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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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
Can it help headaches? You dont want Cayenne pepper in your eyes thats for sure!!
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