Cayenne pepper can be used an alternative to pain relief medications for reducing joint pain. Capsaicin, the main active constituent of cayenne pepper, has a numbing effect when used topically, which helps in providing fast relief from joint pain. Studies have shown that capsaicin selectively targets the pain receptors. Hence, it is safe for topical use.
Although a number of pain relief ointments containing capsaicin is available in the stores, instead of spending your money on these products you can attain the same benefit with homemade cayenne pepper based pain relief cream.
Here Is How You Can Use Cayenne Pepper To Reduce Joint Pain
Simple Cayenne Pepper Cream
For this basic cayenne pepper pain relief cream recipe, you will need two tablespoons of cayenne pepper, ½-cup of olive oil and ¼-cup of cocoa or shea butter. Using a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter. Add the olive oil and cayenne pepper and mix the ingredients well. Refrigerate the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes and then whisk with a blender. Once again refrigerate the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes. Store the cream in a clean and dry container. Gently massage the affected joint with a small amount of the cream.
Cayenne Pepper With Ginger And Mustard Seeds
The warming and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger and mustard seeds help in boosting the pain relief effect of your cayenne pepper based homemade pain relief product. Pour 8 ounces of sunflower oil in a saucepan. Add a tablespoon of cayenne pepper, two teaspoons of grated ginger and two tablespoons of mustard seeds. Simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the oil. Massage the affected areas with the oil.
Cayenne Pepper And Turmeric
Because of its anti-inflammatory property, turmeric helps in reducing joint pain. To further enhance the pain relief property of your cayenne pepper remedy, include turmeric in the recipe. Using a double-boiler, melt ½-cup of beeswax. Add 3 cups of sunflower oil and 3 tablespoons each of ground turmeric and cayenne pepper and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and store the oil. Use it as needed.
Cayenne Pepper With Clove, Peppermint And Eucalyptus Oils
Clove oil contains eugenol, which helps in blocking transmission of pain signals. Peppermint and eucalyptus oils help in soothing and relaxing the muscles. Melt and combine ½-cup of coconut oil and 1 ¼-cup of cocoa butter. Add two tablespoons of cayenne pepper, 8 drops of clove oil, 15 drops of eucalyptus oil and 15 drops of peppermint oil. Stir the mixture and refrigerate it for 15 to 20 minutes. Whisk the mixture and again refrigerate it for 15 to 20 minutes. Apply a small amount of the mixture to the affected joint.