For most people, cayenne pepper wouldn’t be the first cold remedy to come to mind. In fact, it would likely not come to mind at all. Cayenne is great in food, but as a sore throat reliever?
If this is you, don’t fret. We were in the same boat. But, as we began to learn more about this little pepper, we discovered that it has been used for hundreds of years to treat a wide variety of health issues.
We focused our efforts on treating sore throats, but cayenne pepper can do so much more. Read on to see why this pepper is so good at healing and what it can do.
The secret to cayenne pepper’s healing powers is a high concentration of capsaicin. Capsaicin is an alkaloid compound, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds, often found in plants, and used to create common drugs and stimulants, such as morphine, caffeine, and oxycodone. When consumed, capsaicin induces an endorphin rush that provides the pain relief and health remedies cayenne is used for.
Additionally, cayenne peppers contain minerals, vitamins, and some phyto-nutrients, which enhance its healing and health-benefitting features.
Interested in the other benefits of using cayenne pepper? See the list below for more information, shared from the Global Healing Center.
1. Anti-Irritant Properties: Cayenne has the ability to ease upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhea.
2. Anti-Cold and Flu Agent: Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows.
3. Migraine Headache Prevention: This may be related to the pepper’s ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus reverting the brain’s attention to the new site. Following this initial pain reaction, the nerve fibers have a depleted substance P (the nerve’s pain chemical), and the perception of pain is lessened.
4. Digestive Aid: Cayenne is a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This aids the body’s ability to metabolize food (and toxins). Cayenne pepper is also helpful for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination. Cayenne also stimulates the production of saliva, an important key to excellent digestion and maintaining optimal oral health.
5. Useful for Blood Clots: Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
6. Joint-Pain Reliever: Extremely high in a substance called capsaicin, cayenne pepper acts to cause temporary pain on the skin, which sends chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain.
7. Promotes Heart-Health: Cayenne helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized. It also balances the body of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
8. Remedy for Toothache: Cayenne is an excellent agent against tooth and gum diseases.
9. Topical Remedy: As a poultice, cayenne has been used to treat snake bites, rheumatism, sores, wounds and lumbago.
For the full list of health benefits, see 17 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper.
Have you used cayenne pepper to treat a health problem? Let us know below!