Spicy Pain-Relieving Cream Recipe

Turmeric and cayenne work together to relieve pain in this warming poultice recipe.

Pain Relieving Cream

Simple to make, this spicy pain-relieving cream works wonders on your pain.

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This poultice combines the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric with cayenne’s desensitizing properties.

Spicy Pain-Relieving Cream Recipe

• 1 tablespoon aloe gel
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
• 2 teaspoons ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

In a small bowl, blend ingredients into a paste. To use, spread paste over the affected area. Hold it in place with cheesecloth or plastic wrap, then wash your hands with soap and water. Remove paste after 30 minutes. 

Note: Turmeric is used to dye fabrics yellow, and as such will stain clothing and temporarily stain your skin. The cayenne can burn sensitive areas; avoid touching your eyes after handling.

Learn more about natural ways to treat pain in Natural Pain Relief for Muscles and Joints.

Reprinted with permission from 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them by Linda B. White, Barbara Seeber and Barbara Grogan.