4 Surprising Benefits of Cayenne Pepper Tea

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Drinking cayenne pepper tea may sound like torture to some, but it provides some surprising health benefits, along with its bite!

What is Cayenne Pepper Tea?

Cayenne pepper tea is a spice-based tea made from the dried and powdered cayenne pepper, scientifically known as Capsicum annum. Many people use cayenne pepper as a dry spice to give a kick to their meals, but they don’t realize that they can also brew that powdered spice into a powerful tea. The active ingredients in cayenne pepper, capsaicin, functions as a powerful antioxidant within the body, and is actually anti-inflammatory in nature, even though eating a cayenne pepper may make your mouth feel like it’s on fire. Despite the fact that research on capsaicin is limited, peppers containing this compound have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. This tea can be brewed either hot or cold, for internal or topical applications, respectively. [1] [2]

Small jar of cayenne pepper with a spoon in it.

Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to your food for a spicy kick. Photo Credit: Shutterstock


The many benefits of cayenne pepper tea include its ability to do the following:

  • Stimulate digestion
  • Ease pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Ease nasal congestion

As contrary to logic as it seems, the main benefit of cayenne pepper tea relates to its anti-inflammatory abilities, which can help prevent chronic disease, sore throats, and even nasal congestion, as well as topical problems like psoriasis and eczema. [3]

The stimulant qualities of this particular tea are also excellent for digestion and can help you quickly eliminate symptoms of constipation, bloating, and cramping. This same stimulating effect drives better circulation, which means more oxygenation to the parts of the body that need it most. When it comes to chronic stress or anxiety, the active ingredients in this tea can alter the hormonal balance and keep your mood precisely where you want it. In terms of detoxifying the body, capsaicin has also been linked to detoxification properties, which can clean out your blood and prevent the buildup of toxins. [4] [5]

How to Make?

Small jar of cayenne pepper with a spoon in it.

Spicy Cayenne Pepper Tea Recipe

The invigorating cayenne pepper can boost your metabolism and give you an energy boost. It's also extremely easy to make. 
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Course: Tea Time
Cuisine: American, African
Keyword: Cayenne Pepper Tea
Appliance: Kettle
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Steeping Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Paromita Datta


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lemon


  • Bring the water to boil, then take it off the heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the cayenne pepper to a mug.
  • Pour hot water over the powder and stir thoroughly.
  • Once the cayenne pepper has dissolved, add the juice from 1/2 a lemon (to counter the heat).
  • Cover with a plate for 5 minutes and let the tea steep.
  • Drink while warm for best effects, but sip slowly
    A cup of hot tea with a spoon and plate on a wooden table

Side Effects

While the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of this tea are undeniable, there can be some side effects, when taken in excesses, such as the following:

  • Pregnancy related complications
  • Gastrointestinal distress

Furthermore, if you start with too much pepper, it will be unbearably hot. Start slow and let your body acclimate to this new level of heat. Even a 1/4 teaspoon per day is enough to bring positive results, so use this tea in moderation!

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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