Hot Chilli Pepper Anti-Inflammation Cream

chili-650004Around the world Chilli Peppers are used to treat rheumatism and arthritis and pain from muscle sprains and strains . The active substance in Chilli peppers is called capsaicin.

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

chili-559283You can buy hot chilli pepper cream over the counter or you can get creative and make your own. The chilli pepper recipe below has turmeric and ginger added as they have great anti-inflammation and pain reducer properties to give you an extra boost for pain control.


Chilli Pepper Anti-Inflammation Cream


  • 3 cups of coconut (any other oil like almond, jojoba, or olive)
  • 3 tablespoons of ground cayenne
  • 1/2 cup of beeswax
  • 3 tablespoons of turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of ground ginger
  • double boiler


Mix together 3 tablespoons of ground cayenne, 3 tablespoons of turmeric, and 2 tablespoons of ground ginger. Add this to 3 cups of coconut or jojoba in a double boiler and stir until mixed thoroughly.

Warm over medium heat for 5-10 minutes and then add in 1/2 cup of beeswax. Stir until the beeswax has melted completely and everything is blended together, and then remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes take it out and whisk it together and then refrigerate for another 10, blending it once more at the end.

Put in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid in the refrigerator, where it will keep for 1 ½ weeks.

Apply as needed for pain, rub in as much as you can and then let it dry before rinsing off. Note: do not use on broken skin, avoid eyes and turmeric will stain the skinchilli-1203762

About Katherine Smyth

Katherine Smyth, is a registered Acupuncturist with the CTCMA, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and counselor and owner of Squamish Mountain Medicine. Squamish Mountain Medicine is an alternative medicine clinic helping people live pain free without the use of prescription drugs. Squamish Mountain Medicine provides natural health options to people of all ages, with a specialty in pain, injuries, stress, depression & anxiety, headaches, digestive issues, women’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Kat is a proud part of the integrative team of practitioners at Reach Physiotherapy Clinic in Squamish, British Columbia. To book an appointment or for more info go to

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