Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
Cayenne is an easy to grow herb. If you grow bell peppers in your garden you can grow your own Cayenne. Here in Colorado we start seeds inside about 6 weeks before the last frost. When the weather warms you can transplant your plants out in a sunny spot in the garden. You may want to provide shade from the strong sun in the middle of the day when you first put the plants out. Keep your plants well watered, but not soggy, and you'll have plenty of peppers to harvest. Let the peppers turn red on the plant before you pick them. Then dry them out of direct sunlight until crisp. You can then grind them to a powder for medicinal use.
Cayenne is a herb that should be in every household. It stimulates the body's immune system and warms the circulation, as well as being an excellent heart tonic as it equalizes the blood pressure and tones the heart muscle. A few drops of Cayenne tincture in the mouth can prevent a person from going into shock. It can also be used the same way for cases of lockjaw.Cayenne stimulates the digestion while easing constipation. I know it sounds crazy, but Cayenne can also be used to heal an ulcerated stomach. It is also useful taken internally and used as a poultice for headaches. It makes an excellent poultice for rheumatism, bruises, and sprains without irritating the skin (except for those with very sensitive skin). An easy to make liniment can be made by gently simmering one tablespoon of cayenne pepper in one pint of apple cider vinegar for ten minutes. Pour it in a bottle while still hot without straining it.Cayenne can be used to stop bleeding by either putting it directly on a wound or drinking 1/2 to 1 tsp mixed in a glass of water. It's antiseptic properties help in the healing of wounds. Cayenne has been used as a specific treatment for Yellow Fever for many years. It is an excellent tonic for warding off any disease. And if you like spicy food it's so easy to add to your daily herbal regimen. Just add a bit of Cayenne to your meal!