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Cayenne peppers have temporary health benefits when applied to the skin. The heat of the peppers, provided by the ingredient capsaicin, that is present in the peppers, stimulates blood flow, which can aid in the healing of bruises, muscle pain and some joint pain. Rub the mixture directly onto the affected area several times a day for temporary pain relief. You may feel a slight burning sensation after using the ointment. Apply the ointment with gloves and wash your hands after, to prevent getting the pepper in your eyes, mouth or nose.

Bruise and Muscle Recipe

Put on latex gloves to protect your hands from the spicy peppers. You may also want to wear a dust mask. Grind several cayenne peppers in the grinder. You will need to mix one part powder with five parts jelly, so make sure to grind plenty of peppers.

Melt the petroleum jelly on the stove over a double broiler.

Add one part ground pepper to five parts melted jelly, and mix together thoroughly.

Pour the mixture into an airtight container. Allow to the mixture to thicken again before use.

Use this mixture to rub on bruises and muscle aches to stimulate blood flow.

Nerves and Arthritis Recipe

Mix two tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder with two cups of sunflower oil. Heat the items together on low for about two hours.

Strain the mixture through a coffee filter. Add 1 ½ ounces of beeswax and stir until melted. You may have to heat the mixture again, to melt all of the wax.

Pour the mixture into an airtight container and allow it to thicken into a salve. Use this mixture to relive nerve paint and arthritis pain.

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Brenda Priddy

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.