Have you guys seen the new Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black?” It seems to be all the rage over here! …Although I only first heard of it recently, when our PR assistant was telling me about an episode where Piper (the main character) makes a muscle rub using jalapeño peppers. This immediately sparked our interest, and we had to know – can jalapeños really cure muscle aches?
After doing a bit of research, it seems that there is some evidence to support this theory. Jalapeños contain a mineral called capsaicin, which causes the hotness you experience when eating – or even touching – one. Capsaicin happens to be the same warming agent that’s used in muscle rubs you can purchase in stores! After finding this out, I knew I had to try it out for myself.
I first acquired some jalapeño peppers. I cut one open and scooped out the seeds with a spoon.
I filled a small glass container with cocoa butter and stirred in a few of the seeds (maybe between 8-12), mixing well.
I then took a small bit of lotion in my hand and rubbed it over my shoulders, which have been pretty sore lately from working out. To my delight, my shoulders began to feel a warming sensation after just a few seconds. It wasn’t overwhelmingly hot – just warm enough to feel nice and soothed. I would say this trial was a success!
Warning: If you decide to make a jalapeño muscle rub for yourself, I’d advise you to start with just a few seeds, test out the cream, and then add more if necessary. These babies are quite hot, so it’s best to start out slow! Make sure you do a spot test and wait 24 hours before applying to a large area — and don’t forget to wash your hands after applying!
Have you guys checked out “Orange Is the New Black” yet? Let us know how you like it!
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