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!

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?

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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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Lemon Slice_Yippee CayenneWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade because this sour fruit has several health benefits for you.

From preventing scurvy for sailors over a hundred years ago, to helping soothe sore throats and boost immune systems in Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges, this powerful little fruit has been improving health for a long time.

To help our fans understand why we think lemons are powerful enough to include in our throat lozenges, we have put together some of the benefits they offer, courtesy of Organic Facts.

Indigestion and Constipation: Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Add a few drops of lemon on your dish (take care, it does not go well with milk), and it will aid in digestion. It acts as a blood purifier and a cleansing agent, so a good drink after lunch or dinner is fresh lemon soda, which is also called fresh lime soda in many places. The recipe is lemon juice, cold water, soda, salts (common salt or rock salt) and sugar/honey for sweetness. You can also add some mint leaves or crushed fennel seeds for added flavor. Drink this whenever you have a heavy lunch or dinner.

Fever: Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fevers by increasing perspiration.

Dental Care: It is also frequently used in dental care. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the area of a toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. Massaging the juice on the gums can stop gum bleeding, while eliminating the bad odors that can come from various gum diseases and conditions.

Additionally, it can be used in the regular cleansing of your teeth. Keep your eye out for a toothpaste containing lemon as one of the ingredients, or add a drop of its juice onto your normal toothpaste. Some people also rub their teeth with the outer shell (the inner side touching your teeth) of a lemon after removing the juice. But be careful, lemons are highly acidic, so if your mouth starts burning, rinse your gums and mouth quickly with water.

Hair Care: Lemon juice has proven itself in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. The juice applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. If  you apply lemon juice directly on the hair, it can give your hair a natural shine.

Skin Care: Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can also cure problems related to the skin. The juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sunburn, and it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well. It is also good for acne and eczema. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Drinking lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings a healthy glow to the skin, and if you thoroughly search the cosmetic market, you will find some soaps containing lemon juice, but they aren’t too easy to find!

Burns: Use lemon juice on the site of old burns can help fade the scars, and since lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin when you currently have an irritating burn.

Internal Bleeding: It has antiseptic and coagulant properties, so it can stop internal bleeding. You can apply lemon juice to a small cotton ball and place it inside your nose to stop nose bleeds.

Respiratory Disorders: Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory problems and breathing problems, such as its ability to soothe a person suffering from an asthma attack. Being a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders.

Cholera: Diseases like cholera and malaria can be treated with lemon juice, because it acts as a blood purifier.

Foot Relaxation: Lemon is an aromatic and antiseptic agent and is useful in foot relaxation. Add some lemon juice to warm water and dip your feet in the mixture for instant relief and muscle relaxation.

Rheumatism: It is also a diuretic and can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins from the body.

Corns: Lemon juice can dissolve lumps on the skin, so it can be applied at the places where the skin has hardened up, like the soles of feet and the palms of your hands. Drinking lemon juice with water can help patients reduce gall stones for the same reasons.

Throat Infections: Lemon is an excellent fruit that fights against problems related to throat infections, due to its well-known antibacterial properties.

High Blood Pressure: Drinking lemon juice is helpful for people suffering from heart problems, because it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea, because it provides a calming sensation to both the mind and body. It is commonly employed to reduce mental stress and depression.

Do you use lemons to treat any health issues?

Cayenne Pepper Remedies

Cayenne Remedies_Yippee CayenneIt’s no secret that we’re big fans of cayenne pepper and its healing properties. Yippee Cayenne is centered on this little pepper’s soothing effects on sore throats and we’ve experienced its power firsthand.

We have focused our product on soothing sore throats, but that’s not the only natural remedy that uses cayenne pepper. To show you just how useful cayenne pepper can be for your aches and discomforts, we’ve put together this list of cayenne pepper remedies for your use. Enjoy!

Apple Cider Vinegar Brew

Whether you’re sick or dealing with allergies, sinus pressure can make you miserable. This apple cider vinegar brew will help you get rid of the fog in your head and replenish any fluids you’ve lost. The cayenne pepper will help soothe your discomfort and clear your sinuses and the vinegar will give your immune system a boost to keep fighting! Follow this recipe to make the brew:

Ingredients

¼ cup water

¼ cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 wedge lemon

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Combine hot water and apple cider vinegar in a small glass or mug.
  3. Add honey and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Top off with a squeeze of lemon.
  4. Take a deep breath of the mixture, and start drinking.

Cayenne Pepper Liniment and Oil

Cayenne pepper can soothe pains externally as well. If you have a sprain, sore muscles, or arthritic or rheumatic pain, make this liniment and apply it to the pained area. This oil can also be applied to a pained area or used as a massage oil to soothe tense muscles.

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Liniment

Ingredients

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 pint apple cider vinegar

Directions

1. Add cayenne to apple cider vinegar.

2. Boil gently for 10 minutes.

3. Pour unstrained contents into a bottle and use externally as needed.

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Oil

Ingredients

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup warm natural plant oil, such as grapeseed or olive oil

Directions

  1. Add cayenne pepper to oil.
  2. Mix well and apply to painful areas.

Toothaches

If you’ve got a tooth that’s causing problems and you can’t immediately get to a dentist, use cayenne pepper as a mouthwash or apply cayenne directly to the painful tooth to ease the pain.

Headaches

Whether you’re dealing with a migraine or a hangover, cayenne pepper can help with your head pain. Simply mix ⅛ – 1 full teaspoon (depending on how much you can handle) of cayenne pepper into hot water or tea and drink it down.

Do you use any cayenne pepper remedies? Tell us in the comments!

Natural Remedies: Essential Oils

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Over the past year, the use of essential oils has grown exponentially. Find them online, in stores, in magazines, on social media, and in the homes of many friends and family. Some use them for physical ailments, while others use their oils to affect their moods. Some people are even claiming to use the oils to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, and more.

As with any new (and unregulated) remedy that becomes popular, it is important to evaluate the claims you hear and the potential risks. At Yippee Cayenne, we want you to be informed and aware, so we’ve put together a few of these risks and claims for you!

Claims

As a cure: Though essential oils in their basic form have been used for hundreds of years, they just recently became popular. Thus, there are not many research studies or scientific tests on the healing abilities of essential oils. The FDA recently warned the two most popular essential oil companies to stop making health claims, because it hasn’t been tested yet. Many people attest to the powers of essential oils, but nothing has been proven.

For well-being: Essential oils may not heal or cure physical diseases, but they do provide relief. There are hundreds of success stories for essential oils and we have friends and family who attest to their results. Headaches, warts, insomnia, stomach aches — all have essential oil reliefs. Essential oils can’t replace modern medicine and a doctor’s opinion, but they can help relieve mild discomforts and provide relaxation when needed.

Risks

Not FDA approved: At the moment, there is no regulation for essential oils and they don’t need to be approved for the market. Check your oils to make sure they are coming from a legitimate source and be careful when buying more.

Natural doesn’t mean safe: Even though essential oils are natural remedies, distilled from plants, this doesn’t mean they are safe. As Dr. David Combs told Fox News, “(T)here are flat-out poisons that have been designed that are plant-based. They’re very, very concentrated compounds, and ingesting them is something that you have to be very, very careful with.” Avoid ingesting any essential oils and stick to surface applications.

Yippee Cayenne is an advocate for using natural remedies (visit http://yippeecayenne.myshopify.com/ for your sore throat remedy!), but we also want you to be safe. Do your research before joining this trend and use essential oils wisely.

Do you use essential oils? How do they work (or not work) for you?