Hot Pepper – Health Benefits

Originating from Central and South America, the hot pepper is nowadays cultivated worldwide for its food and therapeutic qualities. It is a 30-60 cm high annual herbal plant. It has got different variants, both with a sweet taste and especially with a hot taste.

The fruit is red or yellow coloured, with many seeds on the inside. The ripe fruit of the plant is used both for culinary and therapeutic purposes. In a document appeared in 1493 together with Columbus’ travels, the hot pepper is said to be a spice. In naturist medicine the most used variety of hot pepper is “cayenne”.

Pharmacologic action: antiseptic, vitaminizing (it contains a large amount of C vitamin and of beta-carotene), it regulates the blood circulation, it strengthens the heart, the arteries and the nerves, it has an excellent anti-flue action, it eliminates pains and abscesses, it is an excellent remedy against alcoholism.

Caution! when cooked alongside other spices it is likely to give birth to burns, irritations of the digestive system and even to ulcers.

The dried up hot pepper has got exceptional healing qualities. As a powder, the hot pepper is used for quickly healing wounds. A thin layer of pepper powder cleans the wound, destroys the germs and hastens its healing process.

Another external application is the one related to sinus decongestion. On adding a little hot pepper powder in a glass of water and stirring it well, when the mixture is slowly breathed in each nostril, this one will unclog fast and the infection will be gone. Still externally, the hot pepper is an exceptional remedy for healing the infections appeared at the level of the tooth gums as well, eliminating the pains and the abscesses.

The simplest treatment is to apply hot pepper powder on the toothbrush and to gently brush those respective areas.

In order to treat alcoholism, the hot pepper tincture made from 2-3 broken up peppers macerated in 100 ml of alcohol for 15 days is used. 5-10 drops of tincture in one litre of alcohol, preferably the patient’s favourite one, should be taken.

Ingesting the alcohol with the hot pepper tincture will shortly give that alcoholic person repulsion toward drinking. If during the treatment three mugs of toad’s tail tea cure is additionally introduced, the alcoholic patient will quit drinking himself.

The hot pepper tincture used in frictions may re-establish the blood circulation and relieve the pains due to rheumatism, neuralgias and frostbites.

For an internal use, the tincture should be taken 20-25 drops 30 minutes before the main meals. The treatment is recommended in flus, colds, and cough.

Caution! Consuming hot peppers is forbidden in various stomachs, liver, urinary ways disorders and in hemorrhages, because they worsen the effects of the diseases, seeing that they are irritating.

The physicians that know well the therapeutic qualities of the hot peppers recommend that half a hot pepper should be taken a day in order to stimulate the nervous system and to be in high spirits.

Natural treatments and application procedures:

1. The hot pepper powder:

It is made from dried up and ground hot peppers. In various treatments it heals the infections at the level of the tooth gums and the abscesses; it cicatrizes old wounds, decongests the sinuses and cures cold.

2. The hot pepper tincture:

It is made from 2-3 broken up hot peppers macerated in 100 ml of alcohol for 15 days. It should be used for treating alcoholism, in frictions for relieving the pains due to rheumatism, neuralgias and frostbites.
As for its internal use, the tincture is to be taken 15-20 drops 30 minutes before each main meal. Such a tincture treats flu, cold and cough.

3. The decoction made from hot peppers:

It is made from broken up hot pepper boiled for 15 minutes in 250 ml of water. Gargles will be performed with this tea for treating the fatigue of the vocal cords.