Cayenne Pepper for Goats: It’s One Hot Remedy!

Let’s talk about the fiery magic of cayenne and how it can be a game-changer in your goat care routine. From boosting vitamin B to providing emergency support, cayenne is a must-have herb for every goat owner. I consider it one of my top staples – let’s look at why I recommend it in your goat care kit too.

Ignite Your Goat’s Health with Cayenne

Vitamin B Boost. Just like a shot of espresso in the morning, cayenne delivers a potent dose of vitamin B to your goats, fueling their vitality and supporting their overall well-being.  Food sources of vitamin B for goats are relatively uncommon, so for this reason alone I recommend keeping it on hand.

Emergency Support: A simple mixture of 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne powder with 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses can be administered orally to help kickstart a downed, lethargic or shocked goat’s circulation. Blend thoroughly and swipe on your goats gums for fastest response.

Topical Wound Care: Accidents happen, and when they do, cayenne is here to save the day. With its powerful hemostatic properties, cayenne can be applied topically to stop bleeding in its tracks. Just apply a pinch of cayenne powder directly onto the wound, and watch as it works its clotting magic. This is the only blood stop agent I keep on hand and it’s a powerful one!

What Kind?

Cayenne from the grocery store will work in a pinch, but 40,000 heat units (HU) is generally the minimum recommended HU for therapeutic use.  I will add though that I’ve had results with common grocery store cayenne so I wouldn’t go replace yours if you have some already.

Both externally and internally, cayenne is a powerhouse of healing that deserves a spot in even conventional medicine kits.

Cayenne Research Summary Provided by Consensus

Cayenne pepper, derived from plants such as Capsicum annuum and Capsicum frutescens, has been traditionally used in various medicinal applications. This synthesis explores the effects of cayenne pepper on animals, focusing on its antipyretic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, wound healing, lipid metabolism, sensory-motor functions, and influence on the gastrointestinal microbiota and inflammation.

Key Insights:

  • Cayenne pepper leaf extract has antipyretic activity in male rats, effectively lowering rectal temperature at a dose of 300 mg/kg body weight1.
  • Extracts and compounds from cayenne-related plants exhibit antioxidant activities, increasing tolerance and decreasing lipid peroxidation in response to reactive oxygen species (ROS)2.
  • Cayenne pepper diets have been shown to improve lipid profiles in rats fed an atherogenic diet, potentially through the modulation of antioxidant enzyme activity3.
  • Ethanol extract of cayenne pepper applied to rat skin wounds resulted in delayed healing and increased levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), a marker of oxidative stress4.
  • Dietary cayenne pepper influences hepatic gene expression related to lipid metabolism and inflammation, potentially reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors5.
  • Cayenne pepper cataplasm (CPC) can affect sensory-motor functions without significant systemic side effects or increases in inflammation-related biomarkers in healthy subjects6.
  • Consumption of cayenne pepper minimally influenced the gut microbiota and had little impact on intestinal inflammation in healthy adult humans7.


Cayenne pepper has demonstrated a range of medicinal properties in animal studies, including fever reduction, antioxidant effects, and potential benefits for lipid metabolism and cardiovascular health. However, its effects on wound healing may be dose-dependent, as excessive application can delay the process and increase oxidative stress. Topical applications, such as cataplasms, can provide sensory-motor benefits without systemic side effects. In humans, cayenne pepper consumption appears to have minimal influence on gut microbiota and intestinal inflammation. Overall, cayenne pepper shows promise as a medicinal agent, but further research is needed to fully understand its effects and optimal dosages for therapeutic use.

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