An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.
Pepper, Cayenne - Capsicum frutescens (Capsicum fastigiatum) - family: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family).
This shrubby perennial grows up to five feet high. It has oval-shaped
leaves and small white flowers. It yields conical-shaped hot pepper fruits
of red, green or orange. These spicy fruits are added to mild foods, such
as beans. Peppers are used externally to improve blood circulation. Traditional
American folk use of peppers as a remedy for intestinal gas and indigestion.
Modern American folk use as a topical remedy for pain relief for cases of
arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, nerve damage, psoriasis, shingles, tendinitis
and tennis elbow. Also, modern American folk use internally as a remedy
for allergies, back pain, fatigue, intestinal parasites, osteoarthritis
and ulcers. Approved by the German Commission E as an external remedy for
muscle tension and rheumatism. In cultivation as a food crop, it is usually
treated as an annual. In recent years, non-toxic hot pepper sprays have
been created to deter such pest animals as bears, deer, skunks, squirrels
and in Africa, elephants. Police and civilians also use pepper sprays. Listed
in the United States Pharmacopoeias from 1820 to 1930. Native to Mexico.
Cultivated as an ornamental and as a food crop in North America. Many cultivars
exist. The Red Pepper, Capsicum annuum, is closely related and is listed
under: Pepper, Red.
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