Herbalists regard cayenne as a powerful tonic. The seed-sized fruit stimulates the heart and promotes blood circulation, improves digestion and boosts energy. Like other species of hot garden pepper, such as chili or tabasco, cayenne contains the natural stimulant known as capsaicin. Cayenne was widely grown in Central and South America in pre-Columbian times; it was carried to Spain and Europe after the early voyages of discovery.
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Over the counter:
Cayenne is available as powder, capsules, tincture or oil.
Oil rubbed on sprains, swelling, sore muscles and joints to ease pain.
Infusion: 1 cup boiling water poured onto 1/2 to 1 tsp. cayenne powder and steeped for 10 minutes. 1 tbsp. of the infusion mixed with hot water and consumed as needed.
Gargle: Cayenne combined with myrrh to treat laryngitis and as an antiseptic wash.