Cayenne Pepper

18 Aug
As the temperatures drop and the Winter months are in full swing a lot of people suffer from the cold. Some people feel the cold more than others, depending on their constitution. 

Usually people who feel the cold like to eat warm foods like soups and cooked foods and prefer warm drinks visa verse people who don't feel the cold (there's always that one person you see mid December walking around in a t-shirt!) prefer cold foods like salads and sambo's and would lean more towards cold drinks. For those of us who know what it feels like to constantly feel cold between November - February (unless wrapped in 25layers and sitting dangerously close to a fire with a cuppa) and for those of us who have accepted that the natural color of your hands, feet and face for these Winter months is purple, Good News!  there is a cheap and simple solution.... Cayenne Pepper... a simple spice sitting on your spice rack.
Cayenne Pepper can be taken as a powder *or used when cooking in vegetable form. *For more instant and efficient  results  take in powder form.

So what is it?
Cayenne pepper (pronounced K.N. pepper) is a natural herb extracted from the seeds of the fruit of a tropical shrub known as Capsicum. Different species of the same shrub produce green and red peppers and Cayenne pepper (red pepper) is also sold under the name Capsicum. It has a hot pungent spicy taste and has many uses in homeopathic practice as well as a hot spice for general cooking. It can be bought from most supermarkets as it is natural, safe and effective. Cayenne pepper is used in natural medicine for a variety of reasons, but is particularly effective on the circulatory system. It is regarded as a good purifier and is useful to clear general sluggishness, toxicity of the body, low energy and is an excellent ‘pick me up’.

What can it help?
Cayenne is a good remedy for problems with the circulatory system as it feeds the blood into the arteries, veins and capillaries, which all contribute to healing, and restores elasticity to the blood circulation. For people who feel the cold; cayenne pepper improves the circulation to the extremities making the hands and feet feel warmer. Many chronic ailments are thus helped, eg. sinusitis, chest complaints, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, headaches and also mild cardiac problems. Cayenne also helps remove tar form the lungs of smokers and is especially useful for those trying to give up cigarettes. Up to 99% of illness is stored in the bowel, and as Cayenne helps detoxify the body there may be a change in bowel pattern as it gently ‘spring cleans’ the bowels and other important organs of excretion.


How to use it:
Cayenne is best taken first thing in the morning. About ¼ teaspoon is put into an eggcup with 2-3 spoonfuls of water, mix and throw back and follow with a glass of cold water (already poured). You can take it during the day if you forget, or even to give you a quick boost of energy. However, do not exceed the recommended dosage as set out below. Should you find Cayenne too unpalatable, it also comes in capsules under the name Capsicum (available in health shops only). *Not recommended for people on medication, especially blood thinners. Ring Clinic for further information.


Dosage:
1/8 -¼ of a teaspoon daily for 2 weeks – then one quarter spoonful twice per week for 2 weeks – then once per week thereafter. Cayenne/Capsicum suits most people, but discontinue if it is not suiting you. If taking a capsule take every second day for 2weeks and then 1 capsule per week for 2 weeks. Apart from the aforementioned bowel movements there are no side effects. Should you require any further information please phone the clinic at 8460942.
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