Latin Name: Capsicum Annuum
Cayenne pepper is one of our favorite herbs! Many cultures simply use the herb in cooking, but cayenne pepper is a medicinal superfood that can aid in healing just about any ailment.
Cayenne pepper is particularly high in vitamin A, but also contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, choline, along with the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. Wow.
Below are cayenne pepper’s top 9 medicinal properties (in our humble opinion).
Ever been told that spicy foods irritate the stomach lining? Actually, the opposite is true. Hot spices like chiles and cayenne contain the active substance known as capsaicin, which, “does not stimulate but inhibits acid secretion, stimulates alkali, mucus secretions and particularly gastric mucosal blood flow which help in prevention and healing of ulcers.” (1) So, cayenne has the ability to sooth upset stomach and sore throats, heal ulcers, and alleviate diarrhea. If you have stomach ulcers, the best thing you could do is take a capsule of cayenne pepper just before each meal. Trust me 🙂
2. Fights against the Cold and Flu
Cayenne pepper helps break up and move congested mucus, and with the elimination of mucus, cold and flu symptoms diminish. Cayenne pepper also aids the body in detoxifying and eliminating the build up of toxins that accumulate in the body.
4. Improves blood circulation
Cayenne pepper improves the circulatory system by widening the capillaries and regulating blood sugar. On a cold day, take a capsule or two of cayenne pepper with a glass of water and feel the warmth travel throughout the body.
5. Equalizes blood pressure.
If someone gets a serious cut, put some cayenne on the wound and have the person ingest a few capsules of cayenne. Very soon the blood pressure will equalize in the body, allowing the blood to cot. Due to its blood pressure equalizing properties, cayenne pepper also promotes heart health and balances the body’s LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
6. Digestive Aid
Cayenne is a well-known digestive aid. It starts by stimulating the production of saliva, an important part of proper digestion. Cayenne pepper also stimulates the digestive tract, the production of enzymes and gastric juices. Cayenne pepper is believed to aid in intestinal peristalsis, enhancing both assimilation and elimination.
7. Boosts metabolism
Cayenne pepper has shown the ability to suppress hunger and regulate glucose levels in the blood. It also aids in lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and aids the body in burning excess fats
8. Topical poultice
Cayenne has been used to treat snake bites, various sores and wounds. Mixed with wintergreen/peppermint oil in an coconut oil/beeswax base, you have yourself one of the best natural sore muscle ointments!
9. Anti-Bacterial Properties
Cayenne has been used traditionally to protect food from bacteria contamination and is an excellent preservative. Try adding a little cayenne to some of your favorite dishes!
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