If arthritis or other sorts of inflammations are a common occurrence in your family, then you might also become a victim of it. Although involving yourself in aerobic exercises, or applying creams made for inflammations is the first resort for most individuals, people are now more drawn towards natural remedies. Trying things from ginger to black pepper and other household ingredients, a recent favorite has become cayenne pepper cream.
How cayenne pepper works for inflammations
The active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which triggers the discharge of “substance P” into the body. This “special” substance gets released from the inflammatory and nerve cells of the immune system. Substance P is known for allowing the body to deal with pain and it helps release cytokines as well so the inflammatory response can be positive.
Cayenne pepper can enlarge the blood vessels so additional inflammatory cells can come to the rescue! When there is an active release of substance P (in this case it would be when you are applying cayenne pepper), the tolerance levels of pain will increase. This is called pain desensitization. In simpler words, you will begin to feel the pain less as time goes on.
This way you will be able to move positively to a healthier lifestyle so you can naturally heal your body. Whether you choose physical therapy, swimming, walking, or stretching, with the aid of cayenne pepper, your body will heal quicker than expected.
DIY cayenne pepper cream
- 2 teaspoons of organic cayenne powder
- 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon of organic ginger powder
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup of raw cocoa butter (if this is not available, use coconut oil)
- ¼ cup of beeswax
- 10 drops of peppermint oil
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of pure magnesium oil (optional)
- Glass jar
- In a heat safe glass bowl, add coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and place it over a saucepan that is 2 to 3 inches of water.
- Let the water come to a simmer while you are mixing the mixture until everything is melted and well incorporated.
- Now, you can add the cayenne, turmeric, and ginger powder and keep stirring until everything is mixed properly.
- Take it off the heat and add in the peppermint and magnesium oil, if you are using it.
- Transfer the mixture in a glass jar immediately and let it cool down before putting a lid on top.
- Once it has cooled a little, apply it liberally on the inflammation.
Storage details– Since this DIY cream does not have added preservatives in it, the best thing to do would be to store it in a refrigerator. It can last 6 to 8 weeks.
Warning– After you have applied the cayenne pepper cream to the inflammations, you need to make sure you are washing your hands because certain ingredients in the cream can be strong. Turmeric has yellowing properties (it is normal), but make sure you are wearing old clothes when applying.
Cayenne pepper is a natural and effective remedy for inflammations. Without any side effects, this DIY cream can be used liberally on inflammations for effective pain relief.