Muscle pain and discomfort is something we’ve all experienced at least once in our lives, but most of us deal with it much more often. It can be caused by stress, muscle tension and excessive strain on the muscles as a result of physical activity. Other than the normal wear and tear, muscle pain can also be caused by some underlying medical issues like potassium deficiency, fibromyalgia, infections, polio, thyroid problems, autoimmune conditions and so on and forth. The reasons why you feel muscle pain and discomfort can vary but the cure is always the same, this kind of pain is best resolved with the help of natural remedies.
In this article we’ll show you how you can prepare a homemade scrub which provide instant relief from muscle pain and discomfort. The remedy is completely natural and its main ingredient is cayenne pepper.
Why is cayenne pepper so effective for muscle pain and discomfort?
Cayenne pepper’s active ingredient, capsaicin can stimulate the release of the P substance in our body. Why is this substance P so important? Well, this substance is responsible for the release of a number of cytokines in our body which stimulate a healthy inflammatory response and help the body perceive pain.
Moreover, cayenne pepper can help your blood vessels dilate and boost more anti-inflammatory cells to the aching area. Applying cayenne pepper on the painful area regularly will lead to the release and depletion of substance P, which elevates the pain threshold in the area. This occurrence is also known as pain desensitization. The pain in this area is greatly decreased which enables you to do something about it and improve your condition. You can then go to physical therapy, try stretching, exercising or walking to improve your condition. Using cayenne pepper regularly will help you relieve muscle pain, joint pain and help you heal faster from whatever condition is responsible for it.
Other ingredients in the cayenne cream
All the ingredients that go into this cream are super health beneficial and will lower your pain and inflammation, helping you to get better sooner.
Coconut oil is excellent for skin nourishment and it’s the best base for a cream of this kind thanks to its powerful anti-microbial properties. This oil also has potent anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This essential oil contains menthol, an ingredient that’s commonly used for sore muscles thanks to its muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving properties. It also provides a cooling effect.
Raw cocoa butter
Another very good ingredient for nourishing your skin. It’s abundant in antioxidants and your skin can easily absorb it and along with it all the other beneficial ingredients.
Turmeric is a very health beneficial spice that has found its way in alternative medicine centuries ago. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and healing powers which can relieve the swelling and inflammation and reduce the pain.
And finally we’ve got ginger, another health beneficial spice with amazing health-promoting properties. It has also been used in alternative medicine for centuries thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It stimulates blood flow into the area, relieving the pain and the inflammation.
Homemade Cayenne Cream Recipe
- 2 tsp. organic Cayenne powder
- 1 tsp. ginger powder
- ¼ cup raw cocoa butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp. powdered turmeric
- ¼ cup of grated beeswax
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Glass jar (4 oz)
Combine the beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa butter into a glass jar and put the jar into a pot 3 inches filled with water. Bring the water to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes. Stir the mixture to get the ingredients combined and completely melted. Then add the cayenne pepper, turmeric and ginger and stir again for a minute or so. Finally set the jar aside and add the peppermint oil. Pour the mixture into a glass jar and let it cool off before closing the lid. Apply this remedy on the painful area and rub it gently in. Store the jar in the fridge and use it regularly. It can last up to 8 weeks with regular use.
Note: Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after using the cream since peppermint oil and cayenne are both strong and can irritate your hands or eyes if you touch them. Also turmeric may make your hands slightly yellow.
Rest is crucial
Exercising and stretching is recommended for this problem but in between you need to make sure you get plenty of rest. Whenever you feel the area painful sit down or lay down and rest for a bit. Take care of your body and it will show its gratitude.
Take turmeric supplements.
Experts also recommend taking turmeric supplements to promote healing and reduce the pain, especially if it’s caused by arthritis. 1500mg of turmeric supplements every day is the recommended dose for starters and if you use them regularly it can even have better effects than NSAIDs in lowering knee osteoarthritis pain. Plus, turmeric has no unwanted side effect.
Water is very important.
Your body cannot function without sufficient water intake so you need to make sure you drink plenty of water on a daily basis to keep everything running smoothly. Don’t forget your water and know that you should drink half your body weight in ounces on a daily basis.
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