Cayenne fruit contains a plant compound called capsaicin it has the ability to block chemical messages in our bodies called substance P, that transmits the sensation of pain. This herb is very good for the aches and pains associated with arthritis. The herb’s pain relieving properties can be preserved in an oil or body cream and applied externally to help relieve stiff painful joints and muscles.
Below is a recipe for making your own cayenne oil that you can use on your joints in lotions or even on your salads. Helping to relief pain internally and externally.
How to make the infused oil
250 grams of hot dry powdered cayenne pepper
500ml of cold-pressed (extra virgin) olive oil or other oil
Place the very hot cayenne powder and the oil into a large airtight jar and stand in a warm place (not a hot place and not in direct sunlight) for about 2 weeks. It is very important to shake the content every day. Don’t shake on the last day, strain out the oil and squeeze out any remaining oil.
Put the strained infused oil into a large glass jar with an another 250grms of cayenne powder making sure the oil is completely covering the powder (if it doesn’t add a little more) and place again in a warm place for another 2 weeks, shaking daily, then strain once again.
Store this strained oil in an airtight dark glass bottle in a dark, cool place. This oil can be rubbed into stiff, painful joints and muscles. The oil can be used to make a salve or lotion.
Very important – this infused oil is very hot, so never use on broken skin and always remember to wash your hands after use. It is possible that this oil could stain a little, so be careful. Cayenne used topically increases blood flow to joints and muscles reducing pain and speeding up healing. It is better not to use this oil if your joints are already red and feel hot to touch.
Store this oil in the refrigerator for up to a year. However, keep a small amount at room temperature at all times for immediate use.
Some people use this oil to massage their scalp to encourage hair growth, as it encourages the circulation resulting in more oxygen and nutrients to the area.