Many studies have been carried out into the health benefits of the humble chili pepper. Most people are familiar with it’s heating properties which increase circulation and aid digestion, but few realise it’s also an excellent mood booster, gently enhancing feelings of vibrant well-being. This is because the active ingredient capsaicin produces natural endorphins which are known to lift the mood.
A few drops of chili pepper pick me up can aid concentration, making it an excellent supplement for students and those who work long hours. It helps to reduce mental fatigue without the need to resort to caffeine or energy drinks which can ultimately leave the body feeling tired and depleted.
Contains high levels of vitamin C and other trace minerals which may be beneficial for vascular health. Some studies report that the beneficial compounds found in chili peppers may help to prevent strokes.
Chili tincture is also a natural pain reliever, and can be taken internally or added to home made herbal oils and salves to produce a gentle warming sensation which relieve aches and pains. Capsicum is also known as a “messenger” herb amongst those who practice plant medicine. This is because it has the ability to enhance the action of any other herbs taken together with it eg: echinacea for colds and flu (helps to reduce the length of an illness.)
Chili tincture is super easy to take.
- Mix into your morning smoothie for an instant “pick me up”
- A few drops added to melted chocolate makes for a delicious alternative to sweet treats, or gives an extra “kick” to baked goods
- Add to warm water, lemon and ginger and drink every morning as a weight loss aid
- Chillies and other hot dishes can be spiced up by adding a few drops to the food at the cooking stage