Herb of The Week Cayenne Pepper

Herb cayenne Happy Friday!

I've decided to include my weekly introduction of herbs here. I do this on my social media accounts but realize not all of you follow me on Instagram or Facebook. Plus, this will be more consistent and easy to reference.

Herbs are a great way to incorporate some natural remedies that have been used for centuries. Please do not start a herbal regimen without consulting with your physician, especially if you are taking medication. Some synthetic medications are made from the same herb which may increase your dose. Some herb actually can cancel out the effects of some synthetic medication. This is just one reason it's important to speak with your doctor.

Without further delay, I introduce you to Cayenne.

When you think of or hear about Cayenne I'm sure you associate it with, hot, heat, burning mouth and anything else it comes in contact with. Just as it is strong in foods it is strong and powerful medicinally. 

You can easily access Cayenne in the US. It's grounded to powder and you probably already have a bottle on your spice rack. Cayenne is commonly used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

The compound Capsaicin can be found in Cayenne and has clinical backing for its effectiveness as an analgesic. As well as gives it the spicy taste. Proven to effectively reduce pain associated with arthritis, muscle spasms and headaches.

Among the ailments listed above, Cayenne can also help with protecting nerves, weight loss management, diarrhea, colds and congestion. It boasts antioxidant properties helping to rid the body of free radicals that can cause cell damage.

Here's a simple, straight forward recipe for a Cayenne balm.

Olive Oil

Cayenne pepper powder

Beeswax

Mix well let solidify and apply to aches and pains as needed. 

You can also just use Olive oil and Cayenne for a infused oil if you are against or can't source the beeswax.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend with lots of love, reflection and rejuvenation.

 

Be well,