Botanical Name: Capsicum annum L
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Most cultivated varieties of cayenne, capsicum annuum, can be grown in a variety of locations and need approximately 100 days to mature. Peppers prefer warm, moist, nutrient-rich soil in a warm climate. The plants grow to about 2–4 feet of height and should be spaced three feet apart. The oil is derived by passing steam through the seeds – the source of the most intense spice and some of the highest HU (Heat Units)
Common Uses: Cayenne (Chili Seed) essential oil is credited by aromatherapists as being an analgesic, an anti-inflammatory, and as a digestive aid. It is recommend to treat colds and infectious diarrhea, arthritis and rheumatism. It is beneficial for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. It works to soothe muscle aches and pains associated with arthritis, rheumatism, backache, strains and sprains. Cayenne is high in vitamin A. It also contains vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium and manganese. It is used as a topical muscle ache application, while it goes deep and numbs pain as it enhances circulation.
Consistency: Thick and viscous
Blends well with: Cayenne is not typically blended with other essential oils, but is preferred to be used on its own, with a carrier oil.
Aromatic Scent: Cayenne has a strong, pungent, stimulating scent that is very hot and spicy.
History: The chili pepper, a hotly pungent variety of Capsicum was first cultivated by the people of Central and South America in around 3000BC. Columbus brought seeds back to Europe in 1493, and from there it has spread to the cuisines of the entire world. The pre-Hispanic Americans believed the chili to contain medicinal qualities and modern science uses the essential oil is burn ointments.
Responsible Cautions: Excessive use of this product should be avoided. Irritant to mucous membranes. Use diluted. It may stain clothing and skin. Wash hand immediately after use. Avoid use during pregnancy.