I grew up in a good ol’ Southern household where sayings like “God made dirt so dirt don’t hurt.” and “Drink some water and lie down!” abounded. I also have a playful Nigerian dad who believes that slapping an injury will make it better (more like momentarily distract you from the pain) or that drinking scalding hot water will improve a cough. My parents both worked the in medical field and gave us plenty of conventional remedies growing up but it’s the unconventional methods that stuck with me, for some reason. So it shouldn’t be surprising that I’m sharing a cayenne pepper tea recipe with you today.

Dash of Jazz holding mug of 4-ingredient feel-better tea

My friends and family members call me a hippie because of my preference for natural cures over pharmaceuticals. I’m not against taking prescription or over-the-counter meds but I do tend to try more Earth-friendly options before hitting up the drug store. You won’t find much more than aspirin and neosporin in my medicine cabinet most of time. The magic is in the kitchen pantry! I call this a “tea” but there aren’t any leaves or bags involved. It’s simply a warm, comforting drink with notable benefits for when I’m feeling under the weather.

I recommend this it to all of my friends and family when colds strike and it’s become something of a go-to in our circle. I whip up this tea at the first sign of a sniffle or throat tickle. Below are the simple steps to make it followed by the benefits of each ingredient. Obviously, I’m not a doctor or even a scientist so please don’t take this as medical advice but rather a trick worth trying. Especially with the increased attention on immune support, my dad makes this as a ginger garlic cayenne pepper tea plus a few other things.

Cayenne Pepper Tea Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 half lemon
  • Warm water
  • Optional: garlic, ginger

4-Ingredient Feel-Better Tea Instructions

Squeeze juice of half lemon into mug then drop in the squeezed lemon as well.

squeezing lemon into a mug

Next add honey.

honey being spooned into a mug

Then add cayenne pepper to mug.

teaspoon of cayenne pepper

raw honey, lemon, and cayenne pepper in a mug

Fill mug with warm water and finish by stirring to mix all ingredients.

pouring warm water into a mug of lemon, honey, and cayenne pepper

Cayenne Tea Benefits

  • Raw honey is an age-old folk remedy with many reported benefits ranging from wound care to antioxidant richness. I use it in this tea because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Raw honey naturally contains hydrogen peroxide and is known to kill unwanted bacteria. I also use it for it’s throat soothing properties. Additionally, raw honey contains phytonutrients, which help prevent inflammation.
  • Cayenne pepper stimulates the mucus membranes of our nose and sinuses, which can lead to decreased congestion. Personally, I have found that it helps stimulate productive coughs.
  • Lemon is obviously very rich in vitamin C and an immune boost doesn’t hurt when you aren’t feeling your best. Lemon juice also promotes hydration and reduces phlegm.
  • Warm water is the vehicle that mixes and carries everything in this tea. There’s a reason people tell you to hydrate when sick: fluids help thin out mucus and prevent dehydration, which takes energy away from your body’s fight against a cold. I prefer warm or room temperature water to cold but it also helps dissolve and meld all the ingredients better.

I sometimes also add in garlic for its antiviral, antimicrobial, expectorant, and decongestant properties and ginger as it is another throat soother. These are optional and you will still get the benefits of cayenne pepper tea without them.

Dash of Jazz sipping mug of 4-ingredient feel-better tea made of lemon, honey, cayenne, and water

I hope this 4-ingredient feel-better tea is a helpful addition to your cold-fighting routine. If you have any natural remedies you swear by, please drop them below. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

P.S. more immune boosting drinks:

How to Make Cayenne Pepper Tea

5 from 3 votes
mug of cayenne pepper tea on cutting board
4-Ingredient Feel-Better Tea
Prep Time
3 mins

An easy, all-natural homemade cold and cough fighter made simply with just a few common household ingredients.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: all-natural tea, cold fighting tea, drink for health, drink to fight cold and flu, honey and lemon tea, how to make cayenne pepper tea, how to make cayenne tea, natural soothing tea, throat soothing tea
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lemon
  • warm water
  • 1 clove garlic optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger optional
  1. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon into a mug then drop in squeezed lemon as well.

  2. Add honey and cayenne.

  3. Top up mug with warm water and stir until all ingredients are dissolved.

4-Ingredient Feel-Better Tea