Parts used-Berries/Peppers, (also called capsicum, red pepper.)

Actions and Uses: Aids digestion, improves circulation and stops bleeding from ulcers.  This herb acts as a catalyst when combined with other herbs.  Good for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach.  It is useful for arthritis and rheumatism.  Help’s to ward off colds, sinus infections and sore throats, good for pain when applied topically.

Phytochemical Content: Beta-carotene, caffeic acid, capsaicin, citric acid, hesperiden, limonene, lutein, quecetin, zeaxanthin, amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc; vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, and E.

General Information: There is a growing cult of cayenne aficionados and it is deserving of all this attention.  Cayenne serves as a catalyst to the system, stimulating the body’s natural defense system.  It has antiseptic properties and is an excellent warming circulatory herb.  It is one of the best heart tonics, increasing the pulse and toning the heart muscle.  It is a natural coagulant that stops bleeding and it is an excellent carminative, stimulating the digestive process and helping with congestion and constipation.

Caution: Very hot and spicy; avoid contact with the eyes.