Cayenne -Capsicum frutescens
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Topically in a balm for muscle aches and pains.
Internally for increasing all digestive juices, opening the lungs, lowering blood pressure, boosting immune function, supporting the liver.


Contains a couple compounds that can encourage menstruation or miscarriage however they are not in significant concentrations so most women have nothing to be concerned about. Best avoided for high risk pregnancies in medicinal doses.
Not to be used topically for any reason on young children.
DO NOT USE TOPICALLY WITH HEAT. Burns can and will happen.
If you have an allergy to chestnuts, kiwi, latex, bananas, or avocado then you may also have an allergy to cayenne.
Cayenne can make the dangerous effects of cocaine worse.
Possible drug interactions;
ACE inhibitors such as Captopril (Capoten), Elaropril (Vasotec), Fosinopril (Monopril), Lisinopril (Zestril).
Stomach acid reducers such as Cimetidine (Tagamet), Esomeprazole (Nexium), Famotidine (Pepcid), Omeprazole (Prilosec), Ranitidine (Zantac), over-the-counter options such as Maalox, Rolaids, Tums, nonprescription versions of these medications.
Aspirin, theophylline, diabetes medications, and blood thinning medications AND HERBS.

First Aid

When dealing with fresh cayenne try to wear gloves.
If gotten in the eye allow to water freely, irritation should not persist for more than a couple hours. If damage can be seen or irritation persists longer, call your care provider and explain.
If a burn has occurred on the skin wash area with soap and water, then apply milk or baking soda dissolved in water to further neutralize the acids.
If a suspected drug interaction has happened call emergency services immediately.
If a non anaphylactic allergy to cayenne is suspected call your care provider and explain.
If cayenne and cocaine have been taken together call emergency services immediately.
If a mother with a high risk pregnancy has taken a medicinal dose of cayenne monitor closely.

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