Sore Throat Remedy: What Helped Me after Two Sleepless Nights

sore throat remedyOver the last couple of days, a sore throat had me down for the count. I could barely talk, my body ached, and every time I swallowed, it felt like someone was twisting a knife in my throat. I buckled from the pain. If it weren’t for a love of stuffing my face, and I probably wouldn’t have eaten.

And there was no escaping it at night. The constant pain of swallowing wouldn’t let me sleep. I put a towel on my pillow, hoping that I could drool all night long instead of swallowing. My autonomic nervous system didn’t allow it, probably ’cause it doesn’t want me to drown in my own spit as I sleep. 

I tried various sore throat remedies, including sucking on lozenges, drinking hot tea, gargling warm salt water, and eating a Chunky bar to coat my throat with smooth milk chocolate. I even gargled a cayenne pepper mix that was supposed to ease the pain. Nothing worked.

However, after my second night of no sleep, I gave the cayenne pepper solution another shot, but instead of gargling, I drank it. As I sipped it, the blazing soreness in my throat dwindled to a mere scratch. Here’s my recipe:


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

The ingredients are approximate. You might need less cayenne if you’re sensitive to spice. I just stirred in what I thought I could handle and sipped away.

For scientific accuracy, I’ll say that I also took one ibuprofen an hour before drinking the cayenne mix. Maybe that had something to do with it, but the pain subsided as soon as I started drinking my sore throat remedy.

I hope that no one ever suffers from that kind of throat pain again, but if you do, I hope this spicy little concoction will help.

3 notes on “Sore Throat Remedy: What Helped Me after Two Sleepless Nights

  1. Jeff

    Just tried this recipe and it worked wonders. I was in the same boat as you, sitting in bed trying not to drool everywhere as I desperately tried to not swallow anything. My recipe is a little variation of yours, since I used buckwheat honey instead of regular, but I found that it cured my sore throat right away.

    Of course, it didn’t stop me from being sick, but it definitely alleviated the sore throat symptom.

    Thanks, Cool Dad!


  2. Jim

    This sore throat remedy is really close to what i do EVERY time I have a soar throat except ive never tried it with water. I gotta try that. But every time cayenne, lemon juice, and honey gets ride of my soar throat faster than anything i have EVER tried. 😀


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