What do Indian, Mexican, and some Asian cuisines have in common? Their dishes are often incorporated with any kind of chilli peppers, giving the meal an extra punch on the taste buds. If you are an avid fan of these kinds of dishes, then you might also want to try using chilli pepper for your medicinal needs.
Cayenne pepper, a close relative of the jalapeno pepper in the capsicum family, is a common chilli pepper that is known to have several health benefits. It originated from South and Central America and got its name from French Guiana’s capital city.
It is usually used in food and medical applications either in its natural form or in powdered form. Cayenne is known to have been beneficial to the Native Americans’ cuisine and medicine for thousands of years. The Chinese have also utilized the pepper in the same manner.
Today, Cayenne peppers are popularly known for their detoxifying properties and other qualities. Here’s a list of the benefits you can get from this spicy pepper:
- Aids in digestion
- Improves circulation of blood
- Pain relief (muscular)
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Cold and flu aid
- Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
- Possible anti-cancer properties
- Weight loss
All chilli peppers, including Cayenne, contain an ingredient called capsaicin, which gives them their signature spiciness. Because of capsaicin’s spicy element, it can help those who are suffering from different muscle and joint pains, headaches, nerve pains, laryngitis, fungal infections, and other painful conditions contracted by the body.
As a digestive aid, it helps relieve stomach pain; this is usually done by applying oils infused with pepper extract. It also stimulates the digestive system by increasing the production of enzymes and gastric juices which can in turn help the body’s metabolism.
The spicy quality of Cayenne is also known to aid in getting rid of nasal mucus and sinusitis, hence also preventing colds and flu from attacking you. On another note, it promotes heart health and circulation, thus making it beneficial for people who suffer from high cholesterol, excessive blood clotting, and heart disease.
Other uses include treatment seasickness and alcoholism and to discourage thumb-sucking and nail-biting, especially among children. Capsaicin is also a potent ingredient in self-defense pepper sprays because it can be highly irritating when it comes in direct contact with the eyes.
Remember to wash your hands after coming in contact with Cayenne or any kind of chilli pepper and its products for it might cause you a burning discomfort, especially in your eyes.
What’s great about Cayenne pepper, aside from its wide array of health and even self-defense benefits, is that it can be easily bought in your local supermarket. And, if Cayenne isn’t available, there are a variety of chilli peppers to choose from which are just as beneficial as Cayenne. Chilli pepper-infused products are also available in pharmacies, though you can easily make such products in your kitchen.
Cayenne pepper is definitely a good, cheap alternative to your usual pain relievers and other medical aids. So, what are you waiting for? Go and give your lifestyle that spicy kick!