Cayenne Pepper Cold and Sore Throat Remedy

Cayenne Pepper Cold and Soar Throat Remedy

My son had a very bad sore throat a couple weeks ago, and so I sat down and Googled sore throat remedies to try to find something that would help with the pain.  He could barely talk and was in a lot of discomfort.  I found quite a few interesting natural remedies and suggestions for healing and easing the pain of a sore throat.  The use of cayenne pepper as an ingredient in warm drinks was one remedy that was frequently suggested.  Since I actually made my own cayenne pepper this year, this gave me the opportunity to actually try out a remedy using one of my very own spices from my garden!  Here is the recipe I followed:


Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne, and Honey Tea

Add one teaspoon apple cider vinegar, a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper, the juice of ¼ lemon, and one teaspoon of honey to a cup of hot water and stir.  Drink the tea up to four times in one day.


I don’t know how effective this tea would be for most people, but my son’s sore throat was greatly relieved even after just one mug of this tea.  By the afternoon he was able to talk normally again, and by the second day he was experiencing minimal discomfort and was ready to go back to school.

It wasn’t fun for my son having a sore throat, but for me it was a great opportunity to apply one of my own homemade spices to an actual folk remedy.  It was very gratifying.  Now, I am more excited than ever to embark on my new adventure making herbal remedies with herbs grown in my own garden!

Below are a few more suggestions I found on the internet that seem reasonable.   


Believe it or not, gargling with cayenne pepper is an amazing sore throat remedy. The trouble is, some people find the spicy solution a bit too much to bear. If you can take the heat, though, you will feel fast relief from sore throat irritation and discomfort. What you’ll want to do is mix 4 -5 shakes of Cayenne pepper with a cup of very warm water. Add a drop or two of lemon juice and gargle deeply. Spit out the liquid and repeat until all the liquid is gone. Your mouth WILL be hot! Do not drink milk, or any other beverage, to try to cool down your mouth. Instead, you can hold a tablespoon of yogurt on your tongue until the discomfort subsides, and then spit it out. For best results, repeat this soar throat remedy at least once an hour.

Listerine freshens our breath because it kills the bacteria that causes it in the first place. But did you know that it can also be used as a sore throat remedy? That’s right! Gargling with Listerine will help kill bacteria in your throat, relieve sore throat pain and discomfort, and, of course, freshen your breath too. When using this remedy, avoid the mouthwash with whitening action. Use the regular antiseptic. Gargle several times a day for best results. If the taste of Listerine is too strong for you, you can gargle with 1/2 warm water and 1/2 Listerine. For an extremely bad sore throat, add a cap-full of hydrogen peroxide to the mix too.

As a child, your mother likely advised you to gargle with warm water and salt. Mother knew what she was talking about, because this is one of the best sore throat remedies. Why? The warm salt water relieves painful inflammation and helps to draw out the phlegm that is often the cause of a sore or irritated throat. Add 1 – 1 ½ teaspoon of regular salt to a glass of warm water and stir well. Gargle so that the water reaches the back of your throat and then spit. Do NOT swallow the salt water! For best results, gargle one every hour with a fresh batch of very warm salt water.

Have you ever noticed that when your throat hurts, warm beverages help soothe the discomfort? That’s because the warmth of the liquid soothes the throat in the same way a heating pad soothes a sore muscle. Some hot beverages make a better sore throat remedy than others. For instance, hot tea with honey is a highly effective sore throat remedy that tastes good too. For best results, drink a hot tea infused with ginger and a touch of honey. Sip slowly, gently clearing your throat with each sip. This will help open up and provide some relief from the pain.


Other Home Remedies for Sore Throat

  • Gargle and rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day. To make a salt water gargle, dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.
  • Use sore throat lozenges to increase saliva production and lubricate the throat. Lozenges shouldn’t be given to young children due to the risk of choking.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, which keeps the throat lubricated. Some people get relief by sucking something cold, such as a popsicle, while others find warm drinks, such as warm water with honey, helpful.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eliminate dry air, which can irritate a sore throat, by using a cold air humidifier.



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