Hot and spicy cayenne pepper. Who hasn’t had the culinary experience of this beautifully colored pepper’s fiery heat either on purpose or by accident? And because it’s available year round, cayenne peppers are used by many chefs all around the word to space up their delicious recipes.
Cayenne pepper is actually a member of the Capsicum family of vegetables, which are commonly known as chili peppers. The botanical name is Capsicum annuum. According to internet sources, the name “cayenne” was given to this pepper because of its cultivation in a town that bears the same name in French Guiana.
The hotness produced by cayenne pepper is caused by its high concentration of a substance called capsaicin. Technically referred to as 8-methyul-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide, capsaicin has been widely studied for its pain-reducing effects, its cardiovascular benefits, and its ability to help prevent ulcers. Capsaicin also effectively opens and drains congested nasal passages. In addition to their high capsaicin content, cayenne peppers are also an excellent source of vitamin A.(1)
According to Dr. John Christopher, pioneer of herbal medicine, “In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is, whenever I go in–if they are still breathing–I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water), and within minutes they are up and around.”
“If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper.
It is more powerful than any other.”
Dr. Richard Schulze, medical herbalist and Naturopath
27 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
- ability to ease upset stomach
- eases sore throats & irritating coughs
- stimulates digestive tract
- helps produce saliva
- helps with psoriasis
- helps with detoxification
- helps body dissolve fibrin
- relieves joint pain
- supports healthy weight loss
- anti-cold and flu properties
- boosts immune system
- may help prevent frostbite
- may ease diarrhea
- anti-fungal properties
- breaks up mucus & clears congestion
- helps with migraines & osteoarthritis pain
- excellent source of Vitamin A
- aids in metabolizing food
- stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion
- helps reduce atherosclerosis
- circulatory stimulant
- anti-bacterial properties
- topical remedy
- helps with blood pressure
- provides toothache relief
Bonus: Detoxification Support of Cayenne Pepper
Known as an excellent circulatory stimulant, cayenne pepper actually augments the pulse of both your lymphatic and digestive rhythms. The body’s natural detoxification process is made more efficient by heating the body. Cayenne pepper’s ability to induce sweating is notable because it’s another important part of detoxification. When blended with lemon juice, maple syrup and fresh ginger, the Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne Toxin Removal Tea (recipe below) is an excellent morning beverage for total body detox.
Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne Toxin Removal Tea
juice of half an organic lemon
2 tablespoon grade B Maple Syrup
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (optional)
10 ounces purified water
Peel & chop ginger into fine pieces.
Add lemon, honey, cayenne & ginger in a mug.
Top with boiling water & let steep for five to ten minutes, until ginger is strong & aromatic. Can also be poured over ice. Enjoy!
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