Cayenne – capsicum frutescens. Cayenne aids circulation, primarily due to an anti- clotting effect, and stimulates digestion. Cayenne effectively kills many types of harmful bacteria. This action, combined with its ability to warm the body and induce perspiration, has made this spice a popular remedy for the common cold, sore throats and respiratory infections in general. Capsaicin, the active component of cayenne pepper, relieves pain when applied topically, such as in cases of arthritis, backache and shingles.
primary active(s): capsaicin
contraindications: May initially produce a burning sensation as it is eliminated through the stool, but irritation should dissipate when used regularly.