Have Some Capsicum

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The Wild Benefits of Cayenne

“What’s Capsicum,” you might ask. 

Capsicum is a genus of fruiting plant in the Nightshade family, commonly referred to as chili peppers. This genus includes over 25 fruits; the ones that might be familiar are Cayenne, Jalapeño, Banana Pepper, Bell Pepper, Paprika, and Anaheim, just to name a few. This family of fruits is indigenous to the Americas and has been found in pottery dated to be over 5000 years old.
Actually, the word Chili comes from the Nahuatl, commonly know as the Aztec,who also gave us the words Chocolate, Tomato, Avocado, and Coyote.

Now just thinking of these chili peppers might start to make you sweat, but grab a towel and lets take a “bite” into Capsicum.

The word Capsicum comes from the Greek word “Kapto” meaning “Too Bite.”This Bite comes from the active phyto-chemical, Capsaicin, in the Chili Peppers. Capsaicin, found highest in the fruit’s seed coating,stimulates nerve receptors in our bodies associated with heat and abrasion. 

Now lets get back to the relevant world and get into how Capsicum benefits our body.

Capsicum is packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals:being high in Vitamin E, Vitamin C,  Vitamin A, Potassium, and Magnesium. It is great for the circulatory system; bringing equilibrium to the blood vessels throughout the body by benefiting the venous structure.This can help with High blood pressure, increasing metabolism of fat tissue, digestion, lack of circulation in extremities, and detoxification.Capsicum is also a great anti-inflammatory: Which can benefiting pain, arthritis, mucus removal, colds, fever, and skin disorders.  

Cayenne, my favorite capsicum variety, can also be used as a coagulant,to stop bleeding from a wound and can speed up healing.In many countries cayenne is also used by medical staff to relieve a patient in shock and even to stop a heart attack. 

All these benefits from a little red pepper most people can grow, for free, in their backyard.

Capsicum is a perennial flowering plant, native to Central America, which likes a long warm moist environment.It is related to the Tomato and has a lot of the same necessities as its cousin. It can be grown in a pot near a south facing window or in the ground if you live in an area with over 100 days of warm moist summers.

It needs about one square foot of a soiled area and likes to be watered frequently.  When you harvest your peppers eat them fresh or take a needle and sting and hang them to dry;We just pull the whole plant out of the ground and hang it upside down in a warm, ventilated area. Capsicum uses the Capsaicin in the fruit to ward off insects,so if your garden is being overrun by these little fellers,try making a capsicum/water-solution to persuade these critters to find another leaf to munch on.

I hope this article has awoken you to the fantastic possibilities adding a little capsicum to your diet can lead too.  Whether its adding that spice to that great chili you make with a little cayenne, 
adding a little color to your salad with a red bell pepper, or just making a cayenne powder lemon tea, you will be able to smile knowing it’s benefiting the MIND, BODY and PHYSIQUE.