Cayenne is a condiment made from red bell pepper. Capsaicin is the active component in cayenne, it is a substance that is responsible for the intense heat produced by the fruit. Generally, the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains.
Cayenne Nutrition: Vitamin A, C and E; it is also a good source of dietary fiber.
- Helps to “clean out” the arteries and reverse the effects of atherosclerosis by improving the blood circulation. It also increases blood circulation immediately within seconds, more than any other herb.
- Used externally, as a rub to relieve painful joints. Study claim that the hot sensation produced by cayenne is what stimulate blood flow to the area, which is useful when you have painful swelling especially from arthritis.
- Use for digestive ailments. When taken internally, it soothes the digestive tract and stimulates the flow of stomach secretions and saliva. These secretions contain substances which help digest food.
- Can inhibit the growth of the bacteria H. pylori, which is the common cause of stomach ulcers. It can also help control bleeding of the stomach ulcers.
- Good remedy for constipation since it stimulates peristalsis and improves digestion. It is suggested that cayenne be used at every meal or when needed for constipation.
- May help speeds up metabolism and may aid in weight loss because it aids in the burning of fat for energy.
- Has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of sore throats, upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis and fevers. When you first feel a cold is coming, drink a cup of tea immediately. In the morning your cold should have subsided.
- Helps to bring down blood sugar levels.
- Helps to diminish nausea
- An excellent food preserver and has been used traditionally to prevent food contamination from bacteria.
How to Make Tea: An infusion of tea would be made by combining one cup of hot water with ½ to 1 teaspoonful of cayenne powder. Drink this three times per day.
Topical Cream: Topical capsicum creams should be used 3-4 times per day until the pain subsides.
Varieties: The typical color for cayenne is red. However, there are other capsicum varieties that vary in color from yellow to green to purple to orange.
Side Effects of Cayenne: It has blood-thinning properties, so if you taking blood-thinning medication talk to your doctor immediately.