I have been experimenting for a while, trying to come up with a sore muscle salve to treat the various aches and pains that have been surfacing as a result of splitting lots of firewood for the wood stove, toting a toddler around and moving! I have studied herbalism extensively and am an herbalist by trade, however I am drawn to many ancient healing arts.
History of cayenne
“Cayenne comes from the Capsicum genus that also includes bell peppers, chilies, paprikas and habaneros.
This genus is from the Americas and has been cultivated for use for at least 7,000 years. Some of the early european explorers brought the seeds from South America back to Europe and they quickly spread around the world.
The etymology of the word Capsicum is believed to have been derived from Greek, meaning “to bite”.
Cayenne is famous for reducing many types of pain. It works by effecting your nervous system. Substance P is a neurotransmitter that relays information and results in what we call pain. Capsaicin, a major constituent of cayenne peppers, blocks substance P and therefore reduces pain.
When cayenne is used topically it can relieve many different types of pain, from diabetic neuropathy, shingles, migraine headaches, back aches, arthritis, menstrual cramps and bruises.
Plantain leaves have a variety of beneficial properties: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, detoxifying, expectorant, soothing, vulnerary and cleansing.
Muscle pain: Eucalyptus oil on the helps to relieve stress and pain. The volatile eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory by nature. Therefore it is often recommended to patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain.
Pain relief: Peppermint oil can be used externally in order to provide pain relief. It is believed that the presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil helps remove pain from affected areas. It is also cooling in nature and is subsequently used to help reduce fever. It is frequently called a “refrigerant”, meaning that it can provide an intensely cold sensation to any affected area. In case of injury, wound, or healing process, topically apply peppermint oil to the area to reduce swelling, relieve pain, and eliminate the chances of uncomfortable inflammation
Used to help reduce pain naturally.
This salve has really helped me tremendously! I am currently offering it in my etsy store for those interested.
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