It is always a treat when we find a plant that is great for both cooking and healing our bodies. Cayenne pepper can be used in countless dishes while also lifting our spirits and helping our bodies to fight off infections.
Once you start to notice your friends and family getting sick, start adding just a pinch of cayenne powder or the pepper itself into one meal a day. This will help to stimulate your immune system to withstand the upcoming illness. Depending on your system’s current state, cayenne can either help you prevent getting sick, help your illness pass more quickly, or tackle it head on.
How Cayenne Helps to Heal Your Body
Cayenne, like all plants, has many important properties such as volatile oils, capsaicin, steroidal saponins, vitamin C and A, carotenoids, and flavonoids. All of these incredible parts work together to help heal your body.
Cayenne affects many different parts of the body but let us first look at our all important hormones since they trigger and impact every single action in the body. The ingredient capsaicin signals your brain to release natural endorphins which help us feel good. Next cayenne helps your body with digestion. Capsaicin, the main ingredient, helps to stimulate both saliva and stomach enzymes for healthy digestion.
Scientific studies done in India and the U.S. have found that cayenne helps your circulatory system by lowering your cholesterol which is key in managing many forms of heart diseases.
For Cold and Flus
Cayenne is packed full of vitamin C and A, so it is perfect for supporting your immune system! When your immune system has what is needs then it can quickly and efficiently fight the bad bacteria, viruses and other foreign invaders.
Cayenne Cold Capsules!
This is one of my favorite recipes to help keep colds at bay or even getting over one more quickly, these awesome cold care capsules are super easy to make but pack a huge punch. I promise that if you take the 30 minutes or so to create a batch, you will not be disappointed in the least bit.
- 1 part echinacea root powder
- 1 part goldenseal root powder (organically cultivated of course)
- ½ part marsh mallow root powder
- ¼-½ part cayenne powder (depending on your spicy tolerance level)
- “00” gelatin or vegetable capsules
How to make your capsules
- What you will want to do is mix the powders together in a small bowl.
- Next, scoop the powder into each end of a capsule, ensuring to pack tightly, and then recap.
- It shouldn’t take you any time at all to cap 50-75 capsules, a winter’s worth for most families.
- Finally, store these bad boys in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
How to use your capsules
At the first sign of a cold or the flu coming on, take 2 capsules every 2-3 hours until your symptoms subside,or up to 9 capsules a day. Be wary though as this is a high dose and should not be continued for longer than 2-3 days, at which you should then decrease the dosage to 2 capsules three times a day or (the normal dosage for an adult).
Remember this is a potential natural remedy for the symptoms of the cold and flu. We here are not doctors so after a few days of utilizing this remedy doesn’t work, then you will need to seek out the counsel of your family doctor.
This is just one of much different at home natural remedies for our ailments. In your travels have you come across any other remedies that have helped you out at all? If so then we would love to hear about it in the comments below!
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, pgs 60-62