HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - You will find chili peppers in almost every local household kitchen. But did you know that they're actually good for you? Amy Kalili introduces us to a traditional Hawaiian health practitioner who considers chili peppers to be somewhat of a cure-all.
This local spice has can clear up sinuses and more! "If you're sick, it will basically take the mucus from the system and flush it. Cholesterol in your arteries, it will help to flush it through. It's good for constipation," said Ethel Mau, Practitioner.
Aunty Ethel was able to list over 50 medicinal uses of nioi. "Nioi is one of the things that you must always have in your house," said Mau.
While you can buy chili peppers and pepper water at the store, Aunty encourages us to plant it. "It's basically on a bush. It has small, little red peppers. It doesn't have to be small, it can get bigger," said Mau.
While the most common medicinal use of the chili pepper is in its water form, the pepper itself can be used directly on the skin. "Granted it will burn, only the outside. The inside where the cut is, it won't. It'll stop the bleeding," said Mau.
Aunty Ethel showed us how to make chili pepper water. "Basically I'm going to put it in a blender with water to cover the blade and then I'm going to throw some nioi inside of it," said Mau.
Blend until the peppers are dissolved and the water is a reddish-orange. Now you have noi water. "Basically I will put it in tea, juice, anything that I'm drinking and the hotter, the better," said Mau.
But be careful just how hot you make it! "Now if you have not eaten or do not eat hot stuff then two pieces is hot enough. But if you eat chili pepper all the time, 10 or 20 is good," said Mau.