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Cultivated for over 400 years worldwide, it's estimated that there are over 50,000 different species of Capsicum, partly due to this flowering plant's spontaneous mutation abilities. Although peppers are now grown all over the world, they were originally native to the Americas. Their level of spiciness is measured on something called the Scoville Scale and can vary from a 0 SHU rating of a bell pepper all the way to a 2.48 million SHU rating of Dragon's Breath. 2.48 million SHU is pretty hot considering a Jalepeno is only 2,500 SHU! Dragon's Breath peppers were actually developed in partnership by Nottingham Trent University, NPK Technology, and a chili farmer named Neal Price. The heat of Dragon's Breath is such that it can be used as an anesthetic for the skin but please be warned, experts have advised against consuming this spicy little pepper as it may cause accidental death from anaphylactic shock.
Packed with skin & health benefits, the Capsicum in peppers can kill up to 75% of bacterial growth and provide a myriad of other health and beauty benefits.
Some fans of an all natural beauty routine will go as far as adding cayenne pepper to their face mask, but simply consuming hot peppers as part of your regular diet can lead to a healthy and blemish free complexion if you don't wish to apply them directly to your skin.
THE SKIN BENEFITS
The skin benefits will be experienced from both consuming and applying topically due to the hot pepper causing an increase in blood flow while stimulating the skins pores to open. Similar to the skin benefits of a hot sauna or a hot bath, peppers promote blood flow. Peppers can and should be included in a regular diet to maintain healthy skin by treating common skin issues such as:
Because acne is caused by blockage in your pores, either naturally from your body naturally sheds its own skin or from contact with bacteria, the increase in blood flow allows the pores loosen and unblock clogged bacteria. Adding hot peppers to your regular diet can also help in the treatment of psoriasis, as the capsicum is used in pain relieving gels and creams for psoriasis and can also help prevent itchiness, eating peppers can be a natural anti-inflammatory. While some with Psoriasis report flareups after consuming spicy foods, with repeat exposure to a spicy diet, Dr. DeLisa Fairweather of the Mayo Clinic has stated:
"There really could be important benefits that you could have from eating hot chili peppers, especially in their ability to reduce some of these immune cell responses".
HOW TO ADD HOT PEPPERS TO YOUR ROUTINE
CHILI PEPPER FLAKES
Sprinkle on top of salads, soups, and avocado toast. Although Pizza isn't our healthiest option, you can make your pizza craving slightly better by sprinkling a layer of pepper flakes.
Try an immune boosting lemon, water, and chili pepper shot each morning.
Similar to chili pepper flakes, Jalapenos are a great addition to any meal, they are extra delicious when added to soups like Pho, salads and sandwiches, and your standard backyard BBQ menu of burgers and hot dogs.
Pickled peppers are an awesome snack, but be mindful of the added salt content. Pepperoncinis are my favorite.
Mix chili powder with a small amount of water and apply directly to acne breakout. Leave on for up to five minutes.
Cayenne Tea Recipe
(for detox benefits)
1 glass of warm or hot water (12-16 oz)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½-1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon raw, local honey (optional)