Homemade Sore Throat Tea
Why would you attempt to make a sore throat tea instead of seeking proper medication? Well to start; who doesn’t love tea? We all love it! It is simple, cheap, enjoyable and beneficial in many ways. Sore throats can strike at anytime, and you don’t always have the time to see a doctor or run to the pharmacy. There are many variations, theories and reasons for drinking different types of tea when it comes to the throat, but we will discuss on of the most popular tea recipes that includes cayenne pepper.
This homemade sore throat tea suggestion from Mother Earth Living is ideal for these stuck-at-home circumstances. It’s even better, as an ideal soothing cup, when you just begin to feel the tickle of a sore throat. All you need is:
- apple cider vinegar (1 teaspoon)
- honey (1 teaspoon)
- lemon juice
- cayenne pepper (just a pinch)
Simply add all the ingredients to very hot water and mix up thoroughly. Enjoy the simple cup of tea and hopefully find some pain relief as you sip away.
Read on at Mother Earth Living for more on the writer’s experience with this tea and the ingredients.
So what is it about these ingredients that work?
Kill Bacteria with Lemon Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar
For centuries these common kitchen ingredients, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, have been utilized for beauty and health purposes.
Apple cider vinegar has enough vitamins and minerals to encourage general health, but it also has something more.
Not only does apple cider vinegar kill bacteria through its inherent antibacterial properties, it also kills bacteria through its high acidity. This high acid lowers the pH in the mouth and kills the very same bacteria that cause sore throats (Home Remedies for Life).
The alkaline properties of lemons may suggest that lemons have the same bacteria fighting abilities. Some studies support this and some studies disprove it. Though both lemons and apple cider vinegar have their fans and foes, they are at the very least a source of vitamins and nutrients during your time of sickness.
Honey Soothes Sore Throats
Honey has long been a go-to natural sore throat remedy. But is there any truth beyond this sweet comfort? Major medical institute, the Mayo Clinic seems to agree with the centuries of folk remedy followers. They suggest that just a few teaspoons of honey actually reduced coughing, which would help to soothe a cough-irritated throat. They’ve even gone so far as to say that this natural remedy was just as effective as the common medicine dextromethorphan.
Cayenne Pepper Acts as a Painkiller
Now back to Mother Earth Living for a quick look at the power of cayenne pepper. Author Susan Melgren added a bit of cayenne pepper to her natural remedy for a few reasons. Cayenne pepper is a:
- pain killer
- healing aid
No matter which variation you choose, practice caution. Consult your physician and listen to you body.
- Mother Earth Living, Natural Remedies for Nasal Congestion, Sore Throat and Aching Muscles, website, 2010.
- Home Remedies for Life, Apple Cider Vinegar for Sore Throat, website, 2014.
- Mayo Clinic, Common Cold, website.