cayenne

botanical name: 
Capsicum annuum/minimum
cayenne

Cayenne is dry, pungent and hot with a secondary cooling effect. Its actions are antiseptic, anti-spasmodic and carminative. It stimulates circulation by bringing heat to the area and thus restores function, clearing the congestion of trapped fluids and bruising, relieving pain in the process. In my creams, by opening the body tissues to an increased supply of blood, Cayenne assists other herbs to work better. It is an iron carrier that oxygenates cells as it warms the area.