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The Centre for Healing Arts

Explore the art of relaxation and healing


January 2015

Cayenne Salve

Today’s recipe is a super simple salve that can be made up very quickly and bring big-time pain relief.

For this recipe you’ll need… 1/2 cup olive oil Two heaping teaspoons of cayenne powder (or 15 grams). (Just pick this up at the market if you don’t have any.) 1/2 ounce of beeswax. Double boiler (put a glass bowl into a larger saucepan), Cheesecloth (Available in supermarkets.)

Directions: Begin by infusing the cayenne into the olive oil over a double burner. I heat the oil and cayenne until it is warm, turn off the heat and let it sit (warmly) for about 20 minutes, then turn the heat on again. I do this for at least one hour to a couple of hours, you could do it for 24 hours if desired. Once the cayenne and olive oil have been infused, strain off the powder through a cheesecloth. Reserve the infused oil. Heat the beeswax until it is melted. Stir in the infused oil until the beeswax and oil have been thoroughly melted together and combined. Immediately pour this mixture into jars or tins. (Makes roughly 4 ounces). Let it cool and then label it.

Using your cayenne salve This cayenne salve can be used on aches and pains, from sore muscles and joints to bruises and even nerve pain. It is best for closed wounds and may sting a bit on open wounds. Even on closed skin you may feel a bit of burning or heat in the area where it is used. It should be applied externally only and used within 6 months for the best results. If using it for arthritic pain it may take up to a week or two to see results. In this case you want to use it daily to decrease chronic pain.

Caution: When cayenne comes in contact with your mucosal membranes or eyes it will burn! Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching cayenne or use gloves to apply the salve to the desired area. If you are using the cayenne salve as an herbal pain relief on your hands, consider applying it at night and then sleeping with gloves on.

Text from Cayenne Salve is Topical Herbal Pain Relief - LearningHerbs


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