cayenne is a great example of how your kitchen cabinet can also double
as your natural medicine cabinet. Cayenne is a food and medicine that
has a seven thousand-year-old history of spicing up food and igniting
further appreciation of its health benefits, it is possible to study
cayenne (as well as other herbs) through the lens of herbal astrology.
From this point of view we can gain a new understanding as to why this
botanical remedy may serve to protect health and well-being.
Is Ruled by Mars
is associated with the planet Mars, which rules, or is linked to, Aries,
and co-rules Scorpio. In mythology, Mars was the Roman god of war, a
courageous warrior esteemed for his bravery and strength. The energy
of the planet Mars is fiery, giving you energy to express your will
and desire. In medical astrology, Mars is associated with the circulatory
system and the muscles, as well as the physiological processes of inflammation,
irritations and fever.
physical characteristics are very Martian (Mars-like). It has a fiery
red color and a hot and pungent flavor. Its name is derived from a Greek
word that means “to bite,” an action that can be associated with an
unrestrained Mars temperament. While cayenne consists of a variety of
phytochemicals, researchers believe that its constituent, capsaicin,
provides cayenne with a lot of its unique healing properties.
cayenne’s premiere uses is as a pain reliever. Pain can be very debilitating,
threatening our self-expression. Cayenne, with its Martian warrior qualities,
combats pain to protect our stamina for living. Cayenne is generally
used for pain relief in a topical cream form, directly applied to the
skin near the affected area. Coincidentally, the skin is associated
with Capricorn, the sign in which Mars is exalted.
in cayenne is thought to reduce pain through a variety of mechanisms.
It modulates levels of Substance P, a neurotransmitter related to the
body’s ability to sense pain. It stimulates nerves to release Substance
P, which subsequently leads to its depletion. With lowered levels of
Substance P, there is a reduction in the amount of pain perceived. In
addition to its effects on Substance P, capsaicin stimulates the production
of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
research has shown capsaicin to be effective in a variety of conditions
in which pain is a hallmark feature. Several double-blind studies have
shown it to ameliorate pain in post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles), diabetic
neuropathy and post-surgery.
has also been found to alleviate joint pain associated with osteoarthritis
and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these conditions involve inflammation,
a physiological process associated with Mars.
as a Temperature Regulator
is known for its Martian-like heat, it seems to use its fire to bring
about temperature balance. In this respect, cayenne’s temperature-harmonizing
effects exhibit qualities of Libra, the sign opposite Mars-ruled Aries.
cools the body when it is exposed to excess heat, and warms it when
it is exposed to excess cold. Cayenne is a very popular spice with tropical
climate cultures, used to “beat the heat.” It seems to have this effect
because it stimulates the cooling center in the hypothalmus, which leads
to a reduction in body temperature. Alternatively, due to its ability
to stimulate the circulatory system, cayenne is also prized for its
heat by people in cold climates. Mountaineers, skiers and snowboarders
are among those who apply cayenne cream to their hands and feet before
going out in the cold.
to Use Cayenne
is available in a variety of forms, including capsules and tinctures.
If you don’t want to take a cayenne supplement, you can still benefit
from it by including fresh cayenne as a spice in your recipes.
cream for topical use typically contains between 0.025 percent–0.075
percent capsaicin. At first, you may experience burning sensations,
but with continued use, they should decrease. Make sure to wash your
hands after applying cayenne cream to ensure that you don’t get the
cream in your eyes, nose or mouth. Instead of using a prepared cayenne
cream, some people make their own by mixing enough fresh cayenne with
a white-colored body cream to turn it a pink color.
It is important
to always consult a licensed healthcare provider if you are thinking
of using cayenne or other dietary supplements to treat any health condition.
Additionally, you should tell your healthcare provider about all of
the dietary supplements that you are taking so that s/he can evaluate
any potential drug-supplement interactions.