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HELP!!! My throat’s on fire

On Sunday I woke up with the chills, and aches and pains all over my body, Monday it felt the same, Tuesday added a new wrinkle of a sore throat (although the aches and pains went away), and by Wednesday the sore throat was killing me (and taking away my voice for periods of time). I searched the internets and found the strangest of cures…cayenne pepper. Was this a case of the cure being worse than the disease? Perhaps.

The recipe I tried was this:
1tsp cayenne pepper
1tsp salt
1cup boiling water

In a mug, pour boiling water over the tsp of cayenne and salt. Let the cayenne pepper steep in the boiling water for about 3-5 minutes (which will allow the water to cool down enough that you can safely gargle with it).

Gargle for 10-15 seconds 5-6 times. Do not gargle the seeds in the bottom, and don't mix up the mixture before gargling, you want the spicy/salty water, and not the seeds themselves.

The first time I did this I stirred everything up and started gargling, little pepper seeds got caught in my throat and I had trouble gargling.

Later that night I tried again by using the steep method (by accident, I was letting the boiling water cool down), and it was much easier to gargle, and I found no difference between the 1st and 2nd times.

I've done this 4 times so far, and I've noticed a major change in my throat.

By Brian Garside

Brian is a digital experience expert, and part time internet superhero. He focuses on digital first design, digital strategies, content management, website usability, and user experience. He was part of the team behind BalanceDo, the co-founder of All New Comics, and the chief strategist at NorthIQ.