2. Some like it hot – cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper features in many natural remedies. So, in addition to the fact that it adds a special flavor to a meal, it is worthwhile having in the house as it is so versatile. The ingredient in cayenne pepper that makes it an effective natural muscle relaxer is capsaicin. Capsaicin is a naturally occurring compound which is contained in cayenne pepper. Capsaicin has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties which assist with muscle tension, cramps, spasms, etc. It is even believed that capsaicin blocks the brain’s pain transmitters and prevents them from sending pain signals.
You can buy capsaicin cream or capsules at your local health store or pharmacy. When applied topically, capsaicin cream gives relief to muscle pain. This is substantiated by a 2011 study published in the British Journal of Anesthesia. Another study, from 2010, indicates that topical application of capsaicin cream can relieve pain in the soft tissues. When experienced on a chronic basis, this can be debilitating. Gentle massaging of affected areas with capsaicin cream can even relieve muscle pain associated with fibromyalgia and some types of arthritis. Be careful not to apply capsaicin cream to open wounds, as it will be extremely painful.
If you prefer not to drink capsaicin capsules, consider adding cayenne pepper to your daily cooking. It will give your body a capsaicin boost. Increased capsaicin levels will prevent further muscle pain.
If you’re in pain and don’t have immediate access to capsaicin cream, consider the following combination: add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 2 tablespoons of warmed olive oil. Apply to the affected area for 30 minutes to experience relief from muscle pain symptoms.