gargling. I gargled each time for 10 seconds until the entire cup was empty. My sore throat instantly vanished. However, I didn't know if it was because the remedy actually worked, or because the cayenne kind of numbed the area. So, I repeated the gargle again. Just like magic my sore throat completely disappeared for good. This is one of the best remedies ever!!! I can't believe I forgot about this one. I definitely give it 2 thumbs up!!!!

Replied by Grandpa Dave
(Mountain View, Arkansas)
5 out of 5 stars

I cannot tell you how excited I was to read about Cayenne Pepper in helping with a sore throat. I have made Cayenne Pepper Tea for years and enjoy it very much. I cannot imagine gargling it and spitting it out and miss out on the thrill of drinking it. I have never thought of it as being associated it with actually helping with a sore throat. I woke up this morning with the start of a sort throat and after reading what everyone has said, I heated up some diced tomatoes and loaded it down with Cayenne. Yep, My throat is feeling better. Now through out the day I will be stopping while I'm on the road and making myself some of my favorite spicy drink, good ole Cayenne Pepper Tea with lots of Cayenne floating around in it. Sure it's a little warm but for me that's what makes it good. Thanks Guys and Gals, you have made my day! Grandpa Dave

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, Tx)
5 out of 5 stars

I make cayenne pepper tea too! Actually I think I am addicted to it... Every time I made tea regardless of the kind - even if I have milk in it - I always sprinkle cayenne or red pepper chunks in it. It really does help sore throats!

Replied by Diamond
(Atlanta, Georgia)

Hey guys, not so much. Moderation. It can be possible that you can build up an allergy or resistance to it.

It was never made for you to take it everyday.

Also, it help for a heart attack. So if you know someone who is having a heart attack than give them some and it will stop it instantly. I envision everyone will have a small emergency pack with them just in case they witness someone else who may need it.


Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of Cure.

Posted by Debnick3045 (Stuart, Florida) on 12/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had such a horrible sore throat for two days. last night the soreness was soo bad that I got out of bed and typed "sore throat" into a google search, hoping to find some releif. This site was the first one on the list. After reading everyones testimonials on the Cayenne Pepper remedy, I decided to try it. I HATE spicy food and cannot stand the burn in my mouth at all so I was skeptical but I was desperate for some relief. To my complete amazement, it worked. I gargled warm water and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper in a small glass of warm water until it was gone. I went to sleep for about 2 hours. (It took a little while for the burn to subside but it wasn't nearly as bad as the pain of the sore throat.) When I woke up, my sore throat was more than 50% better. I just gargled it again to reinforce. What an amazing surprise! I will be telling everybody about this remedy...Thank you! :-)

Replied by Sllod
(Mandeville, La)
5 out of 5 stars

This absolutely worked for me! I started with my annual allergy "attack" yesterday. To me, the sore throat is the worst part. I followed the instructions and after two or three gargles, my throat felt immensely better. I gargled a couple of hours later and my sore throat had subsided enough so I could get a good night's sleep. Thank you, thank you!

Replied by Alvina
(Damascus, Oregon)

Whenever my glands start to swell and a sore throat starts, I rub arnica gel (found at a nutrition store) on the outside of my neck and it causes the sore throat to go away as well as the swelling. I've used the arnica gel for sore gums, cankor sores (always put the arnica gel on the outside of mouth and never on an open wound or insect bite). I used arnica gel rubbed on my neck and upper chest to survive severe asthma until I learned about using hydrogen peroxide breathing (1/2 c. In 1/2 gal. Of distilled water in my vaporizer). I also used 1/2 t. Of celery (a natural dieretic) seed 2 times a day. I put the seed in my mouth and washed down with water. I also use cayanne pepper for pain and health. I'm 90% better than I was last summer.

I use the arnica gel for any swelling or to prevent bruising or pain when I bang up against a hard object.

Posted by Kacy (Altoona, Pa) on 11/18/2009

I went to a natural food store and asked for some cayenne pepper powder and they said that its very hard to find in grocery stores and that it has to be special ordered so i would order it so it can be kept on hand. I don't know what I'm going to do now about my sore throat!

EC: Try your local grocery store, not your local health food store. Cayenne pepper is sold very cheaply in every grocery store we've been to!!

Replied by Stan
(Huntingdon, Pa)

to KACY, Altoona, pa> cayenne pepper available at sams for $4.29 per lb.

Replied by Lita
(Sanford, Fl)

It should be in your spice section at your local grocery store!!! Good Luck.

Posted by Jellyphish (Arcata, Ca) on 11/10/2009

Cayenne and sore throat/flu

I wanted to be yet another person who posts concerning their response to this remedy. What is interesting to me is that i have issues with nightshades and generally do not eat any in that family. However, cayenne plays a different game, or so it seems.

I work in a health clinic and when bugs are flying about, they like to swarm around us. As a small business owner it is imperative that i be well, i just simply don't get paid otherwise!

Thus i was ready, willing and gargled the cayenne with warm water (next time will add a bit honey as it is an excellent anti-bacterial), i did this once every two hours until the symptoms (ie. sore throat, general flu symptoms) subsided. The following day the symptoms significantly reduced, i then continued gargling about once every three hours for the next two days. It felt like the cayenne was chasing the flu, and of the two, the cayenne was the stronger! Needless to say i felt free of symptoms that third day and now when anyone has a similar presentation, the first recommendation is this protocol.

Replied by Peter
(Chicago, Il)

What kind of Cayenne Pepper did you use to gargle ? Is it in the Powder form ? or the flake ?

EC: Cayenne in powder form is used for the sore throat cure.

Posted by Ken (Jupiter, Fl) on 10/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Visited grandchildren, one of whom came home from school with very sore throat. Flew home and woke up with very, very sore throat. Gargled twice with salt water until store opened; bought some cayenne pepper and gargled (1/4 tsp in 8 oz warm water) every two hours for 8 hours. Immediate relief after the first time. No problems with lip or tongue tingling from the pepper .... less severe than eating spicy wings.

Posted by Suzanne (Lancaster, Pa) on 10/16/2009
5 out of 5 stars

This is a godsend! I have had a viral infection for 5 days now with severe sore throat pain and went to the doctor two days ago and he gave me nothing.....I tried the Cayenne, Honey and lemon juice remedy above and I am in instant relief! thank you all!