Cayenne Pepper Oil

The botanical name for cayenne pepper Capsicum Annuum (Ann-you-um) or Capsicum Frutescens (fru-tes-enz). Most of the varieties of pepper referred to as chili peppers are classified as Capsicum Annuum. Examples include Jalapenos and Paprika. Some varieties with “chili” included in their name are actually Capsicum Frutescens. Cayenne pepper has been classified as both.

Cayenne peppers are potent stimulants used internally to increase activity in the respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems. Capsaicin is the compound that gives cayenne pepper its heat – a hot, burning taste or sensation. The capsaicin content in cayenne pepper is typically between 0.1 -1.5% depending on the time of harvest and environment of growth. High Capsaicin sets cayenne pepper apart from its cousins which include Paprika, Hungarian Pepper, Red and Green Peppers.


Cayenne pepper for hair:

Capsaicin creates a tingling sensation on the scalp and in the hair follicle. The tingling sensation is in fact electric signals the Papilla (the hair root) located at the base of the hair follicle. The Papilla has dense network of blood capillaries that feed the hair strand with nutrient rich blood in order for hair to grow properly.

When blood flow from the papilla to the hair follicle decelerates, hair growth also follows suit. The capsaicin in cayenne pepper works by jump-starting the blood flow from the papilla to the follicle. This movement transports nutrient-rich blood to the hair follicle, which creates the ideal environment for hair growth.


  • Take two loosely filled tablespoons of cayenne pepper with half a cup oil of your choice. I have found fractionated coconut oil to be the best when it comes to extracting nutrients from herbs.
  • Shake or stir to mix thoroughly and let it sit for at least 10 days in away from sunlight. I’m not sure how important this is for use on hair but sunlight will destroy carotenoids which are a useful part of cayenne pepper when used internally.
  • I added half a cup of olive oil so total is one cup of oil to two tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder.


Other compounds in cayenne pepper include:

Carotenoids: Carotenoids include beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. These are antioxidants.

Flavonoids: Flavonoids are anti-inflammatory and promote healthy circulation of blood.

Volatile Oils: Most important plant constituent that’s extracted to create essential oils

Cayenne pepper has been used internally as a supplement, spice or tea to:

  •  Improve blood circulation
  • Stimulate the digestive system to produce digestive juices that improve food digestion
  • Antiseptic properties that aid in infection prevention
  • Analgesic properties that help with alleviating pains and aches when applied topically especially for arthritis.
  • Stop a cold in its tracks in combination with honey, apple cider vinegar and a cup of water
  • Prevent freezing. Cayenne pepper heats the body that induces sweating. When cold it helps to drink a concoction of water and cayenne pepper to warm the body. In colder climates, cayenne pepper is placed inside socks to remedy cold feet.
  • Acts as a catalyst that speeds up delivery of minerals to different parts of the body and increases efficiency of other herbs

Named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville the Scoville scale is  a system used to measure of the pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers. Cayenne pepper ranges from 30,000 – 50,000 Scoville Heat Units (S.H.C).  In comparison to  Mexican Habaneros and Scotch Bonnets (300,000 S.H.U), India’s  Bhut Jolokia (1.03M S.H.U) or Naga Viper (1.3M S.H.U) cayenne peppers “heat” is not overpowering. It still has a good kick though in comparison to Paprika (5,000 S.H.U) or bell peppers (0 S.H.U). The cayenne powder used in this video is 35,000 S.H.U.

SIDENOTES: This is a first time experiment with cayenne pepper powder. I expect to see changes in growth rate if my blood flow is sluggish.  I will measure length before beginning and afterwards to compare changes that occur.

I am hoping the “heat” of the oil is tolerable but modifications to the oil are likely depending on how it feels on my scalp.

As mentioned in the video, I will encapsulate cayenne pepper powder and take it as a supplement during this experiment.

  • Michaela Duerson

    great article, results?

    • Hi Michaela. I am not sure if you saw it but results are already posted. It worked 🙂

  • Dalia Silentfiyah Truly Blesse

    Have you research cinnamon for hair? I am doing this now. I also love mustard, I use the seed, oil and powder.

    • I have researched cinnamon but I will now that you mention it. I have heard mustard seed oil mentioned a couple of times so now I am curious. I am adding these ideas to my notebook so keep them coming. How are you infusing the cinnamon and in which oil? Do you have a favorite oil btw?

      • Dalia Silentfiyah Truly Blesse

        I am trying the infusion with the powder and also the sticks. I also have the essential cinnamon oil both leaf and powder. The mustard seed is amazing though. I also have an old bottle of cayenne pepper tincture, I add a few drops to everything I make. Natural hair/locs takes you on this journey that makes me feel like for great-grandmother. lol, doing it old school…I love it. No beauty supply for me and making your own stuff is sooo intelligent and so frugal.

  • thank you

  • jahliones

    I finally put other oils(olive almond jbco and my herb inffused-total a cup and a bit) with my cocopepper. started friday 6.02.2015 will try and use everyday.

  • Gabriel Diaz

    This has been in use for hundreds of years in Mexico. All chiles come from Mexico.

  • Adnan Khan

    Can you please tell me what kind of Coconut and Olive oil are you using? Coconut oil look very watery, usually it’s quit thick. Also, are you using cold press olive oil, extra virgin olive oil?

    • I am using fractionated coconut oil…the kind that always stays liquid. I like it better for my infusion than the whole coconut oil, which usually is a solid. Extra virgin olive oil has to be cold pressed by default. That’s the only way to preserve the oil nutrients. Yes, I am using cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. Hope that helps 🙂

  • So do you allow the mixture to sit for 2 weeks before use? J.J

    • oops I see the 10 day siting indication- sorry will be trying soon….

  • Rashidah

    Why does it have to sit for 10 to 15 days?

    • It doesn’t have to. Even 3 days could be enough. Since this was a cold infusion, I wanted to make sure my oil was fully infused.

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  • Ebun Awode

    Do I need to sieve the cayenne pepper out after extracting the oil ?

    • Yes, you need something that will filter out the fine participles of the pepper. I used a cheese cloth and it worked perfectly. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Pavan S

    Hi Gabrielle,
    I am facing pimples on my scalp with white fungus causes itching. Facing huge hairfall at 25 only. Can you help me with something?

    • Kenneth Bednar

      Apply coconut oil. It kills fungus, mold, bacteria and viruses. You can take a teaspoon of coconut oil by mouth and swoosh around before swallowing it. Prevents cavities as well as gingivitis. Do a search on the benefits of coconut oil. Example. Viruses and coconut oil, bacteria and coconut oil, you supply the word and coconut oil to see all it treats. For a list of search I did email me at

  • natasha goree

    So I know this posting is pretty old, but I’m wondering how the hair growth process worked out for everyone. What were the results of using this remedy? Also, should I use cayenne pepper seasoning or the actual peppers themselves?

  • Robin Stein

    hi I have lost lot of hair and still loosing everyday its very patchy an dscalp is visible on the middle part of the head.
    If i use this cayenne pepper oil will i get my hair back please suggest.

  • smiley

    I apply the mixture paste ‘only’on scalp and massage vigorously, then cover tightly w/ 2-3 plastic bags and cloth/towel material covering on top to preserve heat. I keep it on overnight and shampoo out in the morning. It burns like hell, but the growth is so worth it! P.S. Capsicum pepper dries out the hair, which is why it’s best to keep it away from hair and only on scalp . Much luck to your hair growth project .

  • smiley

    Alternate with occasional aloe vera leaf gel, raw egg mixture…you will be amazed by your hair health and thickness!

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