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I’m not sure why but a few members of my family seemed to be plagued by sore throats. One in particular seems to get one on a monthly basis. A friend of mine who is studying to be an herbalist shared this recipe of cayenne, garlic and honey with me and this is the first thing I break out when I hear the words, “My throat is hurting.”
Why does it work? Cayenne contains capsicum, that’s what makes it spicy. While spicy can hurt, it can also alleviate pain. Crazy huh? The honey does a great job of toning down the cayenne so it’s really not that hot. My oldest who won’t accept anything spicier than ketchup can tolerate it without much complaining. And it actually really truly works. It’s not recommended to use cayenne in children under age 2. My friend recommends using cinnamon in place of cayenne for younger children.
Garlic is best known for it’s antibacterial and antiviral qualities. It’s best to use it in crushed form to release the allinase enzyme which makes allicin, the component of garlic responsible for it’s antimicrobial.
Honey, while making the cayenne palatable, also offers benefits. Honey has long been used to ease coughs and sore throats by coating the throat. It also has antimicrobial qualities.
The second thing I go for is this quick soup recipe. I actually drink this on a regular basis because it’s so good and nourishing. Chicken stock, when prepared correctly, is very healing. Full of minerals, and gelatin, it’s a prized food in many cultures. Sauerkraut juice is high in vitamin C, B vitamins and probiotics. An egg yolk is the most nutrient dense part of the egg, rich in protein, Omega 3′s, choline and vitamins A, B12 and D. It blends well in soup making it nice and creamy.
Just a note of caution, if I do suspect the sore throat is actually strep, this is one of the few situations where I do think antibiotics are awesome. We don’t play around with strep. Untreated strep can cause things like PANDAS, Rhuematic fever and guttate psoriasis. 7 months ago I had strep and didn’t realize it (my throat was sore for just a day). My body reacted in a horrible way and I still have huge welts all over my torso from guttate psoriasis. It’s getting better but it’s still there. If the sore throat doesn’t go away by afternoon and is accompanied by a fever, we go to the doc ASAP.
Cayenne, Garlic and Honey
Sore Throat Remedy
- 3-4 garlic cloves minced finely
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- Mix it all together and give 1 tsp every hour until throat is better. Make more as needed.
Get Better Soup
- 1 clove garlic, minced finely
- 1 egg yolk from a pastured hen
- 2 tbsp sauerkraut juice (or any fermented veggie juice)
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 8 oz warm fresh chicken stock
- salt to taste
- In a mug, mix garlic, egg yolk, sauerkraut juice and cayenne. Whisk in stock and add salt to taste.