(Capsicum annum var frutescens)
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: stimulant, carminative, anti-catarrhal, rubefacient, antimicrobial, anti-hemorrhoidal, anti-rheumatic
AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, blood and circulatory system, respiratory system, muscles and joints
RESONANCE: physical, mental
PLANT FAMILY: Solanaceae
PART UTILIZED: fruit
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
APPLICATION: Best used as a very small percentage of a blend of essential oils. ABSOLUTELY MUST be diluted very, very well if behind applied to the skin.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Capsicum has the characteristic pungent odor of chili peppers. Care should be taken with inhalation as this oil is very strong and may burn the inside of the nostrils.
EMOTIONAL - SPIRITUAL - MENTAL ASPECTS: Emotional aspects of this essential oil are not well documented yet but it certainly seems like an oil of moving forward toward transformation and profound change. Just as Capsicum produces a fire in the body, it seems to accentuate the fires of positive change in the soul. Initial research indicates that cayenne may help relieve anxiety and help a person feel confident and be productive even under stress.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: The “heat” of Capsicum essential oil can warm stiff joints, relax lower back pain and work to heal nerve damage, especially those caused by things such as shingles and sciatica. It is a great topical anesthetic as well. It may take repeated use over a period of a few weeks to begin to feel the neurological benefits.
Capsicum can also improve heart function and increase poor circulation. It accomplishes this by dilating the small capillaries of the body. They may redden the skin but it is not burned by the use of the oil. Capsaicin, the main component of Capsicum, has been shown to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Capsicum essential oil can also strengthen digestion and lessen the gas and bloating that comes from eating heavy or greasy foods. It can boost the metabolism which in turn induces the body to burn off more fat.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Capsicum is not a true oil. It is a concentrated liquid spice or oleoresin.
CAUTIONS: Use with caution. Avoid excessive use. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. Dilute very well before applying to the skin.
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