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Capsicum - Stimulant, diaphoretic
Common Names: African Birdseye Red, Cayenne, Red Pepper, Bird Pepper, African Pepper.
Parts Used: The fruit.
Bodily Influences: Capsicum is probably the most effective and harmless stimulant in the herbal kingdom. People today often complain of not having enough energy. Cayenne produces an immediate effect of heat and energy. It is not known to actually burn or blister, although in pure strength, may taste like "liquid fire". The renowned doctor and surgeon, William Beaumont, observed in his now classic observations of the stomach through a hole which formed after a gunshot wound to a young fur trapper that Cayenne does not irritate in any way the lining of the human stomach despite its sensation of great heat.
Note: Cayenne will stop bleeding of all unnatural types internally and externally, but will not stop menstrual bleeding or internal bleeding of a cleansing nature. Much gas is often expelled as Cayenne works to restore order, thus headaches are also commonly relieved. The U.S. Dispensary Part I recommends Cayenne as a totally workable remedy for malignant sore throats and also as a gargle. The best action of Cayenne is prolonged by the addition of a catalyst herb. Hence, Cayenne is often combined with other herbs as in the Herbal Adjustment (see listing for Herbal Adjustment). It is also strongly recommended by the U.S. Dispensary for local application for joint pains especially due to rheumatism. Cayenne should be a part of every home emergency kit and its regular use as a food cannot be too strongly recommended.
20 to 40 drops of the extract, diluted in a cup of water, as often as needed or apply externally as given above. If contact with eyes or private areas, don't panic, or be frightened. Flush with water and be patient, calm and peace will return.
References: Dr. John R. Christopher, "School of Natural Healing;" Dr. Eugene C. Watkins, "Get Well With Natural Remedies;" "The Dispensatory of the United States," 12th Edition.
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