Sore Throat
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Cayenne Pepper for a Sore Throat

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Posted by Mimic (New York, New York) on 10/06/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Sore Throat and colds

For the last 15 years I have been treating my colds and sore throats with cayenne pepper. As soon as I feel the first symptoms, I take one table spoon of cayenne pepper, wait a couple of minutes before drinking a glass of room temperature water. This treatment always, always works and it takes a two or three hours for all the bad symptoms to disappear.

Replied by Michelle
(Charlotte, Nc)
11/23/2009

what do you mean, "take" a tablespoon of cayenne? do you swallow it - then continue with the water?

thanks - eager to try this...but don't want to do it wrong!

EC: The instructions for the cayenne pepper remedy for sore throats is here: https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/sore_throat.html#PENNY

Replied by Nicky
(Leonia, Nj, Usa)
01/30/2011

CANNOT FIND EXACT DIRECTIONS FOR USING CAYENNE!! This link just goes to beginning of discussion!

EC: Sorry about that. The link changed since the last post. It's now: https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/sore_throat.html#CAP


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Posted by Floridagal (Sebring, Florida) on 09/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne Pepper Cure for Sore Throat

Cayenne Pepper delivered me from a toe-curlingly painful swallow to pain-free swallowing within about 4 hours yesterday. I dumped one capsule of CP into about 6 oz. of very warm water, and gargled every 15 to 30 minutes. I got better at the gargling with some practice! I found that rinsing my mouth with cool water would remove the pepper from the front of my mouth, but not the throat, so I began finishing up with rinsing, and had very little pepper burn on my mouth and lips afterwards. I will continue treatment until all my symptoms are gone, not just the sore throat. Thanks for this site!


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Posted by Kay (Pyongtaek, S Korea) on 09/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne Pepper and sore throat

I am a 41yr old mom of 5 who cannot afford to get sick...I do not work but have an extremely hectic schedul as I am also a military wife. I took the Flu mist on a Thursday and was sick as a dog by Friday evening to include a nasty feeling throat that I kept waking up to not to mention other yucky symptons. I research EVERYTHING so googling "natural cures for a sore throat" was no different...I researched it coming up with this awesome site. However, besides the fact that I am a chicken I don't really do spicy foods so the cayenne pepper remedy danced in my mind for a couple of days. I was brave enough to add it to my dinner two nights in a row thinking well I will swallow it and that will work EVEN better. The second night I had soup with probably 1/2 a teaspoon in it but this does not work! YOU HAVE TO GARGLE! On the second night upon waking up and not being able to tolerate the sore throat much more, I stumbled to my kitchen and put 4 ozs. of almost hot water in a cup, 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper, about 5 shakes of black pepper for good measure, and a generous amount of salt (i think it just makes it easy to gargle. This WORKED almost INSTANTANEOUSLY! My few coughs are producing the yuck that needs to get from inside of me and the stuff is just jumping out. You will have to repeat this. I promise 1 DROP of the cayenne concoction produces HUGE results. IMPORTANT: take a dropper or spoon and put the concoction on the back of the tongue. MIRACLE SORE THROAT CURE! DOn't be afraid as the burn on the tongue does not last long due to "capsaician" which is a natural pain killer that is found in the cayenne and other peppers.

***Have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis due to an old injury (my doctor prescribed something that she said really is a miracle topical cream-CAPSAICIAN cream so I knew this remedy would work; do the research on natural uses for cayenne pepper and it is right there! Thanks and I pray this saves someone alot of pain


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Posted by Jw (Flintville, Tn) on 09/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

i put in 1/2 teaspoon to a cup of water and gargled that ceyenne pepper as a last resort. it has really helped this is the second day and after 2 times using it with some salt water at lunch today i can eat without it hurting too bad.

Replied by Manny
(Chattanooga, Tennessee)
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.

Replied by Jacky
(Mount Vernon, Wa, Usa)
09/09/2012

I'm a sophmore at MVHS and I am very worried about choir. I will not miss choir and will do anything. Plus I hate making up work in other classes and nothing sucks more than a terribly sore throat and to add to that nothing sucks more than to sneeze with a sore throat. Ah colds. You did it again. Today is sunday (day1 of sore throat and decided to catch it early) and I am NOT missing a day of school ever again. So first I tried the dissolve 2 asprin and 1 tbsp of salt and gargle(also from this site), which did work a little. My sore throat lessened with that. Next I am just eating frozen blueberries, again from this site and it does work better as pain relief than medication would. So I am bringing blueberries tomorrow as pain relief and an awesome snack for my classes. So now I've tried the cayenne pepper concoction and I have to say... It's pretty interesting. It cleared my sinuses and I will continue doing this until I am all better. Hopefully I will feel well enough at school tomorrow, Thanks!


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Posted by Latoya (Greenville, North Carolina) on 07/26/2009
5 out of 5 stars

On Friday night, I came home sneezing and with the beginnings of a sore throat. Through the night, my sinuses drained into my throat as I slept and I woke up with a burning raw throat. I got on the internet looking for anything that would allow me to get back to sleep when I found this site. I was skeptical about the cayenne pepper and I could only imagine how it would burn. To my suprise it wasnt that bad. I started with a gargle (1/4 teaspoon in 8 oz of warm water. I gargled for about 5 minutes and had almost instant relief (this was about 7:45 am). I followed the suggestions of another user about putting vaseline on your lips prior to gargling and I think that helped with the burning sensation a lot. I also ate yogurt afterwards to increase the cooling. Later that day I ate chili from Wendy's (12:00 noon) with about 5 nice dashes of cayenne (it was great) and I had chicken noodle soup (5 pm) with about 6-7 dashes of cayenne and the spiciness was almost similar to how it tastes when I add black pepper. It was very spicy towards the end of the soup (cayenne settles at the bottom) but I bravely drank the remaining broth. I will always be greatful to this site and cayenne pepper lol


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Posted by Kilihunebabe (Steilacoom, WA) on 07/22/2009
5 out of 5 stars

i did the cayenne pepper gargle once every 15 minutes for two hours, then drank the cayenne pepper, honey and lemon tea for about four hours following, doing the cayenne pepper gargle once an hour. the gargle definitely stung but the almost instantaneous relief was worth the moderate discomfort of the sting. over the course of 6 hours, my throat went from "streppy" to nearly pain free. i'd lay odds that if i had kept up the cayenne remedies for the remainder of the day, the entire cold would have been knocked out of the park!


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Posted by Sarah (Fort Collins, CO) on 07/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne pepper worked for my sore throat! I have a cold with really bad nasal congestion and a terrible sore throat. I made a "tea" with hot water, 2 T ACV and 1/4 t cayenne. I'm not sure if I would have been able to drink it if I wasn't completely congested because my husband said it smelled terrible, but to me it just tasted like hot water. I drank two cups of this tea and my sore throat is much better. I was hoping the cayenne would help with the congestion too, but hasn't so far.


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Posted by Miguel (Carson City, Nevada) on 07/12/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I was really skeptical to use cayenne pepper. Since May I have had a horrible cough and I've been coughing up mucus for about two months. I've also had strep throat 3 times this year. Right now it's the third time. I didn't even think I had cayenne pepper and I eventually decided to look for it and to my surprise I did have it. I was originally going to try gargling cayenne pepper and peroxide. I decided to try this instead. It honestly worked for me and I am very surprised. Even drinking cold water was incredibly painful. It was swallowing that hurt the most, though. My throat is still a little sore but it doesn't sting nearly as much as it did before. I'm still drinking my tea and I also made ramen with some cayenne pepper so I'm sure by the time I finish them both I'll feel a lot better.


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Posted by Emily (Vancouver, BC) on 07/08/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a wicked sore throat for the past 2 days. In a desperate move I tried the 1/2 t of cayenne pepper mixed with a mug full of warm water, gargling for 10 seconds every 15 minutes... it was so disgusting and my mouth was on fire after each attempt... but 2 hours later and I can swallow without the stabbing pain at the back of my throat. Thanks for the tip


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Posted by Klaeber (Newton, Kansas) on 07/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Yesterday I began developing a cold: Congestion, Sore Throat, Chills. The chills have subsided and the congestion continues, but I believe I have purchased relief from the sore throat through cayenne. In the middle of the night, I tried the ACV, but it only relieved the symptoms temporarily. This morning, I tried 1/8 t. of cayenne to 1 T. honey in a mug of hot water. I've been sipping off and on this morning with MUCH relief from the throat issues. Thank you!


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Posted by Eveline (Candian living in Spain) on 06/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I was having problems a couple of weeks ago with a very mild sore throat. One of those that hurt in the morning but would go away during the course of the day but for me that usually is a warning that something is coming. I started gargling with salt water (my previous favourite rememdy). I also read about the honey and ACV so I mixed that up and would have tsps of that every so often throughout the day. However, morning after morning my throat would still be sore. I was anxious to get rid of it because I was packing up and starting to travel around Spain. Then I added cayenne pepper (maybe 1/4 tsp.). Wow. What a great thing. The very next morning I had no more sore throat. Now, as I travel I have half a lemon in water with cayenne every morning and sometimes at night as well. With traveling on trains and planes and changing climates lately from very hot to quite cool and wet I want to make sure I keep any illnesses at bay. Yay, cayenne pepper!


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Posted by Norman (Spokane, Washington) on 05/31/2009
5 out of 5 stars

i recently read this Cayanne pepper article after having a TERRIBLE sore throat for several days which made it hard to breath at times and made me short on breath constantly. i had been taking meds which are suppose to help... but didnt. i found this and tried it, and after only about two hours or so i could breath well and my throat didnt hurt at all. It did get worse to start, but after about the third gargle, i coughed something up and was alot better.

PS This will most likly make you sweat, but way worth it.


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Posted by Rachel (Concord, CA) on 05/31/2009
5 out of 5 stars

When i first read the remidie I was not so sure, but I had a bad sore troat and I was desperate, I have finals! So, since I was a little frightened to use it, i did about 1/2 cup of water, a coupple sprikles of cayenne pepper and put a genrous amount of honey. I feel a lot better! But after reading the Nays, i would not suggest sipping it, unless in OJ.


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Posted by NM (Norcross, GA) on 05/27/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had a sore throat for a couple of days and as it seem to get worse I came back to this site and I read what others had done and I tried it, I just put some cayanne pepper in 8 oz of water and I just held it in my mouth and I held my head back so that it could go to my throat. Then I spit it out and I could not believe, it but my throat was fine. I put the rest in the fridge just in case it came back the next day, but it didn't. It has been 5 days and I am still fine. Thanks for this site.


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Posted by Celena (Morgantown, WV) on 05/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I used a little less then 1/8 teaspoon in my mixture, I also added 1/2 juice of a lemon, and 1 teaspoon honey, which made the "tea" taste better. I've used this remedy before, but only after I had went to the Doctor, I needed relief before the antibiotics kicked in. I have recommended this to friends and family because it truly works. I had a horrible sore throat last night before bed, I went to sleep thinking I'll call the doctor in the morning, but when I woke up at 5am with my throat hurting so bad I couldn't sleep, I remembered this remedy, so at 5 in the morning here I am gargling with the mixture. This gave me enough relief that I was able to go back to sleep, and when I woke up 2 hours later I went right back to the gargle. My throat feels so much better!! I'm not completely cured, but I'm sure that I will be by the days end.



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