Last Modified on Apr 20, 2016
Cayenne Pepper is an easily available, inexpensive home remedy with seemingly endless applications. Many cultures use cayenne pepper in recipes daily. It is a commonly used herbal remedy discussed at length in many herb books. Earth Clinic readers report a great variety of cures using Cayenne Pepper.
Health Problems Helped and Cured by Cayenne Pepper
Herbalists use Cayenne Pepper to treat many conditions including arthritis, ulcers, sore throats, tonsillitis, laryngitis, hemorrhage, heart disease, dry moth, depression, cold extremities and bleeding wounds. Earth Clinic readers also report Cayenne Pepper to be helpful to infections, hypothyroidism, weight loss, wounds, vision problems, and digestive problems.
Cayenne Pepper contains important nutrients, including vitamin B6, potassium, molybdenum, vitamin c, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, and beta-carotene.
in his book Herbal Home Health Care, herbalist Dr. John Christopher writes about using cayenne pepper in case of heart attack - 1 teaspoon in a cup of hot water. Many midwives use the same formula for mothers who birth at home and experience hemorrhage.
How to Take Cayenne Pepper
As with most natural remedies, it is best to start with a smaller dose and increase as needed. Even 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper is helpful in some cases. Some people just keep a cayenne pepper shaker on the table for seasoning food. Many people also find that mixing cayenne pepper in some orange juice will help it to go down easier. Cayenne pepper taken in capsules is more likely to cause digestive surprise when the capsule opens in the stomach. If the tongue has already tasted the cayenne, the stomach has had advanced warning! Some cayenne pepper capsules include ginger to help the stomach to adjust more easily.
All Cayenne Pepper is not created equal. Health food stores are more likely to have a higher quality and stronger cayenne pepper than the average grocery store. Cayenne Pepper can have a wide range in heat. Some Cayenne Pepper has a heat rating of 30,000, which will still be quite spicy. Others will have as much as 190,000 heat units. Only those used to strong spice will be able to tolerate higher amounts!
Please read on to see what benefits Earth Clinic readers have experienced with Cayenne Pepper. And be sure to share your experiences with cayenne pepper!
Remedies for Cayenne Pepper
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ACV, Chilli, and Bicarb - all three of these are antifungals.
I use Bicarb quite frequently as a spray whenever my plants have fungal issues. Works quickly. Bicarb also neutralises the mycotoxins produced by pathogenic fungi.
Yesterday I had, unusually while awake, a strong episode of atrial flutter, my chest felt like a washine machine full of golf balls! It would not calm down with relaxation etc, so, half teaspoon cayenne in a cup of warm water followed by a short deliberate heavy coughing session, 5 minutes later all went back to normal, well worth trying!
Keep up these posts, love to all, Kolin.
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Posted by Geri (Dothan, Alabama) on 06/21/2009
Cayenne pepper effects on heart racing and arrythmia...
I have been using cayenne pepper for several months for racing heart and arrythmia. Within less than a minute my heart is back to normal!! I use 1/2 teaspoon in warm water, less than a cup, one teaspoon in 8oz is recommended, but I get the results from 1/2 tsp., also I use cayenne pepper liberally on most of my food, like salads, baked potato, omlets, etc.. I have tried MANY natural cures, but never had one work so fast. The Phamaceutical companies will probably try to get this miracle cure declared illegal! If people could try it, doctors and drugs would lose billions! I don't mind the heat at all for the results I get. It IS a good idea to have some food in your stomach, though. Wonderful site, Earth Clinic!!
Posted by Trina (St.Helens, Oregon) on 08/07/2008
Rheumatoid/Osteo Arthritis: So update, I have done oil pulling and still have twice everyday. My Arthritis is not completely gone. I think it's because i aint using the right oil. But i still sleep well and no more chocolate addiction. And branded scar is completly GONE Due to the Organic Sufflower oil that i pulled with. Anyways i wanna loose weight to help my arthritis because my doctor says i have both.((RA/OA)) So i try the recommended Master Cleanse Diet (from this site by a person). After day one i felt really Pain free. in that diet all you drink is Cayenne pepper in filtered water with Grade A/B Organic Maple syrup and organic lemon. Oh and diet tea and salt laxitive. I did that diet for 2 and half days without eating.
Anyways it was the cayenne pepper that made me pain free. I researched cayenne pepper online and bought the pills. It works great. I take more then it says too. it takes about 6 Cayenne fruit pills. it cost less the 3 dollars at Wal-mart. And Well worth it!! - u know that diet i was supposed to have min. Look up Cayenne pepper it does much more then just for pain oh and weight loss. 3 thumbs way up.
Posted by Vince (Philadelphia, PA) on 09/21/2006
I had Athletes' Foot between 2 toes that sit against each other. I had it off and on for years. It was hard to dry them after a shower, and when in a rush, I don't think I did it that well, and then sitting against each other, I would probably really have to, and sweating probably cause it also. I only applied cayenne in salt water one time, and it has been gone for years. Usually it has to stay in place for a while on skin surfaces, so I soak the gauze on a bandaid, but since my toes touch, I didn't have to.
Posted by Rob (Springfield, MO) on 11/15/2008
Every winter since I was little I would get bloody noses because of the dry indoor air. Last winter it was bad. I was having at least one a day no matter how much I ran my humidifier. I came across this site and read about Cayenne Pepper helping with this problem. The day I started taking Cayenne Pepper pills was the last time I had a bloody nose! (It has been almost a year now) I take one in the morning with my vitamins and dont worry about my nose exploding every time I sneeze. Try it, you wont be disappointed!
Posted by Crystal (Lawrenceville, GA) on 04/28/2007
I have used all sorts of strange things for candida the only two things that have seemed to work are cayenne pepper!! and dr. natura colon cleanse -- you're supposed to use that for three mths I only used it for one. But I will let you know. I tried the pepper one day after reading all about dif. cures and realized oh yeah parasites come along with candida so you have to kill those off too!!! and cayenne pepper is a great thing for that. I had a really bad metalic taste in my mouth got dehydrated confused my eyes were foggy like I'd been swimming in clorine so I tried the pepper and it knocked it out almost immediately!!! I should probly do a a metal cleanse and a kidney cleanse also!!!
Posted by De Shawwn (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 09/22/2014
I can attest to the effectiveness of cayenne pepper because March 17,2014. I had a major surgery. I was a severe anemic at the time and on the day of my surgery my doctor was advised several times by other medical personnel working with him to give me a blood transfusion BEFORE my surgery but he didn't. I believe had it not been for me taking cayenne pepper before my surgery the outcome of my surgery could have been devastating. After the surgery I received a blood transfusion. No one could ever convince me that cayenne pepper is what allowed me to not bleed to death during my surgery because at the time of my surgery my blood was a 5.0 and remember I had a major surgery cut wide open from one side of my stomach to the other side. My healing was amazing 2 days after my surgery my cut had healed on the outside and I was walking around without any problem.
Posted by Jasmine (Chicago, IL) on 05/26/2008
This is just a warning to all cayenne users. There are only a few categories of herbs, the most cautionary one is heated ones like ginger and cayenne. There are also bitter herbs and sweet herbs. Heated herbs can actually raise your body temperature a few points.
In cases of mild fever, this isn't dangerous, but if you have a high fever, please do not use hot spices in LARGE quantity. A little as a spice in your food is fine, but using it medicinally can involve much more than you would ever ingest normally.
Many remedies for chills, frostbite, hypothermia, and similar "cold" conditions use these heated herbs due to this reason. They warm you up.
Always monitor your body temperature and discontinue the cayenne if your temperature is turning into a high fever. Use your common sense. Heated herbs are sometimes used as fever breakers, just as some would cover their loved one in blankets to "break" their fever. But when a fever becomes too high, heat is a bad idea. There are other sweet and bitter herbal remedies for sore throats and the like that can work just as well. So please take caution in using heated herbs with fevers.
As with any herbal use, there are always precautions we must take to ensure our safety. This is one of those measures I hope everyone is aware of.
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Posted by John (Panama City, FL) on 01/20/2008
Someone offered this advice to hunters (and anyone else looking to keep their feet warm): sprinkle cayenne in your socks. It DOES work. However, DIABETICS BE WARNED: you should be careful using any topical treatment which provides heat, be it medicinal or homeopathic (this includes cayenne, IcyHot or similar items, electric heating pads, etc.). Because diabetics often suffer from poor circulation and skin issues, using such items can produce burning, and since diabetics often do not heal as quickly, this can become a serious medical issue.
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Posted by Karenna (SF, CA) on 06/01/2007
Cayenne is NOT unsafe per one of your feedback customers. I recently found your website in some research I am doing on Cayenne and Lymph, but was a little disconcerted to see that you published someone's testimonial warning others not to use cayenne if they do not want their blood thinned.
Cayenne is used in midwifery and in other instances when needed to stop hemorrhaging, and has the ability to correct and balance both ends of many circulation issues. It will assist in dissolving clots as well as stopping bleeding, and it will -- over time -- correct both high and low blood pressure.
I suggest to all readers that when it comes to benefits and contraindications of herbs and medications, that they exhaustive research, or at least more than they think is necessary, to discover what they need to know for their particular situation or those for whom they are caring. [EC : Thanks, Karenna. We appreciate your clarification!]
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Posted by Ava (Detroit, Michigan) on 03/22/2007
Cayenne Pepper - I just think there should be a notation that it is a natural blood thinner. I was going to try it, but after noting that, couldn't.
Posted by Amy (New Haven, CT) on 02/18/2007
Love your site but wanted to let you know that the reason you are supposed to stop taking cayenne pepper before surgery has nothing whatsoever to do with inflammation (which in most cases it doesn't cause anyhow). The reason is that Cayenne Pepper is a very effective blood thinner and so, like aspirin, you don't take it prior to surgery, to ensure minimal blood loss.
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Williams Lake, Bc, Canada
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Posted by Cameron (Brisbane, Qld, Australia) on 02/05/2012
I have started taking Cayenne Pepper, I do not know the strength and have a question for some one who knows a bit about it.
I am taking 1/2 a tsp in hot water, straight after taking it my Blood Pressure is going to 150 90 and my pulse over 90. It varies but I am very concerned, I feel dizzy as I write this and and will take my blood pressure again then go and lie down.
Can anyone tell me if this is typical, does it stop some time after getting used to taking it?
My normal BP is 127/75 and pulse between 64 and 72.
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