Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cayenne pepper remedies for flu, sore throat and immune system build-up

Cayenne Pepper - also known as the Guinea spice, cow-horn pepper, aleva, bird pepper - is a spice made from the dried pods of spicy red chili peppers. The fruits (chilies) are generally dried and ground, or pulped and baked into cakes, which are then ground and sifted to make the powdered spice of the same name. Besides being a very popular spice in cooking, cayenne has also been used medicinally for thousands of years.

Spicy tea remedy

Ideal for flu symptoms (stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, fever etc) and an excellent boost for your immune system.

In a cup of hot water add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Mix it well and drink it slowly. It will make you sweat!!!
Boil water, pour it in a teapot and add a fresh chili pepper (whole) or two, depending on how spicy they are. You can either drink it as it is with a little honey if you wish, or you can add to your teapot some lemon juice and a tablespoon of Echinacea.

Sore throat gargles 

That is an excellent remedy for a sore throat. I recommend you to start using it regularly in the early stages, when the symptoms first appear.
1 cup of hot water
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Add the Cayenne pepper and lemon juice to the cup of hot water and stir well. Allow it to cool a little so that you won’t burn yourself and start with the gargles! It is recommended to use it as often as you can throughout the day if you wish your symptoms to disappear quickly (even every 45 minutes). While gargling you can always swallow every now and then this specific remedy (it will only help!). As it is quite spicy you may feel uncomfortable at times although you’ll get used to it after a while. In any case, if you wish to cool down the spiciness you can always rinse your mouth with some yogurt mixed with water or milk.

References: wikipedia