Cayenne pepper or Capsicum derives its name from the Greek, ‘to bite,’ in allusion to the hot pungent properties of the fruits and seeds. Cayenne pepper was introduced into Britain from India in 1548, and Gerard mentioned it as being cultivated in his time. The plant was described by Linnaeus under the name of C. frutescens proper. This species appeared in Miller’s Garden Dictionary in 1771.
Cayenne is considered by many Herbalists and Natural Healers to be the top herb of all. Cayenne is known as the best, purest, and most effective stimulant in the herbal kingdom. Used in herbal combinations cayenne also becomes the top carrier and catalyst in the herbal bag of medicine, because cayenne increases the power of all other herbs.
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Cayenne helps in digestion when taken with meals and promotes secretion of all of the organs. This pepper taken internally will work to heal an ulcerated stomach and can be used as a poultice for any inflammation. Cayenne pepper is excellent for warding off diseases and equalizing blood circulation, which works to prevent strokes and heart attacks. Cayenne can help strengthen the heart and improve blood circulation.
Cayenne’s red color is due in part to its high vitamin A content, which is essential for normal vision, growth, cellular activity, reproduction, and healthy immunity. It is useful to arrest hemorrhaging (external and internal) and it is cleansing and healing when used to purify external wounds. Cayenne pepper helps heal ulcers in the cell structures of the arteries, veins, and capillaries.
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Cayenne peppers are rated in heat strength by Scovel Heat Units (SHU). Your average jalapeno pepper is rated at 40 to 60,000 heat units. A habanero pepper is rated at approximately 300,000 heat units. For best healing results, 100,000 units or above is recommended. Your grocer can get you the habanero peppers or a health food store can get you the powder or tincture at the heat units you want.
I would place the hottest powder or extract under or on my tongue for crises such as shock, hemorrhage, stroke, or heart attack. For daily use, I add Cayenne to my food a little at a time. For emergencies, I keep powder and tincture on hand.
Cayenne pepper is the only known herb or medication to relieve pain and reverse the disease of arthritis. The scientific community has done over thirteen hundred studies and many confirmed that cayenne and capsaicin do relieve arthritic symptoms and improve joint flexibility. You can now find creams, liniments, and plasters in health food and drug stores that contain the key ingredient of cayenne, capsicum.
How I have used the cream for arthritis:
I have put the cream on the area and rub it in 4 times a day. Another way I have used the cream is to put a liberal amount on the area, cover it with a sheet of plastic wrap, then wrap it with a sports wrap-type elastic bandage. For my elbow or knee, I used a sports support for the appropriate area. Treating my back, I used a back support wrap to hold the plastic wrap in place. I felt heat in the area, and if the cream seemed too, hot I diluted it with a little cold cream. If it is not hot enough I use a stronger cream. I washed off the cream with soap and water for one-half hour before I showered or took a bath.
Emphysema, colds, flu, and all other respiratory conditions:
Cayenne taken internally can quickly improve and eliminate the conditions caused by the above respiratory conditions.
Cayenne pepper is a powerful expectorant herb. When I had bronchitis, I noticed a lot of mucus coming out of my lungs as I treated myself.
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