The cayenne pepper is a type of Capsicum annuum. It is usually a moderately hot chili pepper used to flavor dishes. Cayenne or bird pepper as it is known in Jamaica is a staple spice and medicine for people the world over. Most varieties are generally rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville units. The fruits are generally dried and ground to make the powdered spice of the same name
Cayenne may be used as a condiment and has been used in traditional medicine to treat colds and flu. It's also a powerful stimulant, which is said to equalize blood pressure. It is good for internal and external bleeding and acts as a catalyst for other herbal medicines to work effectively.