Do you suffer from pain in the back, muscles, or joints? Well, we are here to tell you that there is an incredibly effective, soothing, natural, and chemical-free remedy which will help you relieve pain almost in an instant!
What’s more, the ingredients you need are already in your kitchen!
The main ingredient in this muscle and joint rub is cayenne. Its active ingredient, capsaicin, triggers the release of the “substance P” from nerve cells and the inflammatory cells of the immune system.
The role of this substance is to help the body perceive pain and to stimulate the release of different cytokines to induce a healthy inflammatory response.
Cayenne dilates the blood vessels, which helps the anti-inflammatory cells to reach the affected area.
When the substance P is released and subsequently depleted, which happens after the application of cayenne, it causes desensitization and the threshold of pain in that area increases. This means that the pain in the area is soothed and the healing is accelerated.
Despite cayenne, this rub contains more beneficial natural ingredients which relax the painful and tired muscles, including:
— Peppermint essential oil- the menthol in it soothes pain, relaxes the muscles, and cools the area. has menthol in it. This is another common compound used for muscle soreness as it will reduce pain and relax the muscles. It actually constricts the muscles and moves the blood along to remove waste.
— Ginger— this spice has been traditionally used in the Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries, due to its potent anti-inflammatory and warming properties. It actually stimulates blood flow, thus also bringing new immune cells that push along old blood which contain the inflammatory cells from the painful area.
— Coconut oil- It nourishes the skin, and offers strong pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
— Turmeric- it has also been a popular natural remedy for hundreds of years, and it has powerful anti-inflammatory and healing effects. It fights inflammation and reduces swelling.
— Raw cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants, nourishes the skin, and gets easily absorbed by the skin, along with the other beneficial herbs.
Now, here is how to prepare the cayenne muscle and joint rub:
- 2 teaspoons organic Cayenne powder
- 1 teaspoon organic ginger powder
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon organic Turmeric powder
- ¼ cup beeswax (grated; it will help the melting process)
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- ¼ cup raw cocoa butter
Get a Pyrex glass container, mix the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax in it, and place it into a saucepan with 2-3 inches of water. Then, allow the water to simmer, by stirring often, until the ingredients are melted completely.
Next, add the cayenne, turmeric and ginger powder, and stir for a minute. Remove the mixture from heat, add the peppermint essential oil, and transfer it into a glass jar. Leave it to cool, and then close the lid.
It would be best to keep the rub in the fridge for up to 6-8 weeks, as it does not contain any preservatives.
The rub can be applied liberally to the affected areas, and after you apply it, make sure to wash the hands, as the cayenne and peppermint essential oils are quite strong, while the turmeric might leave yellow stains on the skin.
Despite using this rub, you should also:
- Drink lots of water, and water carries the blood around the body. The blood contains immune cells that reduce inflammation. You should drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
- You need to rest the painful area n order to allow it to heal.
- To relieve arthritis pain, you should take Turmeric capsules, 1500mg/day, since research has shown that they offer the same effects as NSAIDs in relieving pain in people with knee osteoarthritis, and do not cause their adverse effects.