Chiles contain capsaicin, which traditionally has been used as a mild painkiller and anti-inflammatory. Capsaicin neutralizes the pain receptors sent to the brain decreasing the amount of pain the body feels. Plasters are used to increase circulation, relieve headaches, decrease muscle tension, soothe joint pains and arthritis. Habaneros peppers have the highest concentration of capsaicin.
· 1c Habanero Chile peppers (finely sliced)
· 1c Organic Coconut oil, non-fractionated/unrefined
· 2 Tbsp Organic Beeswax
· Flannel cloth (prewashed)
1. Finely slice peppers wearing gloves. Place finely sliced peppers in a canning jar along with the coconut. Place jar in a boiling pot of water to melt the coconut oil for 10 minutes. Once the coconut oil is melted remove from heat and side aside to cool down.
2. While the oil is cooling cut your flannel fabric sized to various sizes and set aside.
3. Prepare cheesecloth over a 4c glass measuring cup. Be sure your cheesecloth hangs over the side of the measuring cup. With gloves on, pour coconut and habanero oil into the cheesecloth. Wring out the peppers to drain them of the oil. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
4. Put the strained habanero oil in a pot and heat. Stir in beeswax till melted.
5. Once the beeswax is melted take a piece of fabric and dip it into the mixture allow excess to drip off. Lay the dipped fabric on the cookie sheet and repeat until the cookie sheet is full.
6. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer until fabrics are hard (about 15-20 minutes).
7. Remove the fabric and store in wax paper sheets in the fridge.
To use: Remove a plaster and place on affected area. Cover in saran wrap and leave plaster on for 30-60 minutes. If the plaster begins to burn remove immediately. The saran wrap helps to keep in the heat and increase the benefits of the capsaicin. For old injuries, consider wearing the plaster overnight. Be sure to protect clothing or other materials from oil stains.
***Be aware that any contact with the plaster transfers habanero oil to your hands. Do not rub your eyes or place fingers in any mucous membranes. Wear gloves while handling peppers. ***
Contact your doctor if you are on pharmaceuticals to be aware of any contradictions. The first applications can cause an intense heat sensation. If burning continues after 10 minutes discontinue. While an allergic reaction is rare it can still occur. Avoid contact with your eyes and any mucous membranes.
***DO NOT USE PEPPER PLASTERS ON OPEN WOUNDS***