Cayenne Pepper or red pepper is a type of Chili Pepper, all of which owe their spicy flavor to the active ingredient Capsaicin. It is the high concentration of this ingredient that gives cayenne pepper that spicy heat that is used for culinary dishes and medicinal uses.
Cayenne pepper is high in vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E. As well as being a good source of potassium, manganese, and riboflavin. It has been used for centuries to treat many different ailments and its overall health benefits. Cayenne pepper, or capsaicin, is said to be an anti-inflammatory, to reduce blood cholesterol levels, clear congestion, and boost immune health.
Cayenne pepper can even be helpful in the garden. The heat of capsaicin can be felt through skin, especially if inhaled or ingested. Other mammals and some insects can feel this heat and deem it unpleasant. Making cayenne pepper a protector of plants in the garden. Sprinkle powdered red pepper on the leaves and around the base of plants to keep unwanted creatures at bay. Cayenne pepper is also available in a liquid extract. Dilute the liquid with water and spray mixture on to plant leaves and around base.
Whether stored in the spice rack, medicine cabinet or with garden tools, cayenne pepper is a must have for the household.
Written by CB of Seven Grains