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Cayenne Pepper for a Sore Throat

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Posted by Dana (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin) on 10/17/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Cayenne for Sore Throat

Thank you! 3 days, very sore throat. Nothing worked. Gargled ten minutes ago with 1 teaspoon of cayenne in 1/8 cup of warm water and already a big chunk of hard phlegm came up! Felt better immediately. This actually works.


Posted by Mikel (Revelstoke, Bc Canada) on 09/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I tried gargling with ACV, hydrogen peroxide, salt water, drinking garlic, ginger, honey and lemon broth. No success after 5 days of not being able to talk without gagging. Then I did cayenne with a little lemon, salt and honey and that took it away overnight.

The side effect was that I woke up in a pool of sweat. I don't mind that as long as I don't have to cringe everytime I try to swallow. I had used this cure years ago, but I forgot about it. Thank you for reminding me of the best cure for sore throat!! I can talk and swallow again, what a relief.


Posted by Brittany (Chicago, Il Usa) on 09/08/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I am very sceptical to any home remedy really, but I am a full time college student with a part time job, and getting sick is just not an option. I woke up two days ago with a sore throat and as my day at work went on it kept getting worse. It would also be my 5th sore throat this summer, which I had taken a lot of antibiotics for. But the second I got home from work, I looked on the internet for any cures, and stumbled upon this. I felt it was my last option.

To my surprise I put 1 teaspoon of cayenne in a glass of warm water with a pinch of salt, gargled and then repeated a few hours later. I was sooooooo septical but it seriously worked! My throat was 99% better the next day! I am so extremely amazed! Thanks!


Posted by David (Albuquerque, New Mexico) on 08/29/2011

Just learned about this remedie today. I have had a very bad sore throat for about four days. Went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection. My sore throat was very bad. I had not been able to eat anything for three days because the throat pain was so bad. The pain has been so bad that I have been unable to even swallow my saliva. I hadn't been able to get a full night of sleep. My sore throat has never hurt this bad. I got me a cup of water and mixed it with red cayenne pepper and a little bit of salt. I gargled several times and kept spitting it out. I did swallow my saliva after gargling. My throat started feeling better about 15 minutes later and the excruciating sore throat was gone after about an hour and a half. I still felt a little soreness but I am amazed at how well this worked. I can tell you it wasn't that bad and didn't taste bad either. It definately worked for me and I hope it will work for you

Replied by Bob
England, Bristol
09/02/2011
1 out of 5 stars

It taste more horrid then you can imagine.

Replied by Gloria O
Jennings, La
12/02/2011

To: Bob, from England: I am a fellow Bristolian and all I can tell you is "stiff upper lip, old chap! " Go ahead and try it. It isn't ALL that bad. I only gagged several times and almost threw up. My throat is a little better. I'm waiting to see what happens tomorrow.


Posted by Richard (London, United Kingdom) on 08/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I just wanted to say thanks. I've always been fascinated with the remedies on EarthClinic.com but never tried one out until now.

For about ten days, I've been trying to deal with a stubborn saw throat. It was raw and swallowing was painful and difficult. As suggested, I tried gargling then swallowing some cayenne pepper in a glass of water.

The next morning my sore throat wasn't just improved... It had GONE. I'm amazed. Further testimony to the fact that we don't always need to throw pharmaceutical medications at ourselves at every opportunity. Thanks again!

Replied by Courtney
Kalamazoo, United States
09/06/2011

how many times did you gargle the water and cayenne pepper?


Posted by David C (Melbourne, Australia) on 08/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Just tried this today and it worked almost instantly! Just get a cup (250ml) of orange juice with pulp and mix it well with about 1/8th of a teaspoon of Cayenne and sip it slowly.


Posted by Marcus (aka Hookah-victim) (Jax, Fl, USA) on 08/20/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Amazing Amazing Amazing..... Its a miracle.... Ok, here's the story --- a little more than 2 weeks ago I went to a bohemian style restaurant that served Hookahs... Having never tried it, I ordered one and began to puff away the entire evening.... Very cool.... However 3 days later I woke up with a terrible sore throat and congestion... (beware of the public hookahs!!!!!! They are FUNK harbingers!!! ).... I gargled with mouthwash many times, and salt water also, and nothing got rid of it.... It has lasted a full two weeks and I was at my wits end and even considering going to the Doc which I never do... But last night I googled and found this site... I immediately went to the kitchen and found that I did not have any cayenne pepper... However I did have a shaker of "Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning" which lists red pepper (cayenne) as one of its main ingrediants... So I got a coffee mug and shook a good amount of it into the mug and even threw in some salt on top... Then I just filled it with tap water and stirred..... Then I began to take small swigs and gargled them.... I never actually drank any outright but I did swallow the spit I had which was heavily laced with the salty peppery concoction.... After I got thru the whole mug I went and got a spoon full of honey and slowly swallowed it to coat my throat... Then I went to bed... This morning a woke up and guess what.... NO sore throat... Its completely gone... Many many thanks for the remedy... it realy works!!!!!

P.S. just say no to hookahs :-)

Replied by Booya!
Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Usa
09/15/2011

So my throat has been hurting for the past four days. And I googled some remedies and found this website. I was saddened that I had no cayenne pepper, so I looked around for something with red pepper in it. I picked up the Old Bay, read the ingredients and rejoiced when I saw that it had red pepper in it. I gargled that bad boy and IMMEDIATELY my sore throat was gone!!!! AHHH!!! The only side effect I have now is a tingling mouth from all the spices Old Bay contains. I dont mind it though!!!

Replied by Lpta08
Roanoke, Va
10/17/2011

Just tried this because I woke up with a terrible sore throat caused by allergies/sinus drainage. I didn't have any cayenne pepper but looked in the cabinet and found some montreal steak spice. Mixed it with a cup of water and gargled til it was gone. It helped ALOT!!


Posted by Geri (Loomis, Ca) on 08/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Cayanne Pepper completely cured my sore throat! I read several of the testimonials as I am quite a skeptic when it comes to self promotion. I figured who really has much to gain in the pepper industry?

I have had a sore throat for 1.5 weeks. It is the longest lasting throat issue I have ever had. I have a strong immune system, however, I guess it wasnt this time around to fight this unblelievable cold. My throat felt like a thousand razor blades when I swallowed. I became desperate to cure this as I kept thinking it would go away soon and it was only getting worse. I mixed Chicken Broth with Cayanne Pepper and gargled with it and then swallowed. It was hot going down, however, my throat began to feel much better immediately. I did this several times and then right before bed. The next day, no sore throat!!! What? I couldnt believe it.

Now I am working on the cold that comes after. I am going to treat my mucous and cough with Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon, Ginger, Honey and Cayanne in a tea. I am hoping for another miracle!

For every ailment, there is a cure. Mercy is all over the planet. Good luck~ I hope this works for you as well!


Posted by Sam (Nyc, New York) on 08/02/2011

do I chop up the pepper and put peices in at a time, and gargle or do I put in the whole pepper and drink all the water and bite off a peice at a time while keeping the same pepper in it?

Replied by Lily
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
08/03/2011

Hi Sam, you just use the powdered Cayenne pepper in the spice section at the store for your gargle, you can also swallow it if it's not too much, normally the tip of a teaspoon is enough. Of course you can use more if you can handle it. Cheers Lily.


Posted by Kama (Nashville, Tn) on 06/27/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I recently had a bacterial throat infection. I finished one round of antibiotics and the symptoms instantly came back. The doctor prescribed a different antibiotic. When my throat infection started to come back after completeing that, she informed me if this didn't work she'd have to send me to an infectious disease specialist.

Desperate to avoid this, I started gargling with salt water, then with a few shakes of cayenne pepper powder in warm water. I did this for ten minutes every three or four hours. The rivers of snot in my throat went almost completely away. It no longer hurt to eat. Within two days, my throat is almost completely healed after over a month of agony.

It did give me canker sores, however, so people prone to them might want to be wary. Even so, I'll take a few canker sores that heal in days to throat pain for months!

Replied by Maral
Davis, California
07/02/2011

My throat hurts like hell! It feels like an open cut! I have always experienced sore throat my whole life but this one is killing me. I cant even cough because of its pain 1)no body ache 2)no headache 3)no sever runny nose! Jist SORE THROAT. I couldnt sleep from 5:00 AM till now! My throat is all red and sensetive! I cant swallow my saliva! I have tried Thera Flu and salt and water and hot tea! It gets worst and worst. So I decided to use CAYAN+WORM Water salt this morning. I was so afraid its gonna burn so bad! But it DOESN'T! And actually it didn't do anything either! Im about to go get some PHO (soup)and mix it with cayanne peper to see if it gets better!

Replied by Mike
Paradise Valley, Arizona
07/02/2011

Go to the Dr. It could be throat cancer. Don't chance it.

Replied by Rocco
Ortley Beach, New Jersey, Us
07/15/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a sore throat now for nearly a week and finally was fed up. I've been gargling salt water and just about every other remedy I could think of. Then I talked to my friends mom because she's a nurse and suggested that I try gargling salt water with a couple pinches of cayenne pepper. Instantly I felt some relief from my sore throat. It has now been a couple hours and I feel remarkably better. I completely suggest this remedy fir anyone who doesn't like attending doctors... Like me!!


Posted by John (Buffalo, Ny) on 05/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Yesterday I started with a sore throat that I figured would go away.

As the day went on it seemed to get worse. I woke this moring barely able to swallow my saliva.

After reading about cayenne peper I decided to give it a try.. I gargled with it in a large glass of water swallowing minimal amouts to get into my throat and didnt feel anything right away... But after 5 mins of gargling... The pain subsided greatly... I will try it again throughout the day...Thanks!

Replied by David
Cleveland, Ohio
08/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Thank God for this site! I have had the worst sore throat in a very long time. So painful and I had lost my voice! I tried gargling with peroxide, used sore throat lozenges, and have taken a ton of ibubrofen and nothing has helped. It was so painful to swallow. So I read this thread and heres what I did:

Gargled with 1 teaspoon in 8 oz water twice 20 minutes apart. My sore throat is virtually gone and I can talk again! It is unbeleivable! To finish it out I am eating lentil soup with a ton of cayenne pepper in it to really get at my throat.

Give it a shot! The gargling with the cayenne pepper was not bad whatsoever!

Replied by Leon
Barcelona, Spain
12/08/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I mixed a teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper in a glass of warm water and gargled with this a few times over the course of several hours. My sore throat has improved unbelievably!

The pepper is HOT, and had my eyes watering, but totally worth it :)


Posted by Heatherdee (Calgary, Alberta) on 04/15/2011

Okay I have been swallowing what feels like razor blades for 11 days now. I went to the doc day8 and he told me virus, there was nothing he could do. I have tried everything except this. I am near tears with pain and frustration. I am going to go do this right now and post back. Wish me luck as I am turning mental due to the pain!

Replied by Jacob
Butler, Pa
04/18/2011
4 out of 5 stars

So I have had a sore throat for about a day and I work tech support for the Local cable company and was looking for a quick fix for my sore throat. Saw this page and low and behold I happen to have a packet of Devil Sauce which is made with cayenne peppers. (Yes we tech support people have random things like hot sauce packets sitting in our desk) So everyone was saying do it with water but being stuck on a call and without water I opened the packets and downed the entire thing. Within seconds the lump that was in the back of my throat was not as bad and the pain was minimal to almost none. I can say that I still feel said lump but not as bad so I will continue with this treatment until tomorrow and see how it goes.


Posted by Shari (Loveland, Co, Usa) on 04/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks everyone! I had a terrible sore throat, but the doctor said no strep. So I gargled with cayenne and warm water yesterday, about 5 times during the day, and it is almost gone this morning.


Posted by Thatsmyboys (Lake Charles, La) on 04/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I used a little over 1/8 tsp in 1 cup of warm water to gargle when I noticed white spots on the back of my throat of course the throat pain was the dead give away. I gargled (not swallowing) in small sips the entire cup, it burned a little (not enough where I couldnt stand it). I did a second cup of the same repeating, 30 min after first gargle, already the pain is subsiding and I can swallow without tears! Thanks..

Replied by Msamandaskids
Deltona, Fl
04/16/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My throat has hurt so bad the last 3 days, I've been in tears! Today I searched the internet for natural remedies.. ANYTHING to ease the pain. Cayenne worked in about 2 mins... BUT I didn't just use the Cayenne in a glass. I did a teasp of Cayenne, Teasp Sugar, Teasp Salt, Teasp Garlic (FRESH), one drop tabasco and WARM WATER... About 8 oz. Now, I'm going to tell you, DO NOT SMELL this mixture or you may never get it to your lips! Also, put a lip proctectant on such as lipgloss, vasaline, chapstick, etc.

I'm a BIG CHICKEN when it comes to trying stuff like this and a sceptic... But I was in so much pain, I figured "what the heck". And, it WORKED! I gargled the mixture 4 times for 10-15 secs each time over a period of 2 mins! My throat is no longer sore (still feels "fat" or "puffy" in the tonsil area... But NO pain)! AND, all that spicyness has made my nose run (which I haven't been able to blow my nose for 2 days because it was so stuffed up). SO, it's a double remedy!


Posted by Louise (Boca Raton, Fl) on 03/30/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Brillaint cure for a sore throat! Felt better within minutes! Just mix a teaspoon or so into 6 oz of water and gargle it. I recommend very warm water. Wear some kind of chapstick so it doesn't burn your lips.

Replied by Dougler
London, On, Canada
09/07/2011

just tried it out. I dont have a sore throat, I do have a mouth that feels like its on fire.



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