Latin name: Capsicum annuum
Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne stimulates every system and cell of the body. When the body and its organs are properly stimulated, they will heal, cleanse, and begin to function normally. Regular use also helps strengthen the entire circulatory system. It is one of the best heart tonics. Health benefits include:
- It helps to regulate blood pressure (both high and low), strengthens the pulse by increasing the power (not the frequency), feeds the heart, lowers cholesterol, thins the blood, and cleanses the circulatory system by helping arteries, veins, and capillaries regain the elasticity of youth by feeding cell structure, which then helps with blood flow.
- As a condiment, cayenne aids in digestion and soothes intestinal ailments by stimulating the stomach to produce mucous. Nutrients in foods ingested with cayenne are also assimilated faster and more easily.
- Helps reduce appetite when taken before a meal which can help in weight loss.
- Externally, the aromatic herb makes a very effective pain killer or anesthetic.
- It is used to treat shock, and also used to help to keep a person from going into shock.
- As a natural coagulant, it is often taken internally for an injury to stop internal or external bleeding. The powder can also be poured directly on an external wound to stop bleeding, fight infection, and promote healing. It may feel warm, but will never cause a blister on the skin.
- It’s a great treatment for the common cold or a sore throat.
- Works great to relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain and also pain and itching of the skin because of the capsaicin in the herb. This capsaicin helps the body to release natural neurotransmitters that help to get rid of pain signals in the body.
- Can be used in cold climates to stimulate warmth when used in socks or boots.
- Great relief for constipation.
- Taken together, cayenne and garlic can safely lower blood pressure.
Nutritional Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
- Contains high amounts of Vitamin C
- Has a high mineral content including sulfur, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
How to Use Cayenne Pepper
- Use in capsules, foods, or tincture combinations.
- It is safe for children, however use caution when using orally as it is very spicy.
- Safe during pregnancy and while nursing.
- Adding a small amount to other herbal blends can also dramatically increase the efficiency of most herbs.
Cautions and Side Effects of Cayenne Pepper
- If you’re not used to spicy foods then you need to build up your tolerance level as it is very hot.
- People who suffer from allergies to latex, chestnuts, avocado, bananas, and kiwi may have an allergic reaction.