Jamaican Chiles, Rev. John Lindsay, 1767

When Hot Sauce is a Cure: Mandram and Asher Sauce

Dave DeWitt Chiles and Health Leave a Comment

Many folk remedies are made with chile peppers, as I detailed with two coauthors in The Healing Powers of Peppers (Three Rivers Pres, 1998). We discovered chile peppers being used in infusions, syrups, teas, tinctures, liniments, ointments, poultices, salves, and oils. Perhaps the most unusual treatments were two hot sauces, one to improve the appetite and the other to combat …

"Bird Pepper" Illustration, 1858

The Great Chile Pepper Health Debate

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If you’ve read some of the other articles in the Chiles and Health section of the SuperSite, you’re probably aware of just how contentious the debates have been, especially when chile peppers are accused of causing health problems like cancer and ulcers.  They don’t of course, but the debate about the healing properties versus the “damaging” aspects of chile pods …

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Media Mangles Report: Capsaicin Does Not Cause Skin Cancer

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Media Mangles Report: Study Shows Capsaicin Does Not Cause Skin Cancer By Lois Manno Editor’s note: the spelling of ‘chili’ is used instead of ‘chile’ because the scientific study used this form of the word. Findings Given a Frightening SpinA study in the journal Cancer Research appears to link capsaicin, a component of chili peppers, to skin cancer. This is …

Fiery Facials

Fiery Facials

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by Kelli Bergthold Cockroaches, caviar, chocolate, mud, sheets of gold leaf, beer…no, this is not an exotic menu for a wealthy, albeit twisted, cocktail party. These are just a few of the bizarre remedies women have used to achieve flawless skin. For thousands of years, we have been persuaded to slather on purees and compotes containing ingredients one might find …