CAYENNE (Capsicum frutescens)
Cayenne pepper is also known as chili or red hot pepper. It is the fruit of Capsicum annuum, which is a tropical fiery plant. The active ingredient of cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which accounts for its pungent and irritating effects. Cayenne pepper also contains vitamins A, C, carotenoids and volatile oils.
Claims and Common Uses:
- Benefits in the relief of nausea from seasickness
- Good for cluster headaches, arthritis, and psoriasis
- Effective remedy for dyspepsia and diarrhea
- Short-term anti-inflammatory agent
- Exerts powerful antioxidant power
- A digestive stimulant
- Used in the treatment of nerve pain associated with diabetes
- Protects against stomach bugs and food poisoning
- As a gargle, the seeds are to aid sore throat and hoarseness
- Applied topically for the relief of sore muscles
Parts Used: Fruit
Preparations: 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of the fruit per cup of hot water.
Side Effects and Warnings of Cayenne Pepper:
- When applied topically, it may produce a burning sensation; however, this side effect diminishes with time and is rarely severe enough to prevent use of the cream.