How many times have you gotten a sore throat as a kid? Do you remember what your mom or dad did to help you get over it? Let's first start with what a sore throat is. The medical term for a sore throat is called Pharyngitis. According to Wikipedia, Pharyngitis is a painful inflammation of the pharynx which may also lead to the infection of the tonsils (tonsillitis) and / or larynx (laryngitis) at the same time. For those of you who have never had Pharyngitis, laryngitis, or tonsillitis, let me give you a brief description of it from my own first-hand experience.
When I was younger, I had streptococcal Pharyngitis several times (aka: strep throat). It was most unpleasant. A few years later, I went on to have tonsillitis, another unpleasing infection. In both instances, I felt like my throat was about ten times the size of my head and also had the sensation that it was increasingly difficult to swallow. When I was able to swallow, I found it incredibly painful to do so. There was also a white film on my tongue and my tonsils were inflamed and red. When I had tonsillitis, the infection was so bad that I remembered the doctor telling my mother that he would have to monitor it over the week and if it did not get better with the antibiotics, I would have to have my tonsils removed. I took the antibiotics and within a couple of weeks, I was all better. However, there are some people out there who would rather take a more homeopathic approach when it comes to medicine.
The most popular cure for a sore throat for those who wish to go the natural route is cayenne pepper. It is usually left up to the person's discretion, but take a small amount of cayenne pepper (no more than 1 / 8th teaspoon) and mix it in some warm water. Take this mixture and gargle with the cayenne pepper and water for a few minutes every fifteen minutes or so. Afterwards, if you need some relief from the burning pepper feeling, pour a little bit of salt into one hand and wet the index finger of the other hand. With that same index finger, dip it into the salt and place the salt under your tongue (not ON the underside of the tongue). This will usually provide immediate relief.
There are a lot of homeopathic remedies for curing common ills. However, a lot of people tend to rely strictly on current medicines to fix their problems. In an overmedicated society, this can be good and bad. However, there is nothing wrong with all natural remedies. Cayenne pepper is also shown to have other positive effects on the body such as curing ulcers, aiding with arthritis relief, regulating blood sugar levels, lowering cholesterol, acting as a natural blood thinner, improving circulation, and stopping blood loss. If all else fails, you can even use cayenne pepper to clear up your sinuses! Whatever your preference, keep cayenne pepper in the house-just in case!