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Spice up Your Chili

Spice Up Your Chili

Cayenne is just one of the many chili peppers herbalists love for their fiery hot medicine. One secret we’ve been keeping is that cayenne, as well as a few other chilies, intensify their fire in the freezer. If you plan to make chili for the freezer as an easy, quick dinner on one of those busy weeknights, add a little less cayenne than you normally would.

Other fiery spices include cassia cinnamon, grains of paradise, peppercorns, garlic, curry blends, and the myriad of other chili pepper relatives.

Or, if you’re like me, plan on picking up an extra carton of yogurt or sour cream on the way home from work. Both yogurt and sour cream will cool the burn on your tongue, letting you enjoy that fiery cayenne chili and all it’s good medicine comfortably.

Candace Hunter

Candace Hunter is a self-taught herbalist and artist who never, ever practices on guinea pigs in part because her family and friends are generally up to the job. She is co-author of The Practical Herbalist's Herbal Folio series and author of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse. She edits The Practical Herbalist website and Practical Herbalist Press publications. She has also recently entered into the field of podcasting with reckless abandon. Listen to her on Real Herbalism Radio today, see her work at, or find her on Facebook at Candace Hunter Creations.

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