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Cayenne Pepper, Red Pepper, Hot Chili Pepper
(Capsicum Annuum, Capsicum Frutescens, Capsicum spp.)
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CAYENNE PEPPER HERBAL DESCRIPTION
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum, Capsicum frutescens, Capsicum minimum, Capsicum spp.) is also known as Cayenne Pepper, Capsicum, Hot Pepper, Red Pepper, Spanish Pepper, Chili Pepper, Chili, Sweet Pepper, Ancho Pepper, African Pepper, Hot Chili Pepper, Bird Pepper, Tabasco Pepper, Goat's Pod, Mexican Chillies, Paprika, Zanzibar Pepper, and Louisiana Long Pepper.
Cayenne Pepper, which is actually a berry, is used as a spice and a dietary supplement. The name Cayenne is derived from a Tupi word, "kyinha." Chili is the Aztec name for Capsicum annuum. It has been used both as a food and a medicine by Native Americans for over 9000 years. The Capsicum family includes bell peppers, red peppers, paprika, and pimento, but the most famous medicinal members of the family are cayenne and chile. The tasty hot peppers have long been used in many of the world's cuisines, but their greatest use in health comes from, surprisingly, conventional medicine.
The Cayenne plant produces long red peppers and grows to a height of 2 to 6 feet. The plant is native to tropical areas of America and is cultivated throughout the world in tropic and sub tropic climate zones. Most of the United States' Cayenne supply is imported from India and Africa. Cayenne was originally grown in Central and South America in pre-Columbian times. It was cultivated in Mexico 7,000 years ago and in Peru 4,000 years ago.
Native Americans have used Cayenne as a food and as a medicine for stomachaches, cramping pains, gas, and disorders of the circulatory system for 9,000 years. Christopher Columbus brought Cayenne to Europe in the fifteenth century. Starting in Europe, Cayenne was transported to tropical regions around the world, where it is now grown.
Grown as a garden plant in almost all temperate zones. Over 130 species of peppers contain capsaicin, though cayenne is used most often in herbal medicine. Cayenne plants are very attractive with dark green leaves, and white flowers that are followed by long, scarlet fruits.
Related Species - Paprika does contain capsaicin, and shares similar healthful properties of chiles in the capsicum family, but as one of the milder chiles it is not used in a medicinal capacity, but is a healthy addition to the diet. Capsicum annuum Capsicum annuum ranges in hotness from very mild and sweet to the decidedly spicy Hungarian paprika.
Nutrition Basics: Chilies Herbal Information
CAYENNE USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
Cayenne Pepper contains beta-carotene; beta-ionone, citric acid, hesperidin, imonen, lutein, and quercetin just to name a few. It also contains capsaicin, which reduces pain and inflammation. When combined with other herbs, Cayenne Pepper helps increase their effectiveness by helping them enter the blood stream faster. Capsaicin can also stimulate and then desensitize the warmth detectors in the hypothalamus gland so that a drop in body temperature is evident. This enables natives in hot southern climates like Central and South America and Africa, to tolerate the heat a lot better than we would.
Hot, stimulating Cayenne peppers are like a jump start to a cold car engine on a frosty morning. It brings welcome life into sore muscles and get your heart beating faster, increasing the flow of blood all through the body. The heat of cayenne warms stiff arthritic joints and relaxes away low back pain. The longer you use it, the better it works. Using it regularly once or twice daily works well for stiffness, soreness, and pain.
Cayenne Pepper has been known for its ability to aid in digestion by stimulating gastric juices, improve circulation, and may reduce or stop bleeding from stomach ulcers. It is a stimulating stomachic. A catalyst for all herbs. It reduces inflammation, is a mild stimulant or tonic, improves metabolism, and relieves gas. Cayenne increases the metabolism, according to studies, by as much as 25 percent, thus working as a natural fat burner. It can be taken as an infusion for stomach and bowel pains or cramps. Small quantities of the fresh fruit or the powder may stimulate appetite and expel worms.
Taken internally it stimulates circulation and induces sweating to breed a fever. It is known to combat chills and warms the body. Cayenne may be used internally or externally to treat arthritis, muscle and joint pain. For external use, open a capsule and add some to a cream, salve or lotion that you are already using if you want to use it for a massage. When applied topically as a liniment or plasters, or tincture, Cayenne works to soothe muscle aches and pains associated with arthritis, rheumatism, backache, strains and sprains by increasing blood flow to areas afflicted. It has been used to treat bunions, psoriasis. It is also said to increase fertility and delay senility.
HEART DISEASE PREVENTION Cayenne has been used to help treat pleurtitis and pericarditis and has been indicated for preventing heart disease. Some native people of Thailand believe that eating Cayenne everyday helps reduce blood clots. It is a beneficial tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach.
ANTI-VIRAL & ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
In naturopathic medicine, Cayenne Pepper is combined with lemon juice, and salt to relieve even the worst sore throat pain for up to 4 hours. It can be used as a general stimulant to build up resistance at the beginning of a cold, tonsilitis, laryngitis, hoarseness, and shingles. It also fights viral infection. Cayenne is an aid used to help treat herpes, shingles and Raynauds disease. Herbalists recommend it to treat colds and infectious diarrhea, arthritis and rheumatism. There is scientific evidence that suggests adding Cayenne Pepper to meals boosts vitamin C levels. Take Cayenne for nausea, scrofula, swollen lymph glands, rheumatism, arthritis, and pleurisy. This pepper is also used with lobelia to help soothe nerves.
CAYENNE & PAIN RELIEF
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Capsaicin for pain caused by shingles, an adult disease that is caused by the virus that causes chicken pox in children. Such over-the-counter (OTC) creams as Zostrix or Heet contain capsaicin and are applied externally to treat rheumatic and arthritic pains, cluster headaches, diabetic foot pain, fibromyalgia, and post-herpetic nerve pain. These creams usually contain 0.025 to 0.075 percent capsaicin. In 2002 there was some research done that helped to determine Capsaicin’s pain relieving effects. Creams that contain the compound lowered pain in arthritis sufferers' hands by 40 percent when used four times a day. A study done for pain from long-term shingles found that 77 percent of the people had reduced pain after using the cream for four months. The study also said that Capsaicin containing cream is less expensive and safer than other painkillers used for the same conditions.
CAYENNE HEALTH BENEFITS
Suggested properties of Cayenne include circulatory stimulant, appetizer, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, rubefacient, condiment, nerve tonic, digestive, irritant, sialagogue (stimulates secretion of saliva), stimulant, and tonic (cayenne is usually mixed with other herbs in medicinal doses).
Anti-Irritant Properties: Cayenne has the ability to ease upset stomachs, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhea. Anti-Cold & Flu Agent: Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows. Anti-Fungal Properties: The results of one study indicated that Cayenne pepper could effectively prevent the formation of the fungal pathogens phomopsis and collectotrichum. Migraine Headache Prevention: The may be related to the pepper's ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus reverting the brain's attention to the new site. Following this initial pain reaction, the nerve fibers have a depleted substance P (the nerve's pain chemical), and the perception of pain is lessened. Detox Support: Cayenne is known as a circulatory stimulant. It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms. By heating the body, the natural process of detoxification is streamlined. Cayenne also causes us to sweat, another important process of detoxification. Combined with lemon juice and honey, Cayenne tea is an excellent morning beverage for total body detox. Digestive Aid: Cayenne is a well=known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This aids the body's ability to metabolize food (and toxins). Cayenne pepper is also helpful for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Cayenne's anti-inflammatory properties makes it a great herb for arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis and herpes-related nerve damage. Helps Produce Saliva: Cayenne stimulates the production of saliva, an important key to excellent digestion and maintaining optimal oral health. Useful For Blood Clots: Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke. Joint-Pain Reliever: Extremely high in a substance called capsaicin, Cayenne pepper acts to cause temporary pain on the skin, which sends chemical messages from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain. Anti-Allergen: Cayenne is an anti-inflammatory agent and may even help relieve allergies. Anti-Bacterial Properties: Cayenne is an excellent preservative and has been used traditionally to prevent food contamination from bacteria. Possible Anti-Cancer Agent: Cayenne pepper may help prevent lung cancer in smokers. This may be again related to Cayenne's high quantity of capsaicin, a substance than might help stop the formation of tobaccco-induced lung tumors. Other studies have also shown a similar reaction in Cayenne's ability to inhibit liver tumors. Support Weight Loss: Scientists found that participants who took Cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetitie, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne is also a great metabolic booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats. Improves Heart Health: Cayenne helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized. It also rids the body of LDL and triglycerides. Remedy For Toothache: Cayenne is an excellent agent against tooth and gum disease.
CAYENNE DOSAGE INFORMATION
Cayenne Pepper comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.
Cayenned contains alkaloids, apsaicine, capsacutin, capsaicin, capsanthine, capsico PABA, fatty acids, flavonoids, sugars, carotene, volatile oil, and vitamins A, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-9, and C.
Constituents: 1,8-cineole, 2-octanone, alanine, alpha-carotene, alpha-linoleic acid, alpha-phellandrene, arginine, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, betaine, campesterol, capsaicin, capsanthin, carvone, fiber, folacin, glutamic acid, hesperidin, isoleucine, isovaleric acid, kaempferol, manganese, myrcene, p-coumaric acid, potassium, proline, quercetin, scopoletin, solanine, thiamin, thujone, tryptophan, valine, zeaxanthin, zinc.
Parts Used: The fruit, fresh or dried, chopped or powdered.
Typical Preparations: Widely used in cooking. Most often compounded as a cream for external use, rarely brewed into a tea for internal use.
For taking capsules, the recommended daily dose is 1 capsule 2 to 3 times a day.
Adults and children two and above can safely use it topically 3 to 4 times a day.
CAYENNE-LEMON DETOX DRINK
This popular Cayenne Pepper and Lemon Detox Drink cleanses the body of toxins, speeds up your metabolism and is used to lose weight. Lemons provide the citric acid used to break down fat molecules and to assist your body in its natural cleansing process. Use real fresh lemons only or some you have squeezed and frozen yourself. Do not use store bought reconstituted lemon juice since it may contain preservatives. The cayenne pepper helps to increase your metabolism, promotes blood circulation and exerts some powerful antioxidant effects. The small amount of cayenne gives this drink a little "Kick" without experiencing a hot, unpleasant taste. Organic Blackstrap molasses contains a large amount of potassium, followed by calcium, iron, vitamins B-6 and magnesium. It is a natural sweetener packed with nutrients. Fresh filtered pure water is better than tap water. Tap water contains impurities. Purchase fresh quality spring water or use a filtering device or system for your home drinking water for optimal water purity.
Mix these 3 ingredients in 8 ounce glass of purified water:.
1/4 teaspoon (or more) Cayenne Red Pepper
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon of organic Blackstrap Molasses ( or organic pure Maple Syrup)
This Detox Drink provides the body with a nutritional, natural and healthy way to rid your body of both toxins and excess weight. It should not be taken more that for 3 to 7 days in a row.
MOONDRAGON'S CAYENNE COCKTAIL
A Cayenne Cocktail is my favorite remedy and it is really helpful when you feel under the weather like a cold is coming on, or if your throat is scratchy, or you are cold to the bone (after shoveling snow out your driveway in the middle of winter) and need a little warmth and blast for what ails you.
First, take a nice warm shower and put on a warm robe. Use a good brand of vegetable-tomato juice blend (I like V-8 the best, however, plain tomato juice works just fine). Fill up a large soup mug or coffee mug with the juice. Heat the juice until hot (in the microwave or heat in a pan on the stovetop). Do not boil it. Just make it nice and hot. When juice is nice and steamy hot, add 1 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper and stir it in well. Add as much Cayenne as your palate can handle - usually between 1/4 to 1 teaspoon Cayenne. Adjust amount accordingly to your preferences. If desired, you can add a little sea salt or spice for a little extra flavoring (a dash of celery salt works well). You can think of it as a hot, spicy virgin Bloody Mary and add the flavorings you would normally use in preparing your Bloody Mary cocktail. Myself, I usually keep it simple with primarily just the vegetable-tomato juice and cayenne with a dash of salt.
Drink Vegetable Juice-Cayenne Cocktail blend slowly while hot and let the heat warm you from the inside out. Get comfortable. Crawl under a throw blanket or comforter, grab a good book or plug in an old movie and relax, letting let it work its magic. If you are coming down with a cold, it will kick it in the butt for you and help you to feel better faster. The vegetable-tomato juice combined with the cayenne is chocked full of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. You might experience a little sweating after drinking it as your body warms up. This is normal and means it is working well. Drink it whenever you feel you need it.
CAYENNE-BONESET HERB TEA FOR CONGESTION
Boneset is an excellent remedy for colds and congestion when taken on the first onset of symptoms. Its helps to produce perspiration and break the fever that can accompany colds. The tea is very bitter so you may have to bribe the patient to take it. A generous dollop of honey will improve the taste and soothe sore throats.
Blend dry herbs well and store in a tightly sealed glass container. Use one teaspoon of herbal mixture to each cup of hot water. Add a dash of Cayenne per cup of brewed tea. Drink hot throughout the day. Keep bundled up against chlls. A generous spoonful of Honey will improve the taste and soothe sore throats.
CAYENNE PEPPER FIRE STARTER TEA
This spicy hot tea will wake you up if you are feeling sluggish in the morning or need an afternoon pick me up. You can feel the warmth spread throughout your body, as your metabolism picks up and circulation improves.
2 tablespoons Ginger Root, freshly grated
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne powder
2 cups Water Honey (Optional)
Dash of Cinnamon
Combine herbs and use one teaspoonful of herbal blend to each cup of boiling water. Infuse for 10 minutes and drink warm. Add honey and cinnamon to improve flavor.
CAYENNE & YARROW HERB TEA FOR COLDS
Yarrow tea is a good remedy for severe colds, being most useful in the commencement of fevers, and in case of obstructed perspiration.
The infusion is made with 1 ounce of herbal blend to 1 pint of boiling water. Allow to brew for 10 minutes. Stir in Cayenne and drink warm in a wineglass doses. It may be sweetened with a spoonful of Honey.
A spoonful of Composition Essence (EP&C) or Potter's Herbals Cold & Flu Relief may be added, if desired. This herbal remedy is a unique combination of traditional ingredients used to relieve symptoms of colds and flu. Ingredients include Elderflower, Hemlock Spruce, Bayberry Bark, Peppermint Oil, Cassia (Chinese Cinnamon) Oil, Pimento Oil, Clove Oil, Cayenne Tincture, and Ginger. Dilute in warm or hot water and use at the first signs of a cold.
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CAYENNE & TURMERIC TEA FOR CONGESTION & ACHES
This tea is burn your mouth hot, but it tastes surprisingly good! You can feel a welcome warmth spread to cold achy joints. This brew also does double duty when you need to clear a stuffy head quickly.
2 tablespoons Ginger
1 teaspoon Turmeric
1 pinch to 1 teaspoon Cayenne (Adjust to personal preferences)
1 pinch Black Pepper
3 cups cold Water
Agave or Honey (Optional)
Add all the herbal ingredients to the cold water and bring to a boil over low heat in a covered saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes. Serve hot.
CAYENNE PEPPER & BAYBERRY BARK COMPOUND ELIXIR
Bayberry was an indispensable herb in early American herbal practice. To encourage circulation and perspiration in cases of colds and flu the following herbs were powdered together .
Combine herbs and use one teaspoonful of herbal compound blend to 1 pint boiling water sweetened with honey. Take by mouthful amounts during the day.
Cayenne salves bring powerful relief for any painful area. This recipe is formulated specifically for chronic lower back pain. Both Cayenne and Menthol bring energy and circulation and help tight muscles relax. The menthol works immediately to cool pain, the warming cayenne works long ter as well to block pain signals, with increasing results the longer you use it.
1 cup Coconut Oil
4 tablespoons Cayenne powder
4 tablespoons Beeswax (or other emulsifying wax)
2 tablespoons Menthol Crystals
30 drops Essential Oil Blend (see below)
If the coconut is solid heat gently until it liquefies. Stir in the cayenne powder, mixing well. Place in a warm location where it will be convenient to stir occasionally. A yogurt maker on the kitchen table or counter works well, but a sunny window or warm cupboard will do. After 7 to 10 days stop stirring. Keep the coconut oil warm so it does not become solid yet. Give the powder time to settle to the bottom of the jar. This can be 2 to 3 days. When the oil is clear(er), pour off the top into a clean jar, discarding the gunky powder residue. You will lose about a 1/4 cup of oil to the powder.
Melt the wax in the microwave. Warm the clarified oil to hot, (not boiling) and mix in the wax. Add the menthol crystals and stir to dissolve.
Add 10 drops each Benzoin Resin Essential Oil, Cinnamon Essential Oil and Cajaput Essential Oil. Add 20 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil if you are not using menthol crystals. Cap the jar and let it set. Store in a cool, dry cupboard away from heat. If salve gets too runny in the summer, keep it refrigerated.
Cautions: Cayenne can be irritating to skin. Test your sensitivity on a small area before widespread use.
CAYENNE-COCONUT OIL SALVE
Cayenne is gently warming to sore, creaky joints, unlike the burning sensation you get with capsaicin creams. When the Coconut oil is in its solid state, it stays put better on my lower back. Cayenne pepper can be irritating to sensitive skin. Do a skin test on a small area before widespread use.
If the coconut oil is solid, heat gently until it liquifies. Stir in the cayenne powder, mixing well. Place in a warm location where it will be convenient to stir occasionally. A yogurt maker on the kitchen table or counter will work, but a sunny window or warm cupboard will also suffice. After 7 to 10 days stop stirring. Keep the Coconut oil warm so it doesnot become solid yet. Give the powder time to settle to the bottomof the jar. This can be two to three days. When the oil is clear(er), pour off the top into a clean jar, discarding the gunky powder residue. Coconut oil is solid at room temperatures below 75°F, so you will want a container flexible enough that you can either pour or dip, depending on the solid-liquid state of the coconut oil.
CAYENNE PEPPER POULTICE
A poultice for arthritis and rheumatism.
Combine herbs and use enough apple cider vinegar to dampen the mixture. Spread on a piece of cotton or linen fabric and apply to inflamed area. Wrap firmly. For more information, see Poultice Therapy.
CAYENNE TO STOP BLEEDING
Cayenne Pepper blocks pain, and stops bleeding. Just sprinkle organic cayenne pepper powder on cuts, scrapes, and abrasions to stop bleeding. Contrary to what you may imagine, it does not burn. Safe to use with pets having cuts, paw punctures and abrasions to stop bleeding.
CAYENNE PEPPER SNUFF FOR CLOGGED SINUSES HEADACHES
For brave souls only: Put a bitty small pinch of Cayenne Powder in the tip of your nose and snort it in. This will cause a short-lived burning sensation in your nose, and in the back of your throat as your sinuses drain, but does not cause any damage. Your sinus congestion will clear. Works for headaches too.
CAYENNE BLEND BACTERIAL FIGHTING GUM RINSE
This rinse is not especially tasty, but it will help heal inflamed gums.
5 drops Goldenseal tincture
5 drops Myrrh tincture
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
2 cups water
Combine all ingredients. Swish in mouth for two to three minutes, three or four times a day.
For treating a sore throat, combine the juice of one-half lemon or lime with one full tablespoon of salt. Stir both into one-half cup of lukewarm distilled water. Stir in 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper. Gargle as needed, but do not swallow.
CAYENNE & LOBELIA LINIMENT
Take a quart bottle and put into it 1/4 ounce Cayenne, pulverized, then put in 2 ounces Lobelia herb. Fill up the bottle with whiskey. Witch Hazel Extract or rubbing alcohol can be substituted for the Whiskey. In two weeks it is ready for use, and applicable for cuts, bruises, strains, sprains. It will heal cork cuts in the feet of oxen or horses, without stopping them from labor, and with but very little soreness, by applying 2 or 3 times daily.
Cayenne oil is gently warming and not nearly as irritating to the skin as Capsaicin creams when used regularly for lower back pain, neuralgia, sciatica, muscles aches, fibromyalgia and arthritis pain. For quick headache relief, massage the oil, or a Cayenne balm, across the temples. Cayenne oil can also help to clear psoriasis and deter itching.
The ratio of oil to pepper will depend on the hotness of the peppers, and your own preferences, a good ratio is 1 part powder to 4 parts oil. Use a steady source of low heat for 10 days to 2 weeks, approximately 100°F. Stir every day until the last. Pour off into a clean jar and let settle overnight. Decant the clear oil off the top. Cayenne oil makes a great base for balms. To make a "icy/hot" oil add menthol crystals to oil while still warm enough to melt the crystals. Watch out for the fumes! For a less intense menthol experience, add peppermint essential oil when the cayenne oil cools to room temperature
Additions may include Camphor or Menthol crystals, Peppermint Essential Oil and/or Rosemary Essential OIl.
Cautions: Cayenne oil contains capsaicin, which causes a burning sensation. This is normal and should decrease with repeated use capsaicin only causes the sensation of damage, not real damage to tissues. Test the strength of your oil on a small patch of skin to gauge its effects before applying to wide areas.
CAYENNE-MENTHOL ICY HOT RUB OIL
The heat of the Cayenne and Cinnamon warms and relaxes, then the menthol from the Peppermint kicks in for your own icy-hot blend.
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
1 ounce Cayenne Infused Oil (1 ounce Carrier Oil with 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne)
2 to 3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Especially if you have a cold) (Optional)
Use as a massage blend for pain. For tough pain, use Arnica or Rosemary herbal infused oil as a base oil. This is a strong remedy for hard to treat arthritis pain and muscle aches. Do not use on broken skin, sensitive skin or facial area. Do not be shy about adjusting the ratio of carrier oil to essential oils to suit your skin type.
CAYENNE PEST CONTROL
Put a heaping tablespoon of dried and powered cayenne pepper in a shallow pan over a low flame and allow the fumes to pervade the air. Mice, rats, even cockroaches abhor the fumes, which are perfectly safe for humans and pets.
CAYENNE & NEEM GARDEN INSECTICIDE SPRAY
A simple and good homemade insecticide spray for the garden. 1 teaspoon Castile Soap
1 gallon Warm Water
1 ounce Cayenne Powder
20 drops Neem Oil
2 to 3 crushed Garlic Cloves
Add soap to warm water and add other ingredients. Blend well. Test your blend on a few plants to gauge effect before spray the whole garden. Apply weekly until bugs are gone. Always check the undersides of leaves and hand remove eggs and pests where you can spot them.
Dawn dish soap can be used in place of liquid castile soap, if needed.
CAYENNE SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION
Cayenne Pepper is generally regarded as safe; however, it is hot.
The burning sensation of hot peppers is a reaction of the central nervous system to capsaicin; unlike horseradish, wasabi, garlic, ginger, and mustard, capsaicin only causes the sensation of damage, not real damage to tissues.
Avoid contact with eyes. If you do get it in your eye, rinse with cold water for relief. Burning can occur when applying topically but usually disappears within a few days. It is important to wash your hands with soap and water (milk or vinegar may work too) after applying. Do not apply on broken skin or pre-existing rashes and do not use in conjunction with a heating pad. Do not take if you are hypoglycemic. It is not generally considered appropriate for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or chronic bowel inflammation.
Precautions: Pepper in any form may be an irritant to the mucous membranes and caution should be exercised when handling. Do not touch your eyes with your hands after you have handled capsaicin in any form as painful burning may occur. Excessive use internally may result in gastro-intestinal upset.
CAYENNE HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS
QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS
CAYENNE (CAPSICUM) HERBAL PRODUCTS
Cayenne Pepper contains beta-carotene; beta-ionone, citric acid, hesperidin, imonen, lutein, and quercetin just to name a few. It also contains capsaicin, which reduces pain and inflammation. When combined with other herbs, Cayenne Pepper helps increase their effectiveness by helping them enter the blood stream faster. Capsaicin can also stimulate and then desensitize the warmth detectors in the hypothalamus gland so that a drop in body temperature is evident. This enables natives in hot southern climates like Central and South America and Africa, to tolerate the heat a lot better than we would. Cayenne Pepper has been known for its ability to aid in digestion, improve circulation, and reduce or stop bleeding from stomach ulcers. Taken internally it stimulates circulation and induces sweating to break a fever. Some native people of Thailand believe that eating Cayenne everyday helps reduce blood clots. Herbalists recommend it to treat colds and infectious diarrhea, arthritis and rheumatism. There is scientific evidence that suggests adding Cayenne Pepper to meals boosts vitamin C levels and revs up the metabolism. This pepper is also used with lobelia to help soothe nerves. It is beneficial for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. In naturopathic medicine, Cayenne Pepper is combined with lemon juice, and salt to relieve even the worst sore throat pain for up to 4 hours. It also fights viral infection. When applied topically in a lotion or salve Cayenne works to soothe muscle aches and pains associated with arthritis, rheumatism, backache, strains and sprains. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Capsaicin for pain caused by shingles, an adult disease that is caused by the virus that causes chicken pox in children. Such over-the-counter (OTC) creams as Zostrix or Heet contain capsaicin and are applied externally to treat rheumatic and arthritic pains, cluster headaches, diabetic foot pain, fibromyalgia, and post-herpetic nerve pain. These creams usually contain 0.025 to 0.075 percent capsaicin. In 2002 there was some research done that helped to determine Capsaicin's pain relieving effects. Creams that contain the compound lowered pain in arthritis sufferers' hands by 40 percent when used four times a day. A study done for pain from long-term shingles found that 77 percent of the people had reduced pain after using the cream for four months. The study also said that Capsaicin containing ream is less expensive and safer than other painkillers used for the same conditions. Cayenne Pepper comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For taking capsules, the recommended daily dose is 1 capsule 2 to 3 times a day. Adults and children two and above can safely use it topically 3 to 4 times a day. For treating a sore throat, combine the juice of one-half lemon or lime with one full tablespoon of salt. Stir both into one-half cup of lukewarm distilled water. Stir in one-quarter teaspoon of Cayenne pepper. Gargle as needed, but do not swallow.
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HerbPro: Cayenne (Capsicum annuum), Eclectic Institute, 45 Caps (12704)
HerbPro: Cayenne (Capsicum annuum), Eclectic Institute, 50 Caps (31864)
HerbPro: Cayenne, 10,000 HU Extra Hot, Natures Way, 100 Caps (17776)
HerbPro: Cayenne, Natures Herbs, 100 Caps (17417)
HerbPro: Cayenne Single Herb, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 100 VCaps (39704)
HerbPro: Cayenne, Natures Way, 100 Caps (17777)
HerbPro: Cayenne & Garlic, Natures Way, 100 Caps (17780)
HerbPro: Cayenne, Natures Way, 180 Caps (17778)
HerbPro: Capsicool Cayenne, Natures Way, 290 mg, 100 Caps (17769)
HerbPro: Cayenne (Capsicum annuum), Eclectic Institute, 400 mg, 90 Caps (1053)
HerbPro: Cayenne Pepper Fruit, Natures Answer, 450 mg, 90 Caps (35201)
HerbPro: Cayenne, Natural Factors, 470 mg, 90 Caps (84428)
HerbPro: Cayenne, Oregon's Wild Harvest, 500 mg, 90 VCaps (83547)
HerbPro: Cayenne, Now Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps (67921)
HerbPro: Cayenne, Natures Way, 500 mg, 250 Caps (67922)
HerbPro: Cayenne, Thompson Nutritional Products, 515 mg, 60 Caps (35555)
HerbPro: Cayenne (Capsicum annuum), Solgar, 520 mg, 100 VCaps (36294)
HerbPro: A.G.E. Cayenne-Hawthorn Berry Formula 106, For Healthy Heart, Wakunaga Kyolic, 100 Caps (20052)
HerbPro: A.G.E. Cayenne-Hawthorn Berry Formula 106, For Healthy Heart, Wakunaga Kyolic, 200 Caps (20053)
HerbPro: Cayenne Heat Ointment, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 2 oz. (38780)
HerbPro: Cayenne Heat Ointment, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 4 oz. (39781)
HerbPro: Cayenne Heat - Heal Massage Oil, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 4 fl. oz. (109466)
TakeHerb: Cayenne Powder, Organic, 35,000 HU, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
TakeHerb: Cayenne Capsicum Tincture, Promotes Circulation, Natures Answer, 2 fl. oz.
TakeHerb: Cayenne Extract, Relaxes Stomach & Colon, Improves Circulation, Stops Bleeding, Health Herbs, 2 fl. oz.
TakeHerb: Cayenne Pepper Extract, Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 4 fl. oz.
Kalyx: Cayenne, Thompson Nutritional, 515 mg, 60 Caps: K
Kalyx: Cayenne Pepper, Nature's Answer, 450 mg (0.25% Capsaicin), 90 Caps: K
Kalyx: Red Cayenne Chili Pepper Powder (90,000 HU), Frontier Spices, Certified Organic, 1 lb: K
Kalyx: Red Cayenne Chili Pepper Powder (30,000 HU), Frontier Spices, Certified Organic, 1 lb: K
Kalyx: Cayenne Pepper Extract (Capsicum annum), Starwest Botanicals, 1 fl. oz: C
Kalyx: Cayenne Extract (Capsicum annum), Health & Herbs, 2 fl. oz: HH
Kalyx: Cayenne Pepper Extract (Capsicum annum), Starwest Botanical, 4 fl. oz.: C
Kalyx: Cayenne Extract (Capsicum annum), Health & Herbs, 8 fl. oz.: HH
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Nutrition Basics: Cayenne Herbal Information
CAYENNE & GOLDENSEAL HERBAL PRODUCTS
Cayenne & Goldenseal Supplement is a blood pressure combination, a proprietary blend of Certi-Fiery Cayenne and five other synergistic herbals. Specificially formulated to function as a circulatory normalizer by providing mild circulatory stimulus (Cayenne & Ginger root), anti-cholesterolemic action (Garlic), cleansing and diuretic properties (Parsley and Goldenseal). Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) is a blood-red warming herb that has an invigorating effect on several body systems. Special blending maintains a consistent potency of 40,000 HU (Heat Units) by weight. Cayenne is synergistically blended in this formula with Golden Seal root, Garlic, Siberian Ginseng and other herbs commonly used to help maintain good health. As an addition to the daily diet, take two capsules three times daily, preferably with food. If you suffer from heartburn, hiatal hernia, gastritis, or peptic ulcer disease, please contact your health care professional before using this product. Contains 500 mg per capsule. Take two to four capsules three times daily with water at mealtimes or prepared as a tea.
Amazon: Cayenne & Goldenseal, Natures Way, 100 Caps
Cayenne & Goldenseal Supplement is a proprietary blend of Certi-Fiery Cayenne and five other synergistic herbals.
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