Dr. Christopher (1909-1983) was an American herbalist known for his publications on herbs and their natural healing powers. Even though he didn’t have a doctorate, John Raymond Christopher was referred to as Dr. Christopher because he was always helping.
Helping people. With peppers.
Although he didn’t only use peppers, Dr. Christopher was definitely a firm proponent in the healing power of cayenne (or Capsicum annuum). You should certainly have cayenne in your spice rack, but did you know you should have it in your medicine cabinet as well?
Capsicum is what makes peppers hot. Cayenne pepper comes in at 30,000-50,000 Scovilleunits, which puts it on the hotter side of most peppers (but still not as scary-hot as Ghost peppers.) So what makes this tasty spice so good at stopping blood flow?
Cayenne is a powerful styptic (a substance that stops bleeding when applied to an open wound) because it equalizes your blood pressure and triggers clotting and coagulation. Not only does cayenne stop the bleeding, it disinfects the cut as well.
And much to everyone’s surprise, cayenne powder doesn’t sting when you apply it directly to a cut or wound.
SPICE RACK/ MEDICINE CABINET
When you’ve got a cut, head for the spice rack/ medicine cabinet and grab the cayenne pepper. Actually – maybe not.
Dr. Schulze, naturopathic doctor and the world’s foremost authority on natural healing and herbal therapy (and an apprentice of the late Dr. Christopher) says that the powdered versions we buy at the grocery store have been “watered down” and have lost much of their medical properties:
“Today, a lot of cayenne sold has been overheated by processing machines, and the healing ability has been cooked right out of it.” – Dr. Schulze
In fact, Schulze claims that there is more to cayenne than flavor and the ability to stop bleeding. “There is more to cayenne than just heat. There are flavonoids in cayenne that will heal heart cells and protect your heart. There are vitamins in cayenne pepper that will destroy bacteria and increase your immune system.”
CAYENNE: NATURE’S BAND-AID
So what do you do if you’re bleeding? Whether it’s a small cut or a gaping wound, pack it with cayenne pepper. If it’s a large wound call 911, but generously apply the pepper while waiting for the ambulance. It will slow the bleeding and disinfect the wound.
Just check out this video. The man in the video cut his thumb down to the bone while pruning his cherry tree. He raced inside and headed for the cayenne to stop the bleeding.
Both doctors also recommend taking the pepper internally. Add the powdered organic pepper or cayenne tincture to warm water and drink in the benefits: lower blood pressure, deal with diarrhea and other stomach problems, and even stop heart attacks.
“In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is, whenever I go in–if they are still breathing–I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea: a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within minutes they are up and around.” Dr. Christopher
That’s pretty impressive stuff. Just like Cayenne.
Whenever you’re faced with a blood related issue, take a deep breath, calm down, and use cayenne pepper; it will stop the bleeding, stop the heart attack, and keep your heart healthy and pumping strong.