Cayenne Pepper Gargle for Sore Throats

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.

Tonsillitis and Sore Throat

When your tonsils become infected, you will feel pain in your throat and the glands will become swollen. Besides having a sore throat you will also have trouble swallowing and eating will become a drag. Luckily, cayenne pepper can help you treat your tonsillitis.

You will need the following ingredients: ½ cup hot water, ¼ teaspoon honey, ¼ teaspoon cayenne, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Add the ingredients to the cup of hot water, stir and let it infuse for a few minutes. Once the beverage cools, you can use it to gargle at least four times during the day to get relief from tonsillitis.

For sore throat, you can use the same beverage or you can try a simpler recipe by adding 1/8 to ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 2 tablespoon salt to 2 cups of boiling water. Let the beverage cool and do a gargle with a first cup, rinse with clean water and use the remaining cup for second gargling, rinse one last time with clean water. It is recommended to use this treatment two times a day (in the morning and in the evening) until you feel better.


Want to Supercharge this Sore Throat Remedy?

If you would like to supercharge this remedy, gargle with raw apple cider vinegar diluted 50–50 with water three times a day.

If raw apple cider packed in glass bottles is not available in your area, you can make it easily with this ACV recipe.

I can attest to the effectiveness of using natural antibiotics for sore throats of all kinds. In our home, we have never resorted to drug based meds for any sore throats in over 25 years. This includes the raising of 3 children!

Homemade Pepper Spray for Self Defense

Cayenne peppers can also be used to make an effective pepper spray for keeping people and large animals at bay. With the proper training and guidance, it can be used even by youngsters, when going through a rough part of town or having to deal with bullies. When using the spray always aim for the face of the aggressor in order to have the best results.

To make an effective pepper spray you will need cayenne peppers, black peppers, water, a tool to crush the pepper, a funnel, a container to brew the spray in, and a container for the finished product.

Place the 5 – 10 medium cayenne peppers in a container and add water until the peppers barely float. Add 10 black peppers, use the tool to crush the peppers (you can also use a mixer). Add some more water depending on the capacity of the container for the finished product. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes, let it cool and add it to the container. You’re done! Pay attention when you use the spray, to not blind yourself.

A word of advice on cayenne pepper use:

  • Cayenne pepper should not be used as a remedy for children under 2 years of age.
  • If you are recovering from surgery, you should avoid cayenne pepper. It stimulates blood flow and can cause excessive bleeding.
  • Cayenne pepper is very hot and spicy and it should be treated with caution, do not exaggerate on dosing.
  • Avoid using cayenne pepper on large open wounds and don’t get it into the eyes.
  • Perform a skin test before using cayenne pepper as some people can be allergic to it. Don’t apply it directly on the skin and rather mix it with oil before applying.
  • If you suffer from a high fever (104 degrees or more) cayenne pepper remedy should be avoided
  • If you suffer from high blood pressure or rapid heart rates you should avoid cayenne pepper. It may aggravate the health risks of these conditions.

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Garlic: Antibiotic Powerhouse

Garlic is unique among the natural antibiotics because of its ability to destroy a wide variety of pathogens including viruses, bacteria, and fungus. All this is accomplished without harming beneficial gut flora (unlike colloidal silver). In fact, garlic promotes intestinal health by acting as a prebiotic for the beneficial flora present in the gut.

The sulfur compounds in garlic along with the phytochemical allicin have such powerful antibiotic properties that they even combat the superbug known as MRSA.

If garlic can fight superbugs, it will definitely help resolve a sore throat!

4. Antioxidant

Antioxidant is as essential substance in human body. One of its main functions is to protect against damaging free radical and repair it consequences. Regular consumption of cayenne pepper will lead to a decrease in the risk of developing colon or atherosclerosis cancer.


If you use cayenne pepper to remedy pain, you might save yourself the time and money required to purchase a commercial remedy. Aside from time and money, a cayenne pepper gargle is claimed by some to be more effective than commercial sore throat medications. Additionally, cayenne pepper often provides instant pain relief that lasts for up to two hours.

8. Heart disease

Since the blood circulation is improved, cayenne pepper contributes to the decrease of the risk of developing heart diseases. Besides, it also helps to lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels in blood, as well as dissolve fibrin.

Therefore, an appropriate amount of cayenne pepper is recommended to include in your daily diet.

Read more How to Prevent Heart Disease.

Nutrition Facts

Cayenne pepper contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese and flavonoids – which provide its powerful antioxidant properties.

On the Scoville Rating Scale, cayenne pepper is rated typically anywhere from 30,000 to 190,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). (Pure capsaicin has the highest SHU rating.)

Here are the cayenne pepper nutrition facts, listed in recommended daily values. One teaspoon (about two grams) of cayenne pepper contains approximately:

  • 5.6 calories
  • 1 gram carbohydrates
  • 0.2 grams protein
  • 0.3 grams fat
  • 0.5 grams fiber
  • 728 international units vitamin A (15 percent DV)
  • 0.5 milligrams vitamin E (3 percent DV)
  • 1.3 milligrams vitamin C (2 percent DV)
  • 1.4 micrograms vitamin K (2 percent DV)


There are a ton of ways to add cayenne pepper benefits to your diet and take advantage of these awesome benefits. It can be added to spicy foods — meat dishes, nuts and seeds — and even drinks.

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Make a delicious sauce using this Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with Chicken Recipe. This dish is very healthy, delicious, fast and easy to make! With just 1/4 teaspoon, you are getting a ton of cayenne pepper benefits, like blood sugar regulation.

Do you enjoy spicy buffalo sauce? You need to try our Buffalo Wings Recipe!

This recipe is an all time favorite; the wings have all the flavor of conventional wings without the gluten and artificial ingredients. Plus, they’re super easy to make.

Gargle Recipe

You can make a cayenne pepper gargle to alleviate sore throat pain with only a mug, 1/4 cup of hot water and 2 tbsp. of cayenne pepper. Stir the cayenne pepper into the water for 60 seconds and gargle with a mouthful of the mixture 2. Gargle for 10 seconds and spit the cayenne mixture out 1. Stir the cayenne pepper mixture before gargling with more as it does not fully dissolve into the water. Adding 1 tbsp. of salt to the mixture may increase its effectiveness as salt inhibits bacterial growth, further calming a sore throat.

You can make a cayenne pepper gargle to alleviate sore throat pain with only a mug, 1/4 cup of hot water and 2 tbsp. Stir the cayenne pepper into the water for 60 seconds and gargle with a mouthful of the mixture 2.


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