Burning Tongue Relief (After Eating Spicy Food)

Heidi Sloane

New Yorker living in Mexico City. Co-founder of COLAB Cold Brew and team member of Nutmeg Aspirin. Thanks to my progressive hippie parents, I've been lucky enough to have access to homeopathic and holistic doctors since I was born.

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How It Works

If your tongue feels like it's burning after eating or drinking something too spicy, try this:

1- put salt on your hand 

2- lick your hand (you want to coat your tongue with salt)

3- leave the salt on your tongue for ~10 seconds

That's it. You can swallow the salt (and drink some water if you feel like you need it). Or if you put "too much" salt on your hand you can spit out what you can and then swallow the rest. You should stop feeling the burning tongue sensation after following these 3 steps.

What You’ll Need

  • salt

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Story

When I was a young boy and ate too-spicy salsa for the first time, my grandmother taught me the salt-relief trick. 

What do you think?

Heidi Sloane

New Yorker living in Mexico City. Co-founder of COLAB Cold Brew and team member of Nutmeg Aspirin. Thanks to my progressive hippie parents, I've been lucky enough to have access to homeopathic and holistic doctors since I was born.

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Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
815 - Ambassador
1 month ago

Nice! My hubby always gets sugar which has led me to getting sugar, too -- but I think I'll try this next time!

Ceci Jayo
By Ceci Jayo
235 - Explorer
2 months ago

Wow! Gotta try this! I usually go for the milk (or cold beer which doesn't really work) technique but this sounds way better. Thanks for the tip!

Heidi Sloane
By Heidi Sloane
895 - Ambassador
2 months ago

I love spicy food and this salt trick has saved me from burning-tongue freakouts more times than I'd like to own up to.

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