One of the active ingredients in cayenne pepper – capsaicin stimulates the release substance P in the body. This substance is most noted for the role in helping your body perceive pain, and in triggering the release of a number a cytokines to induce healthy inflammatory reaction.

Cayenne pepper also dilates the blood vessels, which allows more anti-inflammatory cells to the affected area. When substance P is released and depleted, as it happens if you regularly apply cayenne pepper, the threshold of pain in the affected area increases. Thus the area feels much less painful. This will let you take some additional steps to help your affected area heal. Whether it will be by walking, exercising, stretching or some other type of physical therapy, with the help of cayenne pepper, you can help your body heal a lot faster!

Today we offer a recipe for a cayenne pepper rubbing cream that will soothe and alleviate muscle and joint pain and at the same time it’s very easy to make.

Other ingredients

Apart from cayenne pepper, the soothing cream contains a number of other beneficial and natural ingredients:

Coconut oil. This is really beneficial oil rich with antimicrobial properties so this makes it perfect base oil for the cream. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Cocoa butter (raw). Cocoa butter contains a great amount of antioxidants and it will be nicely absorbed into the skin together with the other beneficial herbs which will help you relax the muscles.

Ginger. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient and has warming properties. When it is used in a muscle cream, ginger stimulates the blood flow. This allows new blood to come into the affected area and pushing out the old blood rich in inflammatory cells that have caused pain on the affected site.

Turmeric. This spice has a long history of use for its powerful healing and anti-inflammatory effects. Turmeric helps reduce swelling and eliminates inflammation. Remember, inflammation is good for the process of healing, but not when your body is chronically inflamed.

Peppermint oil. This oil contains menthol which is another compound that is commonly used for sore muscles. Peppermint oil cools down the affected area, which offers similar relief as ice. The ginger works to warm the affected area and bring new immune cells, while peppermint oil constricts the muscles and moves the blood to eliminate waste.

For this cream you will need:

• ¼ cup of coconut oil
• ¼ cup of cocoa butter (raw)
• ¼ cup of beeswax
• 2 teaspoons of cayenne powder
• 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
• 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
• 10 drops of peppermint oil
• Glass jar

Preparation:

Put the coconut oil, beeswax and cocoa butter in a glass container and put the container in a saucepan with about 2 inches of water. Bring the water to simmer. Constantly stir the mix until the all ingredients are completely melted. Add the cayenne pepper, ginger and turmeric powder and stir until they are completely combined with the mixture. Remove the mixture from heat and add peppermint oil. Put the mixture in a glass jar and let it cool down before closing the lid. Use it on your affected area.

Storage: it’s best to keep the mixture refrigerated because it doesn’t contain any preservatives. The mixture lasts about 7 weeks.

Apart from using the cream, don’t forget to:

1. Keep the affected area well-rested. One of the biggest mistake people make is not sufficiently resting a chronically painful area.

2. Drink a lot of water. You need water to carry the blood around your body. The blood contains immune cells that help reduce the inflammation.

3. Take turmeric capsules for pain reduction and healing. It has been shown that turmeric capsules are as much effective as NSAIDs for soothing the pain in people with knee osteoarthritis without the nasty side effects.

Note: make sure to wash your hands after you use this cream, because peppermint oil and cayenne pepper are very strong. In addition, turmeric can cause skin yellowing, which is completely normal, but you might want to keep the cream away from clothes in order to avoid stains.