Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Easy Natural Sore Throat Cure #1

Sore throat season is here and time for the most popular Natural cure for a sore throat:

          Cayenne Pepper.

  ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper in a half-glass of room temperature water. The powdered form found in the grocer's spices section works fine.

  At the first sign of a sore throat, gargle this simple recipe twice a day.
If you get a late start (ran out of Cayenne and soothed it with lozenges for a day) then play 'catch-up' by gargling the CP & water mix twice in the first hour, then twice more through the course of the day.

 The pepper will sting the throat a bit, but if you can take it allow small bits to slide down the throat to add a coating during your rinse & spit routine.
  It won't hurt you. Cayenne is a natural cure for ulcers and so many other conditions, plus aids assimilation of nutrients and vitamins.
 You should already be using it in chicken, salads, soups, even certain sandwiches taste better with Cayenne Pepper. CP is a great spice, it assists your body's natural blood flow and helps to carry nutrients via the bloodstream into your body more quickly. Using it all the time will help in your general health.
 To quote a regular member:
"I have never seen a sore throat that won't succumb to it."

TIP: Show patience with 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.
 Most of the members who complain that Cayenne didn't work for them (about 18%) are reporting negative results after a very short period of time...a few within minutes!

    Nina from San Diego, CA writes: "Cayenne pepper works, but in order to ease the hotness, I just use orange juice. Put an 1/8 of a teaspoon in a glass of orange juice, and drink it. Make sure the oj has pulp in it, the cayenne will bond to the pulp, and it won't burn your mouth at all! I have been using this method for years. And DON'T use milk to "ease the hotness" when you're sick- avoid dairy products"

    Belina from Merida, Yucatan, Mexco writes: "I've read about people having problems with Cayenne, Habanero or other "hot" chilies or sauces and as a Chef who specializes in Mexican fare, plus I now live in Mexico too, I can give you a very easy and efficient remedy to ease the burning from peppers. Also, it doesn't matter if the burning is in your mouth, lips, face (from touching it with your hands after handling peppers) or hands, it works:
Put a little salt on the palm of your left hand, wet the tip of your right index finger in your mouth slightly and dip it in the salt and place it UNDER your tongue (sublingual) in the tender area on your jaw and not ON the underside of the tongue. Relief is very quick, easy to do, you can do it anywhere (like a restaurant) and works for everyone plus you can find salt everywhere."

   Too many members have written (repeatedly) to ask that their own "tricks" be pushed to the top of the Natural Cures list for sore throats, when in truth they are blurring the clear difference between a cure and temporary relief.
 We are all aware of the relief you feel by sucking on crushed ice, or by sipping granny's tea with lemon, or granpa's whiskey-honey-lemon mixture...but again, these are not repairing the irritation or killing the infections that are at the root of the sore throat...they are simply making it easier to live with, and are no more a cure than a cherry cough-drop.


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