On my healing journey, I go through phases of detoxifying, eating healthy, consuming herbs and various other healing practices. Its all part of the healing journey, I suppose, as there is no better way of knowing than doing. I think as this year, the hawthorn berries came late due to the poor summer in Ireland, I didn’t get a chance to pick them. Hawthorn is my favorite herb for the heart and as we have heart disease in the family, on the O’Brien’s side, I just love my heart herbs. They not only work on the physical level but also on the emotional level. So in the rhythm of this year, I have rediscovered cayenne as my heart herb of the moment. Once you get over that first kiss, its love all the way. I am addicted to cayenne at the moment! Let have a look at this herb in more detail.
The name “cayenne” derives from the name of a town in French Guiana. A fiery spice, cayenne pepper is a variety of chilli, which was first introduced into the West in the sixteenth century.
Its active constituent capsaicin is a warming stimulant and a powerful remedy for poor circulation, helping to dilate blood vessels and increase the blood supply to all parts of the body. Capsaicin also signals the brain to release endorphins, the body’s “feel good” hormones.
Cayenne pepper also offers great cardiovascular benefits by helping to revitalise the veins and arteries so that they regain youthful elasticity. The pepper also strengthens the heart and regulates blood pressure, helping to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Dr. Christopher a well-known and much loved herbalist of the mid-twentieth century, recommended it both as first aid fro a heart attack and as a tonic to strengthen the heart. Recent scientific studies done in the United States and India show that cayenne lowers cholesterol and may help reduce the severity of heart disease.
A rich source of vitamins A and C, as well as many of the B – vitamins, cayenne pepper is useful for everything from eye health to immune function, and healthy skin to good memory. Dr. Christopher uses cayenne in his eye formula!
Cayenne comes with a warning. Don’t touch your eyes when handling cayenne, as it will burn. The most important thing is to use appropriate dosages and small amounts go along way with this herb. Consult a master herbalist or your doctor if you have a heart condition. Always seek professional advice. This article is for informational purposes only.