Cayenne Pepper for Medicinal Purposes

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It's gardening season and peppers are one of the easiest things to grow!

If you're harvesting your garden and need some fresh ideas of how to best utilize those cayenne peppers, try preserving it for medicinal purposes.

Uses of Cayenne:

  • Improves circulation and helps prevent heart attacks
  • Helps relieve stomach ulcers, chronic pain, toothaches, sore throats, congestion, colds and even bronchitis
  • Helps cease bleeding, both internally and externally

Recipe for Capsaicin Cream can be found below.

Improve circulation with Cayenne

Cayenne is the leading herb when increasing blood flow.  It increases blood circulation within seconds after consuming it.  While the level of heat units is a major factor in this, the higher the heat units, the better, usually aiming for between 40,000-90,000HU. With this in mind, it is recommended to work your way up beginning with 1/16th teaspoon mixed with juice.

Internally, cayenne works much like a sandblaster.  It literally blasts it's way through artery blockages and with its natural healing properties heads to cells within the body that need healing.  When used in conjunction with other herbs, such as milk thistle, it strengthens the effects of those as well.  Think of it this way, if you take milk thistle for the liver, but you have bad circulation, what is the likelihood of it getting to the liver to do its job – cayenne acts as a great “carrier”.

Relieving Ailments with Cayenne Pepper

This awesome herb, cayenne pepper, has the ability to offer relief for various ailments.  It helps with cold and flu symptoms by aiding in breaking up mucus and moving it out of the body.

It aids the digestive tract by amping up the production of gastric juices and enzymes, while also assisting in the process of elimination.

According to studies performed at Loma Linda University, the high quantities of capsaicin present in the cayenne pepper might help prevent tumors and lung cancer in smokers.

This pepper's ability to help normalize and balance the LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, it helps promote healthy blood pressure.

The natural properties of cayenne help fight off tooth and gum disease.

Used in a poultice, cayenne has a history of being used to treat snake bites, wounds and arthritis.  Cayenne can be found in the form of creams, salves and infused oils.  When applied to the skin, it's warming properties help relieve arthritis, sore muscles and back pain.  This is highly due to its ability to dilate capillaries in conjunction with it's aspirin-like properties, which can address pain and inflammation naturally.

Recipe for Capsaicin Cream

1 cup oil (avocado, almond, olive jojoba or grapeseed)

3 TBSP Cayenne Powder

1/2 cup grated beeswax (Coconut oil can be used as a substitute)

You will need:

Double boiler

Glass jar with tight fitting lid for storage


Mix the cayenne powder and the oil together and place  in the double-boiler.  Heat over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.  Gradually stir in the beeswax until melted completely and all ingredients are well-blended.  Remove from heat, then chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.  Mix together with a whisk and return to the fridge for an additional 10 minutes.  Whisk all ingredients again and transfer to the glass jar.  Affix the lid tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  Apply to pain as needed.

*Do not touch eyes or nose while using cayenne pepper.


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