For many centuries, people have been using natural ingredients to alleviate and treat different diseases. A lot of these natural ingredients like lemon, salt, and pepper, are found in almost every kitchen. The lemon juice and the lemon peel are excellent for congestion as they contain antioxidants. Moreover, salt is excellent in removal of water from the body’s tissues, thus, resulting in reduced inflammation and reduced pain as a result of inflammation. Black pepper and cayenne pepper contain antioxidants and flavonoids which are beneficial for the immunity. Moreover, they alleviate ache, improve the function of the digestive tract, and break up mucus deposits.
Warm lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper mixture can alleviate a sore throat and help you get over it faster. As lemon juice is a weak acid, it dissolves the mucus in the throat. Additionally, it’s a natural antiseptic with vitamin C. Salt pulls water from the swollen tissues in the throat and relieves inflammation. Capsaicin, an ingredient in cayenne pepper, acts a mild pain reliever if you gargle or sip it.
Due to its strong scent, lemon can ease nausea and encourage constriction of the gastric tissues to move whatever is causing problems in the digestive tract. On the other hand, cayenne pepper is excellent in stimulation of the gastric secretions and the movement of the esophagus. A bit of salt mixed with a cup of water can also draw out toxins from the stomach tissues causing the nausea. Avoid drinking too much salty water.
Salt water is very beneficial for opening up the sinuses. A bit of salt mixed with distilled warm water can open up the sinus tissues and remove mucus when applied with a neti pot. Lemon’s smell is excellent for opening up blocked sinuses. However, you mustn’t snort it. Adding cayenne or black pepper to some healthy beverage of your choice will stimulate the nose to run and loosen dried mucus.