Rachel Weaver - Master Herbalist
Cayenne for Aching Muscles and Joints
Mix 1 heaping teaspoon of cayenne powder into ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and shake it well. Let it set a few days and shake often.
After a few days it is ready for use as a liniment for arthritis or rheumatism. (you can use it immediately though it is not as strong then) Rub it on wherever there is an ache or a pain.
Try it on a small spot first and if it is too strong for your skin, dilute it with a bit with more vinegar. It will even help with the pain of varicose veins. I would mix a small amount of cayenne into some face cream and rub it into my legs morning and evening. Or you could use the vinegar base like you would for arthritis.
A lady from South Dakota called me for help with severe rheumatism. She asked me to send her a bottle of Deep Tissue Oil that I make, to use for her pain and I wrote her order down, but suggested that she try this recipe until her order arrived.
She called back a day later and canceled the order. This is what she said. “I don't need the oil. The cayenne in vinegar worked immediately. I had been hurting for three days and now my knees feel better in just one day.” She did not even let the vinegar set a few days. She just mixed it up and used it immediately.
The reason for this is the capsaicin, the amazing compound found in the common cayenne pepper. Capsaicin relieves many types and sources of pain.