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by Margaret Lively


Capsaicin is the chemical component in hot peppers that makes them taste spicy. It is also a clinically proven and safe topical therapy for pain relief for arthritis and joint tenderness. Capsaicin binds to nerve receptors and initially causes a burning, tingling sensation, which is followed by an analgesic effect or the blocking of pain. Want to make your own inexpensive capsaicin cream? The recipe is simple.



1 tablespoon organic cayenne pepper

5 tablespoons organic raw coconut oil

Mix cayenne and coconut oil into a paste. Massage onto areas where you are experiencing pain.  Be sure to wash your hands immediately afterward to avoid getting the hot pepper in your eyes, nose, or mouth.


About Margaret

Margaret Lively is a Certified Nutrition Coach and founder of Decades of Health.

Margaret shows how to make sustainable nutritional changes, provides whole foods cooking lessons, and revamps kitchen pantries so there are always good food choices in the home.  Learn more at, or catch her on PBS’s EatFree TV, a whole foods cooking show teaching simple recipes for cooking healthful meals every day.

2 Responses to “Homemade Capsaicin Cream for Pain Relief”

  1. Chris Taylor

    Dear Roberta,
    I have suffered from Periphoral Neuropathy for many years. Lately it seems to be getting worse,
    I am going to try your recipe which seems very simple and I have the ingrediants.
    Are there any tips you can give me to makeit reall effective and have you heard of good results?

    Kind regards Chris Taylor

  2. Gerald

    The simplest recipe for the ointment that I have seen so far…..thanks


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