Cayenne Pepper: Pain Relief Oil- Issue #48


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Cayenne Pepper: Pain Relief Oil- Issue #48
By Ifayomi Fasola • Issue #49 • View online
Cayenne is an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant. It relieves pain, has antimicrobial effects, and may even have an anticancer effect. It can ease aspirin-induced upset stomach, and is a digestive aid. It seems to be a detoxifying agent and specifically protects the stomach. It also may help blood clot more effectively. Today, we’re going to learn a little bit more about Cayenne, and how to use it for our benefit.

In folk medicine, cayenne has been used for painful muscle spasms, frostbite, and as a gargle for hoarseness and sore throats. It also was used for preventing seasickness, heart disease, and stroke. 
In Ayurvedic medicine, cayenne is used for gout, arthritis, sciatica, coughs, and hoarseness. It can lower a fever associated with malaria, yellow fever, and scarlet fever. It is also used for cholera and edema. When combined with ginger and rhubarb, it can treat anorexia nervosa. As a homeopathic remedy, cayenne is used for inflammation of the urinary tract, alimentary canal, and mouth, and for middle ear infections. 
Earlier this week in our Herbal Community, we mentioned some of its constituents, but the one you’ll want to focus on and keep associated with this plant is: Capsaicin
Capsaicin is a chemical compound that was first isolated from chili peppers.
Capsaicin is a chemical compound that was first isolated from chili peppers.
Cayenne is a warming circulatory stimulant, a safe and effective tonic for the heart, and an excellent digestive aid. One of its active ingredients, capsaicin, stimulates circulation throughout the body and assists in digestion by stimulating the release of both saliva and stomach enzymes. Capsaicin also signals the brain to release endorphins, the body’s “feel-good” hormones. And capsaicin has proved so effective as a topical pain reliever for arthritis, bursitis, and muscle and joint aches that it’s the active ingredient in several over-the-counter pain-relief creams. Rich in vitamins A and C, cayenne can aid and support the immune system, which is one of the reasons it’s so useful in formulas for colds and flus. Cayenne also has a long history of use as a heart herb. 
It’s interesting that this herb is great for pain relief. If you look at the signatures of the plant, Capsaicin chemical structure looks like a nerve ending (see below). Remember, when we looking for the signatures of a plant, we’re comparing it to the body
Nerve endings in the human body appear similar to the chemical Capsaicin.
Nerve endings in the human body appear similar to the chemical Capsaicin.
Being great as a topical pain reliever, here is a recipe for oil using Cayenne Pepper:
This salve is excellent for soothing achy joints and creaky bones. Be careful not to touch your eyes or other “delicate parts” after using it, though, and wash your hands well.
You’ll Need: 
  • 1⁄2 cup olive or peanut oil 
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder or flakes 
  • 1⁄8 cup beeswax 
  • A few drops wintergreen essential oil
As an oil, you keep the oil at the right temperature. Between 95° and 110°F is perfect.
  1. Chop the herbs and put them in the top part of a double boiler. I strongly recommend a double boiler instead of a regular pan, as the oil can overheat very quickly, destroying the herbs and oil both. You don’t want deep-fried herbs or burned oil, and believe me, either can happen very quickly if you’re not using a double boiler. 
  2. Cover the herbs with an inch or two of high-quality cooking oil (preferably olive oil). 
  3. Slowly bring the oil to a very low simmer, with just a few bubbles rising – no rapid boiling or overheating, please. Simmer gently for 30 to 60 minutes, checking frequently to be sure the oil is not overheating. 
  4. When the oil looks and smells “herby” – it will become deep green or golden and smell strongly of herbs — then we know the herbal properties have been transferred to the oil. The lower the heat and the longer the infusion, the better the oil.
  5. Strain out the herbs, using a large stainless-steel strainer, and lined with cheesecloth, if needed. Discard the spent herbs. Let the oil cool, and then bottle and label it. A quick little hint: Don’t put the labels on until after you have poured the oil and wiped down the outside of the jars, to avoid staining your labels.
  6. (It will be difficult to strain out the cayenne powder, so just let it settle to the bottom and try to leave it there.)
ALSO: because Cayenne is influenced by the Sun, if you do decide to create this oil, let it infuse in the sunlight for 4-6 hours - this helps with healing and slightly increases its potency.
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I’m Iya Ifayomi! She/Her. Onisegun. Herbalist. Isese. Ifa, Egbe, & Olokun priestess. Rootworker. Mvskokxe. 2 headed. Bone Reader 🦴 Venmo:@ifayomifasola

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