- Take one ounce tincture rhubarb,
- one ounce laudanum,
- one ounce tincture Cayenne pepper,
- one ounce spirits of camphor.
Dose, from ten to thirty drops for an adult.
From: Pow-Wows, or Long Lost Friend, by John George Hoffman, 
Early Americans were hardworking people who resented losing time to illness. That’s why cayenne pepper became one of their favorite medicinal herbs. They added a pinch of cayenne to a glass of water, gargled vigorously, and in minutes, the sore throat would feel cauterized.
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 cup boiling water or hot Milk
Stir the Cayenne into the liquid and sip slowly. This will warm the whole system and is an old remedy for warding off disease.
If the taste is too strong, take Cayenne in pill form, or try ground ginger with honey – a deliciously warming drink.
From: The Complete Book of Herbs and Spices
For information about the individual herbs visit: The Encyclopedia of Herbology