The cayenne pepper cure for sore throat is the most effective and popular home remedy, thanks to its active ingredient, capsaicin. We’re thankful that Penny from Fresno, California told us about this natural treatment. Very few people had heard of using cayenne pepper for a sore throat until we posted Penny’s remedy on Earth Clinic in 2004. However, for over a decade now, thousands of people around the world have learned to cure a painful sore throat using this inexpensive and simple natural treatment!
What Causes a Sore Throat?
You wake up with a rough feeling in your throat like someone has rubbed sandpaper all over it, and you know what has a developed – a sore throat. But, what caused it? Most sore throats are caused by a viral infection such as the cold or flu. If your sore throat is linked to one of these causes, you will likely experience a runny or stuffy nose, cough, fever, and fatigue as well. A number of other conditions can also cause a sore throat, though, including strep or even an allergic reaction.
Can’t I Just Use a Decongestant?
While a decongestant does relieve inflammation and mucus production in the nasal passages, a decongestant only cures a sore throat that is caused by a runny nose or postnasal drip. Likewise, these medications may cause a variety of adverse side effects.
Why Is Cayenne Better for Treating My Sore Throat?
Cayenne, on the other hand, treats a variety of causes of sore throat and has very limited side effects. Cayenne is a spice that relieves a sore throat naturally and effectively.
How cayenne works:
Cayenne contains a powerful ingredient called capsaicin. This compound is an effective anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. When you take cayenne to treat your sore throat, you’ll experience relief as far as reduced swelling but also healing as it eliminates infection.
How to Use Cayenne for a Sore Throat
Watch our fun video on 3 ways you can how to use cayenne pepper to relieve a sore throat fast.
Gargling With Cayenne
Penny from Fresno, California wrote Earth Clinic back in 2004 to report the amazing cure for sore throats.
Penny writes, “If it is too late, as in strep, it takes gargling with cayenne in water every fifteen minutes until it goes, and be patient, because it GOES. I haven’t had a sore throat take hold in 15 years or more, though many have tried to start up, which also is a way for many illnesses to sprout. I generally will gargle cayenne in water at whatever strength I like and do it as much as I can until I tire of it, and then repeat every fifteen minutes, each time swallowing a tiny bit real slowly (not necessary). It only stings the tongue a little when spitting out, otherwise, no discomfort, you can get used to even the swallowing part when you see how well it works. I use the cheap Mexican stuff, but also keep on hand in refrigerator the pesticide free stuff from health store. Cayenne is a miracle cure for ulcers and so many other conditions, plus aids assimilation of nutrients and vitamins. I will keep cayenne in water in the bathroom in case I get up in the night, so I can gargle once in the night if I am very sick, but if it is in water, it will go bad quickly and needs to be put back in refridge in morning. Afterwards suck on a clove (see below). I have never seen a sore throat that won’t succumb to it.”
EARTH CLINIC TIP: DON’T STOP TAKING THE CAYENNE!
Cayenne doesn’t always work within the first hour or two. If you’ve had a sore throat for days, you will need to keep up the gargling for at least one day if not two. Your lingering sore throat will disappear. Many of the folks who reported a 1 Thumb rating in the Cayenne section are reporting negative results after only trying cayenne once when they should have continued to gargle with it every few hours.
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