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By: - at July 3, 2013

Pain Relieving Chili Plaster

Mortar with pestleThere are loads of drugs that are already in your medicine cabinet containing active ingredients that come from plants. Pharmaceutical companies have been using Mother Nature’s cupboard for years but we have lost this knowledge. I am going to show you which plant to use for herbal remedies, and I will put this knowledge back into your hands.

Plants For Healing
You can use all types of plants to treat common ailments, but in this article I am going to be focusing on the healing properties of  vegetables. Most people think about vegetables as something that's exclusively edible and has no medicinal benefits, the kind of thing you stick along with your Sunday roasts just for taste. However, hidden in the plants are a whole host of really exciting chemicals. It's just about harnessing them correctly. A lot of people ask me what is an herb, what is a vegetable, what is a fruit, where are the dividing lines? A vegetable is pretty much anything you can eat that comes from a plant source. It is really a culturally defined term. You do not need a green thumb or a science lab to grow your own veggies, supplying your own remedies. It's easy, it's cheap, it's natural, and it's really good for you!

We all have felt the aches, pains and muscle injuries, but for active athletic people it can be a weekly occurrence. And believe it or not you can relieve your aches and pains with one natural ingredient: chili. I am going to show you how to spice things up with the pain relieving chili plaster!!

Chili peppersChilies Are More Than Hot
Most people just think about chilies as maybe the big fat red chilies or the green ones in the supermarket, but there are just so many other types of peppers out there. And some could be much hotter than others, like to the point of almost being dangerous to eat. Pepper heat is measured on the scoville scale. The higher the number of units on the scoville scale, the spicier the chili will be. Jalapenos you might see sliced up on the top of your pizza are about ten thousand scoville units. The hottest chili at the moment in the world originates from Northern India, and  is called the ghost pepper.  The ghost pepper measures at just over one million scoville units!  Ouch!

Substance P
Shoulder pain detailsThere is a chemical in chili called capsaicin and as well as giving them their hot taste, it can be used to relieve pain when applied to the skin.  Substance P is a small peptide that is released in the body when the body needs to deal with the body's pain threshold and is emitted by the nervous system.  Substance P helps the body cope with pain naturally.  Some pharmaceutical pain relieving creams contain it which attests the powerful nature of this naturally occurring chemical.

Capsaicin gives them the heat you taste. The more capsaicin contained in the pepper, the spicier and higher amount of scoville units. When applied to the skin, peppers cause substance P to be created which is a pain transmitting chemical that is released from the nerve endings. Once these transmitters are gone, the pain is relieved. Peppers produce a warming sensation, reduce pain, and also are a great anti-inflammatory. So it works in three different ways to combat body pain.

Pepper Plasters
So for these plasters we will be using Scotch bonnet chillies and they are about fifty thousand scoville units. These scotch bonnet can be grown really easily at home as you can get them from the nursery, and they are available in some supermarkets.

Recipe as follows:

Recipe Ingredients

  • 200 gm Chillies
  • 200 gm Coconut Oil
  • 12 tablespoon Mustard Powder
  • 6 teaspoon Beeswax
  • 6 Cotton Pads
  • Rice or wax paper
  • Adhesive dressing

Cocunut oilPut the pan on heat and add 200 grams of finely chopped chilies. Then add 200 grams of coconut oil. Coconut oil is a kind of oil that sets at room temperature, but once heated it turns into a liquid very quickly. Also add dozen tablespoons of mustard powder, and leave it on very low heat. You will notice the coconut oil starts to melt and the vapor from the chilies starts to escape. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes, and stir the mixture regularly.

Now switch off the heat and grab a sieve, pouring the mixture so that it will run through it. With the help of a big spoon, press the mixture through the sieve. Basically it's just about pressing and extracting the oil from the mixture, and doing it correctly. Your oil should now have the active chemicals we are looking for as they are infused with the oil.

Now add six teaspoons of beeswax to the sieved mixture. Beeswax will help the mixture to set. You can buy this from a herbal supplier keeping in mind there are tons of great brands out there that make great organic honey. Put this mixture on heat for a couple of minutes and wait until the beeswax melts.

Now dip the cotton pads in the mixture while it is still hot. The mixture will start to get solid as it starts to cool down. Put the dipped cotton pads on the rice or wax paper to avoid sticking to the surface, and let it cool down. And now your chilly cotton pads are ready to use.

They are quite hardcore in terms of dosage, so they are very effective.

Face cleaning women and padDirections
Put the cold chili plaster on the affected area, and put the adhesive dressing on the chili pad so that it stays affixed to the affected area.  Before bed by applying one pad and leaving it over night, many skin conditions can be soothed naturally and effectively.  

Do not use these pads on sensitive, broken or inflamed skin. Also avoid touching the eyes and always wash your hands immediately after handling them. And do not forget to do a 24 hour patch test to check for any allergies before you try any of the ingredients on the rest of your body.

Keep the cotton pads in an air tight container up to a month in a cool dry place.

This is a natural chemical free remedy for muscular aches and pains. You will find the pain will subside and the affected area will be loosened.





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