Voice-Saving Remedies

Voice-Saving Remedies_Yippee CayenneSoon after we started distributing our Sore Throat Lozenges, customers began telling us about a surprising use for them. Our lozenges weren’t just great for sore throats caused by sickness, they also soothed overworked voices and helped speakers remain strong through hours of teaching!

Our vocal cords are composed of two mucous membranes that are stretched across our larynx. When we speak or sing, these membranes vibrate and modulate the air we expel from our lungs, which produces sound!

We have seen and experienced our lozenges’ powerful effects on sore throats and hoarse voices, but what if you’re out of lozenges? If you need a quick, natural remedy for your hoarse voice, use one of these options!

1. Honey

There are two ways to use honey to soothe your voice. Swallowing a tablespoon of honey several times a day is the quickest and easiest solution. If you have more time, make a honey and lemon tea. Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon and add it to 1-2 tablespoons of honey in a cup of hot water. Drink it once or twice per day.

2. Lemon

Unless you’re a fan of sour lemons, don’t suck on a piece of lemon to help. Instead, try gargling a salt and lemon mixture. Juice a whole lemon, add a pinch of salt or sea salt, and mix thoroughly. Mix a tablespoon of this mixture with one cup of warm water and gargle several times a day. You can also drink hot lemon water or lemon tea before an event to help lubricate your vocal cords.

3. Garlic

You can use garlic in two ways. If you choose the first method, make sure to have strong gum, breath spray, or your toothbrush standing by. First, you can chew or suck on a clove of garlic. Cut the clove in half, place a slice on each side of your mouth, and suck on them like they’re one of our lozenges. Or you can chew the clove until you swallow it. If that’s too much, you can make garlic syrup instead. Add several chopped garlic cloves to equal parts distilled water and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Shake the jar until thoroughly mixed and let it sit for around four hours. Add raw honey and store in the refrigerator. Every 6-8 hours, take 1-3 teaspoons of the syrup.

4. Ginger

Fresh ginger can soothe your vocal cords and strengthen your overused voice. Make a ginger tea by boiling thinly sliced fresh ginger for 10 minutes in a covered pan of water. Strain and cool the liquid, then add lemon juice and honey for taste. Drink it several times a day. If you have candied ginger or slices of ginger root, you can also eat those.

Do you have remedies for a hoarse voice? Share in the comments!

Capsaicin Sensation!

Capsaicin Sensation!_Yippee CayennePeppers are popular all over the world for that spicy jolt they give to your tastebuds. Though the experience can sometimes be painful, many love the almost addicting taste that peppers offer.

We have a different use for our peppers, but the reason we use them is the same. Peppers have a simple property that gives them that spicy taste and also gives Yippee Cayenne its soothing effect on sore throats: Capsaicin!

Capsaicin, as we mentioned in an earlier blog, is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in peppers. First discovered in 1816, innovators have found several creative ways to use this compound over the years. Read on to discover the ways you might come in contact with capsaicin without knowing it!

1. Food safety

When eaten, capsaicin triggers a release of stress hormones that causes skin reddening, sweating, and a case of the jitters. While this can be a rush for the quarter of the population that eats chilies daily, there is another reason to add peppers to food. As food spoils, microbes develop. For much of the world, proper refrigeration and storage can delay development long enough to protect eaters. For those without these options, capsaicin provides a natural way to avoid spoiling by stopping or slowing microbe growth. Many cultures have developed a taste for spicy food as a by-product of the days when the spice was needed to keep food safe!

2. Pepper spray

Ever wondered why pepper spray burns? Now you know! When capsaicin touches skin, eyes, and mucous membranes, it creates a powerful burning sensation that can deter people and animals from attacking.

3. Research

Because capsaicin has so many powerful effects on ailments, researchers use it for creams, nasal sprays, ointments, and more. This compound has been tested for its effects on cancer, psoriasis, joint pain, heart disease, and other maladies, though not all have been successful.

4. Pest control

Most mammals are repelled by capsaicin, so it has been used to deter pests from eating gardens, attacking, and becoming household nuisances. Birds are insensitive to capsaicin, so it is sometimes added to birdseed to repel rodents from bird feeders.

5. Equestrian sports

Capsaicin has a pain-relieving and hypersensitizing effect, which can boost the performance of a sport horse for competition. If a horse tests positive for capsaicin at an event, as did four horses at the 2008 Summer Olympics, it is disqualified.

Do you know of other uses for capsaicin? Share in the comments!

Headache Remedies

Headache Remedies_Yippee CayenneMaybe it starts as a low throb behind your eyes, or a sharp stab in your temples. They can make you nauseous, light-sensitive, distracted, and irritable. Whether you suffer them chronically or occasionally, headaches are painful and impossible to predict. You never know when you will get one and how long it will last.

Many pain medicines are able to ease head pains, but they aren’t always the best or most available option. And, as many people have learned the hard way, painkillers can be hard on your liver and stomach.

Instead, try one of these natural headache remedies to ease your head pain and give you relief.

1. Footbaths

Headaches are often caused by too much pressure in the blood vessels in the head. To ease the pressure, use a hot bath to soak your feet and draw the blood from your head to your toes. If you use essential oils, add a few drops of lavender and peppermint. If not, mix in some powdered mustard and try to relax as the pain eases.

2. Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is great for the pain and nausea that come with migraines. Grate 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger, add 3 cups of boiling water, and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain the ginger from the tea and sip it until your headache begins to fade.

3. Hot/Cold Compresses

Tension headaches (caused by high levels of stress, lack of sleep, and/or anxiety) and vascular headaches (such as migraines or cluster headaches) can be soothed by changes in temperature. For tension headaches, wet a cloth with hot water and place it on your head or the back of your neck to ease the tension in your muscles. For vascular headaches, use a cold wet cloth on your head or the back of your neck to constrict the blood vessels and reduce the pressure in your head. Use until the pain is gone.

4. Caffeine

Coffee drinkers, good news! Studies have found that drinking caffeine can help with headache pain. Try drinking a cup of coffee, tea, or (if nothing else is available) soda to relieve your headache. Don’t overdo it though, stick to one cup and try alternate methods if it doesn’t work.

Do you have any headache remedies you use? Share in the comments!

Natural Cough Remedies

Natural Cough Remedies_Yippee CayenneCoughing, no matter the reason, is never fun. When you’re sick and have excess phlegm, coughing can help rid your body of the nasty gunk in your chest and lungs. These helpful coughs are known as productive coughs and you don’t want to suppress them. But sometimes we are plagued with dry coughs, cough that aren’t productive for your body. Often caused by allergies, throat tickles, dusty environments, or the end of a cold, dry coughs should be stopped quickly.

Our lozenges are the perfect remedy for sore throats, but they don’t work as cough suppressants/cough drops. We know just how miserable coughs can be, however, so we’ve put together some simple home remedies you can use for your cough. These natural remedies will kill that tickle and get you feeling better in no time!

1. Honey

As mentioned in a previous blog, we love what honey can do! Honey works well for coughs because its stickiness and thickness coats and soothes irritated mucous membranes. A natural antibacterial enzyme in honey also helps with any bacterial infections that could contribute to your cough. Take a tablespoon of honey three times a day to get the best cough relief.

2. Salt Water

Gargling salt water can help with your cough, throat swelling, and getting rid of any excess mucus. The salt will help draw out the water in your mucous membrane cells and reduce swelling. It can also soothe any inflamed tissue. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into 8 oz. of warm water and gargle for about 15 seconds, then rinse with plain water.

3. Peppermint

If you look at any of the popular, chemical-laden cough drops, you’ll see that menthol is a common ingredient. Where does menthol come from? Peppermint! Drink peppermint tea or add peppermint oil to hot water for a steam treatment. Add three or four drops of oil to a pot of hot water, hold a towel over your head, and breathe deeply over the water.

4. Thyme

Thyme has been used a natural remedy for hundreds of years. Some believe thyme can help cure respiratory illnesses, but we’re concerned with its ability to soothe coughs. Thyme leaves contain a compound called flavonoids, which relieve inflammation and relax the throat muscles involved in coughing. Take a handful of fresh thyme or 2 tablespoons of dried thyme and bruise it with a mortar and pestle. Let it steep in a covered mug of hot water for 10-15 minutes. Add honey or lemon for taste and drink.

Do you know of any other natural cough remedies?

Now You Know: A Cayenne Pepper History

Now You Know: A Cayenne Pepper History_Yippee CayenneHistory’s got a cayenne pepper secret. Cayenne peppers are not actually peppers!

What started this spicy mix-up? It all began with everyone’s favorite explorer: Christopher Columbus.

When Columbus set sail in 1492, he was on the hunt for spices. Refrigeration was several hundred years in the future, so people had to use different means of keeping their food palatable as it spoiled. Peppers, imported thousands of miles from India to Europe, were some of the most popular spices to use. Unfortunately, the long journey raised prices until only royalty could afford to use them, so Columbus set out to find more.

The exact place of origin for cayenne peppers is unknown, but Bolivia has been accepted as the best guess. This bit of information didn’t make it back to Europe, however…

As we all know, the explorer never reached India, but that didn’t stop him from trying to give Indian titles to the foods and people he found. He attempted to pass the cayenne and other local spices he collected, called “aji,” as peppers, but scientists and doctors deemed the food unfit for consumption.

Despite Columbus’ failure, our favorite peppers continued to spread throughout the word, reaching every continent except Antarctica and eventually gaining acceptance throughout.

As people began to use the peppers to spice their food, they began noticing a trend. In Mexico, they found that mixing cayenne in their raw milk kept their children from getting a type of dysentery that often resulted from drinking the beverage. In the West Indies, cayenne was found to remedy several ailments, including deadly Yellow Fever.

In America, cayenne peppers were first used by a Louisiana banker in the mid-1800s. He received the seeds from an American soldier returning from the Mexican War and decided to make a spicy sauce. Tabasco Sauce is still used worldwide today.

As the use of cayenne peppers has grown, more remedies have been discovered. Though it is used most popularly as a culinary additive, many people have discovered its healing power. Our own history with cayenne pepper began when we created the most powerful sore throat remedy on the market.

Now you know where cayenne pepper has come from, but where does it go? Help us spread the word by sharing our products with your friends and family and following us on social media! Yippee!

Giving Back: Kids Against Hunger

Kids Against Hunger_Yippee CayenneYippee Cayenne was birthed from a need for personal sore throat relief, but it has grown into much more! We love hearing stories of how we’ve helped our customers, but our reach doesn’t end there. As a family, we love the opportunity to use the resources we have been blessed with to help others in need.

As a co-founder of the non-profit humanitarian aid organization, Acts 2 Help Others, we have been able to reach thousands of families and children living in poverty around the world. Our partnership with Kids Against Hunger has been a primary factor in our work and we want to share the powerful mission of this organization with our fans!

According to their website, “The mission of Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world.”

Kids Against Hunger Food_Yippee CayenneKids Against Hunger worked with food scientists to create meals that are rich in easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins, all lacking and desperately needed in the bodies of malnourished children. The meals are a mixture of rice, vitamin-enriched crushed soy, a dehydrated blend of six vegetables, and a powder made of vitamins and minerals. Even better, they accommodate the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world, so anyone can eat them!

Using this specially designed food, Kids Against Hunger partners with schools, companies, organizations, and churches throughout the U.S. to package and send the food to the children and families who need it.

We have organized and participated in many food packing events, each producing thousands of meals donated to hungry children here in the USA and abroad. We have sat beside volunteers young and old, some friends and others strangers, as we worked together to share the blessings we have received.

Kids Against Hunger Kids_Yippee Cayenne

All photos courtesy of Kids Against Hunger – World Headquarters

We experience great joy in serving the needs of others who need a helping hand and we gladly use a portion of the proceeds from Yippee Cayenne to help us contribute even more in the future!

Help us reach the hungry children of the world through your purchase of Yippee Cayenne products or join a food packing event in your area! For more information on where to volunteer in your area, visit http://kidsagainsthunger.org/locations.

To learn more about our humanitarian work, contact us at 407-995-6492.

Honey


Honey Benefits_Yippee CayenneWe recently partnered with Allison’s Apiaries, a local honey provider, to sell our product at the farmer’s markets they attend. They have a real passion for honey and truly understand all its benefits.  We also love honey, especially for the delicious taste and health benefits it brings to our product.  This explains why Allison’s Apiaries and their customers have come to love Yippee Cayenne.

Honey has been used as a health booster and natural remedy for thousands of years — even as far back as Aristotle and the Ancient Greeks! It can also be used as a sweetener and sugar substitute for those who can’t — or choose not to — eat sugar.

So what are the benefits of honey? We’re glad you asked.

Energy

Honey is nearly all sugar — unprocessed, natural glucose and fructose — and gives your body the sugar it needs for a quick burst of energy. This natural sugar can enter directly into the bloodstream and raise your blood sugar. This rise gives your body an energy kick and provides a short-term power source for workouts.

Allergies

Some research has found that eating a tablespoon of honey every day can help with seasonal allergies. Honey is made from pollen and the finished product contains traces of pollen, which act like a vaccine and help your body build immunities to seasonal allergens.

Wounds and Burns

A natural antibiotic, honey can work to heal your body from both inside and outside and has been used to fight infections, soothe inflammation, and reduce swelling. In fact, before penicillin was discovered as a powerful antibiotic, honey was used to prevent and treat infection!

Dandruff

A European study published in 2001 found that applying honey, diluted with 10% warm water, to the scalp and leaving it for three hours can treat dandruff. Participants in the study showed improvements in itching, scaliness, and skin lesions within two weeks! The anti-inflammatory properties in honey can also help with redness and itching of the scalp.

Sleep

When eaten, honey can produce a rise in insulin and release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can improve happiness and mood, and tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin. Serotonin is then converted to melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the wake and sleep cycles.

Do you use honey in your cooking or as a natural remedy? Share in the comments!

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