Constituents: capsaicin, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids
How to Use:
Hot, stimulating Cayenne peppers are like a jump start to a cold car engine on
a frosty morning. It brings welcome life into sore muscles and get your heart beating faster, increasing the flow of blood all
through the body. The heat of cayenne warms stiff arthritic joints and relaxes away low back pain.
The longer you use it, the better it works.
Cayenne works very well for me, I use it every day, sometimes twice a day, for arthritis stiffness,
sore muscles, and low back pain. Cayenne infused
oil does not burn my skin as much as capsaicin creams. Cayenne salves and oils
are my first recommendation to anyone who has problems with pain, however cayenne
has many other varied uses that make it one of the most powerful remedies in
your kitchen medicine cabinet.
Cayenne for Pain relief Cayenne pepper extracts are an
important part of herbal treatment for muscle pain,
and the nerve pain caused by shingles and sciatica.101 It
appears to act by decreasing the concentration of substance P, the primary
chemical used by nerve cells to transmit pain signals. It takes repeated use
over a period of at least a few weeks to feel this benefit. Cayenne is also
rich in salicylates, natural aspirin like compounds, which add to its analgesic
pepper balms, oils and creams are
rubefacients,which means it warms
the body by quickly dilating small capillaries, and
which reddens, (but does not burn) the skin. This increased circulation is
the hallmark of cayenne's effect on the body, it stimulates the heart, and the
lungs as well as increasing blood circulation and warmth throughout the whole
Cayenne Pepper Diet: Adding cayenne to your diet plan is a no-brainer. Cayenne, along with other peppers strengthen digestion and lessen the change
of bacterial infections from unsanitary food and water. Cayenne peppers
also lessen the gas and bloating that comes from eating heavy, greasy foods.
Cayenne helps boost your metabolism and induces the body to burn off more
fat. Eating more hot spicy foods will help decrease appetite and increase satiety,
so you are inclined to eat less. Seasoning with pepper lessens the need for salt and fat in cooking without
Psoriasis Treatment: Capsaicin, the most potent constituent of cayenne, has been shown to be effective in treating the symptoms of psoriasis. Treatment does produce burning sensations, which are normal and decrease with repeated use. If you buy OTC products look for one that contains menthol, it will help relieve the itching as well. A 1999 study found that treatment with capsaicin caused a marked decrease in
psoriasis activity and decreased formation of new skin plaques. 103
Heart Health: Cayenne is considered to be a valuable heart tonic. These hot peppers contain
capsicum which has been shown to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Cayenne also helps to increase circulation and keeps the blood flowing smoothly
through veins and arteries. Cayenne also is high in antioxidants, rounding
out its cardiovascular benefits.
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Cayenne powder is used to make liniments and herbal oils. Cayenne extracts can be taken in capsule and liquid form. Both fresh and dry cayenne peppers are used in cooking. This stimulating spice is rarely used as a single ingredient tea, but is added to herbal blends in small amounts, generally less than 1/8th teaspoon. Sprinkle cayenne powder on cuts, scrapes and abrasions to stop bleeding. Contrary to what you might think, it does not burn. Capsicum extracts are used in OTC analgesic rubs and creams.
In the Kitchen: All peppers, including cayenne, are important to digestion, as well as adding flavor to foods. Peppers speed up the metabolism of meats and fats as well.
Cayenne Pepper Side Effects:
Don't touch your eyes with your hands after you have handled capsaicin cream, or cayenne powder.(wash with milk or vinegar) Use in moderate amounts,excessive use internally can cause stomach upset. Capsaicin may stimulate the bowel and is not generally considered appropriate for people with irritable bowel syndrome or chronic bowel inflammation.
Grown as a garden plant in almost all temperate zones. Over 130 species of peppers contain capsaicin, though cayenne is used most often in herbal medicine. Cayenne plants are very attractive with dark green leaves, and white flowers that are followed by long, scarlet fruits.
Paprika does contain capsaicin, and shares similar healthful properties of chiles in the capsicum family, but as one of the milder chiles it is not used in a medicinal capacity, but is a healthy addition to the diet. Capsicum annuum Capsicum annuum ranges in hotness from very mild and sweet to the decidedly spicy Hungarian paprika
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History and Traditions & Folklore
Cayenne or Capsicum derives its name from the Greek, 'to bite', in allusion to the hot pungent properties of the fruit and seeds. First introduced to Britian from India in 1548 and Gerard mentioned it as being cultivated in his time. It was mentioned by the physician who accompanied Columbus on his second voyage to America.
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