It’s that time of year where allergies are creeping up and sickness is spreading in the schools. Even my husband has had the same persistent cough for two weeks now! After searching for natural remedies, I came across a combo of honey and cayenne pepper to relieve his sore throat. Not only does it work, it’s delicious! I’ve been using it as a spread on my toast in the morning, while he just takes it by the spoonful.
Did you know that cayenne can also add a whole bunch of nutritional value to your daily diet? Here are just some of the benefits:
- Aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows. Bye bye irritating persistent cough!
- Migraine headache prevention. This may be related to the pepper’s ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body. Basically your brain gets distracted by the spiciness of the pepper and forgets to torment you with that headache.
- Cayenne is a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This aids the body’s ability to metabolize food (and toxins). It also helps with excessive gas!
- The pepper is also useful for blood clots. It helps dilate arteries and blood vessels, which might help remove blood clots.
- Can be used as a “detox.” When cayenne heats up the body, the natural process of detoxing occurs (stimulates lymphatic and digestive system). It also helps us sweat, another helpful way to detox.
- Joint pain relief: it does this by causing temporary pain on the skin, which sends chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain.
- Cayenne is an excellent preservative and has been used traditionally to prevent food contamination from bacteria.
That’s only SOME of the benefits! I’ll be writing about how exactly cayenne pepper works to your benefit in another post. For now, enjoy this homemade elixir recipe!
Cayenne Pepper & Honey Elixir
1 cup honey
2 tbsp cayenne pepper (spice)
Warm the honey for 15 seconds in a designated glass jar. Add cayenne pepper and stir. That’s it!
You can swallow a spoonful directly if you have a persistent cough, or spread it on toast for breakfast! I like it especially with a little avocado on the side.