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How To Cope With Chilli Burn

If you have bitten off more than you can chew, then here is a quick guide for ways that you can try to cool down!

Drink Milk

There’s a nice protein found in milk that acts like a detergent against capsaicin. Apparently it helps to pull the capsaicin compounds away from the nerve receptors in your tongue. Drink at least a half cup, making sure you rinse your mouth well first. The colder the milk is, the more effective it tends to be against the burning sensation.

Sugar Water

Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a cup of cold water and use it to rinse out your mouth. Cold sugar solution is almost as effective as whole milk but the relief only lasts while the mixture is still in your mouth so you’ll need to keep rinsing and spitting until the pain subsides.


Capsaicin is soluble in alcohol, so drinking a beer or a shot of spirits would help to wash it away. It’s not nearly as effective, however, as milk.


Capsaicin is also soluble in vegetable oils so swilling some around in your mouth may help. Bear in mind that oil has been found to be only slightly more effective than water in relieving pepper burns.

Peculiar Urban Myths

Try any of the following folk remedies, but keep in mind that they may not work!!!

White Toothpaste can significantly reduce the burning from habanero oils on the skin.

Lemon either a wedge, juiced or whole – the acid may help break down the oils.

Raw Carrot. There’s no trick to swishing it around. Just take a bite and the burn will significantly diminish.

Cucumber. This is a common way to deal with heat in the food in Thailand.

Salt. Salting food or eating salty chips can soothe the burn.

Honey. Sopapillas with honey are served with spicy foods in some restaurants.