Statistically, somewhere between 18% and 35% of people will deal with chronic pain issues daily. If we accept the upper end of that spectrum as accurate, then nearly half the population suffers from chronic pain, and the number is growing every year. This alone suggests that many don’t have very effective means for managing their pain. In this article, I’ll share with you my go-to herbal recipes using turmeric and cayenne, which work wonders in fighting inflammation.
What is Chronic Pain?
When pain persists for more than three months or longer than the time it takes for normal tissues to recover, it is considered chronic pain. Where there is pain, you can be sure there is inflammation, which can manifest anywhere in the body, from the soles of the feet to the brain.
Some of the most common types of chronic pain include:
Nerve pain – When an illness or injury disrupts the nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain, you may have pain along those nerves, a condition known as neuralgia or neuropathic pain.
Joint pain – Joint pain is the discomfort felt in any joint. It can occasionally be brought on by inflammation, calcification, injury, or wear and tear.
Muscle pain – Aches and pains in muscles, a random sharp pain or a deep, constant discomfort could all be attributed to muscle pain. My magnesium rub recipe could help with muscle pains.
With so many different types of pain prevalent, many people will look for natural remedies for relieving pain and inflammation. This is when the synergistic effects of turmeric and cayenne pepper really shine!
Benefits of Turmeric and Cayenne Pepper
Health benefits of Turmeric – Curcumin, a naturally present polyphenol, is the active ingredient in turmeric. This polyphenol plays a major role in turmeric’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects. Anyone coping with a chronic condition can benefit from this powerful root, given that inflammation is at the core of many ailments. Here are 45 herbal protocols for a variety of common ailments.
Turmeric shields your cells from damage by neutralizing free radicals. It is said to do wonders for inflammatory disorders that impact the joints, such as arthritis. As a bonus, it has the ability to strengthen the immune system. Lastly, turmeric encourages the growth of good microbes while suppressing the growth of harmful ones.
Health benefits of Cayenne Pepper – Capsaicin is a natural chemical found in cayenne peppers that helps reduce inflammation and pain. Research has shown that cayenne may successfully mitigate inflammation and block pain signals before they even reach the brain, making it an excellent choice for alleviating chronic pain in the joints and nerves. In addition to helping the body absorb other nutrients, this plant is a powerful circulatory system ally. Additionally, it aids in the absorption of nutrients and digestion and relieves allergies. It should not be taken with medication that thins the blood because it is likewise a natural blood thinner.
Turmeric and Cayenne together – When combined, turmeric and cayenne not only work synergistically to relieve pain and inflammation naturally, but they also have beneficial effects on your gut microbiome, digestive system, and overall health.
Two easy recipes using turmeric and cayenne pepper are provided below. You may make the shots ahead of time and keep them in the fridge. If you’re looking for a tasty way to start your day without inflammation and pain, try a turmeric and cayenne latte.
Turmeric and Cayenne Pepper Latte
- 1 cup unsweetened milk or plant milk
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or powder
- 1 whole star anise
Step 1. Warm the milk in a saucepan on the stovetop until it is heated and starts to bubble, then shut it off.
Step 2. Transfer the heated milk into a blender and incorporate the cayenne, honey, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, black pepper, and vanilla extract. Blend for 15 to 20 seconds.
Step 3. Pour into a cup and add one-star anise for garnish. Enjoy right away.
Classic golden milk flavor meets the spicy kick of cayenne in this latte. Feel free to indulge in this flavorful turmeric and cayenne drink any time of the day or night!
My second go-to recipe using turmeric and cayenne is the health shot below.
Turmeric and Cayenne Pepper Shot
- 1 whole medium ginger root
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- pinch of black pepper
- juice from ½ lemon
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
Step 1. Chop the ginger root into pieces and add it to a blender. Combine the rest of the ingredients and blend on high for about 45 seconds.
Step 2. To remove all of the fibrous parts from the ginger, drain the liquid using a small sieve. Gently push the liquid through using the back of a spoon. This can also be done with a cheesecloth, but your hands will stain bright yellow.
Step 3. Store the juice in a glass container with a lid in the refrigerator until you’ve finished it. It can be kept for at least a week.
How to Use
Take one shot (about three tablespoons) of this mixture daily before meals to reduce inflammation and help with digestion.
When you see food as medicine and combine turmeric and cayenne, the culinary possibilities are endless. And you are under no obligation to turn them into something special. They would be great in burgers, taco seasoning, or virtually any seafood recipe!