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Tabasco Sauce - A Spicy Sore Throat Remedy

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Posted by Kate (Fort St John, British Columbia) on 02/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a sore throat for 2 days now and today it was the worst it's been. Felt like I swallowed a few razor blades, so did an internet search for rememdies and here I am. Read through the posts and although I do have cayenne pepper in the pantry, it didn't sound too pleasant to gargle it and drink in a tea. So I tried a shot of tobasco sauce ( I wouldn't recomend this if you can't handle hot/spicy foods very well.) I followed the shot with a rather large glass of milk to sooth, and it's been 5 hours now and my throat feels so much better. It's still sore, but not razorblade painful. I think I'll try another shot tonight before bed and see how it goes.


Posted by Dave (Missoula, Montana) on 02/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

4 Teaspoons of Tabasco relieved 55% of my sore throat pain in under 1 hour. I looked at all the remedies and didn't want to try Apple Cider Vinegar. I have been sipping Hot honey tea for days and have the worst razor cutting sore throat ever. It gets much worse when I wake up in the morning, so I just put four teaspoons of straight tabasco down the hatch and my throat is 55-65% better right now. Slide the spoon past your tongue so it goes right to the throat. I took 4 teaspoons full tabasco five minutes apart, then gargled with 1 tablespoon of cayenne, 1 teaspoon of tabasco, warm water and lemon juice-which also helped. I am not cured yet, but the pain is cut in half! Thank you all for posting on this site, thank God I found it because i DESPISE gargling with forsaken warm salt water-I hate salt!


Posted by Sophia (MU, USA) on 01/19/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I heard about the Tabasco thing and tried it becuase my throat was hurting for 4 days and I was sick of it! No medicine would work for me..So as I said I tried Tabasco..Heres the thing I just took a little sip of it out of the bottle and I just HAD to take a drink of water and after I was done drinking I was like O MY GOD! My sore throat was all gone and my nostrils wernt clogged I felt like a new person! It even settles stomachs! I know it sounds weird u would think it would give you heart burn but it didnt. just a sip thought i'm not saying drink it! Anyways, Try it. It works like a charm!


Posted by Gina (Baltimore, Marland) on 01/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I started getting a sore throat yesterday, and like i always do, i slept with a halls in my mouth. It got worse today and nothing soothed it. So I googled sore throat remedies and came to this site. I didn't have the honey, so I decided to do the tobasco. I poured tobasco on a hotdog (which just so happened to be hot wing flavor) and a little apple cider. The first bite was hell in my mouth. It burned back in my ears. I have completed the hot dog, my nose is incredibly runny, my mouth is on fire, but my sore throat feels better- maybe I burned off all the nerves!

Replied by Alexis
Old Greenwich, Ct
05/11/2009
4 out of 5 stars

Well hello everyone i have just try the hot sauce remedy and it improve my sore throat condition greatly i will said some like 80% may be it doesnt cure it but it definetelly make you feel way better am still have the burning sensation but it was definetelly worth it take all


Posted by Sarah (Wollongong, Australia) on 01/11/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Have had a sore throat for over a week, tried everything except antibiotics. Looked on the net for home remedies for a sore throat. O my god, i had tabasco in everything even coffee. Starting to feel a whole lot better.


Posted by Alyssa (Cranston, Rhode Island) on 01/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I've been sick for about three days. I try to avoid medications and doctors visits because I don't really have the money to spare, and I'm not a fan of over the counter medicines like DayQuil (nature never intended anything to be that orange!) Today is my last day of vacation before I have to return to school, sad story, I know. And my boyfriend is home from college so I want to see him, only natural. But the last thing I want to do is get him sick, or feel crappy while I'm with him. I usually just wait out a sickness, let my body fight it off. I don't have time to waste in bed any more though. So I came to Earth Clinic and read about the Cayenne Pepper but I don't have any of that. Then I read about TABASCO! Funny thing was while I was sifting through the medicine cabinet I looked at the bottle and though "I bet that would clear my sinuses" but I didn't want to irritate my throat. So I mixed it with hot water, lemon juice, and honey. It's sweet with a nice spicey kick I love it and in five minutes I can breath out of one side of my nose and my throat doesn't hurt anymore! I really hope that this helps long term as well but if you need instant relief, try this!


Posted by Teigs (Qld, Australia) on 12/07/2007
4 out of 5 stars

i don't have any of that Cayenne stuff but i did have the tobasco because i like hot things. anyway last night i was going to bed and i could feel a cold coming on. i had some medicine and i went to bed hoping that by morning it would be gone. three friends are coming over for a christmas party and i have done everything to get it. then finally mum and dad said yes. and then i came down with this. i woke up this morning and it had only gotten worse and i had a stuffy nose. i hated to swallow. i got up and typed in home remedies for a sore throat into google and it came up with this site. i had never heard of Cayenne and it took me a few stories to realise what it was. and then i got the tobasco sauce and added drops to my already made honey, lemon hot water and i sipped it and then gargled it and sipped it again. it is very tasty. my friends are coming at 2pm and it is now 8:01am so i hope it cures fast. p.s if anyone has any faster moving remedies please tell us.


Posted by Matt (Buena Park, California) on 11/02/2007
5 out of 5 stars

So its the second day of my sore throat, 7:25am Friday, needless to say I did not get much sleep last night. I'm desprate to try anything, don't have cayenne, but I do have tobasco! As I'm reading and writting I'm enjoying a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup with....tabasco. It dosent get rid of the itchy throat and it burns a little going down, but as they say, no pain, no gain. I'm happy to report an immidiate mild change in my sore throat and am looking forward for even greater results as the day progesses.


Posted by Becky on 03/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I couldn't find any cayenne pepper in my spice rack so I substituted Tabasco Sauce.........so far so good. It was easier to just drink it slowly, mixed with a little water, and coat my soar throat on the way down. I think my sore throat is much better now.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
03/18/2007
384 posts

Tabasco sauce or Hot sauce in would generally work better than a cayenne pepper due to their vinegar content.

However I would still much before to use baking soda 1 teaspoon with a couple of drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in 1/3 glass of water or just potassium bicarbonate 1 teaspoon in 1/3 glass of water in sipping down slowly, 5 cc at a time, every 5 minutes for about 10 times. They are generally less irritating to the throat, especially for people with the acid reflux. Tabasco and hot sauce is not generally recommended for people with acid reflux or a terribly sore throat conditions where it is inflammed.


Posted by Jessica (Escondido, CA) on 09/30/2004
5 out of 5 stars

I don't have a remedy to cure allergies, but I do have one for a sore throat. It won't cure the sore throat. but it will cause it to not hurt. It will also take away the tickle in one's throat. when an allergy attacks. It is a teaspoon of Tabasco Sauce, taken maybe 3 to 4 times a day. Most people can't handle it, and so you would have to built up the dosage, but I had a chiropractor recommend it to me, and I have never suffered the pain of a sore throat since, not even when I had strep throat.