6 Ways To Use Cayenne Pepper For Back Pain (How To Guide)
Ever dealt with chronic back pain? I have – and believe me, it’s really frustrating:
- The pain isn’t always that strong
- But it strikes in the worst moments
Now – besides classic medication, there are lots of herbs that seem to help. Ever heard of hot pepper? Well – it’s one of the best remedies.
So how can you use Cayenne pepper for back pain? How exactly does it help?
Well, you will find out the top 6 methods I use.
How Does Cayenne Pepper Work?
- really strong effect
- decreases pain and swelling really well
- can work within minutes
Now – the difference is that it can only be applied on the skin. It’s way too powerful to take it as pills.
On the other hand, both turmeric and Boswellia work better when taken by mouth.
1. What It Contains?: Shortly – a substance called capsaicin:
- it’s the main responsible for Cayenne pepper’s power
- it’s the substance that gives the spicy taste
Now – what exactly does this capsaicin do?
- Provides a very fast pain relief (when applied on the skin).
- The skin gets hot and a tingly sensation comes up.
- After a while, the pain starts to decrease.
2. How It Works?: That’s the most interesting part.
Surprisingly – scientists don’t know exactly how capsaicin heals pain.
The mechanism is unknown, but there is one belief:
- Capsaicin inhibits certain neurons that create the feeling of pain.
- Once these neurons can’t receive the usual signals – they can’t produce the pain anymore.
- In this way, the pain is still there – but you can’t feel it anymore.
Now – this is a totally natural process, as there’s no artificial substance inside Cayenne pepper.
For this reason, it’s considered a 100% natural pain reliever.
6 Ways To Use Cayenne Pepper
Obviously – you can’t cut the pepper into two and hold it on your painful back.
That would be absurd. Besides a deep sting – you wouldn’t feel anything else.
So how exactly can you use Cayenne pepper to treat your back pain?
Well – there are over 10 different ways, BUT:
- I will only include the simplest methods
- You can do any of them yourself – at home
- You don’t need any special ingredient/recipe
#1 – Capsaicin Patches
That’s probably the easiest method of all.
You can find capsaicin patches in any pharmacy or drug store:
- they work amazingly in treating the pain
- the best effect is when your pain is inflammatory
- but in most cases, back pain is caused by inflammation
So once you get a capsaicin patch – it’s simple:
- Apply it on the painful part of your back.
- You will start to feel a hot sensation (it works by heating up the painful spot).
- Soon after you will notice that the pain is getting lower.
Now – the effect depends from person to person.
But usually, Cayenne pepper patches are super fast. They can work in less than 10 minutes.
So how long could you keep a patch on?:
- the label should mention that
- normally – you can use up to 3 patches per day
Obviously – if you feel like they stopped working, you can change them anytime.
It’s pretty easy overall, isn’t it?
You’re not getting dirty, your hands aren’t getting greasy and you don’t have to worry about reapplying it every hour.
That’s why capsaicin patches are the easiest way to use hot pepper.
#2 – Capsicum Creams
Here’s another easy way to use Cayenne pepper – as creams or lotions:
- There are hundreds of different brands.
- You can find them in drugstores and also online.
- However, not all of them have the same effect.
So what makes a good cream? Here’s the thing:
Before you buy anything – it’s essential to take a look at the ingredient list.
If capsaicin is among the first ones OR if the cream claims it’s based on capsaicin – it’s probably what you’re looking for.
Instead, if it has many ingredients ahead – here’s what it means:
- capsaicin is only in a small quantity
- usually – that’s not enough to soothe your pain.
Now – I’m not saying that only capsaicin creams can treat back pain.
But if you’re looking for a capsaicin-based cream, try to choose one with a high percent in this substance.
What I personally don’t like about creams is:
- you have to reapply them several times a day
- washing your hands afterwards is a must
- some creams have a terrible smell
This is why I prefer patches – they are way more comfortable. Also – I noticed their effect is also a bit more intense (the pain goes away for a longer time).
But if you usually like creams, capsaicin-based ones are really good in treating pain from different causes.
#3 – Cayenne Pepper Oil
Just like there is Almond or Coconut oil– there’s also Cayenne pepper oil.
Well, that is pretty improper said – because it’s not a real Cayenne oil. Instead:
- It’s a mix between Cayenne powder and any vegetable oil
- I personally use Olive oil – but you can also use Almond or Coconut oil
So how can you prepare this oil? It’s simple:
- Mix 1/4 cup of Cayenne powder with 1 cup of oil.
- Put it inside a sealed jar.
- Let it sit for a few weeks.
Afterwards – you can simply apply the mixture on the painful part of your back.
One more thing – make sure there’s no wound or mucous membrane.
Capsaicin is a strong substance and it can be very dangerous if it gets inside your skin in high quantities.
That’s not way favorite way to use Cayenne pepper. But if you prefer organic stuff, that’s probably the best choice for you.
Just make sure you let the mixture sit for a few weeks – otherwise you won’t get the same powerful effect.
4. DIY Cayenne Salve
You can study this method on Wikihow – because I how I learned it too.
Basically – it’s pretty similar to the Cayenne pepper oil from above.
But there are 2 differences:
- You heat the mixture a couple of times.
- You use beeswax or honey to make it thicker (like a cream).
Now – here’s what I don’t like about this method:
- there’s a lot of work overall
- you have to heat the oils and strain them for a couple of times
- takes a long time
So if you’re a pretty busy person, you’re probably not going to try this.
When you’re doing it for the first time – it’s going to take a while.
But if you’re a DIY lover and you like organic solutions, this Cayenne salve might be a great choice. So it’s up to you.
#5 – Home Made Tea
That’s a really easy recipe that you can use for many conditions:
- sore throat
However – it’s not the most effective way to use Cayenne pepper for back pain. That’s because the dose is very little in this case.
Now – how can you prepare this special tea?:
- Start with a cup of warm water.
- Add some honey a 1 tablespoon of Cayenne powder.
- You can also add a little black pepper additionally.
- Mix it up and heat it up.
That’s it – this Cayenne pepper recipe can make wonders. But as I said – it doesn’t work so well for pain.
Now – that’s one of the few methods that uses Cayenne pepper internally (not topically).
For this reason, the quantity you use is very little – and so is the concentration.
That’s why it’s not as effective as the lotions or patches from above.
#6 – ACV Paste
That’s another easy method to use hot pepper:
- combines it with Apple Cider Vinegar
- you have to apply the mixture topically
Now – ACV is one of the most praises remedies for arthritis. However, I didn’t have amazing results with it.
Besides, it didn’t help me when I consumed it – so how could it help when I simply apply it on my skin?
However – if you have a mild pain, it might actually help more.
So here’s how to create this paste:
- Get a bottle of organic ACV.
- Mix together 1/2 tablespoon of Cayenne powder and 1 tablespoon of ACV.
- Make sure they form a thick paste.
- Apply it on your painful spot and let it sit.
Unfortunately – this mixture will never soak in completely. So you will have to clean it up.
But even so – you should feel an effect in about 15-20 minutes (more or less).
For some people, it might be a really good remedy. For others, it might be just too weak.
So Is Cayenne Pepper Worth Using?
Short answer: Yes – it’s cheap and really easy to find.
Plus – except turmeric and Boswellia, it’s probably the best herb for relieving pain:
- I’ve seen the effects of Cayenne pepper myself
- It can really improve your pain visibly
However – it’s up to you how exactly you prefer to use it.
I personally like capsaicin patches most, because they’re the most comfortable solution. But some people prefer Capsicum creams, which are also effective in treating pain.
If you’re an organic stuff lover, there are DIY solutions as well:
- Capsicum oil or a special salve (using beeswax)
- ACV + Cayenne powder paste
- Hot pepper tea
It’s up to you which you prefer.
So have you ever used Cayenne pepper to treat your pain? Did it work as you expected? Let me know your answer in a comment and I will reach out to you.