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:

CAYENNE PEPPER SORE THROAT REMEDY

  • 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!

    -Jeff

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  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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