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Spice Collection

Cayenne Can Spice Food and Protect Self

Dragon’s Heat

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Cayenne is a chili indigenous to Mesoamerica with which we spice our food. Its active compound capsaicin heats food and enables self-defense as part of pepper spray.

You can extract with an organic solvent like ethanol, let that evaporate, and emulsify the remaining resin in propylene glycol to…

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