Cayenne has been in use for about 7,000 years. It originated in Central and South America and then introduced to Europe by a physician traveling with Columbus.
Cayenne added to hot cocoa, as the Mayans did, adds zest to your chocolate! My daughter and I tried it a few nights ago. We tasted the chocolate first and then when we swallowed, felt the cayenne on the back of the throat. I instantly thought this would be nice for sore throats!
Cayenne is antimicrobial--it counters the bacteria that cause food poisoning. So if in doubt, sprinkle a touch of cayenne onto your meal. This spice is good for digestion and tones the stomach. It even helps heal ulcers.
Perhaps the best feature about cayenne is that it is so good for the heart and circulatory system. It even helps stop a heart attack. Just mix 1 teaspoon cayenne in a glass of water and have the patient swallow. This in addition to CPR works better than CPR alone. I learned this in the course I took from The School of Natural Healing by Dr. Christopher.