The cayenne pepper goes by many names: “the Guinea spice,” “cow-horn pepper,” “red hot chili pepper,” “aleva,” “bird pepper,” or simply “red pepper.” Although cayenne pepper is most commonly found in shaker bottles at pizza parlors and Italian restaurants, it is also an important ingredient in several medicines and health supplements.

Cayenne peppers offers a wide variety of health benefits. Its anti-irritant properties make it effective at relieving the painful symptoms of ulcers, sore throats, coughs, and upset stomachs. Its decongestant properties make it great for relieving cold and flu symptoms. Its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties make it a great option for preventing food contamination. Research even suggests that, when added to one’s diet, it can speed up the metabolism and aid in weight loss.

When applied topically, cayenne pepper is effective at relieving arthritis, fibromyalgia, and nerve pain. The initial burning sensation caused by cayenne pepper applications quickly “exhausts” the nerve cells, causing the affected area to be less sensitive to pain. This happens because capsaicin, an active component in the cayenne pepper, depletes the body’s supply of Substance P – “a chemical component of nerve cells that is involved in transmitting pain signals to [the] brain.” Patches containing high concentrations of capsaicin have even been found to produce effective pain relief for up to 12 weeks in patients with neuropathic pain.

Whether you’re eating it or using it for pain management, cayenne pepper is a wonderful fruit and an important part of KhaliliTM Natural Pain Relief Cream!