Cayenne, Capsicum, Paprika

A rich source of Canthaxanthin (Alpha-Carotene) and other carotenes and phytonutrients. Overall tonic, especially for the heart. A favorite of legendary master herbalist, Jethro Kloss. In his book Back to Eden, where a typical herb’s benefits are usually described in one or two paragraphs, capsicum’s list of benefits spans 16 pages! It assists with assimilation, healing, elimination of parasites, improved circulation, cleansing, indigestion, urinary tract health, colds, flu and other benefits too numerous to mention.

Canthaxanthin, Albumen, Pectin, Mineral Compounds, Ethereal Oils & Phytonutrients

Canthaxanthin is a carotenoid which is not utilized for health purposes by the body, but also is non/toxic in moderate dosages and used as a GRAS food coloring agent. Canthaxanthin has a strong red/orange color and many people take this carotenoid to gain a tanned appearance without suffering the potential harm from strong sunlight. Besides being a mere pigment this canthaxanthin can also function as a UV photon absorber and a free radical nullifier. Skin cancer is caused from damage to our DNA whereby free radicals can cause cell mutations. Thus canthaxanthin could possibly decrease the chances of developing skin cancer by reducing the UV exposure required to build a tan. Canthaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid found in many different plants and animals. It is the red coloring of many fruits, vegetables, and flowers, as well as some edible mushrooms.

It gives the pink hue of the feathers of brightly colored tropical birds such as flamingos and roseate spoonbills. A few species of pink shellfish and some ocean crustaceans such as the red lobster contain this xanthophyll as does the pink flesh of salmon and the red spots on the skin of trout. Besides being a red pigment, Canthaxanthin functions as an ultra violet photon absorber, a single and triplet oxygen quencher, and a free radical deactivator. The incredible endurance of pink salmon on their long migrations to spawning grounds may possibly be due to the antioxidant qualities of Canthaxanthin saturating their bodies. They swim for thousands of miles in highly ionized oxygenated water (condition which would normally be fatal to a fish) without damage or death. Canthaxanthin is a pigment, belonging to the same family as beta-carotene.

Benefits of Capsicum or Capsaicin

  • Excellent source of Vitamin C and beta-carotene.
  • Excellent source of Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin K and molybdenum.
  • Very good source of copper, Vitamin B1 (thiamin) and folate.
  • Good source of potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), tryptophan and magnesium.
  • 1/2 of chopped bell red peppers contains only 20 calories.
  • Contain a recessive gene which eliminates capsaisin, the compound responsible for the “hotness” of other types of peppers.
  • A sweet green pepper that is not yet ride. Let it grow and it will turn red.
  • Rich in antioxidants.
  • One medium sweet red pepper contains more than 3 times the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of Vitamin C.

Peppers are an excellent of both Vitamin C and Beta-carotene. Vitamin C can prevent cancer of the colon, bladder, cervix, lung, pancreas, mouth, stomach, esophagus, breast and cervix, due to it’s antioxidant ability. (Protects against free radicals) Vitamin C has also been known to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, blood clotting and heart disease. Diets rich in beta-carotene have also been associated with a lower risk of developing many kids of cancer. Studies have suggested that beta-carotene enhance both antimicrobial functions and immunity against tumors by increasing the activity of natural cell killers. One study has shown that cardiovascular disease events dropped almost 50% in a group of heart disease prone men who took beta-carotene supplements every day for five years. Peppers appear to have a protective effect against cataracts, probably due to their high Vitamin C and beta-carotene content. Peppers supply the photo nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, found to protect against macular degeneration.

History of Cayenne

Peppers, both sweet and hot, were first cultivated in Central and South America some 2,000 years ago. These busy, woody-stemmed plants were cultivated prior to the time of Columbus, who is said to have visited South America and then introduced them to Europe after his first voyage to the New World (1493). Portuguese traders eventually brought them to India, and from there they spread to Southeast Asia.

Capsicum frutescens, capsicum annuum

Africa pepper, American pepper, bird pepper, capsicum, chili pepper, cockspur pepper, goat’s pepper, pod pepper, red pepper, chilies, chili pepper, garden pepper, African red pepper, American red pepper, Spanish pepper, Zanzibar pepper, capsicum, Cayenne

Parts Used: fruit

Active Compounds:

Cayenne contains a resinous and pungent substance known as capsaicin. This chemical relieves pain and itching by acting on sensory nerves. Capsaicin temporarily stimulates release of various neurotransmitters from these nerves, leading to their depletion. Without the neurotransmitters, pain signals can no longer be sent. The effect is temporary. Capsaicin and other constituents in cayenne have been shown to have several other actions, including reducing platelet stickiness and acting as antioxidants.


The potent, hot fruit of cayenne has been used as medicine for centuries. It was considered helpful for various conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including stomachaches, cramping pains, and gas. Cayenne was frequently used to treat diseases of the circulatory system. It is still traditionally used in herbal medicine as a circulatory tonic (a substance believed to improve circulation). Rubbed on the skin, cayenne is a traditional, as well as modern, remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis due to what is termed a counterirritant effect. A counterirritant is something that causes irritation to a tissue to which it is applied, thus distracting from the original irritation (such as joint pain in the case of arthritis).

Remedies For:

Stimulant, tonic, sialagogue, alterative, rubefacient, carminative, digestive

Useful for:

Bursitis, Diabetic neuropathy, Osteoarthritis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Shingles (herpes zoster) and postherpetic neuralgia Cayenne pepper has beneficial antioxidant and cardiovascular effects. It has many beneficial effects on gastrointestinal function.

Antioxidant activity: The carotene molecules of cayenne pepper and paprika exert powerful antioxidant effects.

Cardiovascular effects: Cayenne pepper exerts a number of beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. It reduces the likelihood of developing, atherosclerosis by reducing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also reduces the platelet aggregation and increases fibrinolytic activity. Cultures consuming a large amount of cayenne pepper have a much lower rate of cardiovascular disease.

Topical Effects: When topically applied to the skin or mucous membranes, capsaicin stimulates and then block small diameter pain fibers by depleting them of neurotransmitter called substance P. Substance P is believed to be the principal transmitter of pain impulses. It also has been shown to activate inflammatory mediators in joint tissues in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Clinical Applications: Capsaicin lowers body temperature by stimulating the cooling center of the hypothalamus in the brain. It appears that people who live in tropics deals with high temperature by consuming cayenne pepper. Cayenne ointments may offer benefits in a number of conditions, including pain disorders (postamputation pain, postmastectomy pain, post herpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, cluster headaches, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Topically applied capsaicin may be useful in the treatment of psoriasis.

Pain Relief: Capsaicin was found to relieve the pain associated with shingles (herpes zoster), a clinical condition known as post-herpetic neuralgia. Clinical trials have shown that about 50% of those taking capsaicin report improvement as opposed to 10% for the placebo group. Topically applied capsaicin may be effective in reducing the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, a painful disorder of the main nerve of the face characterized by severe, stabbing pain affecting the cheek, lips, gums, or chin on one side of the face.

In one study, more than 80% of those treated with capsaicin responded favorably. This is remarkable as there are no medication available for this condition except surgery. Capsaicin may help relieve the pain following breast reconstruction or mastectomy. Mouth pain due to chemotherapy or radiation: Capsaicin was found to reduce the pain of mouth sores resulting from chemotherapy or radiation treatment dramatically in a clinical trial.

Diabetic Neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy is a painful nerve disorder caused by long-term diabetes. Capsaicin has been found to be of considerable benefit in relieving pain of this condition.

Cluster headaches: Cluster headaches are migraine-like headaches characterized by severe pain, usually localized around one eye. Double blind studies have shown that intranasal application of a special capsaicin ointment by a physician may relieve cluster headaches. Episodic patients were found to benefit more from the treatment than chronic patients.

Arthritis: Capsaicin may be effective in relieving the pain of either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Psoriasis: Excessive substance P levels in the skin have been linked to psoriasis. Capsaicin was found to reduce scaling, redness and combined psoriasis severity.

Description of Cayenne Pepper

Originally from South America, the cayenne plant has spread across the globe both as a food and as a medicine. Cayenne is very closely related to bell peppers, jalapenos, paprika, and other similar peppers. The fruit is used. Cayenne is a perennial plant in its native tropical habitat; but is annual when cultivated elsewhere. It grows to a height of 3 feet or more. Its stem is woody at the bottom and branched near the top. The leaves are ovate generally. The flowers are white to yellow. It may grow alone, in pairs or threes. The flowers appear from April to September. The fruit is a many seeded pod with a leathery outside in various shades of yellow or red.

Cayenne Dosage:

Creams containing 0.025-0.075 % capsaicin are generally used. There may be a burning sensation for the first several times the cream is applied, but this should gradually decrease with each use. The hands must be carefully and thoroughly washed after use, or gloves should be worn, to prevent the cream from accidentally reaching the eyes, nose, or mouth, which would cause a burning sensation.

  • Do not apply the cream to areas of broken skin.
  • A cayenne tincture can be used in the amount of 0.3 – 1 ml three times daily.

Infusion: Use 0.5 to 1 tsp. Pepper per cup of boiling water. Take warm, 1 tbsp. at a time.

Powder: For acute conditions. Take 3 to 10 grains, for chronic conditions 1 to 3 grains.

Besides causing a mild burning for the first few applications (or severe burning if accidentally placed in sensitive areas, such as the eyes), there are no side effects from use of the capsaicin cream. Very high intake of cayenne internally may cause ulcers, but the necessary amount is rarely achieved with sensible intake. As with anything applied to the skin, some people may have an allergic reaction to the cream, so the first application should be to a very small area of skin. Prolonged application to the skin can cause dermatitis and raise blisters. Excessive consumption can result in gastroenteritis and kidney damage. Cayenne Pepper has been used as a supplement to improve on various health conditions:


Cayenne reduces or even cures severe chronic allergic and nonallergic conditions that make people’s noses run constantly.


Herbalist John R. Christopher suggests this formula for making a cayenne tincture:

  • Put one ounce of dried capsicum in a glass jar.
  • Add one pint of alcohol such as 150 proof.
  • Close the jar tightly and shake it four times daily.
  • Keep mixture in the jar for only two weeks and no longer.
  • Strain the liquid through a double-layered cheesecloth.
  • Begin this process at the start of a full moon (this should be new moon) for greater potency.
  • Store in an amber glass bottle. Seal tightly.
  • To use, place six drops of the tincture under the tongue twice daily or else dilute the same amount in six ounces of water or juice. Take on an empty stomach or between meals.

Note: if you are taking nitroglycerin for angina, discuss the use this remedy with your physician.


The anti-inflammatory action of cayenne is attributed to the effect of capsaicin on substance P. Substance P is a nervous system-derived chemical (a peptide), released in the spinal cord as well as from the peripheral nerve endings. This neuropeptide has multiple pro-inflammatory properties and is released in greater quantities from pain transmission nerves (the sensory afferent nerve fiber terminals) located in knee and ankle joints, where a great deal of arthritic swelling usually occurs. Excess substance P isn’t good because it breaks down the cartilage cushions in joints, contributes to osteoarthritis. It also serves as a pain neurotransmitter in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In other words, overproduction of substance P in your system means you’ll be feeling a great deal of pain. Capsaicin inhibits the activity of substance P.


Asthma, like arthritis, might be caused by an overproduction of substance P, and that excess receptors for it were in the lungs. A cayenne pepper tincture similar to the one given for angina might help to relieve the belabored breathing common the asthma.

Atherosclerosis or Arteriosclerosis

Cayenne softens the arteries, dilates the circulatory system, strengthens the heart, and cleans the inner walls of the circulatory system.

Blood Clots

Cayenne protects against blood clot formation by causing an increase in fibrinolytic (clot-dissolving) activity of the red blood cells.

Bowel Diseases

The neurotransmitter called substance P is released from the peripheral neurons (those outside the brain and spinal cord) that transmit pain signals to the brain; this, in turn, helps regulate the response of the immune system to damaged tissue. People with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases have high numbers of receptors for substance P in their intestinal tissue. With too many substance P receptors in the intestinal tract, the immune system is apt to overreact, inducing enough inflammation to trigger the sensory neurons to send more pain signals and release more substance P.

This viscous cycle eventually leads to autoimmune bowel disorders like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Nerve endings that release substance P are also present in the urinary bladder; when any inflammation occurs there, greater amounts of substance P are automatically released, thus exacerbating inflammation. Substance P content “was strongly reduced by 80 percent following pretreatment with a high dose of capsaicin” injected beneath the skin. Capsicum’s properties can also substantially reduce the release of substance P in those suffering from various bowel diseases.


An ointment made by combining one part of cayenne pepper powder with five parts of melted Vaseline. The mixture was thoroughly blended and then allowed to cool until in congealed again. Apply this salve topically to injured skin or muscle tissue once a day for about a week.


Capsicum can protect the body against some known food and beverage chemicals that can cause cancer and induce cell mutations. (When capsaicin is taken with plant chlorophyll its mutagenic properties are suppressed.)

Common Cold or Influenza

At the onset of symptoms take one teaspoon of cayenne powder in a glass of warm water with the juice of one lemon and a teaspoon of honey; stir thoroughly and drink slowly. The cayenne helps to flush out the bacteria and viruses responsible for the cold or flu by causing eyes to water, skin to sweat, nose to run, and lungs to discharge. This rush of fluids from the body carries out the invisible microbes responsible for such infections.

Congestive Heart Failure

Cayenne strengthens and relaxes the heart, dilates the circulatory system, and clears accumulated debris. Over the long run, a seriously diseased heart can return to near normal with the regular use of Cayenne pepper.


Certain medicinal herbs are known for their strong hypoglycemic actions: garlic and onion, goldenseal and pau d’arco (taheebo). Another equally potent hypoglycemic agent is cayenne pepper. For diabetes mellitus the recommended dose of cayenne is two to four capsules daily with means. The “hypoglycemic effect” means that the cayenne lowered blood sugar which is what insulin does because diabetics have high blood sugar. But for those already suffering from low blood sugar, cayenne is best avoided.

Diabetic Neuropathy

The topical application of capsaicin cream is quite safe and very effective in the treatment of pain ordinarily observed in patients experiencing diabetic neuropathy and diabetic polyneuropathy.

Duodenal Ulcers

When capsaicin was given regularly it increased the flow of protective mucus within the gut, thereby helping to heal duodenal ulcers.

Elevated Cholesterol

The cholesterol-reducing properties of capsaicin have been studied by various biochemists and reported in the scientific literature. Capsaicin has been shown to help prevent cholesterol associated heart diseases such as arteriosclerosis and its more advanced for of atherosclerosis.

Elevated Triglycerides

Medical researchers are also looking at the role of triglycerides in coronary artery disease and finding that these, more than cholesterol itself, may be to blame. (Triglycerides are neutral fats synthesized from carbohydrates for storage in body fat cells. When broken up by enzymatic action, they release free fatty acids in the blood.)


For general and chronic fatigue; capsaicin, by itself, can be very hypoglycemic, but when used in combination with equal amounts of ginseng and gotu kola, capsaicin can increase biochemical endurance during periods of emotional and physical stress.

Free Radical Activity

Compounds known as antioxidants effectively check the free-roaming and ravaging behavior of free radicals. Capsorubin, a carotenoid associated with capsaicin in cayenne pepper, functions as an excellent antioxidant that diminishes the potentially harmful actions of the free radicals.

Frostbite or Frozen Limbs

Feed the victim small amounts of powdered cayenne a number to times a day; this will stimulate the heart and blood to the damaged area; the dead tissue will drop away and new tissue will be in its place. This treatment can be painful, but it is effective.


Nasal sprays containing tiny amounts of capsaicin are used to treat the intense pain of cluster headaches; also capsaicin ointment applied to the temples, the ointment raised the temperature at the temples, which ordinarily experience a heal loss during cluster attacks. (Keep the ointment away from the eyes.)

Head Congestion

A useful remedy from the Maya Indians of Belize calls for a warm tea made from cayenne pepper to be used in breaking up congestion in the nose, head and sinuses. Add one eighth teaspoon of cayenne to a cup of hot water.

Heart Arrythmias

Capsaicin reduced ventricular tachycardias and ventricular fibrillations. Capsaicin also dramatically improved blood flow to the heart. Capsaicin seems to function as a natural calcium blocker, analogous to the effect of some prescription heart drugs.

Heart Attack

Dr. John R. Christopher used this formula: (1) steep one teaspoon of powdered cayenne in one cup of hot water until it is cool enough to drink; (2) if the patient can breathe normally, prop up the patient and pour the cayenne tea down the person’s throat. Usually within a couple of minutes the heart attack will have ceased. Also, in an emergency, where very quick action is indicated, the alcohol/cayenne tincture described above can be administered by placing a few drops beneath the tongue.

Heart Disease

Because of its tonic effect on the heart and circulatory system cayenne pepper is an excellent remedy for all manner of heart disease. In places where cayenne is a frequent part of the diet (Mexico, South East Asia, India, and the state of New Mexico), heart disease rates are lower.


Cayenne pepper, a familiar medicinal and culinary spice with well known heating properties, can produce an opposite reaction. When taken in small amounts, it stimulates circulation and the digestive processes. But, when consumed in large amounts it will cause a cooling effect. This helps to explain why people living in hot tropical climates are apt to eat a lot of cayenne. The cooling sensation is produced in two different ways. In one way the body (especially the face) starts to sweat; the more perspiration that gathers on the skin, the cooler a person will feel. The other way is through the release of endorphins by capsaicin into the bloodstream of people who eat cayenne pepper. These natural opiates in the brain affect the body’s own internal temperature, lowering it a few degrees.


Utah Herbalist Dr. John R. Christopher was a strong proponent of cayenne pepper, believing it to stop bleeding better than anything else in the plant kingdom.

Herpes Zoster

The herpes family of viruses is divided into a variety of types. The varicella zoster type is responsible for two very distinct clinical disorders, namely primary varicella (chicken pox) and zoster (shingles). This particular kind of herpes virus is capable of affecting nerves and causing organ damage and severe pain that can last for months or even years. Cayenne pepper taken internally or the topical application of any capsaicin cream will help to minimize agonizing pain that can persist during and long after the viral infection is gone.


Cayenne lowers blood pressure.


In the early-to-middle part of the 19th century there thrived an eclectic system of alternative medicine known as Thomsonian medicine. One of its outstanding features was the limited number of primary herbs repeatedly utilized, although many other secondary herbs were used occasionally. Samuel Thomson, the system’s founder, recommended cayenne pepper the goldenseal root for their excellent healing properties. Of cayenne he said: “I am perfectly convinced that cayenne pepper is the best thing that can be used to produce a natural digestion of the food which will nourish the body, establish perspiration, and restore the health of the patient.

I found it to be perfectly safe in all cases, and have never known any bad effects to arise from its use.” He frequently used it in cases involving disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract. Capsaicin in the red pepper dramatically increased gastric secretions within the gut but did no actual harm. More specifically, the number of goblet cells (mucus secreting cells) in the duodenum portion of the small intestine increased in the presence of capsaicin.


Anyone at all familiar with the role of vitamin C in the health care process knows that it is the number one nutrient for warding off or treating existing infections in the body. But what isn’t so well known is the part that a species of capsicum played in its discovery. Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi had been studying enzymes for years when he identified an active chemical, which he labeled “hexuronic acid.” Hexuronic acid was found to be effective against scurvy and further tests revealed it to be a powerful nutrient, soon the chemical was renamed ascorbic acid. Szent-Gyorgyi found that red pepper contained large amounts of ascorbic acid.


People who suffer from severe itches i.e., pruritis, notalgia, parasthetica, and lichen simplex chronicus experience noticeable improvement when treated topically with any of the capsaicinoid creams.


Use cotton or wool which has been impregnated with capsaicin to successfully treat cases of lumbago, neuralgia, or rheumatism. The treated material is applied to the skin and left on for 20 minutes, use as frequently as needed.

Motion Sickness

Cayenne pepper is quite effective in dealing with motion sickness. A teaspoonful of cayenne in a tablespoon of olive oil taken internally at the first sign of nausea will help to prevent further symptoms of sea or air sickness. Or one-half teaspoon full each of cayenne and ginger root (chopped very fine or pulverized) in olive oil.

Mouth Sores

Oral stomatitis is a very painful condition of mouth sores caused by cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The sores can be overwhelming to the point that some individuals can’t chew food and must, therefore, cease treatment for their cancers. But in a very innovative way, capsaicin was used to treat this serious problem in cancer patients. The capsaicin was administered through candy; cook butterscotch brittle with capsaicin; cancer patients who consumed the candy with delight, reported feeling no more pain afterwards.

Multiple Sclerosis

Using cayenne pepper with those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, IN THE EARLY STAGES ONLY. Taking four capsules of cayenne each day with food for several months, their symptoms subsided to a remarkable degree, but didn’t entirely disappear.

Nerve Inflammation

Capsaicin is capable of reducing the sensation of painful inflammation in the sensory nerves and the pain-sensitive nerve terminals. Both topical creams and oral supplementation appear to work equally well to achieve this.


Controlled studies have demonstrated that topically applied capsaicin is a very safe and effective treatment for neuralgia.

Night Blindness

Historian Garcilaso de la Vega described what he had heard form someone else in 1609: “I heard a Spaniard from Mexico declare that cayenne pepper was very good for the sight, so he used to eat two roasted peppers as a sort of dessert after every meal.” A number of Mexican Indians have said that regular consumption of cayenne and chili peppers kept their eyesight from failing as they grew older.


Capsaicin can burn extra calories in a way similar to exercise.


For the past several years a growing body of medical evidence has been gathering; demonstrating capsaicin’s unique ability to stop the sensation of pain within the body. Capsaicin works by desensitizing small-diameter nerve fibers, the ones responsible for pain. But it has no effect on large-diameter nerve fibers.

Peptic or Duodenal Ulcer

Capsicum might actually protect against peptic ulcers, a suggestion that is counter intuitive. The capsaicin protects the gastric mucosal membrane against damage from alcohol and aspirin; it does this by stimulating a hormone that increases blood flow and nourishes the gastric mucosal membrane.

Poor Appetite

Mixing small amounts of cayenne pepper with various foods, made the foods more appetizing to those who had no real desire to eat.


The prescription cream Zostrix, whose main ingredient is capsaicin, has helped a number of older people suffering form psoriasis and shingles. When the cream was applied topically, it blocked the synthesis and nerve transport of substance P, the chemical largely responsible for the skin pain induced by these skin diseases.

Respiratory Disorders

The ancient Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula and the Guatemalan Highlands routinely incorporated cayenne pepper into their materia medica for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, coughs, colds, sore throats and other respiratory disorders.


For pain relief apply capsaicinoid cream to the patients shingles-sensitive skin.


The Irish developed a great remedy for instant relief from excruciating toothache. One level teaspoon of cayenne pepper was combined with one pint of strong Irish whiskey and left to sit for two weeks, being thoroughly shaken every day. The solution was then strained into another bottle and stored until needed in a cool, dark, dry place. About four drops of this pepper extract could be put on a cotton ball and inserted into the mouth onto the infected tooth. Within minutes, the distressing pain disappeared.

How To Use:

For sprains and bruises: create a salve with one teaspoon of powered cayenne pepper to five tablespoons of melted Vaseline. This salve can also be used to treat mumps in children and leg ulcers in older people with poor circulation. Cayenne is an effective remedy against snakebite: mix a little powdered cayenne with some of the victim’s own saliva and then apply this directly over the punctured skin where the fang marks are still evident. Cayenne renders most poisons inert.

For abscesses/boils: apply cayenne pepper fluid extract to the abscess or boil. It will bring the stigma to a head as well as aid the drying and mending process.

For abrasions: sprinkle a tiny amount of cayenne pepper on a small clean cut to stop the bleeding and promote healing.

For asthma attack: mix a pinch of cayenne pepper in with some hot chocolate and sip slowly.

For bleeding lungs: take a quarter of a teaspoonful of cayenne pepper every day for a week or two.

For bone knitting: take equal parts of valerian root and cayenne pepper, along with some vitamin C (4000 mg. daily) to dull the pain of any break and fracture and help knit bones together more quickly.

For Bursitis: create a skin rub, thus: a tablespoon of cayenne pepper and add to about a pint of rubbing alcohol. The mixture should be left to set at room temperature in a dark place until the alcohol is really bright red. Then strain and use as an external rub. It is great for arthritis and bursitis.

For burning sensation in the mouth: slowly drink a glass of milk. The casein in milk washes away the capsaicin.

For coughing: combine in a glass the juice of one-half lemon with one-half cup of warm water. Then stir in one tablespoon of salt and one-quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Gargle with it for as long and as deeply as you can tolerate before expectorating. Do not swallow!

For food poisoning: cayenne pepper kills many of the bacteria that are responsible for food poisoning, and kills them very quickly.

For hypothermia: rub cayenne pepper over the skin on the feet before putting socks and shoes on; also can use a cayenne oleoresin.

For influenza: There is a synergy between capsaicin and ascorbic acid. Vitamin C works much better when some cayenne pepper accompanies it than when taken alone. The vitamin C remains in the body almost twice as long and works more powerfully than by itself. One capsule of cayenne for every 1000 mg. of vitamin C. A better formula is: is Garlic Goldenseal Cayenne Pepper and Vitamin C.

For insects: most insects detest cayenne pepper. Mix with Clove Oil; or garlic and onion; or Peppermint Oil.

For insects on plants: blend cayenne garlic and onion; then cook in one quart of water for about 90 seconds; strain and dilute into two gallons of water with two tablespoons of soap. Spray on plants to kill virtually all bugs.

For kidney problems: for inactive kidneys use a combination of essential oils of Cayenne Pepper Cumin and Oregano; apply topically over the kidneys in about a 8% solution. These herbs can also be taken internally for the same effect or in a complementary regimen. This formula also alleviates pain that accompanies kidney stones; This formula stimulates the lymph system and produced more beautiful skin.

For menstrual problems: irregular menses may be corrected by taking two cayenne pepper capsules daily with a meal. There will often be less cramping and less bleeding with this regimen.

For morning sickness: two capsules each of catnip herb and cayenne pepper every morning should help to prevent morning sickness in women who are in the first trimester of their pregnancies.

For nose bleeding: take internally one-eighth teaspoon of cayenne; watch the bleeding if it continues take another one-eighth teaspoon; continue over time until the bleeding stops.

For Pleurisy: make a rub using equal parts of cayenne pepper lobelia herb and slippery elm bark all in powdered form. Next mix in a little cod liver oil or castor oil and stir thoroughly with a fork until a smooth paste is formed. Apply this over the chest four times daily; cover with a piece of plastic and then a flannel cloth.

For Raynaud’s Disease: this syndrome manifests itself as extreme sensitivity of the hands and fingers to cold as a result of spasm of the digital arteries. Other symptoms include blanching and numbness or pain of the fingers. Take 400 mg. of Cayenne Pepper every day with food.

For sinusitis: take cayenne pepper with each meal; a heaping one eighth teaspoon with each bowel of soup; smaller amounts with tea.

For sore muscles: blend Camphor or Eucalyptus Oil with Wintergreen Oil and Cayenne Oleoresin in a carrier oil to about 10% strength. Rub on sore muscles.

For sore throat: mix cayenne pepper honey and grapefruit juice; then gargle and swallow.

Sprains: a wonderful liniment for sprains can be made by slowly simmering one tablespoon of cayenne pepper powder in one pint of apple cider vinegar. Bottle the unstrained liquid while it is still hot. When needed reheat the liquid and soak an elastic cloth bandage with some of this liquid and snugly wrap the sprain. Note of caution: prolonged application of a cayenne pepper liniment or rub to the skin may produce irritation blisters or even burns thus include some castor oil to protect the skin.

For tonsillitis: one-half cup of hot water one-fourth teaspoon of honey a squirt of lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper in the form of a periodic gargle; administer several times a day.

Dr. John Christopher famous natural healer praised the use of Cayenne throughout the time of his practice. He had this to say in his Newsletter titled “Cayenne” Vol 1 Number 12.

“In 35 years of practice and working with the people and teaching I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is whenever I go in-if they are still breathing-I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water and within minutes they are up and around). This is one of the fastest acting aids we could ever give the heart because it feeds that heart immediately. Most hearts are suffering from malnutrition because of processed food we are eating but here it gets a good powerful dose of real food and it’s something that has brought people in time after time. This is something that everyone should know how great it is because a heart attack can come to your friends or loved ones any time. And even yourself. The warm tea is faster working than tablets capsules cold tea because the warm tea opens up the cell structure-makes it expand and accept the cayenne that much faster and it goes directly to the heart through the artery system and feeds it in powerful food.”

Cayenne is a unique herb in that makes everything else it is put with work so much better. A good analogy might be “Does one have to step on the accelerator pedal to make the car move? No one could just put it in gear and go down the road at idle speed. As long as the upward incline was not too steep the car would continue to go forward. But if you step on the gas it goes much faster and has much more power to go up difficult grades. Cayenne is like having an accelerator pedal that works. The more cayenne you use the further down the accelerator pedal is being pressed and the more powerfully one achieves the health goals desired”. This is most quickly seen in cases where the heart is the main target of one’s healing program. When there is blockage there is starvation then stagnation and finally disease.

Using Cayenne gets circulation where it is needed. Without Cayenne a cure may come slowly or not at all. Cayenne moves blood to the sick and dying organs and with it nutrients and healing bio-chemicals. At the same time it gets the waste materials carried away. For best results Cayenne should be taken with something else rather than all by itself. When eating a meal take a load of Cayenne along with it to boost the bodies digestive system. Take Cayenne with all of the herbal preparations one uses both internally and externally in the form of poultices and ointments. Red peppers native to the warm temperate and tropical regions of America are also cultivated widely elsewhere. Peppers have become a staple in Central Europe where they are dried for paprika a necessity for the flavor of Louisiana Creole dishes and an integral ingredient in both Mexican and Portuguese cuisines. Currently the main producers of sweet peppers are China Turkey Spain Romania Nigeria and Mexico.


Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Piperales
Family: Piperaceae

Author: Life Enthusiast Staff