10 Unusual Uses for Pepper

Pepper does a lot more than spice up your salads and meat. The vitamin-rich spice, prized by ancients and moderns alike, has many health and household uses, too.

Pepper as Health Aid

1. Decongestant: Cayenne pepper warms the body and stimulates the release of mucus, which helps unclog nasal passages and lets you breathe easier. Get a DIY recipe here.†

2. Constipation relief: Cayenne pepper makes you feel hot, which provokes you to drink more water, which loosens stools. Mix a teaspoon of cayenne into a glass of warm water. Or, just add cayenne to soups and stews, which will also give them a taste kick.

3. Cough remedy: Cayenne can help loosen chest phlegm and sooth throat irritation. “Herbally Yours,” by Penny C. Royal, gives this recipe: Combine ľ teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and fresh ground ginger with 1 tablespoon each of honey and apple cider vinegar. Take one teaspoon at a time as needed.

4. Ear ache relief: Black pepper can soothe ear aches in adults. Spread ground black pepper on a flattened cotton ball. Roll the cotton back into a ball, and place it in the outer ear (not the inner ear).

5. Sore throat cure: To relieve sore throats, mix 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 2 tablespoons of honey. Take a teaspoon of the mixture at a time.

Household Uses for Pepper

6. Insecticide: To get rid of garden gnats, mix 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper with 2 tablespoons each of dish detergent and vegetable oil. Add the mixture to a gallon a water, and shake. Transfer to a spray bottle, and douse infested plants. Repeat after rain.

7. Plug radiator holes: Got a leaky radiator? Pour black pepper into your radiator to temporarily seal holes.

8. Deer repellent: Deer donít like the stinging sensation of hot pepper and will learn to avoid plants sprayed with a cayenne/water solution. The stronger the better. Add a little liquid soap to the solution, which makes it adhere better to plants.

9. Squirrel repellent: Mix cayenne pepper with bird food. The birds donít mind the taste, and the Vitamin C in pepper actually improves their foliage. Squirrels, on the other hand, hate pepper and will avoid your feeder.

10. Rodent repellent: To keep rodents from chewing on outside wires and cables, coat them with liquid pepper. Rodents will stay away in droves.

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184 comments

Melania Padilla
Melania P3 years ago

Love pepper!!

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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper4 years ago

ty

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Arnold B.
arnold B4 years ago

ty

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Teresa W.
Teresa W4 years ago

thank you

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Darren Woolsey
Darren Woolsey4 years ago

Good job I like my pepper!

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Barb Hansen
Ba H4 years ago

thx

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

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Dale O.

Some interesting and novel uses for pepper. Certainly, I have never heard of it being used for ear aches, don't think that I would want to put this rather potent spice anywhere near my ear.

I do love pepper in my food, freshly ground, but then, that is nothing surprising or unusual.

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