Peppers and Chillies originated from the Americas and were initially viewed with some suspicion by Europeans due to their heat. To tame their spiciness, Europeans tried drying and grinding the plant, and using it in small quantities to season dishes. The plant was quickly cultivated in Europe, especially among poor farmers as it provided a means to add heat and flavour to a dish without having to pay for expensive imported spices. It was also believed that rubbing a mixture of Chilli Peppers and Honey into the skin could remove spots and other blemishes.
Please note this information is research based on historic documents….and is not modern advice for health and wellness!