Interesting uses for Black pepper and cayenne pepper!
A list of things you wouldn't expect to be able to do with these two things. Part of the FYI series provided by my mother.
1. If your old clunker is starting to get a slow leak in the radiator, pour some black pepper into it to plug up small holes. This will buy you time to get it fixed properly.
2. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals to kill ants. All you need is about a half cup of black or cayenne pepper poured down the hole and voila, no more ant problem.
3. This also holds true for hungry ants looking for something sweet in your kitchen. You can put white pepper in their path and they will disappear thinking there are no meals here.
4. Here is a recipe that not only keeps insects away but also animals from your garden. - 2 tbsp cayenne pepper - 2 large cloves of garlic - 4 medium sized onions - 4 cups water - In a blender or food processor, blend until completely smooth. Then add about a gallon of water and you are ready to spray your plants.
5. A tsp of pepper in your wash will keep your colors bright a lot longer. It can also keep your colors from bleeding. There are not many products that can do that.
6. Do you have problems with your sinuses? Do you have a cold? Cayenne pepper in your favorite food can unclog you and get you cleared up in no time. Or, mix liquid pepper with eucalyptus and put it in your steamer to sooth and unclog your sinuses . (Your health food store should carry these drops. If they don’t, ask them to.)
7. Help your liver detoxify with this early morning drink; - 1 lemon squeezed, - ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, - 1 cup filtered water, - 1 tsp maple syrup When you drink this every morning you begin to look forward to it.
8. For arthritis pain you can make your own homemade warming massage to sooth where it hurts. Recipe: Mix together cayenne pepper with hand lotion or moisture cream. Massage on the affected area. Wash hands immediately.
9. If you feel the beginning of a migraine headache coming on, you can use about a ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a half glass of water. Repeat after a half hour.
10. According to Dr. Richard Schulze, M.H., N.D., if someone is having a heart attack, you can revive them by putting 4 to 5 drops of a mixture of a tsp. of cayenne pepper and some water and continue to give it every five minutes until the person has recovered. They may sputter and choke a bit but that’s Okay.
11. Squirrels eating the feed in your bird feeder? Sprinkling Cayenne pepper in the feed does not affect the birds. They apparently have a high tolerance for the pepper.
12. If you have problems with rodents chewing on cables then you can rub pepper tincture on them and they won’t go anywhere near it.
A mixture of a pinch of pepper powder and a quarter teaspoon of common salt is an excellent dentifrice. Their daily use prevents dental caries, foul breath, bleeding from the gums, painful gums and toothaches.
Medicinal Uses for Cayenne Pepper:
Cayenne pepper is a stimulating herb made from dried chili peppers. This popular spice is used widely as food enhancement, but it has been longer used for its medicinal properties. The capsaicin in the pepper is what gives it its potent flavor. This same capsaicin elevates it as a medicinal alternative. Cayenne pepper has been used effectively to treat and prevent a number of health ailments. Significance Cayenne pepper contains vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, carotenoids and the whole of the B complexes. It is also a good source of organic calcium potassium, manganese and dietary fiber.
These do not take the place of a doctor's advice
Helps With Rheumatism and Arthritis The topical application of cayenne pepper creates an irritated effect on the applied area. This irritation is helpful to distract the nerves from joint pains due to arthritis. Its boost to the circulatory system helps relieve problems with rheumatism.
Relieves Stomach Pains Cayenne pepper operates as a local anesthetic to ulcerated tissue in the stomach and can even help to control bleeding. Cayenne pepper, in general is helpful in relieving stomach aches, gas and cramps.
Relieves Congestion The capsaicin in cayenne pepper gives the pepper its heating effect. This capsaicin helps with the elimination of mucus from the nose and lungs by clearing the sinuses and inducing sweating. Cayenne pepper added to tea is helpful in relieving the symptoms of cold and flu.
Clears Up Respiratory Problems The beta-carotene in cayenne pepper is helpful in reducing the symptoms of asthma.
Relieves Headaches As capsaicin can open the lungs and nasal passages, it can also (when inhaled or applied topically) clear the head, thus relieving headaches. Capsaicin can also deliver temporary relief from toothaches.
Lowers Blood Pressure and Stops Heart Attack Capsaicin stimulates circulation and blood flow. When combined with garlic & parsley, cayenne pepper will help lower blood pressure. Cayenne pepper has a positive effect on the heart and has been very helpful in warding off heart attacks.