As Food, Cayenne Pepper is known as a fruit.  High in Vitamin C, very spicy, and easy to grow. It can be eaten fresh (if one is tough enough), frozen, canned, or dried and stored either whole or ground. It is most often used as a spice to flavor food, but the medicinal value of this fruit is very great.

Cayenne Pepper, also known as Capsicum is used Therapeutically for so many things I will just list some of them here and write more on the specifics later.

Benefits of Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum):

• Blood pressure
• Heart Health
• Digestion
• Ulcers
• Constipation
• Bleeding
• Spider veins
• Circulation
• Anti fungal
• Muscle cramps
• Muscle soreness
• Joint pain
• Stimulating (giving energy)
• Child birth
• Detoxing
• Cancer
• Sore throats

I'm sure I have missed some, but hopefully you get the idea. Cayenne Pepper is truly one of our Wonder Herbs.  I honestly use it every day.  It consistently stops my heart palpitations, gives me more energy and helps with reflux.

The best way to take it is mix with water and drink.  This is one you need to start with small amounts and gradually build up.  Start with 1/4 teaspoon or less.  I usually use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon at a time now, and I do add Apple Cider Vinegar. The Vinegar offsets the Cayenne, and the Cayenne offsets the Vinegar for me. I will write m ore about ACV later.  The next best way to take it would be capsules.  Either buy a capsule machine and make them yourself with vegetarian capsules or find a good quality you can purchase.  Cayenne Pepper is usually very reasonably priced.

And then, I think nearly everything tastes better with Cayenne Pepper sprinkled on top! : )

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Lorelei Vaughan, MMT, CIMI

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