Parts used - the fruits
Helps improve circulation
When applied externally as a lotion or compress it helps relieve the pain of neuralgia.
Applied externally it helps relieve muscle spasms, sore muscles, rheumatic pain, sprains and bruising.
On rare occasions a hypersensitivity reaction was reported when Cayenne was applied to the skin.
Excessive consumption of Cayenne can cause gastroenteritis and liver damage.
Do not leave a compress containing Cayenne on the skin for extended periods of time as blistering may occur.
Do not use in therapeutic doses when pregnant or nursing.
Do not apply to broken or injured skin.
Avoid touching eyes or mucus membranes when handling fresh Cayenne.
History of Cayenne
The first red hot Cayenne Chili arrived in the West from India in the middle of the 16th Century. It was known as Ginnie Pepper and was used to treat a scrofula, a common lymphatic throat and skin infection.
In the 19th Century Cayenne was used for its warming properties to treat such conditions as chills and rheumatism.
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