The Healing Power of Cayenne and Lemon

Anyone who has hung out in a yoga ashram or health spa will tell you that the morning beverage of choice is hot lemon water with cayenne pepper and honey or maple syrup.  After all my years of living, studying and working in ashrams and spas you would think I would have adopted this healthy lifestyle habit.  But I have a confession.  Although I’ve often had hot lemon water, I never was brave enough to put a pinch of cayenne pepper in my morning brew.  Until now, that is.


Last week I was hit with the sore throat/cough/body ache virus that passed through town.  So I decided to give the lemon/cayenne concoction a try.  And boy, am I glad I did!  First of all, it actually tastes good.  But more importantly, the zing of cayenne was instantly soothing to my sore throat.

If you’d like to try this time-honored healing drink, here’s what you need:

  • Juice of ½ an organic lemon (in the photo you can see my favorite lemon squeezer)
  • Pinch of Cayenne
  • Sweetener (I use Valencia Orange Stevia, but you could use honey or maple syrup – the amount is up to you)
  • Hot water (not boiling, however, because boiling water can denature the enzymes in the lemon)


And remember Happiness in a Glass? Another yummy beverage that helps me regain my strength and sacred power!

What is your secret healing ingredient when your body has lost its mojo? Share it with me in the comments below. Thank you

6 Comments on The Healing Power of Cayenne and Lemon

  1. Michelle
    March 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you for this tip, Deb! I will be brave and try the cayenne too!

    It reminds me of that amazing honey and ginger tea we drank in India! So delicous! And am still trying to replicate it but perhaps being at The Ananda was part of its allure 🙂 michelle

  2. Laura in WI
    March 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm (7 years ago)

    To up the zingy cold-soothing yumminess, I add ginger to this drink.

    Easy way: use a ginger tea bag, brew tea as usual, take out the bag, add the lemon, cayenne and sweetener. Drink warm.

    Super-potent way: Bring a quart of water to a simmer, simmer a couple tablespoons grated ginger for 10 minutes, strain through a sieve or coffee filter, keep the liquid in a glass jar in the fridge. Heat a cup of this when you are ready for the cayenne drink, add lemon, cayenne, sweetener. Yum! Spicy.

    If you are one to really like the spicy heat, put some cayenne in when you simmer the ginger. Makes it hotter. This is a guaranteed sweat-inducer if you need to sweat out a cold. But it isn’t pleasant unless you really like very spicy things.

  3. Patrice Federspiel
    March 11, 2011 at 5:45 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks for the reminder! It’s been years since I’ve had that for breakfast. I used to add fresh chopped garlic to it too. YUM! Really, it is so soothing and I always felt healthy drinking it.

  4. Daisy
    March 11, 2011 at 8:57 am (7 years ago)

    Hi Deb, I have been using this wonderful drink for years. The original from the book “The Master Cleanser” says to use Grade “B” maple syrup for sweetner. This has so many nutrients that you can live on it for days. The cayenne takes a little getting used to. I came home from Dallas sick a couple of years ago, and had nothing for 3 days but this formula and then I was well and nourished. Come on back to the Village.

  5. Lu Holwerda
    March 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Deb,

    You always give the best info on things that are so simple and natural. Thanks for your upbeat style!

    Your Mom is a wonder! Sure wish her discomfort would go away fast, but she’s not a complainer!

    Thanks! Lu H

  6. George Tallabas
    May 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I am drinking that same combination of Cayenne Pepper with Lemon juice and raw honey for my arthritis and it has worked better than dozens of supplements I have tried.

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