Growing up in a house with a football and hurling obsessed father where the smell of Deep Heat was a regular, almost comforting aroma, when I first came across the recipe I share below I thought “Now that will give Deep Heat a run for its money!” 

There is so much to say about Cayenne Pepper. It was one of the first of many surprises I got when I began to study herbal medicine. Not being a fan of spices in general, and having no knowledge of them other than in cooking foods that my palette couldn’t handle, Cayenne Pepper what one hell of an eye opener as to how food can be medicine and in the most powerful of ways! Cardiovascular health, Pain Relief, digestion and metabolism. The list goes on. 

The health benefits of Cayenne deserves a whole article to its self but for today, I just want to share a herbal remedies recipe using this wonderful plant that is so simple anyone came make it and benefit from it. Paint by numbers and you can’t go wrong. 

Uses: Sore muscles, joints, bruising, arthritic pain. Apply topically to unbroken skin. Daily use for 2-3 weeks needed before feeling benefits for arthritis.  

Cayenne Salve Recipe


1/2 cup olive oil (good quality, organic, cold-pressed)

1 tablespoon powered cayenne pepper

1 1/2 tablespoon beeswax pellets

( Makes Approx. 4 ounces)

Muslin Cloth for straining.  

*Optional extras: 

- 20 drops of good quality Eucalyptus essential oil or Wintergreen essential oil. 

- 1 teaspoon of powered ginger root.

- 1 tablespoon of Arnica flowers.


Infuse Oil: Add the powder and olive oil to a double boiler and heat for approx. 20mins. Let cool  and then repeat heating/cooling cycle for 2-3 hrs. For those without a double boiler, stick a tightly fitting bowl on to of a small saucepan and add the mix to it and proceed as above. A bit like my mother used to melt the cooking chocolate !

Strain: Strain your cooled mixture through a double layer of muslin cloth. This can be messy! 

Melt & Mix : Melt Beeswax in double boiler or as above and add to infused oil. Mix thoroughly until combined and pour into jars to set. 


*Stored out of direct sunlight, this last for  up to 12 months. 


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