Originated in India and exported throughout the world. Once considered more valuable than gold, and was used as currency in the ancient world. Derived from the dried fruit of the pepper plant.
Benefits and Uses
Digestive: When used as a condiment, stimulates the whole digestive system from the salivary glands to the large intestine.
Anti-arthritic: Provides relief from arthritis due to it’s warming and stimulating qualities, as well as it’s ability to improve circulation.
Anti-rheumatic: Provides relief from rheumatism due to it’s warming and stimulating qualities, as well as it’s ability to improve circulation.
Anti-oxidant: Protects the body from damage done by free radicals (oxidants) and repairs damage that has already occurred. Also thought to delay adverse aging effects including wrinkling, memory loss, macular degeneration and loss of mobility in the joints.
Diaphoretic : Promotes sweating to remove toxins from the body and promoting healing.
Diuretic: Promotes urination to remove toxins from the body and promoting healing.
Anti-inflammatory: Helps to reduce inflammation, now known to be a key factor in many autoimmune disorders.
If taken in high doses may cause sweating, uneasiness and sleeplessness.