Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper – Capsicum annum
Hot! Hot! Hot! arousing the Vital Force. Not only is Cayenne a strong stimulant but also in herbal medicine has been recognised as useful in OLD AGE often added to creams as Capsaicin (the resin) can block pain transmission and therefore acts as an analgesic and has been useful for arthritic conditions.
As Capsicum furnaces the heart and central blood vessels it therefore increases tone to our circulation warming us from the inside- outwards to them fingers and toes!
‘Cayenne corn pancakes, appealing?

Interestingly enough Capsicum and Oats have been used for with drawl from alcohol and addictive drugs.
Your wayside talking
As a community herbalist it is evident that many local remedies are being forgotten or replaced by exotic and well marketed cure-alls.
What is somewhat misunderstood is that what grows locally to us is what has often been known to cure us. I have included some local herbs that are a good example of this.

Burdock root- Arctium lappa -biennial root crop with multiple values. A popular vegetable in Japan and grows everywhere here! Having detoxing and demulcent (soothing) qualities it benefits both the liver and kidneys and is very tasty.
IMPORTANT: When harvesting burdock root, make sure that you gather it only from first year burdock. Remember this isn’t strip-mining it’s sustainable food gathering! If in any doubt see your local herbalist!

Horseradish root- Armoracia rusticana. With antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anticatarrhal and circulatory stimulant qualities horseradish can be used for respiratory problems breaking down catarrh and clearing mucus in the body. Growing right now, is another example of natures’ abundant pharmacy for you this winter.

Talking tea pot! Zingiber officinale
Try some warming fresh ginger tea (Zingiber officinale) – chopped up finely, be sure to keep your cup covered keeping all the constituents. Old folk law says it makes you more attractive to the opposite gender! Research says it relaxes you, lowers cholesterol, I say… put that kettle on!
Sara Jane

Categories News | Tags: , | Posted on March 29, 2009

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    On May 22, 2012

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