Capsicum is a shrubby tropical annual or biennial with angular hardwood branches and stems that often have a faint purple tinge at the nodes.
The fruit is pod like, shiny, leathery and varying in shades of red to orange, with a very pungent odour and containing small whitish kidney shaped seeds in several rows.
Capsicum is not a true oil, but is actually a concentrated liquid spice (oleoresin). This is a wonderful aid for gas and diarrhea, asthma and toothaches.
It can be applied externally in a poultice to stimulated chilled skin or as a remedy for painful joints. Its irritation on the skin causes more blood to flow to the area, and therefore, reduces inflammation.
Industrially, capsicum is used by the military and police as the base for pepper spray.
Commercially, this is used by the pharmaceutical industry in heat-producing ointments and creams for relief of rheumatic and arthritic pain. It is also used worldwide as a culinary spice and as a key ingredient in hot sauces. Storage Capsicum oil should be stored in a cool, dry area until it is used. Once opened, tightly closing the cap will prolong its shelf life.
Usage Muscle Rub, Sports Rub & Pain Rub:
Mix 10 - 20 drops Capsicum oil with 250ml (1 cup) of your favorite Carrier oil for an excellent warm sports rub for tired or aching muscles.
Arthritis: Mix a few drops of Capsicum oil in a tablespoon of your favorite Carrier oil and rub into arthritic areas for deep penetrating relief.
Once you are accustom to the sensations feel free to add more Capsicum (slowly) for a stronger effect. Blends With Carrier oils, Spice oils