Cayenne Health Benefits and Optimal Dosage For Best Results

| Modified: Sep 17, 2020
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Cayenne pepper is a readily available, inexpensive herb beloved around the world as a food spice.

Cayenne contains essential nutrients, including vitamin B6, potassium, molybdenum, vitamin c, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, and beta-carotene.

Cayenne is also commonly used as a natural remedy. It benefits the digestive system and the circulatory system. Additionally, cayenne is a natural pain reliever and is also used as an emergency remedy for bleeding problems and heart issues.

For centuries, midwives have used cayenne to stop hemorrhaging after childbirth and saved many lives with it.

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Here are a just few of the many conditions helped with cayenne:

  • Arthritis
  • Sore Throat
  • Sinus Infection
  • Tonsillitis
  • Laryngitis
  • Dry Mouth
  • Bleeding
  • Digestion
  • Ulcers
  • Blood Pressure
  • Poor Circulation
  • Cold Feet

Internal Use of 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 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 and upset 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.

Cayenne Quality

All Cayenne Pepper is not created equal. Health food stores are more likely to have a higher quality and more potent cayenne pepper than the average grocery store.

Cayenne Pepper can have a wide range in heat. Some brands have a heat rating of 30,000, which will still be quite spicy. Others will have as much as 190,000 heat units.

Only people who are used to strong spices will be able to tolerate higher amounts!

Your body will adjust to the potency in cayenne pepper. If you start with a small amount and use it regularly, you will find that you can tolerate larger amounts.

Topical Use of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper is often used topically to decrease pain and increase circulation.

Capsaicin affects substance P (which relays pain) in your body.

A salve with cayenne applied to arthritic joints or painful muscles relieves pain. At the same time, circulation is increased. The extra blood flow promotes healing.

As with any pain reliever, natural or otherwise, it is best not to use the reduction in pain to push yourself further. Pain is a signal to your body to rest. Ignoring pain or masking it and continuing on can make the situation worse in the long run.

A topical cayenne salve can also relieve shingles pain and warm up cold and hands and feet.

How to Make a Cayenne Salve

  • 1 T. cayenne pepper powder
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup castor oil
  • 3 T. beeswax

Put cayenne pepper, olive oil, and castor oil into a glass jar.

Allow it to sit for 1 – 2 weeks.

Using a sterile cheesecloth, strain out the cayenne pepper powder. Heat your red-colored oil in a double boiler with the beeswax until the wax melts. Pour into a jar or tin. Allow to cool.

You can use 1 cup of olive oil if you do not have castor oil; however, castor oil also has pain-relieving properties. If you want a harder salve, use 4 T. of beeswax.

Cayenne Pepper Gargle

Cayenne pepper fights viruses and bacteria. For that reason, it makes an excellent gargle. It will be spicy and perhaps not the most pleasant feeling at first. However, after you gargle and your throat gets over the initial sting, the pain will be less, and the infection will begin to wane.

Using a cayenne pepper gargle several times daily for a few days will even fight stubborn infections like strep throat. Simply add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to ¼ cup of warm water. Before you gargle, put on some lip balm, so you don’t burn your lips.

This Earth Clinic video will show you exactly how to use cayenne pepper as a gargle and give you the courage to try it!

Cayenne Pepper Tooth Powder

Cayenne pepper can fight infection and increase circulation in your mouth. You can make a tooth powder to use instead of toothpaste. It may taste very spicy at first, but your mouth will get accustomed to it over time.

Spicy Tooth Powder:

  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Sprinkle the powder onto your toothbrush and brush your teeth gently as needed.

Cayenne Pepper for Emergencies

Cayenne pepper will stop bleeding from a cut. Simply sprinkle cayenne into a clean wound and apply pressure with a clean cloth or gauze pad. The cayenne will mix with blood to form a scab. Don’t remove this scab. Allow it to fall off naturally, or you may begin bleeding again.

In his book Herbal Home Health Care, herbalist Dr. John Christopher writes about using cayenne pepper in case of a heart attack:

1 teaspoon in a cup of hot water.

Many midwives use this same formula for mothers who birth at home and experience bleeding.

Capsaicin as a Cardioprotective

Research has found that capsaicin, the heat-producing component in cayenne pepper, when applied topically during a heart attack, can significantly decrease cardiac cell death while further treatment is being pursued.

Capsaicin is also found in topical pain relief formulas.

Read on to learn the benefits hundreds of Earth Clinic readers have experienced with Cayenne over the past 15 years.

Be sure to share your experiences with us!


Posted by Jasonmchicago (Chicago, Il (usa) ) on 06/17/2011
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I have figured out a VERY POWERFUL anti-inflammatory that works almost instantly. I take 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper in the mouth. Wait until the sensations start then swallow. Then I wait 2-5 minutes until I feel the burning all over my mouth and know that it is working. Then I take the following:

- Fresh Garlic

- Fresh Ginger

- 1-2 Ginger Capsules

- 1-2 Turmeric Capsules (high quality brand)

- Fresh Rosemary

- EVOO 1/2 ounce

I swallow this all at once and literally within 1-5 minutes the inflammation goes down. I can feel the muscle inflammation getting the effects of this combo. I heard that Cayenne is amazing for distributing herbal potency to where it needs to go. It quickly circulates the blood and I believe the "powers" of the turmeric, garlic, and rosemary all get going.

It has really helped me out with IMMEDIATE relief of serious inflammation more than any one by themselves or prescription drugs or NSAIDs or anything. If you want added benefit take a hot/warm water moist towel and put it on the area that needs inflammation reduction.



Posted by Zark (Emerald City) on 04/16/2015
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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.


Posted by Kolin (Nottingham, England) on 02/13/2011
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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.

Posted by Geri (Dothan, Alabama) on 06/21/2009
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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
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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.

Athlete's Foot

Posted by Vince (Philadelphia, PA) on 09/21/2006
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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.

Bloody Noses

Posted by Rob (Springfield, MO) on 11/15/2008
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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
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I have used all sorts of strange things for candida the only two things that have seemed to work are cayenne pepper and a colon cleanse -- you're supposed to use the colon cleanse for three mths but 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 metallic taste in my mouth, got dehydrated and confused my eyes were foggy like I'd been swimming in chlorine so I tried the pepper and it knocked it out almost immediately!!! I should probably do a metal cleanse and a kidney cleanse also!!!

Cayenne and Surgery

Posted by De Shawwn (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 09/22/2014
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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.

Cayenne Contraindications

Posted by Unsure (Northridge, Ca.) on 03/31/2017
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Has anyone mixed cayenne pepper capsules with butcher's broom capsules? About a month ago, I started taking herbal supplements to not only improve my poor circulation, but also help with my 9 year edema issues. I have been on prescription diuretics from various doctors. None of them were getting to the root of the matter so I started taking at first Dandelion leaf capsules. No difference, then the parsley leaf with the cayenne capsules. (only one in the a.m. & then one in the p.m.) I am on heartburn medication also. I did notice some differences with the swelling of my ankles with the parsley. But I finished the bottle & started yesterday on the butchers broom.

Now I'm having chest pain like squeezing/sharp only on the left side of chest. But it comes & goes. When I take the cayenne & butchers broom capsules in the a.m. I don't have the chest pain.? Why only at night? I'm also on high blood pressure Prescription meds, also on high cholresterol, lasix, one for joint pain, one for thyroid, I just read an article that says don't take butchers broom if you have high blood pressure! I also am experiencing back of head pain but it to subsided. I'm done with the butchers broom! Will order the apple cider vinegar capsules next.

Will let you know how that goes!

Replied by Whisperingsage
Northern Ca
43 posts

You have a lot going on and a lot of meds that could be messing you up. Lasix ALONE will cause mineral deficiencies, not just potassium, it throws all of them out. First, go to Youtube and watch Dead Doctors Don't Lie by Joel Wallach, and Somebody Needs to go To Jail, by Joel Wallach. That should get you a good footing. If you get junk mail vitamin Catalogues, save one and read it. It's like a little encyclopedia on what nutrients do. And no it's not all BS. That's how I started and years later got straight A's in Anatomy and physiology (two 5 unit classes) and biology, and organic chemistry. Because I already had a good foundation from understanding the vitamins and minerals and fatty acids, so those classes were just building on what I already knew. (I'm a nurse now, and MOST nurses I have worked with did not have that detailed knowledge and ordered the useless OTC supplements for house stock because of their lack of understanding, (E for example, has to be the natural form to be usable by the body, otherwise it is just going into the toilet. But she didn't know. I had to explain to a veteran nurse my first year out of school.)Anyway, you don't have to buy Wallach's products but you DO have to learn about the nutrients and make sure you get your 90 essentials including your 60 minerals. (Cheat sheet, I found a knock off brand called Tropical Oasis for $20, vs his $70) Compare the labels, know how to read your labels. He also has a book called Let's Play Doctor where he teaches people how to be responsible for their own health.

Posted by Jeanne (Westlock Alberta) on 03/27/2014

Can a person do natural treatments such as cayenne and molasses if they are being treated by a doctor for blood clot in the right lung and the right leg with warfarin or other anticoagulant drugs? Is it too risky?

Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
2113 posts

Jeanne: I see no problems w/ the BSM & Cayanne. Two herbs which to avoid during this drug treatment is Gingko biloba and White Willow as they are considerd "blood thinners".

Cayanne & Ginger work together very well to assist in improving circulation which reduces the risk of blood clotting stroke.

Omega 3 fats like Fish & Flax oil are recommended for keeping the blood thin but are considered "mild" anticoagulants and very much indicated in cardiovascular conditions.

Cayenne Pepper Side Effects

Posted by Cameron (Brisbane, Qld, Australia) on 02/05/2012
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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.

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
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Hi Cameron, I got a fright the first time I took my bp (20mins) after taking cayenne as it was already raised and I had expected it to start to go down but found it was higher than before taking it. In about 2 hrs it was ok. I have tested it on 2 other occasions when my bp was normal before taking the cayenne and it rose a bit both times but within approx hour it was back to normal. I never had the dizzy feeling that you've had.

Make sure you have a good quality cayenne as some time back there were reports of colouring being added to some cayenne batches. If you have some tabasco sauce add a few drops to water and see how you go with that.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Cameron: pls take MUCH less! I take only a few grains and it's still helpful.

Replied by Cameron
Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Thanks folks, I have backed off to 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne in Hot Water with Manuka Honey to sweeten it. My BP is now 122/75 in the morning, my pulse about 60. I do not have the large spike in BP after taking the Cayenne and I am losing weight, have more energy and I really think my eyes are better(my computer screen seems sharper). I think you really need to start off small and build up, I would guess my 1/4 tsp is about right.

Cayenne Recipes

Posted by Ms (Cville, Ky) on 07/21/2013

I've just started using the cayenne powder/spice today. After trying 1 teaspoon in warm water, I'm gonna take a lesson from the Aztecs and start drinking mine in Hot Cocoa. This way I'll be able to look forward to it everyday cuz I LOOOOOOOVE CHOCOLATE!!! I found my cayenne at the Amish store, so it should be fine. The Amish are very smart about what they put in their bodies. Evidently, the Aztecs were pretty smart people also. Hope this helps someone. Big thanks to everyone on this site that's continually helpin' me : )

Posted by Kenny (Paducah Ky, Kentucky Usa) on 01/04/2012

I agree with the one comment just take it like you're supposed to. I take a teaspoon 90.000 units with water or v8... Hot sauce in a bottle has sodium. (as does v8) anyway as the saying goes, don't be sissy, take it like a man.

Posted by William James (Seattle, Wa) on 08/20/2011
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I ingest cayenne through a tasty blended drink I call Bill's Spice Juice:

  • 1 whole lemon and/or lime
  • 1 tray of ice
  • Orange Juice (or orange concentrate)
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • 1-2 tsp powdered ginger
  • water
  • Blend till smoothOptional delicious variations to the above recipe add: spinach and banana or berry jam or frozen berries.

    The addition of powered ginger and jam alters the drink in a tropical manner. I find this drink so tasty, I can't wait to come home to drink it. I've been drinking it since June 2011 and I noticed (on August 14) that my tendon & joint pain I've suffered with for four years now has vanished.

Replied by Rejjie
Derry, Nh
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Thank you for this wonderful recipe. This drink is really great and effective. It tastes very good with spinach and bananas. Has brought my inflammation down and has a cleansing effect too. Love it.

Replied by Belady
Somewhere In, Or
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Adding another tsp of turmeric makes for additional wellness..