Why take CayenneThe heat of the spice stimulates your body to release endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers. But that is only the beginning. Generally speaking, taking half a teaspoon every morning will help you to enjoy its health benefits. Alternatively add it to your food. Sprinkle onto air-popped popcorn for a savoury and healthy snack. Include it in your favourite Chilli Con Carne or check out our Spiced Nuts Recipefor a really special treat that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
Health Benefits of Cayenne for Colds and FluCayenne has long been used to help cure the common cold and science has now proven why it is effective – “hot” foods contain mucokinetic agents – meaning that they help to get the mucous moving. (And that’s what you need if you have a stuffy nose or phlegm.) Add a quarter to a half a teaspoon of Cayenne, a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice to a cup of boiling water, mix well and allow to cool slightly. Sip it whilst still hot. If taken quickly enough, you will stop the cold in its tracks. Otherwise take three times daily until the cold symptoms ease. This mixture will also help to naturally ease hoarseness and laryngitis.
The Heart Health Benefits of CayenneCayenne is great at stimulating the circulation, reducing bad cholesterol and high blood pressure and so is very heart healthy. For those with high cholesterol taking a half teaspoon of cayenne every morning can be beneficial. It can be a little unpalatable at first but you will soon get used to it. It is also available in capsules for those that cannot manage the spice as is.
Rev up your CirculationCayenne taken internally will also help to boost your circulation. In ointment form, it can be applied directly to the skin to help treat circulatory problems such as varicose veins and chilblains. If you can’t get your hands on the ointment, add a teaspoon of the spice to a half a cup of boiling water. Allow to cool and apply daily to problem areas after bathing. It should be noted that applied externally it could irritate the skin so test on a small patch of skin first and never apply to broken skin.
Excellent for Pain ReliefWhen it comes to pain relief, Cayenne is a winner. It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it very effective for treating disorders like:
- joint pain
- sprains and strains