Chili peppers are known for their hot flavor. Ancient farmers first cultivated these hot chili peppers in Central and South America, regions whose cuisines are famous for their spicy cuisine. Capsicum Oleoresin Oil is cold pressed from hot chili peppers. This warming extract acquires its pain relieving benefits from the bioactive plant compound capsaicin found in the seeds and white inner membrane of the chili pepper. The more capsaicin the pepper contains, the hotter the pepper. When applied this deep red spicy oil provides pain relief by temporarily changing the way the body processes pain.
- Capsaicin is a carotenoid, with anti-oxidants and analgesic properties when used topically is causes a sensation of heat that activates specific nerve cells.
- With regular use of capsaicin, this heating effect reduces the amount of substance P, a chemical that acts as a pain messenger in the body that aids in controlling peripheral nerve pain.
- Capsanthin is the primary carotenoid (antioxidant) in red chili peppers, giving them their red color and typically accounting for up to 50 percent of the spice’s antioxidant content.
- When applied to a targeted area Capsicum oil warms and stimulates circulation.
- Capsicum oil may reduce pain from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
- Capsaicin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it has shown potential for treating inflammatory diseases.
Chili doesn’t just offer culinary and wellness uses, it is also used for self-defense. Oleoresin capsicum (OC), extracted from red hot chili peppers, is the powerful ingredient in pepper spray. The capsaicin in chili can also be used to repel insects and wild animals in your garden, which is the reason it is often used as a natural pesticide for gardens.
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