Make Your Own Muscle Pain Relieving Ointment in Your Kitchen
In a recent episode about muscle pain on The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz reveals one simple treatment you can do yourself at home or while at work with a muscle pain relieving ointment that you can easily make in your own kitchen.
Pain can come in a wide range of forms for many people that include headaches from hypertension; exposed nerves from a decaying tooth; and even deep seated joint aches from taking pain-causing cholesterol lowering statin drugs.
However, of all the types of pain we can experience, muscle pain is the most common and fortunately one we can self-treat by using ointments that contain natural pain-relieving compounds that do not include NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
“This is a self-heating ointment made with capsaicins,” says Dr. Oz as he reveals that capsaicins work great for relieving muscle pain by not only acting directly on inflamed muscle tissue, but also in tricking the brain into not registering that your body is being bombarded with painful stimuli.
Capsaicin is found naturally and highly concentrated in the seeds and white septa pith inside a pepper. The septa is the ribbed portion of a pepper that divides it into ridged sections where the seeds are formed. Capsaicins are also found in the flesh of the pepper, but in significantly lower concentrations.
Capsaicins are probably best known as the key component of pepper sprays sold for self-defense. However, aside from personal defense and its use in the food industry in many products, capsaicin is also used to fight a sinus infection and in a wide range of creams for treating minor aches and pain.
In a cream formulation, the capsaicin penetrates through the skin and stimulates neurons to the extent that it overwhelms the nerves and causes a depletion of a presynaptic neurotransmitter called “substance P.” Substance P is used to signal the sensations of heat and pain to the brain; and therefore, when substance P is depleted, it leaves the affected/treated part of the body insensate to pain.
Another use of capsaicin is in the weight loss industry because capsaicin increases the burning of fat calories as heat. Research has shown that Capsicum plants through the chemistry of their capsaicin component causes both metabolic and thermogenic biochemical reactions in the human body that boosts fat-burning metabolism.
A more recent health benefit of capsaicins is that they may prevent cancer as shown in studies where capsaicin has demonstrated the ability to selectively kill cancer cells grown in the lab. In humans, health news sensation Smokin’ Ed Currie, President, Founder, Mad Scientist and Chef of the Pucker Butt Pepper Company believes that eating his peppers could save your life as he believes they have saved his life over the past 5 years in spite of his family history of cancer.
Muscle Pain Relieving Ointment Recipe
For treating muscle aches and pains, capsaicins used in a homemade ointment with coconut oil can demonstrate almost immediate relief as testified by Dr. Oz.
To make your own muscle pain relieving ointment Dr. Oz recommends the following recipe with some additional added advice:
• 2 tablespoons of hot sauce—you can use any typical hot sauce made from cayenne pepper, chili pepper, paprika, red pepper or even just regular tabasco sauce from the bottle.
• 1/2 cup of chilled coconut oil—you will want the coconut oil chilled to give it a thicker consistency for spreading on the skin. If the coconut oil is at room temperature it will be a watery mess.
• Mix the aforementioned ingredients into a paste.
• Apply liberally over aches—but if you wear contact lenses, you may want to wear disposable medical gloves to keep the pepper oil off of your fingertips that could cause painful stinging the next time you rub your eyes or face.
• Store the remaining muscle ointment in your fridge for future use.
For more information about how to treat muscle pain naturally, click-on the titled link, “Ginger Relieves Muscle Pain Caused by Exercise.”