Capsaicin Sensation!

Capsaicin Sensation!_Yippee CayennePeppers are popular all over the world for that spicy jolt they give to your tastebuds. Though the experience can sometimes be painful, many love the almost addicting taste that peppers offer.

We have a different use for our peppers, but the reason we use them is the same. Peppers have a simple property that gives them that spicy taste and also gives Yippee Cayenne its soothing effect on sore throats: Capsaicin!

Capsaicin, as we mentioned in an earlier blog, is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in peppers. First discovered in 1816, innovators have found several creative ways to use this compound over the years. Read on to discover the ways you might come in contact with capsaicin without knowing it!

1. Food safety

When eaten, capsaicin triggers a release of stress hormones that causes skin reddening, sweating, and a case of the jitters. While this can be a rush for the quarter of the population that eats chilies daily, there is another reason to add peppers to food. As food spoils, microbes develop. For much of the world, proper refrigeration and storage can delay development long enough to protect eaters. For those without these options, capsaicin provides a natural way to avoid spoiling by stopping or slowing microbe growth. Many cultures have developed a taste for spicy food as a by-product of the days when the spice was needed to keep food safe!

2. Pepper spray

Ever wondered why pepper spray burns? Now you know! When capsaicin touches skin, eyes, and mucous membranes, it creates a powerful burning sensation that can deter people and animals from attacking.

3. Research

Because capsaicin has so many powerful effects on ailments, researchers use it for creams, nasal sprays, ointments, and more. This compound has been tested for its effects on cancer, psoriasis, joint pain, heart disease, and other maladies, though not all have been successful.

4. Pest control

Most mammals are repelled by capsaicin, so it has been used to deter pests from eating gardens, attacking, and becoming household nuisances. Birds are insensitive to capsaicin, so it is sometimes added to birdseed to repel rodents from bird feeders.

5. Equestrian sports

Capsaicin has a pain-relieving and hypersensitizing effect, which can boost the performance of a sport horse for competition. If a horse tests positive for capsaicin at an event, as did four horses at the 2008 Summer Olympics, it is disqualified.

Do you know of other uses for capsaicin? Share in the comments!

Now You Know: A Cayenne Pepper History

Now You Know: A Cayenne Pepper History_Yippee CayenneHistory’s got a cayenne pepper secret. Cayenne peppers are not actually peppers!

What started this spicy mix-up? It all began with everyone’s favorite explorer: Christopher Columbus.

When Columbus set sail in 1492, he was on the hunt for spices. Refrigeration was several hundred years in the future, so people had to use different means of keeping their food palatable as it spoiled. Peppers, imported thousands of miles from India to Europe, were some of the most popular spices to use. Unfortunately, the long journey raised prices until only royalty could afford to use them, so Columbus set out to find more.

The exact place of origin for cayenne peppers is unknown, but Bolivia has been accepted as the best guess. This bit of information didn’t make it back to Europe, however…

As we all know, the explorer never reached India, but that didn’t stop him from trying to give Indian titles to the foods and people he found. He attempted to pass the cayenne and other local spices he collected, called “aji,” as peppers, but scientists and doctors deemed the food unfit for consumption.

Despite Columbus’ failure, our favorite peppers continued to spread throughout the word, reaching every continent except Antarctica and eventually gaining acceptance throughout.

As people began to use the peppers to spice their food, they began noticing a trend. In Mexico, they found that mixing cayenne in their raw milk kept their children from getting a type of dysentery that often resulted from drinking the beverage. In the West Indies, cayenne was found to remedy several ailments, including deadly Yellow Fever.

In America, cayenne peppers were first used by a Louisiana banker in the mid-1800s. He received the seeds from an American soldier returning from the Mexican War and decided to make a spicy sauce. Tabasco Sauce is still used worldwide today.

As the use of cayenne peppers has grown, more remedies have been discovered. Though it is used most popularly as a culinary additive, many people have discovered its healing power. Our own history with cayenne pepper began when we created the most powerful sore throat remedy on the market.

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Cayenne Pepper Remedies

Cayenne Remedies_Yippee CayenneIt’s no secret that we’re big fans of cayenne pepper and its healing properties. Yippee Cayenne is centered on this little pepper’s soothing effects on sore throats and we’ve experienced its power firsthand.

We have focused our product on soothing sore throats, but that’s not the only natural remedy that uses cayenne pepper. To show you just how useful cayenne pepper can be for your aches and discomforts, we’ve put together this list of cayenne pepper remedies for your use. Enjoy!

Apple Cider Vinegar Brew

Whether you’re sick or dealing with allergies, sinus pressure can make you miserable. This apple cider vinegar brew will help you get rid of the fog in your head and replenish any fluids you’ve lost. The cayenne pepper will help soothe your discomfort and clear your sinuses and the vinegar will give your immune system a boost to keep fighting! Follow this recipe to make the brew:

Ingredients

¼ cup water

¼ cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 wedge lemon

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Combine hot water and apple cider vinegar in a small glass or mug.
  3. Add honey and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Top off with a squeeze of lemon.
  4. Take a deep breath of the mixture, and start drinking.

Cayenne Pepper Liniment and Oil

Cayenne pepper can soothe pains externally as well. If you have a sprain, sore muscles, or arthritic or rheumatic pain, make this liniment and apply it to the pained area. This oil can also be applied to a pained area or used as a massage oil to soothe tense muscles.

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Liniment

Ingredients

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 pint apple cider vinegar

Directions

1. Add cayenne to apple cider vinegar.

2. Boil gently for 10 minutes.

3. Pour unstrained contents into a bottle and use externally as needed.

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Oil

Ingredients

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup warm natural plant oil, such as grapeseed or olive oil

Directions

  1. Add cayenne pepper to oil.
  2. Mix well and apply to painful areas.

Toothaches

If you’ve got a tooth that’s causing problems and you can’t immediately get to a dentist, use cayenne pepper as a mouthwash or apply cayenne directly to the painful tooth to ease the pain.

Headaches

Whether you’re dealing with a migraine or a hangover, cayenne pepper can help with your head pain. Simply mix ⅛ – 1 full teaspoon (depending on how much you can handle) of cayenne pepper into hot water or tea and drink it down.

Do you use any cayenne pepper remedies? Tell us in the comments!

Yippee Cayenne vs Cough Drops

Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat LozengesYippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges are not a cough drop. We firmly believe that our lozenges are the best sore throat treatment on the market, but they cannot be used to soothe a cough.

That does not mean, however, they can’t be compared to many of the leading cough drops — such as Halls, Vicks, Ricola, etc. — which can also be used to soothe sore throats.

We always want our consumers to be able to make informed decisions, so we’ve created a comparison for you to see the difference between Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges and other throat lozenges.

Active Ingredients

Yippee Cayenne: The key to our pride and joy is the healing properties of cayenne pepper. This pepper’s high levels of capsaicin produces an endorphin rush that helps soothe pain. We use this pain reliever to treat sore throat, but cayenne pepper has many more uses. For more information on what cayenne can do, read our blog post.

Common Cough Drops: Many popular cough drops use benzocaine, menthol, peppermint oil, spearmint, or eucalyptus oil as their active ingredient, some of which can be extracted from plants or created synthetically. Non-menthol throat lozenges typically use zinc gluconate glycine, pectin, and dextromethorphan. Cough drops also typically include expectorants to help expel mucus.

Dyes

Yippee Cayenne: Our throat lozenges are a pretty orange that comes naturally from the ingredients we use. We add no dyes to our products.

Common Cough Drops: Many common cough drops use dyes to increase the visual appeal of their products. The dyes allowed for use in cough drops are red dye #40, yellow dye #5, yellow dye #6, blue dye #1, and caramel coloring.

Flavors

Yippee Cayenne: Our lozenges are naturally flavored with lemon oil, honey, cayenne pepper, and natural flavors. We spent hours creating the perfect balance of flavor, sweetness, and spiciness to give our customers a lozenge that tastes as good as the relief it brings. Our customers have told us that our lozenges taste like candy — and many say they eat them like candy, too!

Common Cough Drops: Many people are familiar with the common flavors of cough drops — cherry, watermelon, peppermint, orange, raspberry, etc. These flavors can be both natural and artificial. Artificial flavors are often derived from methyl anthranilate, ethyl caporate, and citric, lactic, tartaric, and malic acids.

How Many Can You Eat?

Yippee Cayenne: As many as you can handle. Eating too many may give you a stomach ache, but you won’t have to worry about any side effects from our ingredients.

Common Cough Drops: Though you would probably get a stomach ache before you experienced the bad effects of too much menthol, there is a potential for negative effects on your heart if you consume too much.

Does this change your views on cough drops?

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The Yippee Cayenne Story

Yippee Cayenne_teaThey say necessity is the mother of invention and, for Yippee Cayenne, necessity birthed a new venture and all-natural remedy for an old problem.

In 2012, our founder, Jeff Melnick, was battling a severe case of pneumonia. After multiple doctor visits and two rounds of antibiotics, his body finally healed but he was left with a relentless sore throat that did not respond to any over-the-counter medicine or lozenge he tried.

Nothing worked until his wife gave him a glass of a strange solution and told him to gargle with it. Jeff, willing to try anything at this point, gargled with the concoction. And to his amazement — though probably not his wife’s — his sore throat disappeared almost instantly!

As you might guess, the spicy concoction contained our favorite, highly effective ingredient: cayenne pepper!

Over the next few months, Jeff shared the secret ingredient to his remedy with any friends and family members suffering from a sore throat. Though it always brought relief, some with a more sensitive pallet found cayenne pepper to be a little too spicy to handle.

Determined to solve this uncomfortable side effect, Jeff worked to find a way for everyone to use and enjoy this effective and natural remedy. After several trials and recipes, he created the perfect recipe for a sore throat lozenge that would soothe both sore throats and taste buds without causing discomfort.  Yippee Cayenne is tasty and safe enough to eat as a candy (and many have said they do!), yet incredibly effective at soothing sore throats.

Don’t believe us? Order Yippee Cayenne and try this remedy for yourself!

Why Cayenne?

Why Cayenne?

Photo Credit: Maja Dumat

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!