Homemade Cayenne Pepper Remedies and Solutions

Cayenne Pepper Cough Mixture

If you have a wet, productive, mucus-y cough, a cough syrup made with cayenne pepper could help. Capsaicin will boost blood circulation, helping to speed the healing process, as well as making it easier for you to cough up the mucus.

However, too much cayenne pepper can irritate the stomach, and has also been shown to reduce the effects of aspirin and ACE inhibitors, so don’t try this without asking your doctor first if you’re taking these kinds of medication.

You will need:

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Water

How to make cayenne pepper cough mixture:

  • Boil a cup of water and allow to cool sufficiently for you to drink it.
  • Add one tablespoon of honey to the water, plus two tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, and mix thoroughly again.
  • Drink immediately, and repeat as required.

This mixture should help to ease your cough and will also soothe the soreness in your throat caused by the coughing. Honey is a natural soother and will coat your throat, while lemon helps to reduce inflammation – combined with the cayenne pepper, this honey and lemon concoction is a strong ally in your fight against a cough.

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Cayenne Pepper Nasal Irrigation Solution

Nasal irrigation is well known to be beneficial in keeping your nasal cavities clear and in reducing harmful mucus build-up.

Adding a tiny amount of cayenne pepper to a nasal irrigation solution can be of benefit to those who suffer with sinusitis, but as with all cayenne pepper uses, be cautious in how much you use – too much and you will experience burning discomfort. Start with adding the cayenne to the solution for just a few seconds, and work up to a longer time/stronger solution gradually if you feel you can tolerate it.

You will need:

  • A neti or other nasal irrigation pot
  • Boiled water cooled to tepid
  • ½ teaspoon crushed cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • An infuser or small muslin cloth

How to make cayenne pepper nasal irrigation solution:

  • Place the crushed cayenne pepper into the tea infuser or muslin bag and shake well to ensure that no pepper comes out loose.
  • Dissolve the baking soda and salt into two cups of tepid water, and shake well.
  • Add the infuser or muslin bag to the tepid water for five seconds and remove.
  • Shake again; the water should now have a pale pink tinge.
  • Use this solution according to the instructions with your nasal irrigator.

Cayenne Pepper Tincture for Relief of Joint Pain

Capsaicin acts on nerve endings, causing them to release a particular chemical known as substance P; substance P’s job is to transmit pain signals the brain.

When cayenne pepper is applied to the skin, it effectively “fools” the nerves into releasing a rush of substance P, which you experience as a feeling of heat.

Once the nerves have used up their substance P in this way, they will not transmit any more pain signals for a while – this is why cayenne pepper can be an effective pain relief treatment for chronic joint pain, including arthritis.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon crushed cayenne pepper
  • 1 pint cider vinegar
  • Bottle with a tight fitting lid

How to make cayenne pepper tincture for relief of joint pain:

  • Gently boil the cayenne pepper in the cider vinegar.
  • Bottle without straining, while still hot.
  • Apply regularly, directly to the affected joints.

With so many healing and health-promoting properties, it’s no wonder that cayenne pepper is so widely used in home remedies.

Whether you enjoy the taste of this red hot spice or not, putting it to use in your home is an excellent way of enjoying its anti-inflammatory, metabolism boosting, pain relieving properties. It’s even said that regularly eating cayenne pepper can help with weight loss – what a wonder-spice it truly is!

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