Q. I’d like to share my favorite remedy for a sore throat. It’s not for everyone, but it works for me.
I take any kind of juice, preferably citrus, which I mix half and half with water. Then I shake in as much cayenne pepper as I can stand. (As I said, it’s not for everyone!)
After shaking the bottle well to mix the cayenne into the juice, I sip it throughout the day. Usually by the end of the day, my sore throat is gone.
I have told several people about this remedy, but most don’t even want to try it. My daughter uses it although she doesn’t really like hot food, and my husband finally tried it and he said it worked well. I hope this helps someone with a sore throat.
A. Your recipe sounds reminiscent of a remedy a reader sent us years ago, with the heat supplied by ginger instead of hot pepper:
“Our son is an opera singer in Germany. When his throat gets irritated, he uses this recipe: 200 grams ginger root; 2 lemons (cut in 8 pieces); handful of fennel seeds; cook in 1 gallon of water till half evaporates. Sweeten with honey, strain, and sip.”