Scientific: Capsicum annuum [WikiPedia]
Composition: Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne peppers, is what gives them their medicinal properties.
Appearance: Cayenne peppers
are closely related to jalapeño peppers and bell peppers and are a
staple in Southwestern American and Mexican cuisine, as well as Cajun
and Creole cooking.
Parts Used: Fruit
Common Uses: Rich in vitamins
C and A, cayenne also supplies vitamins B3 (niacin), B2 (riboflavin),
and B6 (pyridoxine), the minerals iron, copper, and potassium, plus
flavonoids and other micronutrients. Medicinally, chili peppers are
added to herbal formulas in small amounts as a catalyst, a substance
that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being
affected. In oral supplements or when added to food, cayenne speeds
reactions in the digestive and circulatory systems. Applied topically,
it is a rubefacient, which means that it increases circulation to the
skin, nerves, and joints, opening subcutaneous capillaries and acting as
an analgesic. Wherever applied, cayenne improves the body’s ability to
absorb nutrients, fight infection, alleviate pain, and reduce
Cayenne offers both medicinal as well as nutritional benefits to you and your pack.
Nutrients: Cayenne contains:
Alkaloids, capsaicin, capsacutin, capsaicin, capsanthine, capsico PABA,
fatty acids, flavonoids, sugars, carotene, volatile oil, and vitamins A,
B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and C.
Alternatives and Adjuncts:Circulatory, combine with hawthorn, ginko, ginger and yarrow. For bleeding, combine with yarrow.
Topic Specific References:
PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.