Did you know the International Herb Association plant of the year is peppers? What a great move. Typically we think of peppers from a straightforward, albeit diverse, culinary perspective. But the capsicum that makes hot peppers roar is also renowned as a medicinal agent, with benefits associated with digestion and a variety of stomach complaints. On top of all that, the spice aspect of hot peppers is well known to help preserve foods, stimulate metabolism and also provide anti-inflammatory benefits... not to mention inspire serious Youtube “sweat-offs” among those willing to taste-test the hottest of the hot.