advertisement
Updated 18 February 2013

Cayenne/chilli

Did you know that if rubbed on the skin, cayenne is a remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis and that it is also an excellent cure for sore throats and laryngitis?

0

Cayenne

Cayenne not only adds kick to cooking, but has other potential health benefits.

Note that study results on the efficacy of cayenne are inconsistent, and that strong recommendations cannot be made.

Potential uses:

  • Improves digestion
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Helps for arthritis and rheumatism
  • Is antiseptic
  • Relieves muscle spasm
  • Increases blood flow to the skin
  • Is an analgesic 

Interesting facts:

Rubbed on the skin, cayenne is traditionally used as a remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis. It works by causing an irritation on the area where it is applied and increases blood flow, thus distracting from the original irritation (such as joint pain).

The following is used in the treatment of sore throats and laryngitis: add a pinch of cayenne to 25ml lemon juice, dilute with hot water, sweeten with honey and gargle the whole mixture.

Caution:

  • Don't take the white seeds on their own.
  • Avoid cayenne if you have a peptic ulcer or suffer from acid indigestion.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use cayenne for medicinal purposes.
  • Do not touch your eyes after handling.

(Image: André Karwath)

- (updated by Birgit Ottermann, Health24, March 2010)

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Wasting water? »

South Africa is facing a water crisis Water saving tips Water quality report shocks

SEE: How much water do you use per day?

With level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town, residents are urged to use a maximum of 100 litres per person per day. Here’s how quickly it adds up.

Life saving tip! »

SEE: 10 things to keep in your first aid kit 10 first aid myths

Here's why you need a first aid kit in the car

Emergency services are often spread thin, especially when storms and major disasters strike. When travelling on the road, having a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver.