Cayenne peppers may have many interesting health benefits, according to many natural health practitioners. The pepper was used by many pre-modern societies as a medicinal herb, and it could have helpful effects upon digestive problems, dyspepsia, pain, skin conditions and headaches. However, it is advisable to consult your doctor before beginning any health regime in case of a reaction with current medications and to make sure you will not harm yourself in the process.
Cayenne Pepper Tea can be a simple way to help ease a sore throat or perhaps a headache. There are even some suggestions that the tea can help with weight loss. However, any weight loss plan is most effective when paired with a sensible diet and exercise regime as well. There are many ways to prepare the tea, but these few variations should give an easy starting point:
Simple Cayenne Pepper Tea
-Boil water as you usually would for tea.
-Measure out 1/8 tsp to 1 tsp cayenne for each 8 oz glass, depending upon your spice tolerance.
-Add the cayenne to the teacup before adding water.
-Once the water has boiled, add it to the cayenne and stir.
Sweet Lemon Cayenne Pepper Tea
-cayenne pepper (easily found in the spice aisle of your local supermarket)
-half of a lemon
-sweetener of choice
- Boil water as you usually would for tea.
-Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice of one half into your cup of water.
-Measure out a small amount of cayenne pepper (you can always add more if you can handle it, but it would be best to start small).
-Add the cayenne to the lemon water.
-Sweeten to taste with maple syrup or sweetener of choice.
It is also worth noting that adding a pinch of cayenne to regular brewed tea might also be an option, but if you want to clear a stuffy nose it is inadvisable not to add dairy to the tea as this generally exacerbates the mucus problem.
The use of cayenne tea can be helpful in treating many persistent cold symptoms with relative ease from home. These ingredients are quite simple to find and use, which makes this tea an even more valuable addition to your arsenal of treatment options. It has also been said that the tea is useful in increasing metabolism and also giving an energy boost. In light of such claims, it might be an interesting substitute for the morning or afternoon caffeine jolt!