The Natural Way

Thursday, March 28, 2002

Get your scissors out and clip this column to save on your refrigerator door. I'll be giving you two different recipes for the use of cayenne and cider vinegar. First, a review of usefulness for each of these traditional healing agents.

Cayenne can be used both internally and externally (see last week's Citizen). The benefits internally are mostly for the stimulant properties of the fiery hot pepper. The benefits externally as a surface rub are mostly as an emollient, though one concoction which I will give you can also be used for relief of congestion, sprains and bruises. The emollient use is for the reduction of pain from shingles, diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, rheumatism and fibromyalgia.

Apple cider vinegar has an outstanding reputation with fitness enthusiasts and weight loss supporters, though very little science backs the benefits. We know for certain vinegar is acidic and has no vitamins and almost no minerals or trace elements. The addition of vinegar to your diet may help with the digestion which happens in your stomach before going to the small bowel. If food is better digested, it makes sense better health will follow.

Vinegar is also a wonderful extraction liquid for tinctures and may have different flavors depending upon the source of the vinegar. It also makes for a good soaking medium especially for the nails.

For external use only, boil for 10 minutes one tablespoon of cayenne in one pint of cider vinegar. Bottle it still hot, unstrained. Use as a rub to relieve congestion, sprains, pain of shingles, neuropathy and fibromyalgia.

For internal use as a cleanse, add the juice of four lemons, four ounces of organic maple syrup and one to two teaspoons of cayenne to one gallon of pure water. Drink a gallon per each 24-hour period. Cleanses can be tricky, so if you go longer than one day be sure you have the support of your healthcare practitioner. Bottoms up!

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