Cayenne is an aromatic spice that has a hot and acrid taste. Aside from being great for cooking and containing several beneficial nutrients, the spice also possesses medicinal properties.
Capsaicin Against Pain
Cayenne peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, the one that makes them spicy and also what can provide pain relief. This component works by reducing the number of pain signals sent to our brain thus feelings of pain decreased. According to studies, it may help with something that causes a lot of internal pain: ulcers. Capsaicin aids in helping reduce ulcers by restricting the growth of ulcer-causing bacteria (Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori), reducing excess stomach acid, and increasing blood flow. Moreover, it may also help people suffering from pain caused by arthritis and diabetes-related nerve damage (1).
When applied to the skin in a form of cream, capsaicin has potent pain-relieving properties. In a study published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, results showed that topical application of capsaicin cream three to five times daily for 2 to 6 weeks can provide modest relief of chronic muscle and joint pain (2).
Capsaicin is available as a skin cream and is often recommended for Lower back pain, joint and muscle pain, pain after surgery, and pain from nerve conditions like shingles (3).
Here’s how to make a cayenne salve that would help bring big-time herbal pain relief from aches and pains, from sore muscles and joints to bruises and even nerve pain (4).
Combine 2 tablespoons (15 grams) of cayenne and ½ cup olive oil in a pan on very low heat. Heat the two ingredients until warm. Turn off the heat, and let it sit (warmly) for about 20 minutes, then turn the heat on again. We may repeat this process for at least one hour to a couple of hours. Once the cayenne and olive oil has been infused, strain off the powder through a cheesecloth. Reserve the infused oil.
Heat the beeswax until it is melted. Stir in the infused oil until the beeswax and oil have been thoroughly melted together and combined. Immediately pour the mixture into jars and let it cool. This yields about 4 ounces.
We can also use this spice anytime we want to add heat to our food. A pinch of cayenne pepper spice is great in eggs, homemade fries, marinades, salads, soups, stews, and on meat.
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