Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper in Respiratory Disease

For thousands of years, Cayenne Pepper has been renowned for its healing properties. Dr. Schulze, a renowned herbalist, said, “If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other.” Its potent effects on the heart and circulatory system make it a lifesaver during heart attacks. Additionally, it has significant benefits for the respiratory system and mucus membranes. For sore throats, gargling with cayenne pepper tea and a pinch of natural rock salt provides a cure.

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The capsaicin in cayenne pepper stimulates secretions and protects mucus membranes in the entire respiratory tract. It helps to clear stagnant mucus and opens the airways. It is of great help in sinusitis and cystic fibrosis to eliminate stagnant secretions. To increase the efficacy of eliminating stagnant secretions also consider using a SaltAir – Home Salt Therapy device. The salt aerosol will liquify the mucus and ease elimination as well.

Drinking cayenne pepper tea is beneficial in colds and flu and promotes sweating. Cayenne pepper is a good source of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene has great effects on reducing symptoms in asthma. It helps in developing healthy mucus membranes in the nasal passages, sinuses, lungs and urinary tracts. This will provide protection against invading pathogens and increasing immunity to infections.

Due to its high capsaicin and beta-carotene content, cayenne pepper is an excellent decongestant and expectorant. This makes it useful in cystic fibrosis where the normal transport of mucus is altered. It helps to loosen the sticky mucus and eases elimination. It reduces swelling and inflammation in the respiratory tract, improving breathing.


Because of these health benefits, using cayenne pepper together with home salt therapy is highly recommended. This will potentiate the benefits in respiratory diseases and strengthen the immunity. There are many reasons to include cayenne pepper in your diet!…and also many health benefits to use it together with home salt therapy!

27 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper in Respiratory Diseases”

        1. I noticed that I started getting a wheezy and bronchitis feeling after starting to take Dr. Schulze’s cayenne pepper. I orginally started taking it for heart concerns, but it exposed lung issues. My body has never coughed up mucus ever, it always went away on its own. How long does the feeling of wheezing and bronchitis last? Does it actually go away eventually or should I stop taking it?

          1. You know better your body. If you believe that is aggravating your condition you may want to stop using it.
            For breathing issues the best is to use salt therapy.

    1. Hi Joe,
      if you refer to salt therapy, then there is a salt therapy unit called Saltair – Home Salt Therapy, that you can use at home; SaltAir unit uses saline solution to create micro particles of salt for breathing.

    2. Elizabeth Martin

      I literally sprinkle it directly on my tongue a few times a day. Initially, I started using it to curb my appetite. Now, during the COVID19 era, I started feeling my throat getting sore. I increased my Cayenne intake and so far, I’m doing better. I also sprinkle it in my hot tea. I understood that cooking, boiling, heating etc. lessens the benefits and potency of veggies n spices,
      etc. This is a natural resource created for us by God. Thank you!

  1. Each day, I’ll get a bowl, use a can of organic kidney or garbanzo beans, or broccoli crowns (or any favorite vegetable or salad), and I’ll sprinkle a tad bit of salt (or even no salt), sprinkle a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, add black pepper, chop up 3 cloves of raw garlic, and add raw sunflower seeds as an extra. Then I’ll “drown” these in the bowl, using Bragg’s Organic olive oil, adding vinegar, and mix it all together. I haven’t had a cold, flu, viruses, or respiratory infections since I’ve used this as a meal. It’s worked for me. Garlic, cayenne pepper, and black pepper combined seems to strengthen my immune system. A teaspoon of cayenne pepper might be a bit too much for most folks, and it might give a little heartburn, but I can tolerate spicy foods. A great Mediterranean diet, indeed!

  2. I have covid the 2nd time and I’m using cayenne pepper…it’s does wat it says it does. Never knew it was so potent and important a spice to have … the medicinal benefits blew me out the water. It works for me.

    1. Hi I’m just recovering from covid when you say you use cayenne pepper , like how much do you use and do you drink it as a tea or foods? I suffer with sleep apnea and have breathing dysfunction ect. Hope you can help me …. Many thanks josh…

      1. Hi Josh,
        we would also suggest to use home salt therapy to help the recovery and with your sleep apnea. Cayenne pepper can be used in food as a spice.
        Hope this helps!

  3. I usually swallow the cayenne pepper the same way you would swallow medicine. I do not cook or crush the pepper. I swallow say 3 peppers (you can start off with 1 or two as you gradually increase dosage) in the morning before breakfast and on an empty stomach. Best taken before eating so that the “pills” prepare the digestive process. They burst in the stomach slowly and gradually – slow release of the powerful compounds in pepper. The stomach requires an acidity of 1 – 3 for good digestion. Yes, the stomach requires some acid. Whereas an alkaline body and blood system is healthy the stomach requires acidity to balance and blend the digestive process. My digestion is great, respiration better and my weight loss is tremendous. I managed to cut weight from 85kgs to 79kgs in one month – not bad. My aim is to stick to remain between 75kgs to 79kgs but never hit the 80s. This is my format and experience consuming cayenne. Try it out!

  4. What is the best cayenne pepper to buy? The actual pepper itself or should you use the ground spice? And what way is the best way to consume ?

  5. I used cayenne pepper because of Barbara O’neil videos. She said it’s very healthy especially for blood clothing and can even stop heart attack. Apparently in some book there was 10 pages of health benefits of cayenne pepper, other herbs had only 1 page. So I gave it a go, and over a month later my coughing stopped. I had a cough and I could feel a mucous in my lungs. I thought I have a week immuno system and I’m getting colds all the time. But my laryngologist said it could be asthma or allergy. Anyway I didn’t use prescribed steroid inhalers. Instead I went on water fasting, I didn’t cough when I fasted, but when I started eating again, I started coughing again. So water fast didn’t heal it.
    But I started using cayenne pepper (not for cough) and my cough dissappear. I was wondering what happened and the only thing I changed It was use of cayenne. Then I checked Internet and here you go, cayenne helps with longs.

    I highly recommend it !!!

    1. The book is likely Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss. That was my first exposure to how healing Cayenne Pepper is. Some herbs have a paragraph, but Cayenne has pages of information. The other herb in the book he covers in detail like this is Lobelia, and this book also exposed me to Thompsonian medicine for the first time (which focuses mostly on lobelia as a catalyst to purge the body, especially in lung conditions). Unfortunately it is hard to find the lobelia seed extract that can be used for this purpose.

      Both are very interesting.

      Another good book that focuses a lot on Cayenne is Left for Dead by Dick Quinn. Just finished it.

      Put ginger on your radar too. It helped me a lot during covid and it has great benefit for the body and digestion.

  6. I use grand cayenne pepper on my food instead of black pepper. I also love tomatoes juice and I put a lot into the juice instead of tabassco.
    Now I I got used to to the tingling taste and I add to my coffee too 😋

  7. I’ve been suffering from nasal polyps and annual sinus infections for decades. I trust my medical staff, but they only prescribe pharmaceuticals like flonase, zyrtec, loratadine, and montelukast in addition to polyp removal surgery. So, after considering surgery, I consulted the internet and found that many people, after surgery, have to use the flonase and neti pot anyway. That led me to finding cayenne as a remedy. So, I take one 455 mg (40,000 stu) capsule of cayenne in the morning with breakfast. I can breathe!! I’m on NO medications! My plan is to ramp up the capsules over time until I can take 4 or 5 a day. If I take one at night, with no food, I get stomach aches and can alleviate them with famotidine. If I take it in the morning with breakfast, I’m good all day with no stomach issues. The fact that after decades, I’m off all meds is amazing to me.

    1. I also suggest to use salt therapy for your respiratory issues – it will help to strengthen the immunity and fight infections.

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