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Warming Cayenne Pepper Wax

Things to gather –

  • 225 gm beeswax
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Double boiler
  • Bowl
  • Ice cube tray

Method –

  • Add water to pot and bring to the boil,
  • Into a bowl add beeswax and melt.
  • Add cayenne pepper 
  • Mix well then pour into ice cube tray.  Allow to set before removing and storing in an air tight container.

How to use

Melt 1 cube as needed.  As it melts, lay out a folded kitchen paper towel and using a pastry brush paint on the wax in a strip.  Wrap the tissue strip around the painful area.  To retain heat, cover area with cling wrap.  Leave on for 20 minutes.  I repeat up to three times daily.

About Cayenne pepper (part of the chilli family)

  • It is a rich source of Vitamin A, B, and C and is useful for everything from eye health to immune function and healthy skin.
  • It has strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties that boost the immunity.
  • It is also high in calcium which helps to stave off osteoporosis.
  • Its active constituent is capsaicin which is a warming stimulant and a powerful remedy for poor circulation helping to dilate blood vessels and increase blood supply to all parts of the body.
  • Applied topically to the skin, capsaicin desensitizes nerve endings


Rosemary Tonic Wine and Liniment for Aches & Pains

Things to gather –

  • A good handful of freshly crushed rosemary leaves
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 cm fresh ginger grated
  • Bottle of red wine
  • Funnel

Method –

  • Lightly crush the rosemary and cinnamon and cloves.
  • Add the ginger, then wine.
  • Pour back into the wine bottle and seal well.
  • Leave in a cool place for 2 weeks.
  • Strain and store in sealed bottle.
  • Drink a glass daily or dip a cotton wool pad into liquid and apply topically to affected area…

Rosemary is a wonderful herb used for generations to help as an antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic and astringent.  It is useful for circulatory conditions, stiff muscles cough and colds etc.

An invigorating herb, rosemary helps to fight fatigue.

Rosemary was traditionally prized for its ability to improve memory because of its high levels of a compound known as Rosmarinic acid which improves blood circulation increasing the flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain.  This improves all kinds of brain functions.

Rosemary also contains Caffeic acid which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.