Cayenne – Culinary and medicinal

August 20, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

CayenneGRASONVILLE, MD – Thursday morning –  Most of us probably have a bottle of cayenne in our kitchen spice rack. You probably bought it because you had a recipe that called for this spice. But, what do you really know about cayenne?

Cayenne comes from the chili pepper family — I’m sure you would have guessed that from its flavor. Cayenne is a potent stimulant for your whole body. It is especially good for digestion (as are all culinary spices and herbs), normalizes circulation, and tones your nervous system. All those good things happen when you use cayenne in your recipes.

Externally, cayenne is great for stimulating circulation in the skin and to soothe sciatica and rheumatism. It contains a lot of Vitamin C and beta carotene which is converted into Vitamin A in your body. Did you know that if you have a splinter you can mix up a paste of cayenne powder and olive oil and place over a splinter and cover with a band aid and the cayenne will bring the splinter up to the surface of your skin to be removed? I use this all the time and it really works. It is especially good when you have a small piece of a splinter that you can’t see to remove — but this works well in all splinter situations.

Cayenne Plaster – you can also make a plaster of 1 teaspoon of cayenne powder, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 3 teaspoons of white flour. Make a paste by adding a little water to the above ingredients and layer a piece of cloth, the plaster mixture and another piece of cloth over the skin. Leave the plaster on until the skin reddens and feels nice and warm. This is great for easing arthritic joints.

Spice up your life in a healthy way! >>Candace

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