How to Make Cayenne Salve
Cayenne is a ground spice obtained from a type of pepper that contains a high level of capsaicin, a compound that provides the characteristic "heat" on the tongue.
This substance also creates a burning sensation on the skin upon initial contact, but with repeated application it blocks pain at the site. This is because capsaicin "turns off" a neurotransmitting chemical called Substance P that would otherwise send pain signals to the brain. This makes capsaicin-based ointments and creams highly effective against various inflammatory and painful conditions, such as arthritis, shingles, diabetic neuropathy, sore muscles and back aches.
Makes approximately 4 ounces.
1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons cayenne powder
1/2 ounce of beeswax
Small, clean jars or tins
Combine the cayenne and olive oil in the top of a double burner. Gently heat just until the oil is warm. Turn off the heat and let the mixture rest to infuse for 20 minutes. Repeat this process for at least an hour, but preferably over the course of several hours. When satisfied with the infusion, strain off the cayenne through a cheesecloth, reserving the infused oil.
Heat the beeswax until melted. Stir in the infused oil until the beeswax and oil are thoroughly incorporated. Immediately pour mixture into small jars or tins. Let cool and label. Use within 6 months.
Precautions: Do not apply to children or pets. Do not allow salve to come in contact with eyes, nose or lips and wash hands right after applying to target areas. If using this salve to ease arthritic pain in the hands, wear gloves during treatment to avoid accidental contact with sensitive mucous membranes.