In news this week, a cautious discussion about why hot chillies ‘might’ be good for usfollowing a recent study of thousands of Americans which suggested general benefit to health of eating chillies.

Chillies have been long valued in herbal medicine for their warming and circulatory properties, for those people who need a warming boost for poor circulation to the extremities, sluggish metabolism and digestion. It’s also a useful addition to a cream or salve for reducing the pain of arthritis – it not only helps local circulation but also stops nerves transmitting pain sensations if used regularly (but with a caution to keep away from the eyes).