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7 Household Uses for Cayenne Pepper

4. Protect your garden: If rabbits and rodents are chewing through your garden at night, you can protect your plants with a simple mixture of cayenne and water. Fill a spray bottle with the mixture and keep your plants coated, sending Thumper to your neighbor’s yard in search of a free meal. Steve Graham of Ft. Collins, CO said on, “I sprinkled cayenne pepper and cut-up orange peelings in a planter that had become quite the litter box for neighborhood dogs and cats. It worked perfectly. You have to re-apply regularly, particularly during the warm season, when you are watering the flowers.”

5. Reduce joint pain: Capsaicin, the burn-inducing substance in hot peppers, is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, topical application of capsaicin can ease achy joints caused by arthritis.

6. Cure scaly skin: According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, capsaicin cream can help reduce itching and skin inflammation caused by psoriasis.

7. Lose weight: Although we don’t officially endorse it, quite a few celebrities have lost weight quickly for film rolls by subsisting on a diet of cayenne pepper “lemonade” and water. Some studies claim that cayenne works as an appetite suppressant. As with all herbal remedies, check first with your doctor or a reputable homeopath before using cayenne pepper remedies.

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8:21AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

I had no idea there were so many uses for Cayenne pepper. Thanks for sharing

11:50PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Great tips! Thank you!

8:48AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

I think I'll see if it keeps the deer from eating my rose bushes.

9:20PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Some interesting tips, though I think I will pass on #7, on second thoughst if someone was offering me over 1 million for a part in a movie, I just might give it go.

9:57PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

I would never treat any animals in the ways recommended. I will look into the weight loss usage.

4:26AM PST on Jan 30, 2012


4:58PM PST on Jan 21, 2012


10:34AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Is there not a screening by Care2 for the articles'contents? I mean, keep little playful animals away from your stuff by smearing PEPPER on it ? Squirrels, cats, and what not? As far as I am concerned, this is a totally primitive sadistic method. I TEACH my cats, even if I have to shout at them from time to time, some learn more quickly than others. A good way to shoo tehm from something is to have a WATER SPRAY BOTTLE nearby, a little spary doesn't hurt them And having pets has its price, so from time to time, especially when there are kittens around, there are DAMAGES. Not big ones. Learn to fix DIY way, or buy again. It comes with the territory. If you can't take it, don't have pets !

3:10AM PST on Dec 23, 2011


3:58AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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Only four?

I just drink as my needs require. Some days it's more than others.

Thank you for this greatly informative and well-written article.

Noted thanks

They all look and sound so yummy!


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