How to Make Cayenne Warming Oil for Joint, Muscle and Arthritis Pain Relief

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Joint pain can be a mild, short-term nuisance or a chronic condition that affects your quality of life and well-being. I have written in the past about natural remedies for arthritis, as well as massage oil blend to relieve back pain and muscle tension. I am always on the look for natural remedies that can relieve muscle and joint pain since it’s so common and affects so many people. With causes such as accidents, sports injuries or diseases like arthritis, it’s likely that you’ll suffer from joint or muscle pain at some point in your life. Thus I’ve found a great recipe of juniper berry ointment for joint, muscle and arthritis pain relief, and another recipe of dandelion oil for arthritis and joint pain relief.

The issue with herbal remedies is that sometimes each person reacts differently to a certain treatment, and often one treatment works better than another treatment. Therefore when I’ve found this recipe, I thought it would be a good idea to share it, as it is easy to make, and contains ingredients that are known to relieve muscle and joint pain with their warming properties.


Cayenne pepper is known for its spicy-hot taste and has been used as a medicine for centuries. Repeated topical applications of cayenne pepper can reduce muscle and joint pain significantly. This is because cayenne has counter-irritant effect: if you rub cayenne on the affected area, it will cause a mild irritation to the tissue to which it was applied, thus distracting from the original more severe joint pain. The active ingredient in cayenne is a substance known as capsaicin. This chemical relieves pain by acting on the sensory nerves.


The second ingredient in the recipe, mustard seeds, acts as an irritant, encouraging blood to flow towards the surface of the skin. This property of mustard is very helpful in treating certain cases of rheumatism, as well as for various other muscle aches and pains including back pain. The mustard seeds will warm the body when rubbed on sore joints and muscles, thus providing  pain relief and loosening stiff muscles.

The third ingredient is ginger. There are claims that ginger decreases arthritis joint pain and inflammation. There is little scientific evidence to support ginger for arthritis, but a 2008 study in the British journal Food and Chemical Toxicology showed that ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory, along with many other positive qualities. At least two additional studies have found similar effects in ginger extract. Also a research in the Journal of Pain reports that ginger is an effective natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce pain and inflammation. Ginger contains active components, including gingerols and zingibain, which have anti-inflammatory properties. It also suppresses substances that trigger pain and cause tissues to swell.

Cayenne warming oil recipe to relieve muscle and joint pain

1 tbsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp crushed mustard seeds
2 tsp grated ginger root
250 ml (8 fl oz) sunflower oil

Mix all the ingredients in a glass jar, and leave to infuse for 1 week. Strain the oil and massage it into the affected area to treat muscle and joint pain.

You can find more useful information about cayenne, ginger and other herbs in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs:

Herbal Remedies Guide

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