Non-grub Uses for Chilli

We have no idea why anyone wouldn’t want chilli in their grub, but if you were ever considering what else it can be used for we’ve complied a list of alternative chilli uses, because it turns out chilli peppers are a seriously resourceful fruit.

At Hot Diggidy Dog we use Bird’s Eye chillies to give your grub a kick and fire up your food hole, but chillies can also be used for some genuinely unusual things including inflicting injury and remedying it. Check out our list of bizarre chilli uses below, there are definitely a few surprises.


  • Elephants can be nosy creatures, in Northeastern India; the peppers are smeared on fences and incorporated in smoke bombs as a safety precaution to keep wild elephants at a distance.
  • Cayenne powder is used by gardeners to deter mammals and insects.
  • They’re used in food and cosmetic dyes developed from oleoresin.
  • Homeowners use it to repel ants, squirrels and other wildlife.
  • Some people even add a dash of cayenne powder to their socks to keep their feet warm.
  • Train your dog against eating from the table.
  • Put a few drops into birdseed to keep out squirrels.
  • Kick your nail biting habit by patting some on your nails.

The Police and Armed forces:

  • Both use chillies in products such as pepper-spray and tear gas, used for crowd control and self-defence against individuals. We would always aim to avoid getting 5.3million SHU (Scoville heat Units) of chilli in our eyes, although Earl does love the occasional prank so watch out.
  • The Chinese police also serve them to sleepy motorists to keep them awake at the wheel, and at one time, chilli peppers were used to stop advancing soldiers.
  • In India scientists are working on plans to use peppers in hand grenades, as a non-lethal way to flush out terrorists from their hideouts and to control rioters.

Medicine: amongst the uses below scientists believe that capsaicin may be able to deplete substance P, the neurotransmitter that alerts the central nervous system to pain. Maybe that’s why we’re able to wolf down chilli after chilli. Other medical uses include:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Lowering serum cholesterol
  • Working as an anticoagulant
  • Treating herpes
  • Relieving stomach pain
  • Treating shingles
  • Relieve joint and nerve pain

Ongoing studies show promise in the prevention and control of an array of conditions, including:

  • Post-surgical pain
  • Cancer prevention and treatment
  • Heart attack prevention
  • Pneumonia prevention and treatment
  • Migraine relief

Clearly there’s a lot more to chilli than spicing up our grub, but we’ll happily accept the effects of the fiery fruit on our food and pallets. Maybe we’ll start filling our socks with Cayenne powder ready for the winter.

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