Preparing Cayenne

There are a few typical preparations of Cayenne.

For Sinus Congestion or Pain Relief:
Add up to 1/2 teaspoon dried cayenne to your cooked dishes. You can also add it to tomato juice, or to 1 cup boiling water for a hot and spicy tea. Its good with chicken or beef bouillon, or soups too.

As a compress:
Soak a clean cloth in cayenne tea and apply briefly to painful muscles and joints.

As an oil or cream:
Add approximately 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper to 1 cup warm vegetable oil. Rub into sore joints and muscles. For cream, mix small amounts of dried pepper into white skin cream until it turns a light pink.

Medicinal Benefits of Cayenne (not to be substituted for Doctor's Care)

Many people have experienced some of the benefits that have been found to be true for Cayenne. Its a great herb. Cayenne contains a powerful, pain relieving compound that is called capsaicin. Some people have found that oils and creams containing red pepper, and applied topically, can sometimes relieve arthritis and muscle pain, backache, as well as psoriasis and sometimes even shingles.

Cayenne can be taken internally to stimulate digestion and circulation. Some have shared results like relieving sinus congestion and colds. It has been said to increase ones metabolism, and weight loss, and even to help heal ulcers. Amazingly, you would think it may hurt an ulcer, being so spicy. Nature is a beautiful thing. As said before, please contact your doctor before making any changes.

I just wanted to share with you what has been shared with me. I have found many of these things to be true for myself. They even have dark chocolate candy bars now, with cayenne in them! Lindt Chocolate makes it. Try it sometime.

The parts used in all of the above, are the ripe fruits, the cayenne peppers themselves. (as opposed to the leaves, seeds or roots, as seen with some other herbs.)

Grow your own Cayenne Pepper, here's how

You will want to sow seeds indoors before the last frost date, to get a head start. Cover with a humidity dome if you have one, or something similar to retain heat and moisture. They like a warm location, aproximately 80-85 degrees F. After all danger of frost has gone, you can transplant them to a sunny location. They like a warm soil. If you are in the Southern states in the US, or a similar type location, you can sow the seeds directly outdoors and have great results.

You will want to harvest the peppers once they turn red. You can use them either fresh or dry them for later use. Make sure to remove seeds before preparing the peppers, and be aware that you can really benefit from wearing gloves when handling these. IMPORTANT, do NOT touch face or eyes when handling the peppers. They can actually burn.

In Soil, plant 1/4 inch deep, and space apart about 18 inches. They can grow to about 12-15 inches tall, and grow very well in pots. They are an annual, and germinate in about 10-20 days.