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Cayenne Pepper Tea

Last updated on May 3, 2008

Almost every morning, I have cayenne pepper tea with lemon. Sometimes I also add blackstrap molasses.

I use 90,000 hu cayenne (hu stands for “heat units” on the Scoville scale) because the hotter the cayenne, the more health benefits there are. I also just love spicy things.

Drinking this tea first thing in the morning gives me an energy boost, clears my sinuses, and jump starts my metabolism for the day. I gives me me more energy if I drink it before a workout.

Cayenne pepper tea can also help the heart, treat ulcers, and according to some people, fight cancer. I’ll be writing about the benefits of cayenne to treat various conditions in separate posts.

To make the tea, put a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a mug, add hot water, add lemon, and stir.

I buy 90,000 hu cayenne in bulk at my local health food store. You can also order it online.
However, you might want to start with “regular” cayenne, which is usually about 30,000 heat units, and build up a tolerance before jumping into the hotter stuff.

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3 Comments on "Cayenne Pepper Tea"

6 years 5 months ago

I just started doing this and hope it will help me stay healthy. I’m young right now, 20, so I’m only going to be taking one cup of the tea a day, but when I get a bit older I guess I’ll up my dose to two or three cups.

I’ve always eaten cayenne because I just love hot food and I like that it makes my food hot without altering the flavor. Anyway, Because I use so much of it so often, I’m able to handle a teaspoon in eight ounces of water. But definately, go easy on yourself when you start out. If the first time you use it it is very easy on you, then add a bit more and a bit more until it’s invigorating.

When I mention this tea to other people, they cringe at it, but not only is it healthy, but I also really enjoy the taste! Lemon is a great addition. I have heard that it helps with weight loss, the lemon added, but others say that’s not true. Either way, it can’t hurt if it’s untrue, and if it is true, happy weight loss! lol. :) Love cayenne!

David Sanchez
7 years 1 month ago

WOW is right! HOT stuff. If this is your first time, do yourself a favor and go lightly until you get the hang of it….or I should say until your heart can handle it. Yes, I’m a wimp – sue me.

7 years 5 months ago

Wow! a teaspoon of cayenne pepper! I’ve started with one eighth of a tsp and that is hot!