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Cayenne Spices Down Back Pain

Externally, an oil or cream made from cayenne can help relieve back pain. Cayenne contains Capsaicin, which is a powerful pain reliever used in commercial creams. You should be able to purchase an oil or cream containing cayenne from your local health food store. You can also make a cream by mixing a small amount of cayenne pepper with a skin cream, like Eucerin.

If you're more an oil gal, you can also make cayenne oil, all you need is:

  • 1/4 cup of cayenne pepper powder -- get a good quality spice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil -- again get a good quality oil

Combine the cayenne and oil in a jar with a lid. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 2 weeks before straining.

Fit's Tip: When using cayenne cream or oil, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly afterwards, and definitely keep your hands away from your eyes.

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Fitness Fitness 9 years
Yes! It does smell weird - "I'm bringing spicy back". I would try it for PMS/menstrual pain - but I think of that pain as more deep. But if the muscles on either side of your spine feel really tight and sore I think the cream could help.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
fitsugar or cravinsugar, Does the cayenne lotion you get at the health food store have a weird smell? Also, does it help with low back pain associated with PMS, and that time of the month? Thanks, ahead of time for any answers. :)
Fitness Fitness 9 years
J_Stone, I wouldn't use if for headaches. I wouldn't want to get the stuff anywhere on my face. So just use it for back pain. When I have a headache the first thing I ask myself is "Have I had enough water today?" Being dehydrated can really contribute to headaches and you know I'm all about staying hydrated.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I wrote a paper about this. Capsaicin actually blocks the receptors in your nerves from sending pain messages to the brain. It is very interesting and pretty effective! I'm all in.
scratch5 scratch5 9 years
I love this. I get pain in my low back from lifting my kids all the time. I love a home remedy.
J_Stone J_Stone 9 years
Can it help headaches? You dont want Cayenne pepper in your eyes thats for sure!!
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