Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne is a potent stimulant for the whole body, and is especially useful for aiding digestion, normalizing circulation, toning the nervous system and relieving pain and inflammation The capsaicin contained in the peppers promotes the secretion of important digestive enzymes.
 
 Cayenne contains a great deal of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body and is important to eyesight. In terms of the healing arts, the pepper’s most important component is capsaicin, an alkaloid. Cayenne pepper also contains essential oils, which are responsible for stimulating the skin. Eat cayenne uncooked for a less irritating, more therapeutic effect.
 
 To ease arthritic joints:
 
 Make a poultice using 3 tbsp. flour, 1 tsp. olive oil and 1 tsp. ground cayenne. Add warm water to make a paste. Layer a piece of cloth on the effected area, the plaster and another piece of cloth. Leave the plaster on until the skin reddens and feels warm.