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Monday, August 7

Teaching Kids About Herbs : Cayenne

 August is usually the hottest month of the year....and this is the hottest herb that we use!

Just the Facts
  • Plant Description : Cayenne grows on small, shrubby plants with oval leaves and long, red peppers.
  • Parts to use : Leaves and root
  • Used primarily for : Cold / flu, inflammation, warming, chest pain, headache
  • You can make : Tincture, salve, food spice

  • Headache Soother : Mix ¼ tsp cayenne powder with 1 cup water.  Using a q-tip, put some solution in the very bottom inside part of your nose.  (It may sting; don’t go inside very far.)  Sit down, relax, and when you stop smelling the cayenne, you will notice that your headache is also gone.
  • Warming Salve : Mix 1 ounce of dried cayenne with 1 cup olive oil.  Simmer 20 minutes on low heat (with your parent’s help).  Melt ½ ounce beeswax into a different pan and then pour in the herbal mixture to make a cream.  (If it is too hard, add oil.  If it is too soft, add beeswax.)  Spread on skin to help boost circulation and warming.  (Do not spread onto sensitive areas!!!)

Do it Yourself!
  • DIY Resources :  Use the hardware resources listed here, along with powdered cayenne and beeswax.
  • Not ready to DIY? :   Try the Cayenne Tincture or Cayenne Capsules.
  • Fun Bonus : The spicy capsaicin in cayenne has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other less-than-pleasant ‘adult’ diseases that often stem from a lifetime of poor choices.  Try to take a little bit of cayenne, or other spicy food, every day to get these good compounds into your body!

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