This herb is an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant. It is used as a digestive aid to stimulates gastric juices. It also aids metabolism, and enhances athletic performance by increasing circulation. It is used for treating arthritis, food poisoning, heat stress, migraines, and obesity. Dried chili peppers are used in creams, and capsules. Capsaicin is known to stimulate the circulation and alter temperature regulation. Applied to the skin, capsaicin desensitizes nerve endings and it has been used in the past as a local analgesic. The capsicidins, found in the seeds are thought to have antibiotic properties. The herb's heating qualities make it a valuable remedy for poor circulation and related conditions. It improves blood flow to the hands and feet and to the central organs. Applied topically, cayenne is mildly analgesic and will increase blood flow to affected parts helping to stimulate the circulation in "cold" rheumatic and arthritic conditions. Cayenne powder placed inside the socks is a traditional remedy for those prone to permanently cold feet. Cayenne is taken internally to relieve gas and colic, and to stimulate secretion of the digestive juices. It is also said to prevent infections from establishing themselves in the digestive system.
Do not get Cayenne in the eyes. Be especially careful if you wear contacts.