This cayenne pain relief salve recipe is wonderful for treating pain caused by arthritis, sore muscles, stiffness and swelling. You can make it using either chili seed essential oil – a hotly pungent variety of Capsicum – or a cayenne extract – depending on what is most accessible to you. Both of these natural ingredients warm skin to help to relax tight or sore muscles.
I’ve also included neem oil as one of the ingredients for it’s healing and analgesic properties. For even more pain fighting power, you can opt to use arnica infused grapeseed oil over regular grapeseed oil in this recipe. Or even sub out the grape seed oil with your own favorite carrier oil of choice. (You can check out my chamomile balm recipe for instructions on how to make an herbal infusion.)
Finally, I scented this cayenne pain relief salve with a delicious fragrance blend of lavender and chocolate. The fragrance is optional, but it really smells amazing. I also created free printable labels for your cayenne pain relief salve to make it suitable for gifting.
(Allergic to capsicum? Try my homemade ginger salve recipe for sore muscles located here instead.)
Chocolate & Lavender Cayenne Pain Relief Salve Recipe
.75 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. traditional emulsifying wax
1 oz. cocoa butter (or mango butter)
1 oz. shea butter
.75 oz. grapeseed oil (optional to infuse with arnica flowers)
.25 oz. neem oil
.05 oz. vitamin E oil
1.5 mL chili seed essential oil (or cayenne extract)
1 mL lavender essential oil
1.5 mL chocolate fragrance oil of choice, optional
Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the waxes and butters into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at 50% power until the wax has melted completely, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)
Now weigh out the grape seed oil and neem oil and stir into the melted wax and butters. Follow with the vitamin E oil.
Using a different graduated plastic transfer pipette for each ingredient, measure out and add the essential oils and fragrance. Stir well.
Now pour your cayenne pain relief salve evenly into your containers. I used two 2.65 oz. white dial up empty deodorant containers. However the 2.5 oz. size will also work. Allow the product to cool and solidify completely before placing the caps onto your containers.
Finally, print out the labels (found here) onto your choice of full size clear inkjet (or laser) labels. (I used labels from WorldLabel.) Plain white sticker labels will also work. Cut out the individual labels using scissors, remove the backing and adhere the labels to the front of your containers. And you’re done!
To use, dial the product up the same as you would deodorant and apply to affected areas of skin as needed. Massage in. Avoid using on broken skin and be sure to wash your hands well after use. Due to the chili seed essential oil this product will irritate mucous membranes, eyes and other sensitive areas.