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Historical Facts about Cayenne Pepper
Nutralegacy has published numerous articles on the amazing health benefits of cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper has been proven to improve your entire circulatory system, reduce blood pressure, increase your body’s core temperature thereby increasing your metabolism, and even decrease inflammation and control pain. This wonder herb has qualities unlike any other and has been used for thousands of years. With all the innovation in health and science it is pretty impressive that we still consume an herb that has been noted for its healing qualities for so long. Below are some historical facts about cayenne pepper.
1.Cayenne Pepper was used as early as 700 B.C.
Aztecs just south of the Mexican border originally used cayenne pepper exclusively for Aztec kings. It was known at the time as Guinea Pepper and was often mixed with chocolate. Years later Christopher Columbus discovered it and brought it back to Europe. He was the first one to designate the herb as a pepper after he tasted it and had the same hot taste sensation as black pepper.
2.Cayenne Pepper has been Prescribed since 1597
As early as 1597 cayenne pepper was prescribed in Europe to treat skin and throat infections. By the 1800s it was used more widely to combat rheumatism, arthritis and even depression. It was also used to fight infection and in the early 1800s was used orally to treat toothaches and respiratory conditions. As the medical profession developed over the years, cayenne pepper continued to be a staple of the profession. It was discovered to treat more and more disorders and conditions.
3.By the 20th Century Cayenne Pepper was Published in Medical Dictionaries and Manuals
In the 20th century physicians recognized the merit of cayenne pepper by publishing it in the American Illustrated Medical Dictionary, the Merck Manual and Materia Medica. It was listed as a stimulant, anti-irritant and a rubefacient. This legitimized cayenne pepper as an herb with true medical value. It became increasingly popular in American dispensaries and pharmacies. It also became extremely popular because, unlike other medicine, it does not have any narcotic effect or any adverse side effects.
Today cayenne pepper is a stable of most households, both in the United States and around the world. It is used as a condiment in food all over the world from Latin America to Asia and Africa. It is also used topically to relief pain, reduce swelling and act as a disinfectant. The best thing about cayenne pepper is that it is extremely versatile. If you do not like spicy food than it can be used in a tea, mixed with topical creams or purchased at any pharmacy or health food store as a supplement. No matter your health condition, cayenne pepper has powerful properties that can benefit anyone and everyone.
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The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.