Capsicum annuumAnytime you use cayenne you are bringing some heat to the party! Although cayenne is a common spice in many foods its also gaining buzz for cleansing and detoxifying. Many herbalists consider cayenne’s medicinal effectiveness to kick in at 40,000 H.U. This stimulating pepper is excellent cardiovascular health, reducing blood pressure, and thinning thick blood. It stops internal hemorrhaging and external bleeding from wounds. The active agent that delivers its hot and spicy flavor is capsaicin. Capsaicin helps to maintain insulin levels and reduce glucose in the blood. Topically it’s been useful for joint pain, painful neuropathy, headaches, fibromyalgia, and general nerve pain. Cayenne is wonderful for opening up the bronchial airways for chest congestion or asthma.