How to Make Cayenne Salve for Herbal Pain Relief



An herbal pain reliever, cayenne has heart-protective qualities and can boost the immune system.

If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper.
It is more powerful than anything else. —Dr. Richard Shulze

Rooted in the USA - Live plants & bulk botanicals

Rooted in the USA - Live plants & bulk botanicals

History of Cayenne

Cayenne comes from the Capsicum genus that also includes bell peppers, chilies, paprikas and habaneros.

This genus is from the Americas and has been cultivated for use for at least 7,000 years. Some of the early European explorers brought the seeds from South America back to Europe and they quickly spread around the world.

The etymology of the word Capsicum is believed to have been derived from Greek, meaning “to bite.”


Cayenne has a hot and acrid taste. This “bite” or heat is caused by the constituent capsaicin. The more capsaicin a pepper has, the more heat or bite to it. This amount varies greatly between species and varieties.

One method of measuring this bite or heat is the Scoville heat units (SHU). Cayenne has around 30,000 – 50,000 SHU. In contrast, bell peppers have 0 and habaneros have more than 100,000.

Cayenne for Pain

Cayenne is famous for reducing many types of pain. It works by affecting your nervous system. Substance P is a neurotransmitter that relays information and results in what we call pain. Capsaicin, a major constituent of cayenne peppers, blocks substance P and therefore reduces pain.

When cayenne is used topically, it can relieve many different types of pain, from diabetic neuropathy to shingles, migraine headaches, back aches, arthritis, menstrual cramps and bruises.

Cayenne Salve

This recipe is a super simple salve that can be made up very quickly and bring big-time herbal pain relief.

What you’ll need…

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons cayenne powder (or 15 grams)

  • 1/2 ounce beeswax

Begin by combining the cayenne and olive oil in a double boiler or a pan on very low heat.

Heat the oil and cayenne until it is warm, turn off the heat, and let it sit (warmly) for about 20 minutes, then turn the heat on again.

I repeat this process for at least one hour to a couple of hours. You could do it for 24 hours if desired.

Once the cayenne and olive oil have been infused, strain off the powder through a cheesecloth. Reserve the infused oil.

Heat the beeswax until it is melted. Stir in the infused oil until the beeswax and oil have been thoroughly melted together and combined.

Immediately pour this mixture into jars or tins.

Let it cool and then label it.

Yield: About 4 ounces

Using Your Cayenne Salve

This cayenne salve can be used on aches and pains, from sore muscles and joints to bruises and even nerve pain.

It is best for closed wounds and may sting a bit on open wounds. Even on closed skin you may feel a bit of burning or heat in the area where it is used. It should be applied externally only and used within 6 months for the best results.

If using it for arthritic pain, it may take up to a week or two to see results. In this case you want to use it daily to decrease chronic pain.

Caution: When cayenne comes in contact with your mucosal membranes or eyes, it will burn! Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching cayenne or use gloves to apply the salve to the desired area. If you are using the cayenne salve as an herbal pain relief on your hands, consider applying it at night and then sleeping with gloves on.

Source: Learning Herbs

Archaeologists Unearth Oldest-Known Evidence of Cannabis Smoking

by Benjamin M. Adams | June 13, 2019

A groundbreaking research paper published on June 12 in Science Advances and highlighted the same day in National Geographic examined the “earliest directly dated and scientifically verified evidence” of cannabis smoking, which was recently found at a burial site in East Asia. While finding low-potency cannabis plant material and seeds is common in burial sites, this is the strongest evidence yet that early civilizations in fact smoked cannabis for its effects.

Scientists from multiple countries dug at Jirzankal Cemetery, an archaeological site on the Pamir Plateau in far-western China. What they found were wooden bowls filled with stones that were used to burn cannabis. Tiny remnants of potent cannabis residue were found, which was rich in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), suggesting that they were used as rudimentary pipes. The ancient “pipes” may have worked in a similar manner to modern day hookahs—which utilize hot coals to smoke tobacco, shisha(tobacco and molasses) or cannabis.

Researchers believe that there’s enough evidence to confidently determine that smoking took place. “Here, we present some of the earliest directly dated and scientifically verified evidence for ritual cannabis smoking,” 

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Accused of Over-Prescribing Opioids and at Danger of Losing Her License, Local Doctor Takes Fight to State Medical Board

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Basch is challenging the state’s accusations, saying that she is caring for people who come to her with preexisting excessive use of opioids – some of them in chronic pain. Meanwhile, some of her patients have come to her defense, saying that Basch has provided excellent care when other doctors have been unwilling.

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“Moringa, a botanical new to the U.S. and European markets has been making impressive gains in popularity, due to its broad traditional benefits and emerging supportive science. Moringa is native to northern India, Pakistan, the Himalayan region, Africa and Arabia, but is now cultivated more widely throughout the tropics,” writes the Medicine Hunter.

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This CBD Company is Leveraging its Unique Ability to Make Health Claims

Article by Carrie Pallardy for New Cannabis Ventures 

 Interview with Abacus Health Products CEO Perry Antelman

Abacus Health Products (CSE: ABCS) (OTC: ABAHF) is the first cannabis company in the United States able to make medical claims on its packaging due to its using approved active pharmaceutical ingredients to achieve FDA registration. Launched by dermatological pharmaceutical company Aidance Scientific, the company has a wealth of experience manufacturing and registering over-the-counter (OTC) products with the FDA. Perry Antelman, first founder and CEO of Aidance and now CEO of Abacus, spoke with New Cannabis Ventures about his company’s technology and competitive advantage in the pain market.

A broad spectrum antimicrobial was the core technology at Aidance Scientific, but five years ago the company began looking into CBD and pain relief. The company’s research demonstrated how CBD could be effectively absorbed into the skin and inhibit pain receptors. The company jumped at the opportunity, and Abacus was launched in 2014. Now, Abacus products are on shelves in CVS, and the company has 75 employees with more than 25 open positions to fill.

The Abacus Technology and Business Model

The Abacus business model is built around its patented technology. The company’s topical pain relief formulation is made with known analgesics, such as camphor and menthol, and infused with CBD. All of the company’s products are registered with the FDA.

Abacus purchases hemp oil from different suppliers throughout the country, ensuring all product passes its quality assurance system. From there, the company produces and manufactures all of its products in-house. The parent company of Abacus serves as its private labeler, while it also works with some co-packers.

Branding and Distribution

Abacus has two brands: Its B2B brand, CBD Clinic, and its B2C brand, CBDMEDIC. CBD Clinic, launched two and a half years ago, is marketed to the practitioner market. Practitioners, such as physicians specializing in pain management, physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists, can stock the product for their patients. In 24 months, the brand grew from 100 practitioners to 10,000 and from $50,000 in sales per month to more than $1 million in sales per month, according to Antelman.


With its B2C brand CBDMEDIC, Abacus is targeting the thousands of chain and independent retail pharmacies in the country. Right now, the company has an entire shelf at CVS with eight SKUs, and Antelman sees this as just the beginning. Already, Walgreens has announced that the plan to bring CBD products into 1,500 stores, he points out.


Both brands are largely focused on pain – of the company’s 40-plus SKUs, 35 are related to pain relief. More than 100 million people suffer from either acute or chronic pain in the country, according to Antelman. Those people are going to be able to walk into their local pharmacy and see Abacus’s pain relief topicals marketed directly at specific conditions, such as arthritis or back and neck pain.

Research and Development

Aside from its pain relief topicals, Abacus also has topicals developed for dermatological issues including itch, rash, eczema, and acne. The company is also continuing research and development with new products in the pipeline, which Antelman expects to roll out over the next six, nine, 12, and 18 months.

The Competitive Landscape

Most other topical pain relief products in the market (i.e., Icy Hot, Bengay, Salonpas) typically work for 20 to 40 minutes, while Abacus products last from two to six hours, according to Antelman. But, this isn’t the company’s only competitive advantage.

Pharmaceutical companies currently selling topical pain relief in retail pharmacies have yet to introduce their own CBD products, likely because they wanted to wait until the passage of the Farm Bill, according to Antelman.

Other potential competition, in the form of cannabis companies, is still relatively young. They have yet to develop the necessary systems and experience to meet the rigors of FDA registration. Most cannabis companies are developing CBD products in the dietary supplements and cosmetics category, which has much lower barriers to entry than the OTC registered products category. Cosmetic and dietary supplement products cannot make medical claims.

Given the resources and time it takes to obtain OTC registration, Antelman doesn’t expect to see either pharmaceutical companies or cannabis companies getting their own OTC registered products onto the shelf for at least another 12 to 18 months.

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International Growth

While Abacus is busily getting on shelves in the United States, it is also actively working with regulators to make inroads in international markets including Australia, Canada, and the European Union. Antelman hopes the company will be ready to enter a couple of new countries sometime between the end of Q4 this year and Q2 of next year.


Abacus secured $15 million in funding at the beginning of this year and went public. Antelman sees the company in a good position in terms of capital right now, but he is keeping an open mind. The company is receiving a lot of interest from retail pharmacy chains, and if demand exceeds expectations, that could mean the need to raise more.

With products on shelves in CVS, Antelman sees the opportunity to meet consumer demand and land in as many retail pharmacies as possible. Along the way, he hopes to see the industry educate consumers, retail pharmacies, and local law enforcement.

To learn more, visit the Abacus Health Products website