Friday, January 14, 2011

Sneak Peek for My Blog Followers!

Early this month I announced that I have been published in Metaphysical Monthly and that I had been asked to write a monthly article based on a different herb each month.  Well for those of you who follow my blog I decided to give you a sneak peek at next month's article.  I hope it inspires you to check out the magazine and all the wonderful articles they have.  It truly is a great magazine.  So without further adieu here is the "peek"

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper’s (Capsicum minimum or Capsicum fastigiatum) health benefits are many, varied and truly astonishing.  I was never aware it had so many wonderful healing properties until I started to study herbs.  You, like me, may have just thought of cayenne pepper (or also known as chili powder) as a great cooking spice.  There are many different types of pepper spices made from red peppers, varying in strength from the mild paprika to the hottest cayenne.

Where does cayenne come from? The fruit or body of the peppers are dried then ground down, pulped and baked into cakes, which are then sifted to make the spice known as cayenne pepper. In case you may be slightly confused, red hot chili peppers are sometimes referred to as "cayenne peppers" as well.

Some may argue that cayenne is simply a spice and cannot be classified as an herb. So let's touch on that. Yes, certainly cayenne is a spice that is self-evident. And, to food preparation professionals, it is thought of as solely a spice. In its strictest definition, it is a spice as I referred to it above. ... 

...don't forget to check out Metaphysical Monthly in February for the rest of the article!!


Mother's Moon's Message said...

you have definatley caught my curious side... I will check it out for sure

Jennifer said...

Thank you and yes, I do love herbs! Just so you know, I take all the herbs that are in season and post about each one. There are plenty of herbs for the month of January :)

Jennifer said...

I will certainly read the rest of your article come Febuary~

JoAnne said...

Congratulations Lisa! Very, very interesting and your blog looks fabulous!!!!!!

Ponderosa Pagan said...

I am excited to find out more about cayenne!
Do you know where the cayenne pepper originate?