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Cayenne - Properties and uses

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Cayenne - Properties and uses

Post  RosieBell on Tue 7 Aug 2012 - 13:34

Cayenne


Gender: Masculine
Deities: Mars, Ares, (other Fire Gods)
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire

Magical Uses: Scatter the dried, ground pepper around the house to break hexes, negativity or malevolent spells. Use in love sachets. An amulet made from a fresh Cayenne pepper and strung on a chord to wear around the neck guards from the Evil Eye. This works so long as the Pepper is fresh.
Parts Used: Fruit

Medicinal and General Uses
: Appetizer, antiseptic, febrifuge, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, rubefacient, condiment, nerve tonic, digestive, irritant, stimulates secretion of saliva, stimulant, and tonic (cayenne is usually mixed with other herbs in medicinal doses)
Parts Used Medicinally: Fruit, ripe and dried

Botanical: Capsicum Annuum, C. frutescens L. C. minimum (Roxb)
Family: N.O. Solanaceae, Nightshade Family
Also Called: Capsicum, Africa pepper, African red pepper, American pepper, American red pepper, Bird pepper, Chili pepper, Chilies, Cockspur pepper, Garden pepper, Goat's pepper, Pod pepper, Red pepper, Spanish pepper, Zanzibar pepper

Habitat: The best comes from Africa, Asia, and South America. It is produced in good quality in the Southern States, especially those that lie beyond the southern line of Tennessee. Grow in West Indies, Hungary, East Indies, Central America.

Description: Cayenne is a shrub that grows in subtropical and tropical climates of the Americas. Its fruit grows into long pods that turn red, orange, or yellow when they ripen. The fruit is eaten raw or cooked, or is dried and powdered into the spice that has been used for centuries in certain meals and medicines.

Other varieties: Long red cayenne (C. annum), also called Manchi-phalam in Sanskrit; Jalapeno, Anaheim, Hungarian Wax, Purple Venuzuetan.

Cultivation: Cayenne pepper plants like a good, rich soil, plenty of water, and full sun. The peppers are dried after ripening. For herbal use, the peppers are usually ground into a powder and mixed with other powdered herbs in capsules.

Lore: The name Capsicum comes from the Greek kapto, "I bite", as capsicum is a plant known for it’s hot, spicy flavor. Native Americans have known of and used cayenne as both a food and medicine for at least 9,000 years. Many people in subtropical and tropical climates consume cayenne pepper on a regular basis because it helps them tolerate the heat. Since the arrival of the Europeans, the popularity of cayenne pepper has spread throughout the world, and it has become an important spice, particularly in Cajun and Creole cooking, as well as Southeast Asia, China, Southern Italy, and Mexico.

Contrary to popular belief, hot, spicy food may actually be good for your health; if it contains liberal amounts of cayenne, also known as capsicum. The incidence of blood clots in countries that routinely use curry in their cuisines is much lower than in the United States. Herbs such as turmeric, garlic, cayenne, usual ingredients in curry powder, are believed to help prevent platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous blood clots that could result in heart attacks and stroke.


Cooking: Add a half-a-pinch of ground cayenne to just about anything when cooking. Eat a meal hot with cayenne before a night of Bacchanalian celebrating, it will curb drunkenness.



To Use for Aliments
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Digestive problems: Capsaicin may be taken in capsules (30 to 120 mg) three times daily, or as an infusion (a tea) by adding 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of powder to a cup of boiling water.

Pain Control: Capsaicin in cayenne pepper has very powerful pain-relieving properties when applied to the surface of the skin for treating shingles, psoriasis, arthritis, and toothaches. Capsaicin cream may be applied directly to the affected area up to four times a day. There may cause some initial burning or itching, but these symptoms should disappear quickly. The cayenne works by first stimulating and then decreasing the intensity of pain in the body. The pain may increase slightly at first, but then should diminish greatly over the next few days. It usually takes between 3 and 7 days before noticeable pain relief begins.

Psoriasis: Capsaicin cream can reduce itching and inflammation associated with psoriasis (a chronic skin disease that generally appears as patches of raised red skin covered by a flaky white buildup). See Pain Control for further information.

Weight loss: Capsicum speeds metabolism allowing you to burn more calories from food, particularly when eating a high fat meal. For this reason, some weight loss supplements contain capsaicin. There are currently no studies concerning the effectiveness or side effects of capsaicin for helping people lose weight.

Circulation: Capsicum cream and oils relieve arthritis and aches, not just by warming and stimulating blood flow, but also by blocking pain transmission by nerves. Prevents blood clots, heals ulcers.

Colds: "Jewish" penicillin, cayenne and garlic in chicken soup really IS as effective as antibiotics after the onset of cold or flu. Cayenne does dramatically drop blood sugar levels and should be used with caution for sufferers of hyperglycemia. Cayenne promotes excretion of cholesterol through the intestines. It increases energy levels and aura brilliance.

Stimulating Appetite: Cayenne aids digestion by stimulating the gastric juices thereby stimulating the appetite.



Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: use 1/2 to 1 tsp. pepper per cup of boiling water. Take warm, 1 tbsp at a time.

Powder: for acute conditions, take 3-10 grains, for chronic conditions 1-3 grains.

For a gargle: 1/2 drachm of powder to 1 pint of boiling water, or 1/2 fluid ounce of the tincture to 8 fluid ounces of rose water. If the throat is very sensitive it can be given in pill form - generally made with 1 to 10 grains powder. The infusion is made with 2 drachms to 1/2 pint boiling water taken in 1/2 fluid ounce doses. The tincture is used as a paint for chilblains.

Arthritis poultice:

Mullein leaves (6 parts)
Slippery elm bark (9 parts)
Lobelia (3 parts)
Cayenne (1 part)

Add 3 oz. mixture to boiling water to make a paste. Spread the paste on a cloth and apply to the affected area.

Kloss's liniment:

2 oz. gum myrrh
1 oz. goldenseal
1/2 oz. cayenne pepper

Put this mixture in a quart of rubbing alcohol (do not take internally). Let it stand for a week or 10 days, shaking every day. This can be used wherever a liniment is used or needed. (heals wounds, bruises, sprains, scalds, burns, and sunburns. Apply freely. In pyorrhea, rinse mouth with liniment or apply liniment on both sides of the gums with a little cotton, Q-tip, or gauze.

To stimulate vitality: combine equal parts of cayenne pepper and ginger root powders. A half to 1 tsp. may be taken 2 or 3 times daily to stimulate circulation, vitality, and digestion and to prevent illness.

Tea: a cup of tea can be taken for stomach cramps or a cold on a daily basis. Prepared teas are available, or make it from dried herb.

Chemical Constituents: Alkaloids, apsaicine, capsacutin, capsaicin, capsanthine, capsico PABA, fatty acids, flavonoids, sugars, carotene, iron, phosphorous, calcium, volatile oil, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and C.


Warning:

Wash hands well after use and avoid touching the eyes. Cayenne does not dissolve easily in water, so vinegar should be used to remove this substance from the skin.

Capsaicin cream may cause an itching, burning sensation on the skin, but these symptoms tend to subside quickly. It is best to test capsaicin cream on a small area of the skin before extended use. If it causes irritation, or if symptoms do not resolve after 2 to 4 weeks, discontinue use. Do not to use capsaicin with a heating pad and do not to apply capsaicin cream immediately before or after hot showers.

Prolonged application to the skin can cause dermatitis and raise blisters. Excessive consumption can cause gastroenteritis and kidney or liver damage. Avoid touching the eyes, genitalia, or any cuts after handling fresh chilies.

If taken internally, do not exceed recommended doses. High doses taken internally can cause gastroenteritis and kidney damage.

Cayenne can be irritating to hemorrhoids. It should not be used by people with gastrointestinal problems. Never apply cayenne ointment or liniment to broken skin.

The seeds can be toxic, so do not use them.

Avoid therapeutic doses of cayenne during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

If you are currently being treated with ACE-Inhibitors, Aspirin, Blood-Thinning Medication, and Theophylline, you should not use cayenne preparations without first talking to your healthcare provider or doctor.

People who are allergic to latex, bananas, kiwi, chestnuts, and avocado may also have an allergy to peppers.

Cayenne should not be used by children under two years of age. However, cayenne may be used externally in older children as an ointment (standardized to contain 0.02% to 0.05% capsaicin) for the treatment of muscle pain and as a deterrent for thumb sucking. Topical cayenne ointments should not be used for more than two consecutive days in children.

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