Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) pepper, which is a stimulant medicinal herb, is used for centuries and many herbalists consider it to be the most useful in the entire herb kingdom for circulatory, digestive and cardiovascular system health.
It is native to Southern North America and so the Indians of tropical America were the first to eat and cultivate wild peppers. Around 5000 B.C., they started to plant them, making them the first cultivated crop in the Americas.
The use of this medicinal plant among the Indians was first recorded by Dr. Chanca, who sailed with Columbus in 1494. They brought it back with them and the pepper was introduced to Europe, Asia, India and Africa. It has a very long history of medicinal use.
It was well received and flourished in the tropical climates, becoming an integral part of their cuisine. By the 19th century, it was well established as alternative medicine.
Some of its common names are African pepper, African red pepper, Red pepper, Bird pepper, Bird's eye chilli, Chilli pepper, Africa pepper, Cocksbur pepper, Piper, paprika, pimento pepper and Capsicum.
The medicinal properties are tonic, alterative, diuretic, antioxidant, febrifuge, nervine, stimulant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, carminative and anticatarrhal.
The ripe pepper is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, K, calcium, iron, sodium phosphorus, potassium, flavonoids and protein.
It is useful for a host of diseases, from arthritis to heart ailments. Practice herbalists use it for heart attacks, lethargy, strokes, arthritis and asthma.
Some people who suffered circulation problem in the legs have testified that having taken its formula, there legs felt much better. It is written that it is more powerful than any other.
A small amount of this herb should be added to all herbal teas since since it acts as a carrier and increases their healing and medicinal nature.
One to two teaspoonful of the powder in warm water will alleviate shock. Also natural supplements of this herb can be bought in stores worldwide.
It is well known that this medicinal herb is an important ingredient in hot sauces, salsa and spice. It is a medicinal and culinary herb. I use them to make my own pickled pepper sauce.
It relaxes and rebuilds the tissue in the stomach and colon, helps to heal ulcers, improves circulation, and stops bleeding. It causes no harm and there is no bad reaction.
In equalizing the blood circulation, it produces natural warmth, and stimulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines, aiding in assimilation and elimination. It can be hot, going in and coming out, for the first three days.
Cayenne pepper medicinal herb can be put on open wound, whether new or old sores and can be very soothing and healing.
It feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries to regain the elasticity of youth, and the blood pressure adjusts to normal.
This is one of God's wonderful herbal creations that never ceases to amaze everyone who come in contact with its medicinal use. It is considered by many as a natural healing herb above all other herbs.
Can be used as poultice for rheumatism, inflammation, pleurisy, sores and wounds.
The medicinal uses of this herb are many and this plant should be in every herbal garden so you can have easy access to cayenne pepper.
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Updated May 3, 2020