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Cayenne (Capsicum annum) aka - Red Pepper, Bird Pepper, African Bird Pepper

A physician that accompanied Columbus to the West Indies was the first to introduce ‘capsicum’ to Europe. Though it had been used for thousands of years in tropical climates throughout the world, capsicum was first used in Europe only after Columbus returned. Capsicum was used to sustain the natural heat of the system on which life depends. Cayenne increases thermogenesis for weight loss. It slows fat absorption in the small intestine and increases the metabolic rate. It gives the body a cardiovascular lift by exciting the heart, thereby, effectively increasing circulation. It is high in Vitamin A, which is essential for normal vision, growth, cellular activity, reproduction and healthy immunity. It helps heals ulcers in the cell structures of the arteries, veins, and capillaries. It has also been used to help normalize blood pressure, whether high or low. It increases the heart’s action without increasing blood pressure. Cayenne is said to be unequaled at warding off disease and normalizing blood circulation. It has shown to lower serum cholesterol and serum triglycerides. It helps cold hands and feet because of its effect on circulation. For use with arthritis, rub the extract over the affected joint then wrap with a cotton or flannel cloth overnight. Place the extract on or under the tongue for emergency situations such as shock, hemorrhage and heart attack.

Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Cayennne may provide relief from:

• Arthritis
• Blood Pressure (high/low)
• Circulation Issues
• Diabetes
• Stroke/Heart Problems
• Kidney Problems
• Lung Disorders
• Hemorrhage
• Ulcers
• Tumors


  • Properties: Alterative, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Blood Purifier, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Rubefacient, Sialagogue, Stimulant, Vulnerary Primary nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, rutin, selenium, sodium, sulfur, Vitamins A, B-complex, C, G, and zinc
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