The Blessing of Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum Solanaceae)
Cayenne pepper is known for making hot spicy food, but did you know that cayenne pepper has many great health benefits? Cayenne is the purest and most certain stimulant, used medicinally and also as a condiment. This herb is a great food for the circulatory system. It feeds elements that may be lacking into the cell structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries to give them the elasticity of youth again, as the blood pressure adjusts itself to normal. When different parts of the body become loaded with sticky mucus, the blood has a harder time circulating; therefore, higher pressure forces the liquid through. Cayenne can regulate the flow of the blood from the head to the feet so that It is equalized. Cayenne working as a stimulant is an activator, carrier and accentuator. Below is a list of other properties that this wonderful herb has which makes it one of the most important herbs to have not only in your medicine cabinet, but your first aid kit also.
Cayenne pepper has anti-Irritant properties that have the ability to ease an upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs and diarrhea.
Cayenne pepper has anti-fungal properties which could effectively prevent the formation of fungal pathogens phomopsis and collectotrichum.
Cayenne pepper can also help with migraine headaches. Cayenne pepper has the ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus reverting the brain’s attention. Following the initial pain reaction, the nerve fibers have a depleted substance P ( known as the nerve’s pain chemical) and the perception of pain is lessened.
Cayenne pepper is also known to help with the digestive system. Cayenne pepper stimulates the digestive tract increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. By stimulating the digestive tract the body has the ability to metabolize food (and toxins). Cayenne pepper is also known to be helpful in relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates the intestinal peristaltic motion for assimilation and elimination.
Cayenne pepper will also stop bleeding. A hemorrhage may occur in the lungs, stomach, uterus, or nose. Taking a teaspoon of cayenne in a glass of extra warm water by the time you count to ten the bleeding will have stopped. Instead of all the pressure being centralized, it is equalized, and the clotting becomes more rapid.
Cayenne pepper is great for a toothache: Clean the cavity and place cotton saturated with cayenne oil into the cavity.
External bleeding, the cayenne powder or tea may be taken internally, or the powder placed on the wound. It does burn and you may find yourself saying a few words you may have thought you would never say.
Believe it or not you can use cayenne as an eyewash. I have done this several time for several eye problems. It does burn, but your eyes feel refreshed. This is normally used along with other herbs in the eyewash.
Winter time brings cold feet. If you and your family enjoy the great outdoors during the winter months you might find your feet are cold. Sprinkle a few grains in the shoes or socks to help keep your feet warm. Too much cayenne will produce too much heat and give a burning sensation. A warm cayenne tea will help stem the onset of hypothermia and can be used when treating hypothermia.
Cayenne is high in a substance called capsicum which acts to cause temporary pain on the skin, which then sends chemical messengers from the skin to the joints, offering relief of joint pain
Cayenne pepper is a heart attacks friend. Prop up the patient after calling 911 and give him or her cup of cayenne tea. It is also a heart attack preventer. Cayenne helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized. It also balances the body of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
To prove how important this wonderful herb is Dr. Christopher from The School of Natural Healing related the following story; Cayenne is a miracle worker and this experiment performed by medical doctors in the eastern United States and printed in the medical journals. A group of doctors put live heart tissue in a beaker filled with distilled water and fed the heart nothing but cayenne pepper, cleaning off sediments periodically and adding nothing else except distilled water to replace water that evaporated. Over a period of time during the experiment the doctors would have to trim away tissue that would grow back in 2-3 days. The doctors kept this tissue alive for 15 years and after the main doctor doing the experiment died, his associates kept that heart tissue alive 2 more years before the tissue was destroyed by analysis. To me this just shows what a wonderful herb cayenne is and why every house hold should be using this herb to bring about wonderful health benefits.
I use cayenne pepper on everything from my fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. I know I will not be without this herb in my home, medicine cabinet or first aid kit.