Cayenne and honey: Home-made congestion and cough remedy
It’s that time of year where allergies are creeping up and sickness is spreading all around. 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 also delicious! I’ve been using it as a spread on my toast in the morning, while my husband just takes it by the spoonful.
Photos by: Cansu Bradford
Other than fighting allergies and sicknesses, cayenne can also add a whole bunch of nutritional value to your daily diet! Here are just some of its amazing benefits:
Breaks up and moves congested mucus
Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows. Goodbye irritating persistent coughs!
Helps prevent migraines
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.
Aids in digestion
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.
Useful to rid of 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
Cayenne does this by causing temporary pain on the skin, which sends chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain.
Now that you know some of the great benefits of cayenne, make this simple recipe to benefit your overall health:
2 tbsp. cayenne pepper (spice)
All you need to do is warm up the honey for 15 seconds in a glass jar, add cayenne pepper and stir. That’s it!
About the author:
Cansu Bradford is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer living in the Kaiserslautern Military Community area. "Strengthening lives while strengthening bodies" is her overall mission that aligns with her passion to help people become their best selves. For more of her articles about health, fitness, food and personal growth — visit her blog.