Make your own Capsaicin cream
Capsaicin is the chemical component in hot peppers that makes them taste spicy. It is also a clinically proven and safe topical therapy for pain relief for arthritis and joint tenderness. Capsaicin binds to nerve receptors and initially causes a burning, tingling sensation, which is followed by an analgesic effect or the blocking of pain. Want to make your own inexpensive capsaicin cream? The recipe is simple.
Things You'll Need
- Trinidad Scorpion Moruga chili powder
- Sunflower or canola oil
- Cheese cloth
- Storage jar
- 1 Combine two tbsp. of Trinidad Scorpion Moruga powder with two cups of sunflower or canola oil in a saucepan.
- 2 Heat the combination on low on a stove top for two hours to allow it to combine fully. Stir every 15 minutes to aid in the mixing.
- 3 Strain the mixture through a cheese cloth into a storage jar. The jar should have a lid so that you can safely store the cream.
- 4 Add 1 ½ oz. of beeswax to give the mixture the consistency of a cream. Cover the jar with the lid to store.
- 5 Rub the cream on sore joints and muscles.
I don’t have to tell you that if you rub a hot pepper on the skin, it burns. The capsaicin in the pepper triggers the release of chemicals along nerves that relay pain signals back to the brain. So far, pretty obvious. But what’s different about the capsaicin is it gets those chemicals to fire so much and so often that the chemical becomes depleted. No chemical, no pain.
So the first two things you should know about using capsaicin are:
- It’s going to really burn the first few times you put it on.
- It takes a day or two, sometimes more, before it depletes the chemical and begins to relieve your underlying pain.
Hot Chili Peppers, pure capsaicin crystals available at www.firehousechilli.com