Dr. Christopher, Master Herbalist, never left home without it.
There was always an ample supply of Cayenne Pepper in his bag whenever
he made a house call. This hot little herb is phenomenal.
According to Dr. Christopher, a heaping teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
in a cup of hot water will stop a heart attack in progress. I passed
this nugget of information to a friend who has a history of heart
attacks. For once he listened. When he had a massive heart attack
several years ago that even his nitroglycerin couldn't stop, his
wife made the "hot toddy" for him - it saved his life.
He made it to the hospital and survived. Neither he, his wife, nor
I believe he would be alive today if he had not drunk that cup cayenne
Back to the facts - Capsicum is a catalyst herb. Its stimulating
properties speed the absorption and effectiveness of any herbs taken
in combination with it, increasing their power. Capsicum is said
to be unequaled for warding off diseases and equalizing blood circulation,
and combined with garlic & parsley will help lower blood pressure.
Capsicum also heals ulcers. Yup. You're reading that right. Capsicum
helps heal ulcers. A favorite story of mine is the one from Dr.
Christopher about the husband who had endured the pain of a stomach
ulcer for as long as he could stand it. This husband decided he
could take no more and wanted to end his life. When he went to the
medicine cabinet to get pills to do the dastardly deed, he discovered
his wife had replaced all the drugs with herbs. He saw the bottle
of Cayenne Pepper capsules and figured that would surely kill him,
so he took a handful.
Being a considerate fellow, he didn't want his screams to disturb
the neighbors, so he took an extra pillow with him to bed to muffle
his screams. Was he ever surprised when his wife shook him awake
the next morning and told him he was late for work! What he didn't
know is that capsicum stimulates the protective mucus-forming membranes
of the stomach. It was the first time in years he had slept through
Capsicum is a stimulant herb and a digestive aid, helping improve
digestion and soothing inflammation. It helps remove toxins from
the body, relieves gastrointestinal problems including bleeding
ulcers, colic, dyspepsia, flatulence and even diarrhea. It helps
relieve the pain of shingles, cluster headaches, and itching palms
and feet of diabetes. A little Capsicum sprinkled in water and gargled
will eliminate a sore throat.
Capsicum is high in vitamins and minerals that are needed for healing.
It can also be applied directly to a wound. I'm not going to tell
you that it doesn't hurt, because it hurts like hell, but it will
stop the bleeding. One friend sliced her thumb to the bone while
cutting veggies. Brave soul that she is, she stuck it directly into
cayenne pepper. Not only did she stop the bleeding, there was no
scarring. A few screams, but no scarring. (I'm joking again. Yes,
it burns, but only for a few minutes, though you get a lot of exercise
while it's cauterizing the wound. I know this because I've done
it myself, and yes, I'd do it again.)
Got a splinter? Combine Capsicum and Plantain and apply externally
to draw out foreign items embedded in the skin.
Got cold feet? Sprinkle Capsicum in your socks (also helps prevent
frostbite). If that's a bit strong, sprinkle it into your shoes.
The heat will go through your socks.
Got questions? E-mail me!
Please note that taking one or two capsules of Capsicum is not
going to do the trick. It might require seemingly large amounts
(2 or 3 capsules 2 or 3 times a day) to achieve the desired results.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not
meant to diagnose or treat disease. Consult your health care professional.
Dr. Mary Lee is a Doctor of Naturopathy. To obtain herbs, or for
more information, contact Dr Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.