cindy sandberg Recipe

Sore throat/cough remedy

By cindy sandberg cindyLs

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cindy's Story

This is my go-to remedy for a sore throat or cough. It WORKS!! Immediate relief, and with consistent use, actually shortens the duration of the cold.


juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon-at least one tablespoon
a good squirt of honey-to taste, but at least 1 teaspoon
pinch of cayenne pepper-no more than 1/8t.

Directions Step-By-Step

Stir together and drink. It will burn a bit for just a moment, but then you feel instant relief from the sore throat! You'll know when it's time to repeat the dosage-usually 2-4hrs. because your throat will start to hurt again!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Other Tag: Healthy

  • Comments

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    Elma Peckinpaugh peckinpaw - Nov 3, 2011
    Sorry. I am a vocal instructor and I disagree with the use of lemon for a sore throat. A good friend of mine, who is a nurse, agreed with me about the lemon. It is acid, and pouring acid into an open wound (sore throat) is not necessarily a good idea. And have you ever cut your finger then got pepper in the cut? Sorry. Honey and tea are great though!
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    cindy sandberg cindyLs - Nov 3, 2011
    I understand that logic...however besides my own and numerous family members/friends personal experience with this remedy, you can find a lot of info about this cure on the web. If you google "lemon for a sore throat", you will find literally thousands of sites suggesting the use of lemon, either alone or in some combination with other ingredients for treating a sore throat. The sites range from anectdotal home remedy sites to conventional medicine to pretty much EVERY branch of alternative medicine(naturopathy, ayurvedic medicine, herbology, etc.) The other universally recommended remedy is apple cider
    vinegar...another acid. Both are great anti-septics with both anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. So, in addition to the immediate relief, the lemon juice actually makes your throat less hospitable to the bacteria/virus that's causing the painful infection in the first place! I definitely get the logic behind the pepper-in-a-cut analogy, but in this case the experience of countless people, as well as the advice of countless medical practitioners is counter to that logic.
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    Tammy Michalec Lakelady179 - Nov 3, 2011
    I agree with you Cindy! I have used lemon for a sore throat for years. I cut a lemon in fourths and suck on each piece. Yes it does burn but by repeating this twice, by the following day my sore throat is gone! I am all about natural remedys and know they do work! I sent my information to a friend home sick with a sore throat. She thought i was kidding until she tried it. I will pass on your recipe also and will try it the next time i get a sore throat.
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    cindy sandberg cindyLs - Nov 3, 2011
    Tammy-are you a member of the "home remedies" group on JAP? I just discovered it!
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    Joey Wolf 8of10 - Nov 3, 2011
    Another tip for a sore throat given to me years ago by an old Austrian Dr. he said, a raw throat should not be exposed to any liquids that are too hot or too cold, so no ice cold or steaming hot drinks irritating already inflamed tissues.

    I think the case for the lemon or vinegar concoctions is in the phrase "coming down with a scratchy throat" it is not a raw throat, but the beginning of one. I do believe these concoction will help to minimize the infection, as they have been used since the dawn of time.