Please click this link to see the article I found the below information as well as the pictures. HerbMentor is a great learning herbs site with a wealth of info on this and other incredible healing foods!
I’m going to make some, but instead of using Bees wax as the recipe calls for, I’m going to use Fair Trade Raw Shea Butter, because that is what I have on hand 🙂
Cayenne for Pain
Cayenne is famous for reducing many types of pain. It works by effecting your nervous system. Substance P is a neurotransmitter that relays information and results in what we call pain. Capsaicin, a major constituent of cayenne peppers, blocks substance P and therefore reduces pain.
When cayenne is used topically it can relieve many different types of pain, from diabetic neuropathy, shingles, migraine headaches, back aches, arthritis, menstrual cramps and bruises.
Today’s recipe is a super simple salve that can be made up very quickly and bring big-time pain relief.
For this recipe you’ll need…
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Two heaping teaspoons of cayenne powder (or 15 grams).
(Just pick this up at the market if you don’t have any.)
- 1/2 ounce of beeswax
(Available at Mountain Rose Herbs, along with cayenne)
- Double boiler
(Don’t have one? Try a local thirft store.)
(Available in supermarkets.)
Begin by infusing the cayenne into the olive oil over a double burner.
I heat the oil and cayenne until it is warm, turn off the heat and let it sit (warmly) for about 20 minutes, then turn the heat on again.
I do this for at least one hour to a couple of hours, you could do it for 24 hours if desired.
Once the cayenne and olive oil have been infused, strain off the powder through a cheesecloth. Reserve the infused oil.
Heat the beeswax until it is melted. Stir in the infused oil until the beeswax and oil have been thoroughly melted together and combined.
Immediately pour this mixture into jars or tins. (Makes roughly 4 ounces).
Let it cool and then label it.
Using your cayenne salve
This cayenne salve can be used on aches and pains, from sore muscles and joints to bruises and even nerve pain.
It is best for closed wounds and may sting a bit on open wounds. Even on closed skin you may feel a bit of burning or heat in the area where it is used. It should be applied externally only and used within 6 months for the best results.
If using it for arthritic pain it may take up to a week or two to see results. In this case you want to use it daily to decrease chronic pain.
Caution: When cayenne comes in contact with your mucosal membranes or eyes it will burn! Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching cayenne or use gloves to apply the salve to the desired area. If you are using the cayenne salve on your hands, consider applying it at night and then sleeping with gloves on.
We’d Love to Hear From You!
Do you use cayenne for pain relief?
I do use Cayenne, I normally put it in rice, or in lemon tea, but LOVE this idea for using it topically! I love making homemade salves, so this one will be a great one to add to my collection. Thank you HerbMentor for sharing this treasure!