Cayenne Pepper. A Natural Decongestant

Author: Shelley Bennetts   Date Posted:6 September 2021 

This is our hottest chilli pepper powder and packs plenty of fiery heat! Cayenne pepper rates 67,200 on the Scoville Scale. This means it has to be diluted with 67,200 as much water not to taste any heat at all! IThis red hot chilli pepper is definitely hotter than most commercially available chilli powders and will add kick-arse flavour to your cooking. You’ve been warned! Add it in small quantities to your dishes…you can always add more, but you can’t take it out.


Capsaisin is what makes it hot, and this active component of all chilli peppers has many health benefits. Capsaisin is used in the treatment of some cancers, diabetes and pain management. It’s known to speed up the metabolism, helping to burn fat, and also improves circulation.  But nothing beats cayenne pepper powder for relieving the symptoms of a heavy cold. And, there's nothing worse than a summer cold!


Cayenne Pepper Natural Decongestant 

Cayenne Pepper, Ginger and Honey are all natural expectorants. They help to loosen the phlegm and mucous from the lungs, making it easier to cough out. These natural ingredients help to relieve the pressure that builds on the chest when it’s congested. 

Cayenne Pepper also works as a decongestant as the capsaicin helps to reduce the swelling and inflammation that causes constriction of the nasal passages. Apple Cider vinegar helps to thin out mucous, making it easier to blow out or cough up. And, good old lemon juice has been used forever for the symptoms of colds. Just ask your Nan!


Despite the high capsaisin level in this cayenne chilli powder, this decongestant is surprisingly easy to take. Whilst the cayenne does give it some spicy heat, it’s balanced out by the honey and other ingredients. Most adults could cope with the level of heat, but perhaps try small sips for kids.



½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
½ teaspoon Ginger Powder
3 tablespoons good quality Honey
¼ cup Lemon Juice
¼ cup good quality Apple Cider Vinegar
Gently warm the lemon juice and the apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat when it reaches simmering point. Add the honey, cayenne and ginger and stir well. Allow to cool slightly.


Stir the mixture (because it’s not full of emulsifiers). Take two tablespoons as required to ease your symptoms. Have tissues handy!

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