Cayenne pepper, a member of the nightshade family, is alternately known around the world as bird pepper, red hot chili pepper, aleva, Capsicum annuum, guinea spice, and cow-horn pepper. Related to many other peppers, the cayenne pepper shares the property of capsicum with its relatives. Cayenne is actually the name of a city in French Guiana, which is where the spice got its name.
The peppers that grow from the plant, technically a fruit, are most often used as a flavoring in cuisines that are cooked around the world. While most of the world is familiar with the plant’s fruit as a spice, it has been used as a homeopathic remedy for centuries.
Cayenne Pepper Benefits
The capsaicin, stearic acid, oleic, and palmitic acids found in the fruits of the plant are used throughout the world to assist with the treatment of many ailments. Most commonly, cayenne pepper is used for:
- Arthritic relief
- Clearing congestion
- Anti-cancer agent
- Aiding digestion
- Migraine headaches prevention
- Rheumatoid arthritis relief
- Preventing cardiovascular diseases
- Tonifying the nervous system
- Body pain relief
- Preventing blood clots
- Boosting metabolism
- Detox support
- Weight loss support
- Fighting allergies
- Promoting heart health
Additional uses can include psoriasis treatment and the speeding of a healthy metabolism.
With so many health and holistic uses, it is no wonder that the cayenne pepper is found in most homes and health food stores around the world.
Using Cayenne/Bird Pepper
The fruit of the bird pepper can be used for healing purposes in almost any form. It is usually ingested with food while being used as a flavoring ingredient.
Those who are interested in adding additional cayenne pepper to their diets may wish to add the powder to their teas. It also works very well in combination with other extracts and supplements, or you can take the capsules.
You can also find in local pharmacies liniments and analgesic ointments that contain capsicum.
Take great care to keep cayenne pepper away from the eyes and face when handling it at home. The resulting burn from eye interaction is very unpleasant!
Persons with known bowel problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, should take this supplement in moderation.