Five Benefits of Cayenne (Capsicum annuum)
There are many benefits of cayenne is one of my favorite herbs. Not only do I use it for direct medicinal applications, I use it as a seasoning quite a bit. Although there are many uses for cayenne, I list my top 5 benefits of cayenne below.
Cayenne is great for circulation. According to David Hoffmann (2003), cayenne “stimulates blood flow, strengthening the heart, arteries, capillaries, and nerves.” It helps to tone the entire circulatory system and can even help with insufficient peripheral blood flow. Potentially helping to remedy cold hands and feet.
Cayenne helps to produce saliva, which is the first step in digestion. It can help with indigestion accompanied by gas, and colic. Colic is defined as: an attack of acute abdominal pain localized in a hollow organ and often caused by spasm, obstruction, or twisting. By Merriam-Webster.
It is also considered a general tonic of the digestive system
Cayenne is good in cases of debility and to ward off colds. It is an antimicrobial and is successfully used to help break up mucus congestion.
Low Back Pain and Rheumatism:
Used externally, it is good when applied to the low back when it is sore. It also helps with sore muscles or joints. In clinical studies it has been proven effective in “painful and itchy skin disorders. Including psoriasis, shingles, and diabetic neuropathy (Hoffmann, 2003).
Cayenne can be applied to any open wound. It even has use in intestinal bleeding. When applied to a wound it will prevent the growth of antimicrobials and aid in the formation of a scab. Keep in mind that when you apply cayenne to an open wound, it may produce a burning sensation.
Ways I have personally used this wonderful herb:
My favorite example of the benefits of cayenne:
It is no secret that I deal with type 1 diabetes. A disorder that can lead to a number of serious issues. Including poor circulation, poor digestion, heart attacks, diabetic neuropathy, and an increased risk of infection and poorly healing wounds. Especially in the feet. In all of
Having had a few ingrown toenails, I found myself with an appointment with a podiatrist. The nail on the big toe on my right foot, and one side of the big toe on my left foot were ingrown. Even though I argued with him, the doctor refused to perform surgery on both toes in the same session.
Because I was a diabetic, he claimed I wouldn’t heal properly. I informed him that I would heal quite well and if he didn’t do them both at the same time, I would not be back to have the other toe taken care of. He insisted that the risk was too great. That he was the expert, and if I wanted to have surgery at all, I would listen to him. Since he was the only doctor my insurance would cover, and it was becoming difficult to walk. I had no choice but to listen to his “expertise”.
He performed the surgery on my right foot, cutting out both sides of the nail. And then burning out the toe nail roots on both sides. He sent me home with painkillers and instructions to keep the toe clean by soaking it in Epsom salt three times a day. And keeping it covered with a bandage.
I decided to up the ante. As soon as I got home, I unwrapped the dressing he had put on my toe, and covered each bloodied side of my toenail with a large amount of 200,000 IHU cayenne pepper pounder made into a paste with fresh aloe vera filet. It was decidedly uncomfortable for the first 24 hours. I repeatedly told myself I would be in pain anyway, and got through it.
I went to the follow up 3 days later, so the doctor could make sure I was healing ok. When the doctor unwrapped the bandage, he came across what appeared to be a giant scab. And an otherwise healthy-looking toe. The doctor was surprised at how well I was healing, and even said so. He then asked me what that was on my toe. I told him I had put cayenne on the wound in order to help it heal quicker. Since this was outside of his scope of understanding, he attempted to brush of my comment by saying, “I have never heard of that before, but whatever you are doing. It is working, so keep it up.”
After such an informed comment. He said to me that since I was healing so well, we could go ahead and schedule to do surgery on the other toe. I reminded him that I had already stated that if he wasn’t going to do surgery on both toes at once I would not be back. This was followed by a snide remark about his knowledge of the way diabetics healed. And his assumption that he knew more about my body than me. I never did go back. Would you?
My second favorite use:
I have also used cayenne for severe stomach problems. Although never diagnosed with ulcers, I ended up in the ER for more than one GI shake. I spent years on omeprazole to treat GERD. Part of how I was able to move beyond these issues was by utilizing cayenne and aloe vera juice.
When I began, my body could not handle spicy foods at all. In order to reap the benefits of this wonderful herb. I decided to start with cayenne pepper pills. I had purchased some 40,000 IHU pepper pills and started by taking one capsule a day with a meal. After several days, I increased to 2 capsules a day. I continued in this way until I decided it was easier and cheaper to simply eat peppers. At this point, I haven’t taken any prescription for Gerd or any other digestive issue for years. And instead of taking cayenne pepper pills, I eat ghost chilis.
As you can see there are many benefits of taking cayenne. How have you used this versatile herb?