This little red pepper stands "head and shoulders" above all other herbs. It is high in vitamins A, B complex, C, potassium and calcium. As such, Cayenne is very helpful in supporting all aspects of the body's circulatory system and immune system. It is especially useful to the elderly and anyone else who would like to regain lost vitality.
Long famed in culinary circles, Cayenne has an equally long and even legendary status in historical herbal lore for such a huge variety of ailments that it is truly staggering. We highly recommend obtaining a book about herbal remedies that has a section on Cayenne to become informed about the full scope of situations it can address.
One of our favorite uses for Cayenne is purely practical. When cold weather comes around, it can be difficult to keep feet warm, particularly when working or standing outdoors! Cayenne is our all-natural solution.
Toasty Toes 1 teaspoon Cayenne 1 pair of dark-colored socks 1 pair of cold feet
Sprinkle the Cayenne into the sock, on the bottom part, where the sole of the foot will be. Slide the chilled (or soon to be chilly) foot into the sock and put shoes on and proceed as normal. You will notice a slow and consistent warming of the feet from the Cayenne that can last for hours. Remove and rinse feet thoroughly if burning, itching or sensitivity begins. Use dark socks to avoid staining of light colored ones. Wash socks as usual when done.
Tidbits You'll Want to Know:
Cautions: Cayenne should not be used internally on an empty stomach. Like most spices, it is potent and a little goes a long way.
Uses: We use cayenne powder more often than any other herb: teas, tinctures, massage oils, salves, capsules, food recipes, ice cream, etc. Like many other bulk herbs, we add it to many dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts. Cayenne powder can be used to benefit men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing). It can be used as often as you would like.
Storage: It should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.