Chilli Cayenne pepper Benefits & Information

Warning: Contraindicated with hiatus hernia, stomach or duodenal ulcer, and ulcerative bowel disease. Not suitable for small children.

Uses

Chilli peppers (Cayenne pepper) provide a great, quick boost to the circulation. They are best consumed as a food spice and can be included in your cooking on a regular basis, provided that your digestive system is in good shape. I would specifically recommend this herb if you get chilblains in winter and if you feel the cold easily (if you need to put on the central heating in September, eating chillies may save you a small fortune!). You can eat chillies in any form you like – powdered, cooked or pickled; food should be made moderately spicy to have an effect on circulation. If you develop heartburn you are eating too many chillies!

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Ginger

Caution needed when breastfeeding, in cases of peptic ulceration or gallstones, and if taking warfarin. When pregnant, limit your intake to 2g/day of dried ginger.

Uses

This is a warming herb, which means that it improves the overall blood supply to all parts of your body, including the skin, hands and feet. If your circulation is not very good, particularly in winter, adding ginger to your food or drinking ginger tea will have a beneficial effect.

How to take

As a tea, made from fresh or dry rhizome, or use in cooking.

Dosage

Adults: 1g of fresh or dried rhizome 1-3 times a day as an infusion; or 1-3 cups a day if you use tea bags; or 1-3g of fresh or dry rhizome in cooking.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see

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