by Herb C. Sage
Cayenne (Capsicum Frutescens) is a perennial which grows from about 40 centimeters to over a meter in height. It is a commonly known as red pepper. Mars and the Fire element are its rulers. It contains a volatile oil which loses its potency in sunlight. Cayenne is high in vitamins A, B1, C and G as well as Calcium, iron, phosphorus and sulfur.
Cayenne can be used in various ways to aid in the healing process of our body. I use cayenne as a spice in my foods to increase my blood pressure and as an aid in digestion. During very cold winters, I sprinkled cayenne powder in my socks to keep my feet warm. Add one teaspoon cayenne powder to one cup boiling water to use as a tea for the following health problems: clear up hoarse throats, increase blood circulation and blood pressure, alleviate shock, strengthen heartbeat, increase energy and endurance, stimulate gastric secretions, and increase perspiration. I sprinkled a few pinches of powdered cayenne pepper on a small cut in my right hand to stop the bleeding. Cayenne has been used to lessen internal hemorrhage, lessen hay fever, lessen excessive menstruation, lessen internal chills, and in some cases lessen stomach ulcers.
Use as a poultice to aid in circulation for rheumatic muscles and painful arthritic joints. Cayenne is both a stimulant and tonic. It can activate other herbs in herbal combinations.
*Caution: Cayenne may cause gastric hyperacidity. It can cause kidney damage if used in excess. It is also known to cause blisters and dermatitis with used externally over a long period of time. It has been used in place of tear gas to irritate mucous membranes. Keep out of eyes or any sensitive skin areas.
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