Cayenne Fruit Extract | Capsicum Frutescens

About Cayenne Fruit Extract

Capsicum frutescens, also known as cayenne pepper or red pepper, is a species of chili pepper that is likely native to South America, but is now widely grown in tropical and subtropical areas. An annual or short-lived perennial, this plant has both a white flower and a fruit (i.e. the pepper) that is commonly used for medical purposes.

More than just a way to spice up your food, capsicum has long been used in alternative and traditional medicines. Today, this extract is added to various personal care products, including those marketed for relief of oral discomfort or toothaches, as a digestive aid, and can also be found in cleansers and bath products.


How It Works

Peppers from the capsicum plant contain a chemical called capsaicin, which when applied to the skin helps to reduce pain sensations due to a wide range of pain related issues. In fact, the topical application of Cayenne has demonstrated to be extremely effective in treating pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, shingles, and diabetic neuropathy (a nerve pain related to diabetes).

There is also evidence to suggest that Cayenne is effective at reducing back pain, pain related to fibromyalgia, and other general muscle pain. Regularly rubbing products that contain Cayenne into the skin can help increase circulation and decrease inflammation in the affected area, while simultaneously reducing pain.

When a capsicum product is applied to the nostrils, early research has shown it can help reduce cluster headaches as well as the symptoms of a sinus infection and allergies.


Common Concerns

Cayenne creates the sensation of heat on the skin. When applied in small concentrations on desired areas, there is generally no problem. However, if any residue is left on the hands and applied to sensitive areas such as the eyes or genitals, a severe burning sensation can occur.


Quick Facts

Binomial Name: Capsicum Frutescens
Common Name: Cayenne 
Source: Cayenne Peppers
EWG Score: 1


Proven and Possible Benefits


Muscle pain Neuralgia Pain from shingles Rheumatoid Arthritis Fibromyalgia Hay fever Sinus Infections Diabetic neuropathy




Information contained in this website is intended for educational purposes only and is in no way intended for diagnosis. The Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada have not evaluated this information. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For health problems, please refer to a qualified health practitioner.


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