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Capsicum (cayenne pepper) originated in the Tropical Americas, but is now cultivated across many lands. Historically, it's been a part of the human diet since at least 7500 BC! Aside from its flavor profile it has been known to demonstrate many benefits for health – ranging from boosting liver strength and circulation to aiding against impotence. Capsicum is rich in beta carotene, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, potassium and manganese.
Overall, capsicum is one of the most useful "herbs" around. It has shown to:
Support the digestive process, heart, immune system, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach.
Improve circulation and bring nourishment to the cells of the arteries, capillaries and veins; helping to maintain healthy elasticity and blood pressure.
Increase the effectiveness of other herbs, as a catalyst "bioenhancer."
Help to increase longevity, by stimulating a process called "autophagy."
Support weight-loss and quicker metabolism by inducing "thermogenesis" and increasing fat oxidation.
Capsicum can also be used topically for pain relief. This is due to the compound "capsaicin," responsible for the spicy flavor. Here's how to make a salve at home (wear disposable latex gloves, do not get any in the eye or on sensitive areas.)
Take 1oz HoneyCombs capsicum extract
And ½ cup chilled coconut oil. (Chilled coconut oil will be solidified, which makes it easier to work onto the skin) Mix well Apply liberally over achy, inflamed muscles and joints. Store remainder of salve in the fridge until further use.*