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Scientific Name: Capsicum minimum, C. frutescens
Other Names: Cayenne, red pepper, bird pepper, African pepper
Medicinal Properties and Actions: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, blood thinner, cardiovascular tonic, carminative, diaphoretic, hypertensive, hypotensive, sialagogue, spicy, stimulant, stomachic, styptic, transporter, vulnerary. It affects the brain, bronchials, circulation, gums, heart, mucous membranes, nerves, stomach, skin, throat and chest.
Description: This plant grows to be about 2 1/2 feet tall. It has pointy, narrow, bright green leaves and droopy, white flowers that bloom from June to September. The part of this plant most commonly used for medicinal purposes is the fruit or pepper. This pepper is slender and pointy. It grows to be about 1 inch long and is red and fleshy when ripe.
Habitat: Capsicum is grown in Africa, Asia and in the United States south of the Tennessee border.
Traditional uses: The zesty red pepper has been popular for thousands of years. In 5000 B.C., Indians in South America were already enjoying meals prepared with hot peppers. The effects of capsicum have also been enjoyed by Mexican Indians and the Hunan and Szechwan Chinese who use hot peppers in many of their meals. These people have been found to have less chronic obstructive lung disease than other people who eat a blander diet. Many people from Thailand use hot pepper as a seasoning and appetizer quite regularly, and research has shown that this may be associated with the low incidence of potentially fatal blood clotting diseases that occur in that country.
Modern uses: Capsicum is called the purest and most certain stimulant known. By getting things moving in the body capsicum aids the circulatory and digestive systems, relieves pain and aids in the healing of colds.
This small and spicy fruit helps many ailments, but most significantly, capsicum is known to be unequaled in promoting outstanding blood circulation. It revitalizes cells, arteries, veins and the heart. Capsicum increases the resistance of blood vessels in the body to harmful bacteria and further, research reports that capsicum strengthens the vessels and provides a constricting action which improves low blood pressure. Because of it's abilities to increase circulation, capsicum is even recommended as being useful for warming up chilled feet by putting it inside shoes.
This red herb has also been commonly used as a food because of it's abilities to aid digestion. It increases the action of the stomach and intestines, promoting more energy intake from food consumption. In addition, capsicum can be used in correcting alcoholism without habit forming or narcotic effects.
Scientific studies indicate that when capsicum is applied externally, such as in a cream, it can bring relief from pain. This herb relieves pain by increasing the blood flow to the area to which it is applied. Because of this stimulating action, capsicum in a cream has shown to relieve nerve pain that is associated with diabetes and provide relief of sore muscles.
The hot stimulating properties of this pepper make it useful in clearing mucus, eliminating headaches and circulating the blood. Capsicum seems to have an anti-inflammatory property and has also been found to protect the lung tissue. In this way it has shown to cut the recovery time of colds and flu in half when taken liberally in the early stages of these diseases.
Dosage and Preparation: As a tonic and to aid circulation, digestion and general health, take 1-2 capsules with meals, or 1/4 teaspoon of the liquid extract three times daily. To aid shock, heart attack and trauma take 1-2 droppers of the extract or open a capsule and dump contents into the mouth. Repeat in 15-20 minutes if necessary. To relieve sore throats, gargle with the tea. Capsicum is also used externally. Sprinkle the powder on cuts or wounds to stop bleeding. When you apply the extract to the skin it encourages circulation to that area and may aid healing and ease pain.
Capsicum (100 capsules)
Capsicum Extract (2 oz)
Capsicum (2-3oz shakers)