Capsaicin is the chemically active component in hot peppers that makes them taste spicy. It is also a clinically proven and safe topical therapy for pain relief for arthritis and joint pain. Capsaicin binds to nerve receptors and initially causes a burning, tingling sensation, which is followed by an analgesic effect or the blocking of pain. Want to make your own inexpensive capsaicin cream? The recipe is simple:
- 1 Tbsp. Organic Cayenne Pepper
- 5 Tbsps. Organic Raw Coconut Oil
Mix cayenne and coconut oil into a paste. Massage onto areas where you are experiencing pain. Be sure to wash your hands immediately afterward so as to avoid getting the hot pepper in your eyes, nose or mouth.