4 days ago
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am almost always adding a little cayenne to my food lol. It is by far my favorite culinary herb, and one of my favorite medicinal ones as well. As someone who has what is known as a very "cold and dry constitution" in herbalism, I love the heat that it brings to my body. I've been feeling a pretty deep connection to cayenne lately. Allow me to briefly walk you though the awesomeness of this herb. . Cayenne is a warming herb and works by stimulating your circulatory system via increased blood flow. It also enhances digestion by stimulating the release of saliva and stomach enzymes, and contains a chemical known as "capsaicin" which signals the brain to release endorphins ("feel-good" hormones). This is what makes cayenne so effective in relieving pain for arthritis and muscle/joint aches when used topically in a salve. . Rich in vitamins A and C, cayenne supports the immune system and supports recovery from illness. It has also been proven to lower cholesterol and reduce the severity of heart disease. Some herbalists even recommend using cayenne as a form of first aid at the onset of a heart attack! . In honor of the "back to school" and "cold and flu" season, I will be doing more posts on specific herbs as I feel personally called to do so - particularly those that have immune boosting properties.