Herb of the Day for July 9th is Cayenne

Herb of the Day


                                                                                                                                                                                                Medicinal Uses: Cayenne was introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus.    Cayenne, also called capsicum, is very effective added to liniments for all sorts of arthritis and muscle aches. Internally it benefits the heart and circulation when taken alone or added to other remedies. It is also used to stimulate the action of other herbs. Capsicum is also used to normalize blood pressure. It also acts as a heart stimulant which regulates blood flow and strengthens the arteries, possibly preventing heart attacks. It reduces the likelihood of developing, atherosclerosis by reducing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also reduces the platelet aggregation and increases fibrinolytic activity.  
 It will stop bleeding both externally and internally, making it excellent for use with ulcers. Cayenne has anti-ulcer activity. It lowers body temperature by stimulating the cooling center the hypothalamus in the brain. It is used in antibiotic combinations, for menstrual cramps, and as a part of treatment for depression. Sprinkle a small amount into socks or shoes to warm the feet during the winter months.     
It can be taken safely with NSAIDS, and may help you to reduce your dosages of these common arthritis drugs. Rubbed on the skin, cayenne is a traditional, as well as modern, remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis due to what is termed a counterirritant effect. Capsaicin may be effective in relieving the pain of either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Cayenne dramatically drops blood sugar levels and should by avoided by hypoglycemic’s. Cayenne is safe if used in moderation but can cause problems in people with stomach problems and ulcers.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Magickal uses: Cayenne pepper scattered around your house will break bad spells. Adding it to love powders will ensure that your love will be spicy, and can inflame the loved one with passion.

Properties: Stimulant, tonic, sialagogue, alterative, rubefacient, carminative, digestive. High in Vitamin E and acts as a preservative. Also contains Vitamin C, calcium and beta-carotene.

Growth: Cayenne pepper plants like a good, rich soil, plenty of water, and full sun. The peppers are dried after ripening. For herbal use, the peppers are usually ground into a powder and mixed with other powdered herbs in capsules.
Author: Crick

A Little Humor for Your Day – What Causes Arthritis?

What Causes Arthritis?

A drunk that smelled like a brewery got on a bus one day. He sat down next to a priest. The drunk’s shirt was stained, his face was full of bright red lipstick, and he had a half empty bottle of wine sticking out of his pocket. He opened his newspaper and started reading. A couple of minutes later, he asked the priest, “Father, what causes arthritis”?

“Mister, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, and contempt for your fellow man.

“Well, I’ll be damned,” the drunk muttered and returned to reading his paper.

The priest, thinking about what he said, turned to the man and apologized. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”

“I don’t have arthritis, Father, but I just read in the paper that the Pope has it.”


Ginger is Better than Drugs for Pain, says Study

Ginger is Better than Drugs for Pain, says Study

A new study published in the journal Arthritis compared ginger extract to the common drugs betamethasone (cortisone) and  ibuprofen for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid  arthritis.

While ibuprofen is a popular pain remedy (such as Advil or Motrin), in this  study it showed no effect on cytokine production.  Cytokines are  immune-regulating substances that can have inflammatory effects on the body, and  are therefore linked to pain.  In this study, both betamethasone and ginger  extract reduced cytokines in comparable amounts.   The authors of the  study indicate that,n “ginger extract was as effective an anti-inflammatory  agent as betamethasone in this in vitro model.”

While betamethasone has been used for decades to relieve pain, it is also  linked with many serious side-effects, including:  vision problems, weight  gain, swelling, shortness of breath, depression, seizures, pancreatitis, heart  arrhythmias, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, severe headaches, anxiety, chest  pains, sleep problems, acne, slow wound healing, and more.  Ginger,  however, is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is safe for use. For more  information, consult Arthritis-Proof.

Other research by Dr. Krishna C. Srivastava, a world-renowned researcher on  the therapeutic effects of spices, at Odense University in Denmark, found that  ginger is an effective and superior anti-pain remedy. In one study, Dr.  Srivastava gave arthritic patients small amounts of ginger daily for three  months.  The majority of people had significant improvements in pain,  swelling, and morning stiffness by eating ginger daily.

Dr. Srivastava also found that ginger was superior to non-steroidal  anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol or Advil because NSAIDs only work  on one level:  to block the formation of inflammatory compounds.   Ginger, on the other hand, blocks the formation of the inflammatory  compounds–prostaglandins and leukotrienes–and also has antioxidant effects that  break down existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints.

Further research in the Journal of Pain also report that ginger is  an effective natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce pain and inflammation.  Both raw ginger and heated ginger were used in the study with similar  effectiveness. The scientists specifically explored ginger’s effects on muscle  pain.

Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine  in India as a natural anti-inflammatory food.


How to Reap the Anti-Pain Benefits of Ginger (adapted from  Arthritis-Proof):

-Add chopped, fresh ginger to soups, stews, stir-fries, and other  recipes.  Ginger is delicious in many savory and sweet dishes alike.

-Add fresh ginger to a juicer while making juices.  It combines well  with many other vegetables and fruits, such as carrots or apple.

-Ginger capsules (Zingiber officinale) are available for  supplementation.  Follow package directions.

-Chopped, fresh ginger can be added to water and boiled in a pot for 45  minutes to an hour. Drink warm or with ice, as a tea.  Add a few drops of  stevia to sweeten (stevia is a naturally-sweet herb).

-Ginger is available in alcohol tincture form.  A typical dose is 30  drops three times daily.  Avoid the alcohol extract if you are an  alcoholic, suffering from liver  disease, or diabetic.

Medicine never tasted so good.

Recommended reading:  Arthritis-Proof.