Cayenne Pepper Fruit 10,000 hu- (Capsicum minimum), Dried Herb, Organic


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Cayenne Pepper takes its name from its supposed centre of origin – the Cayenne region of French Guiana, Cayenne deriving from a Tupi Indian name. Chili is the Aztec name for Capsicum annuum. The Capsicum family includes bell pepper’s, red pepper’s, paprika, and pimento, but the most famous spicy members of the family are cayenne and chile.

Cayenne was originally grown in Central and South America in pre-Columbian times. It was cultivated in Mexico 7000 years ago and in Peru 4000 years ago. Capsicum has reportedly been used as a spice by ancient Incan, Aztec and Mayan cultures. Remains of chili or xilli, a larger Capsicum variety cultivated from at least 3000 BC, were found in pottery from Puebla and Oaxaca. Capsicum was a staple of the Aztec.

The Aztec Herbal includes what is believed to be the first documentation of Cayenne. The plant, described in detail, was used by the Aztec people as a remedy for toothaches and scabies.  Cayenne Powder has traditionally been employed by cultures worldwide for its many healthful properties and can be found infused into oils, vinegars and even herbal foot soaks.  Cayenne Pepper is widely used in cooking for its bright heat profile and can be added to seasoning blends, sauces, and sprinkled onto grilled vegetables for a spicy bite. It is now grown largely in India, East Africa, Mexico and the United States; in fact, most tropical and sub-tropical regions.

How is the heat determined for Cayenne?

The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat of the cayenne, as reported in Scoville heat units (S.H.U. or H.U.), due to the capsaicin concentration. The greater amount of capsaicin compounds the hotter the Cayenne.


The energetics and taste of Cayenne are warming, stimulating, drying, acrid, hot, spicy and pungent. Add a pinch to any tea to support circulation and metabolism or add to add cream or oil to bring circulation to any area of the body.

How to use:

Combine with honey to eat, add a pinch to any tea or as a hot spice to any food and use topically in a cream or oil.

Cautions & contraindications:

Excessive use may cause gastrointestinal irritation. Not to be exposed to broken skin or eyes.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider before the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.


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