DIY Jalapeño Muscle Rub?

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.

Jalapeno muscle rub DIY

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!

Muscle rub DIY

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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ahhh that show is wonderful! We recently started it at our house, and can’t.get.enough.


Who would have thunk!

Amazing idea! Love finding natural alternatives to drugstore products :)

<3 dani

This is pretty cool, I think I might have to try it out.

Oh this is perfect! Definitely going to give this a try!

xo, Juliette Laura


Best show ever! Thank god i was sick and in bed when i started the season because i was glued and couldnt leave if i wanted to…and after watching, i definitely didnt want to!


The show is terrific. I watched all 13 episodes in < 3days. : P


To those of you who may not know much about prison or the prison system. This show is EXTREMELY accurate in its portrayal of life behind bars. Wonderful show.


A minor correction – capsaicin isn’t a mineral, it’s an organic compound. Thanks for test driving this – I’m going to try it.


Yep I’m going to try it with my “home grown” jalapenos! Have always know that capsaicin has lots of medicinal properties!


That’s awesome who would of known you can make this?


Do you leave the seeds in? Also did you use raw cocoa butter or cocoa butter lotion?


On the show, she didn’t just use the seeds. She used the whole pepper. I also want to know if it was raw coca butter.

Cocoa butter is a solid at room temperature. You’d need to combine other ingredients to give it a spreadable, butter like consistency, unless your are using a cocoa butter cream purchased from a store. 1 part cocoa butter, 1 part shea butter, and 1 part carrier oil makes for great body butter recipe. Otherwise, if you use solid cocoa butter – it’s natural state at room temp – you’re going to end up with a solid block of cocoa butter with seeds inside.

i’m afraid my hands would be on fire for days after using this rub….


Nice. I also have tried one. But I used pepper seeds…. Can it?

I’ll definitely try this one after a gym session.


can i use shea butter instead?


I haven’t tried this but to answer Ximenu’s question, in the episode of Orange Is The New Black that she made this cream she was looking for Cocoa or Shea butter so I’m going to have to say yes.


Hi. What you and Piper made was a crude version of this very effective salve for both Fibromyalgia and Back pain. The preferred way to make this is with dried hot peppers and alcohol and takes a little time and preparation. Begin with a package of DRIED jalapeños. Break off and discard the stems. Blend for 35-45 seconds (don’t get too fine) and pour the blended peppers into a jar. Fill the jar with alcohol, rubbing or drinking, cover the jar tightly and let stand on the kitchen counter until the alcohol is infused with the hot pepper. (At least… Read more »


Oops. Forgot to mention. Be sure to leave the top off the jar the second time or the alcohol won’t evaporate.