For centuries, different cultures have used cayenne pepper for culinary purposes and folk medicine. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which offers pain relief and may help with weight loss according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Some people use capsaicin to clear up sinuses and ease colds and allergies. Drinking a cayenne tea is one way to treat a stuffy nose. If you want to try a cayenne tea, you may want to add other flavors to your tea so that the cayenne does not overwhelm you.
Add 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger to your cup. The flavor of ginger can help mask the cayenne pepper. Ginger can also help soothe an upset stomach that may accompany colds or flu.
Add juice of a fresh lemon or include a lemon wedge. The sour, citrus flavor of lemon can help make your cayenne tea taste better.
Include 1 tablespoon of honey. For a sweeter tea, you can include more honey. The honey not only hides the burning sensation of cayenne, but honey helps to soothe a sore throat and acts as a cough suppressant, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Use only ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. You can increase the cayenne pepper to ½ teaspoon if you like the flavor and can handle its spicy heat.
Top the ingredients with boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for five to ten minutes. Taste the tea and add more spices or herbs as desired.
Ireland Wolfe has been writing professionally since 2009, contributing to Toonari Post, Africana Online and Winzer Insurance. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, registered nutritionist and yoga teacher.