Cayenne Pepper – Capsicum frutescens

Cayenne Peppers
Cayenne Peppers

This native of the Amazon is cultivated throughout the world. Wild varieties are still found varying in degree of heat and size throughout Mexico, Central and South America. In the Scoville Heat Units the Cayenne measures between 30, 000 and 50,000 units.

 

The active ingredient in hot peppers such as the Cayenne is Capsicum which makes it a useful salve for sore muscles and arthritic joints as it encourages circulation in the specific area applied. Cayenne has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, and diaphoretic properties. It is an alternative and stimulated circulation, the thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands.

 

One easy way to use cayenne is to mix it with your foot powder and in the winter sprinkle it into your socks before you put them on. This will increase your circulation in the feet and reduce the cold damage you might otherwise feel!

 

Cayenne is used in food preparation. It can be used in hot sauces, condiments, alcoholic beverages, meat products, and sweets such as candy, baked goods, puddings, and (reportedly) frozen dairy desserts.

 

In magic use all peppers are used for basic protection, and in love powders to enflame your love! To break a curse, scatter red pepper around your house.

 

If capsicum in a large enough dose hits your mucous membranes it may produce vomiting, or stomach pain. It may irritate the mouth, throat, eyes, and open wounds. Drinking a glass of milk may relieve the burn in your mouth, throat and stomach. The protein in milk counteracts the capsicum. But warning DO NOT use water….it only spreads the pain!

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