What Is Cayenne Pepper?
If you are a pepper lover, then I am sure you know the spicy cayenne pepper. This article’s purpose is to tell you all about the cayenne pepper and how it can help your hair growth. A natural hair stimulator indeed.
The cayenne pepper shrub originated from Central and South America and now grows in subtropical and tropical climates. The colors of the cayenne pepper can be red, orange or yellow once it ripens. The pepper also contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids – which provides its powerful antioxidant properties.
How To Use Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper comes in many forms:
You can choose the most accessible form for your use. The key here is to get started with one way and see if it works best for you – nothing tried, nothing done!
Benefits Of Using Cayenne Pepper And Your Hair
Cayenne pepper has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-irritant properties. These help to stimulate the scalp and help the hair in its various stages:
- hair growth
- hair regrowth
- hair loss stimulator
What cayenne pepper does to the scalp once it is applied, is to increase the blood flow to the area and in doing so, brings much-needed nourishment to the hair follicles and thus promoting hair growth, hair regrowth, and hair loss stimulation.
Of course, in order of this to happen, you need to follow a consistent hair regimen for a period of time to see ‘obvious results.’ I would suggest a cayenne pepper treatment course of 2 – 3 months with whatever method you choose to implement. See some recipes below to get you started.
Other Health Benefits From Using Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper can be used for a variety of purposes, not only for your hair. Here is a list of possibilities that you might like to try out:
Because of the anti-irritant property associated with cayenne pepper, it has been found to ease an upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhea.
Cayenne pepper has been used to help break up and deliver much-needed help to congestion especially when it comes to the mucus relief. It helps those suffering from stuffed up noses, due to sinuses, the common cold, and flu.
Cayenne pepper has been known as a circulatory stimulant. It increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms. Because it heats the body, the natural process of detoxification is activated. Cayenne can also help to induce sweating—a very important process of detoxification. If you mix cayenne pepper with lemon juice and honey, cayenne tea is a great way to start your day as an excellent morning beverage for total body detox.
Cayenne pepper helps to stimulate the digestive tract and increases the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This aids the body’s ability to metabolize food (and toxins). Cayenne pepper is also helpful for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.
According to a study using data collected from almost half a million people, it was found that people who eat spicy foods have a 14% chance of living longer than those that don’t. The researchers also found that regular consumption of chili peppers aligned with reduced rates of death from respiratory disease, heart problems, cancer.
Supports Weight Loss
‘Scientists at the Laval University in Quebec found that participants who took cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetite, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne is also a great metabolic booster and aids the body in burning excess fat.’
Recipes Using Cayenne Pepper
Here are a few recipes that use cayenne pepper. A word to the wise is sufficient – be careful when using cayenne pepper near your eyes or other sensitive areas – it could be painfully hot!
Cayenne Pepper Hair Oil
Fresh cayenne peppers – 4-6
Wearing gloves, chop the peppers into small pieces and then put in a glass jar. Pour the base oil over the peppers and ensure that it covers the peppers completely. Sit the bottle in a bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes. After this, put the oil on a window ledge where it can receive sunlight on a daily basis for 3 weeks. Once the desired time is past, strain the peppers from the oil and it is now ready for use.
You can apply the oil every other day (for about 2-3 months) to a clean scalp. If you like, you can also apply it as a pre-wash treatment. Apply to the scalp and then cover with a plastic cap for 30 mins and then cleanse.
Cayenne Pepper Deep Conditioner
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
Your favorite deep conditioner
Or 4 ozs Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, 1 egg well-beaten
Combine all ingredients together. Apply to freshly cleansed hair, cover for 30 mins. Rinse and follow with your usual hair care regimen.
Cayenne Pepper Shampoo
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
8 ozs Castille Soap(liquid form – or you can grate the soap bar, leave it in some water for 24hrs)
Essential oil of your choice
Combine ingredients together. Shake vigorously. Use sparingly as a hair cleanser. Be careful when using and avoid your eyes. It can be an irritant to sensitive areas. It will invigorate your scalp and give a nice tingle.
You can read my review on Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap here!
My Final Thoughts on Using Cayenne Pepper And Hair Growth
I have used cayenne pepper in my hair care regimen and I love it. I have made the cayenne pepper oil and I must admit – it sure gives you a ‘fiery tingle’!! It makes you feel like ‘things are working immediately’, and in a way it is, well, it has started.
I still use cayenne pepper oil occasionally when I think I need a little more ‘oomph’ to my hair growth. I do advise caution though, as the ‘fire in your eyes’ feeling is not a great or welcome one.
Have you tried cayenne pepper as a hair care option? What have been your results? I would love to hear your feedback.