Many of us with chronic pain use capsaicin for safe, natural relief. In fact, I’ve been to plenty of chiropractor and osteopath practices where rubbing capsaicin on my back was by far the most helpful treatment they had to offer.  

Of course, it’s a bit pricey. So I searched online for the best recipe I could find: it’s cheap and simple, and given the damage you spare your liver once you can lay off the Tylenol, you can drink to the magic combination of foods that are also awesome drugs, and the internet who leads us to them. Salut!

 DIY Capsaicin Painkilling Cream:

Ingredients: 8-10 oz. habanero chiles, chopped, with the seeds
1 qt. olive oil

Optional: 6oz of melted beeswax, for a thicker cream and essential oils of lavender, ginger, and/or clove for added analgesic potency.

Combine the chiles and olive oil in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low, and simmer for 4 hours. Bring to a boil again, then simmer for another four hours. Repeat- it’s ok, only one more time! You don’t have to watch it closely, but remember to keep an eye out every once in a while.

Next, place your concoction in a blender and blend on high for 25 seconds. Then strain out the seeds and place in a glass container for storage. If you are adding beeswax, do it now. Stir it in thoroughly.

You can also choose to add 20-40 drops of painkilling or relaxing essential oils at this point. Lavender, Ginger, and Clove Essential Oils are all effective painkillers when applied topically to the affected area.

After it’s cooled, massage the cream into the painful areas twice daily. You should feel immediate relief!