I can still see my oldest daughter running into the kitchen with blood dripping down her arm. Elbow to wrist, and it was bad. Six or seven deep lacerations from putting her arm right through the glass on the screen door. She was 14 at the time, and never happy to let me “doctor” her.
The nearest Dr. at the time was nearly 50 minutes away, and there was no way she was going to willingly submit to stitches by me.
Luckily for her, the Cayenne Pepper, my tried and true friend was once again called to the rescue. I knew if I sprinkled it on the injuries liberally, it would stop the bleeding, and oh, how it works! The side benefit I didn’t expect was how nicely her arm healed after we were able to clean and bandage it. She doesn’t have a single scar from that incident.
The first time I’d ever tried it, we had a Collie, that had come from Greece. A big investment, and he had gotten loose and chased a car, and of course was hit. As soon as I got to him, I could see there were internal injuries as the blood trickled from his mouth. His eyes were glazing over, and I knew we were losing him.
I had just read Lalitha Thomas’ book, Ten Essential Herbs, and she had spoken of a similar experience. I sent the kids back in for the cayenne, and right there on the side of the road, we started administering a pinch of cayenne every five minutes. After about 15 minutes he started coming around. The bleeding had stopped, and we began tending to his other injuries, including a massive portion of his hide that had torn away. It was the next thing to get a massive sprinkle of cayenne. Eventually, everything healed, and he was the same goofy dog he’d always been.
So, I learned to carry a double Ziploc bag of Cayenne with me wherever I’ve gone. In my purse, in the car, and always plenty at home.
But it’s good for so many other things! Taken internally, just a pinch in your morning juice, or on your sandwich, a little each time you think about it, can make a world of difference in your body’s health.
Please always remember though, to add Cayenne after you have cooked your meal, since cooking it, changes it’s properties into an acid, and you lose some of the benefits, and it can cause stomach upset.
Using Cayenne daily, can offer a myriad of benefits. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, they are:
Capsaicin has powerful pain-relieving properties when applied to the skin. It reduces the amount of substance P, a chemical that carries pain messages to the brain, in your body. When there is less substance P, the pain messages no longer reach the brain, and you feel relief. Capsaicin is often recommended for the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as joint or muscle pain from fibromyalgia or other causes.
- Nerve pain from shingles and other painful skin conditions (postherpetic neuralgia) that happens even after the skin blisters have gone away. Research is mixed. Check with your doctor to see if trying capsaicin ointment is right for you.
- Pain after surgery, such as a mastectomy or an amputation.
- Pain from nerve damage in the feet or legs from diabetes, called diabetic peripheral neuropathy. However, capsaicin doesn’t seem to work for peripheral neuropathy from HIV.
- Low back pain. Several studies suggest capsaicin cream can reduce lower back pain.
Known to be an anti inflammatory, it’s good for your heart, thins blood, and paradoxically stops bleeding, and it lowers your blood pressure.
High in vitamins A, C, B complex, calcium and potassium, studies have shown that cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines. Moreover, cayenne acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs.
This is an herb worth taking the time to study. The available information is legion, and you’ll never stop being amazed at all it does. And do yourself a favor, check out this great book for more information!
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