Cayenne PepperCapsicum annuum
Actions: Heating, Stimulating, Repairing, Increases blood flow, Draws nutrients to skin cells
Found in: uff! (Touch + Soothe)
Cayenne comes from the same plant genus as bell peppers, chilies, paprikas, and habaneros, a species from the Americas that has been cultivated for at least 7,000 years. When used topically (in small safe amounts), cayenne may help to relieve aches and pains of the lower back1, menstruation discomforts in the abdomen, and may aid bruising and psoriasis. One of its active components, capsaicin, works through your nervous system by interacting with pain related transmitters.
There are known to be flavonoids found in cayenne that are beneficial to your heart. There are vitamins in cayenne pepper that will destroy bacteria and increase your immune system.
- Sandra Zampieri, Nejc Sarabon, Stefan Löfler et al (2019) Cayenne Pepper Cataplasm “Munari” reduces pain and improves mobility in patients with non-specific chronic low back pain. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research, 4: 1-7.