Recent stock market reports revealed a decline in the demand for black pepper which is lowering the price of this already affordable spice. When you consider the 20 surprising uses for pepper besides cooking, it is clear to see this spice is nothing to sneeze at. Recently we explored 20 incredible uses for baking soda and unique ways to use lemons. You'll be amazed at what you can do with cayenne and black pepper.
Pepper for Household Uses
According to the Business Standard, the current prices for black pepper declined due to a reduced demand from retailers. Now is a good time to stock up on black pepper and cayenne pepper for 20 other surprising uses besides cooking (though bell peppers sure are tasty) such as:
1. Spring is the time of year when ants seem to march around your home in mass numbers. Instead of using chemical to deal with these unwanted pests, combat them with black or cayenne pepper. If you can find the ant hole, just pour a half of cup of this peppery stuff into it. You can also do the same at the ants' point of entry to your home.
2. Are there still hungry ants lurking around your pantry and kitchen cabinets searching for a treat? Get rid of them by placing white or black pepper where they go. It tricks them into thinking the food is gone and they'll soon go away.
3. Spring is here and it's time to plant a garden filled with flowers and fresh produce. Unfortunately, those tasty vegetables attract bugs and animals to your garden. You don't have to put out pesticides or poison to get them to leave. Simply sprinkle a mixture of black pepper and flour around your plants to get them to go.
4. Are there stubborn pests that just won't leave your garden, despite your peppery deterrent? Take it up a notch with some spicy cayenne pepper. Mix 4 cups of water, 4 onions, 2 cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper in your blender until it gets smooth. Add it to a gallon of water so you can spray your plants with this safe, pepper mixture to keep pests from nibbling on your produce.
5. Do you have an old car in the family with a leaky radiator? Often the second car gets neglected. If you're struggling to cover car repair bills, buy a little more time. Pour a bit of black pepper into the radiator to block tiny holes. This will give you a bit more time to save money so you can get it fixed the right way.
6. Did you ever imagine you would keep pepper in your laundry room? Add a teaspoon of this spicy stuff to you laundry to keep colors from bleeding and maintain their integrity so they don't look faded. Who needs expensive laundry supplies when you can just toss a dash of pepper in each load?
7. Are mice or other uninvited rodents nibbling on your cables? They won't want to do it anymore if you rub pepper tincture on them. It seems they don't want to get a taste of this peppery spice. This is also a way to keep your pet cat safe if he or she likes to bite on cables. The cayenne pepper will drive kitty away.
8. It seems birds are spicier than we might have thought. Do you keep a bird feeder to watch them eat by your window? Is a squirrel invading the feeder so birds don't want to use it? Sprinkle cayenne pepper into the feed. Birds don't mind it but it will send the squirrel running away to look for nuts and acorns.
Pepper for Health and Beauty
For centuries, people around the globe have used pepper for health and beauty remedies. While none of these suggestions is meant to replace the advice of a doctor, some of them seem to be timeless ways to use pepper for improved well-being:
9. Now that spring is here, allergies striking hard and fast. Do you believe you can help combat congestion with pepper, the spice that makes people sneeze? Many organic and health food stores carry liquid pepper. Add it to boiling water with a dash of eucalyptus to unclog your sinuses and soothe your nasal passages.
10. Did you know that table salt and black pepper gargle can combat cavities, freshen breath and help to relieve oral pain? Mix a half teaspoon of salt and a dash of pepper in warm water then gargle. Do you have a sore throat? Mix a dash of cayenne, a half teaspoon of salt and a mashed garlic clove in warm water then gargle for natural antiseptic relief. We recently shared 20 other incredible uses for table salt.
11. Does your head hurt from spring allergies? Ongoing congestion can give you a headache. Mix cayenne with olive oil then rub it on your temples. This helps to reduce headaches and relieve congestion by simply breathing it in. We also shared 20 other innovative uses for olive oil yesterday.
12. Are paper cuts a casualty of your office job? Instead of bleeding all over your papers, sprinkle a bit of cayenne on the cut. It will stop the bleeding, though it might sting a little. Do not use cayenne on deeper cuts.
13. While the spring days are warm, the nights can still get chilly. Are your feet freezing in the middle of the night. Find a pair of old socks and line them with cayenne pepper to keep your feet warm. Use a pair of socks you're ready to throw out as cayenne pepper can stain. Be careful of your sheets.
14. Here is another use for liquid pepper or pepper oil. Mix it with essential rosemary oil to create a soothing mix. Are your muscles sore from all that gardening? Rub them down with this fragrant peppery concoction to make them feel better.
15. Do you have a toothache? Rub a little pepper on the spot to get some relief. You can also mix a teaspoon of pepper with hot water. Let it cool and gargle with the mixture to relieve pain. Then schedule an appointment with your dentist to have the tooth checked out.
16. Did you dress for a warm spring day that turned chilly and wind up with a nagging cold and cough? Mix 1 teaspoon of pepper with a tablespoon or more of honey to relieve the symptoms of a cold, including coughing and congestion.
17. Pepper can also be good for your skin if you suffer with conditions such as eczema or rashes. Mix pepper with ghee, a form of clarified butter. Apply it to the affected spot to get relief.
18. Peppercorns are the round corns that regular pepper is made from. Mash peppercorns with water to apply to pimples to help them clear up.
19. Here's another way to use peppercorns, so keep them in your pantry. If you have a fever, boil peppercorns and water then cool it and drink it to help lower your body temperature.
20. A simple mixture of pepper and honey or pepper and water also helps to relieve ailments such as constipation and indigestion by helping to flush toxins from your body.
Who knew black pepper and cayenne pepper could do more than spice up your foods? Of course, pepper spray is used to defend yourself against an attacker. Can you think of any other unusual ways to use pepper? Share them with us in the comments section below.
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