Herb: Cayenne Pepper
BOTANICAL NAME Capsicum Annuum Or Capisicum Frutescens.
COMMON NAME Capsicum, Tabasco, Hot Pepper, Chili, Chili Pepper, Spur Pepper
AYURVEDIC/ TCM NAME La Jiao
PARTS USED The Fruit Or Pod Of The Plant Is Used For Both Culinary And Medical Purposes.
NATIVE REGION They Are Mostly Perennials In Subtropical And Tropical Regions, But Are Usually Grown As Annuals In Temperate Climates. Now Grown In Many Locations, Cayenne Prefers Warm, Moist, Nutrient Soils In Warm Climates. Originally Said To Come From French Guiana.
BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION The Capsicum Herb Is A Tender, Variable Annual. It Has A Branched Stem And A Leaf-shaped Much Like A Lance. It Grows A Bell-shaped White Or Green Flower, Which Appears During The Spring And Summer Months. After It Flowers, Its Hollow And Elongated Fruit Appears – The Fruit Is Often Referred To As A Pod. When Ripened, The Fruit Is Normally A Bright And Shining Fiery Red, But Can Also Be Orange, Yellow Or Green. The Cayenne Pepper Itself Is Made From The Dried Pods Of The Plant.
HARVESTING GUIDELINES: If You Prefer A More Mild Pepper, Harvesting Early May Be Exactly The Trick To Sneaking Cayenne Into Your Diet. When Harvesting Green Peppers, Wait Until The Skin Has A Waxy Appearance And Is Firm To The Touch, With Only A Slight Give When Pressed. This Is Usually Around August. They Should Be 4-5 Inches Long.
CONSTITUENTS Alkaloids, Capsaicin, Capsacutin, Capsaicin, Capsantine, Capsico Paba, Fatty Acids, Flavonoids, Sugars, Carotene, Volatile Oil, Vitamins A, B1 B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 And High Vitamin C Levels. Potassium, Riboflavin And Manganese Are Also Present.
POWERS, FIDELITY, HEX-BREAKING, LOVE
If You’ve Been Cursed, Scatter Red Pepper Around Your House To Break The Spell.
ORGANS & SYSTEMS AFFECTED HEART, SKIN, CIRCULATION
WORKS WELL WITH Cayenne Combines Exceptionally Well With Hawthorn For People With Poor Circulation Or A Weak Heart And It Can Work Perfectly With Juniper Berry And/Or Garlic For Sluggish Energy And Sticky Blood
TASTE Hot, Spicy, Pungent
ENERGY Very Hot & Dry
The main medicinal properties of cayenne are derived from a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin is the ingredient which gives peppers their heat. Cayenne is a very high source of Vitamins A and C. It also has the complete B complex family while being rich in organic calcium and potassium, which is one of the reasons it has been suggested for the heart. It contains capsaicnoids such as capsaicin, as well as saponins and pyrazines. The fruit gets its color because of the carotenoids it contains. Cayenne pepper has been described by some herbalists and physicians as the catalyst herb. Many herbalists believe that cayenne is the most useful and valuable herb in the herb kingdom, not only for the entire digestive system, but also for the heart and circulatory system. Because it acts as a catalyst, it increases the effectiveness of other herbs. In addition to its ability to stimulatethe circulatory and digestive systems, it has a tonic and antiseptic affect as well. It is not uncommon for it to increase perspiration thus eliminating toxins through the skin. It is considered a good herb to prevent colds, sinus infections and as an herbal treatment for sore throats and to resolve the cold stage of fevers. Cayenne can be recommended for the improvement of circulation, varicose veins, and digestive problems such as dyspepsia furthermore it is also used as an herbal remedy for colic, Crohn’s disease, motion sickness, flatulence, and bleeding ulcers. It aids in the support of the following organs: heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach. It is thought useful in treating various forms of topical pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, lumbago and spasms. It is used externally as an herbal remedy for psoriasis, sprains, itching, unbroken chilblains, neuralgia, and pleurisy. Cayenne is used for laryngitis as a gargle and is thought to be important as a gastrointestinal detoxicant. It is attributed to stopping heart attacks, nourishes the cells and has been suggested as an herbal remedy for regulating blood pressure. Cayenne pepper is also thermogenic and is thought to reduce appetite, hence its reputation as a good herb for weight loss. Also, the herb has been found useful for providing protection to the stomach lining from aspirin.
HERBAL ACTIONS Anti-inflammatory, Stomachic, Aphrodisiac, Stimulant, Alterative, Rubefacient, Carminative, Digestive, Antiseptic, Diaphoretic.
Dried Fruit Powdered And Mixed With A Pinch Of Lemon Juice, Diluted With Hot Water And Honey To Taste Makes A Good Gargle For A Sore Throat.
Infused Oil Is Massaged Into Arthritic Or Rheumatic Joints. It Is Less Irritating Than Applying The Fresh Raw Fruits. Infused Oil Mixed With A Neutral Oil Can Be Applied To The Area Around A Varicose Ulcer, But Not Directly On It, To Encourage Blood Flow Away From The Area.
Tincture For Arthritis Is Best Mixed With Willow Bark Tincture; Taken As A Circulatory Stimulant, The Tincture Is Diluted In Hot Water.
Tablets Or Capsules Are Convenient For Long-term Use And Used To Correct Poor Circulation.
Ointment Is Applied To Chilblains But Only If The Skin Is Unbroken.
Infusions Made With The Powder And Hot Water Is Ideal For Colds And Chills And For Treating Shock Or Depression.
Compresses Soaked In An Infusion Is Placed On Rheumatic Pain Areas, Sprains, And Bruises. Do Not Leave On The Skin For Long Periods Of Time As Blistering May Occur.
Gargles And Mouthwashes Are Used For Throat Problems.
Massage Oil, From An Infused Oil, Is Used On Rheumatism, Arthritis, And Lumbago.
SAFETY Cayenne Is Easily Available In Health Food Stores Or Pharmacies. But Before Using It, It Is Always A Good Idea To Consult A Health Care Provider To Ascertain Whether The Herb Is Suitable. Those Suffering From Gastritis Or Ulcers Need To Use Cayenne Cautiously, As It May Exacerbate Their Condition.