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Bring Up the Spice for Health

Oct 31, 2016 03:08PM
Spicy cayenne pepper has many health benefits, in addition to providing a tasty zing to chili and other flavorful dishes. There is so much more to this pepper, as the caspsaicin in cayenne is an active ingredient that brings many health benefits.

Cayenne is used in many muscle rubs to soothe pain. Just mix a few dashes of cayenne and a few teaspoons of olive oil to concoct a soothing rub to be used after a hard workout.

Another benefit of cayenne—it can be used to suppress the appetite and burns calories. It does this by increasing the body temperature and improving circulation.

Cayenne is also beneficial when suffering from a cold or flu. It is a powerful decongestant, by stimulating the release of mucus. Just sprinkling cayenne on food will provide health benefits when attempting to fend off a cold as the weather gets chilly. Plus, cayenne is helpful in regulating blood sugar, which can help diabetics.

Last, but not least, the capsaicin in cayenne is helpful with skin conditions such as psoriasis, helping with the symptoms of itching.

With so many health benefits to this pepper, it is worth having in the spice rack and the medicine cabinet.

Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and a certified aromatherapist and herbologist. For a consultation and products, call 703-851-0087 or visit



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