Botanical name:Capsicum spp.; especially Capsicum annuum or Capsicum frutescens
Common name: cayenne
Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.
Part Used: The fruit, fresh or dried, chopped or powdered.
The part of this plant that is used is its fruit. Capsicum or Cayenne, derived from chili peppers, is highly nutritious, containing Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins as well as iron, calcium, and phosphorous. The red color of many chili peppers is due to their high Vitamin A content. Traditionally, chili peppers have been used in condiments to promote digestion and are believed to cleanse the blood. Capsicum has also been used as a gargle to treat throat conditions and research is currently being done on its use as an anti-inflammatory and to relieve sore muscles.
Juicing: A great morning juice to start the morning is a cup of hot water, juice from half a lemon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. This juice aids digestion of breakfast and gets the blood circulation flowing.
magickal correspondences and uses:
Magickal substitutions:Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.
Capsaicin, found in cayenne pepper, is an anti-inflammatory, used to ease the pain and swelling of arthritis.
Cayenne has antibiotic properties and helps stop bleeding. Cayenne can be sprinkled on small cuts to disinfect the wound and promote coagulation of the blood.
Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
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