This year has seen higher than normal cases of the flu. I came down with it about 4 days ago. It started with an irritation in my bronchial tube and then it moved to my sinuses. Then for 2 nights I ran a fever (101.8) and had body aches. By the 3rd day it had settling in my chest with wheezing and coughing especially when I would try to take a deep breath. I could feel the phlegm rattling in my chest which scared me because about 30 years ago I ended up in the hospital due to pneumonia. I have been coughing so much it hurts to breathe, at times it was out of control and I couldn't stop.
Also, last night I had to sleep sitting up in the recliner because I felt like I couldn't get enough air. Anyway, I had been reading earlier today about home remedies and saw someone recommend cayenne pepper for cough and phlegm in the chest. I knew I had some in my spice cabinet and was willing to try anything.
I put about ¼ - ½ teaspoon in about ¼ cup of water, stirred it good and drank it down, chasing it with more water knowing it would be hot. I then eat my dinner right away (parsley salad with quinoa) and had hot tea with lemon. After dinner about 45 minutes later I noticed I wasn't whizzing or coughing anymore. I felt almost normal for the first time in days. I said something about it to my husband and he agreed saying he had noticed a change in me too. It has been about 4 hours now and I still feel better so much better. I really believe the cayenne opened the airways in my lungs and stopped the rattling in my chest (I still have a little but nothing like it was). I don't normally share my experiences, but I feel if it can help anyone going through such misery…like the person that shared with me earlier, I should too. If I wake up tomorrow feeling bad again I plan on trying it again.
By the way, I have been taking turmeric in a small amount of milk, 2000 mg vitamin C, B12 under the tongue, and other supplements every day, but nothing seemed to work so quickly as the cayenne did.
I have never done a post here, but I am so thankful I had to do one. We are visiting family. My Mother has pneumonia, a bad case of it. My cousin has what sounds like walking pneumonia, but he won't go to the doc, he's just coughing around the house and spreading it to the rest of us as a Christmas gift I guess. My cousin has the flu and my nephew has the flu and my nephews son and daughter have severe sore throats. You need to know that, because except for 3 folks mentioned, we are all in the SAME House.
Yesterday I went to bed with a severe sore throat that had been swelling for days. I just knew I was coming down with Pneumonia. I decided to gargle with the hottest water possible and put a cayenne capsule in it. I used Nature's way cayenne capsules that say 40,000 H.U on the front. I just opened the capsule and put it in the hot water.
I had immediate relief and was able to sleep. But it lasted only about an hour. So I decided to do it again. But this time, I used two capsules and I gargled twice and then I sipped some of the water and did that a couple times till I could really feel the cayenne in the back of my throat. Within 5 minutes a chunk (sorry to be gross) of infection came out of the left side of my nose when I blew it, and my sinus' have been clear ever since.
Going forward the next day, I stayed in bed and drank green tea with 1 teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of lemon (the one from the bottle, we didn't have fresh lemons) and I opened up one capsule of cayenne pepper and put that in the green tea. I feel 85 percent better and its been only one day. I can't believe it. My throat is still a little swollen, just enough to let me know something's hanging around. But I am not coughing much and I can sleep. I hope this really helps some folks. I am very very greatful.