Relieving pain is probably not what you imagine when you think at chili peppers but traditional healers will know that the infusion of hot peppers in oil is an excellent cream for massaging sore muscles after exercise, the efforts of the back and even the arthritic joints. Capsaicin, this chemical in peppers that produces a sensation of heat, which makes local nerves react to stop the pain, so creams containing it can relieve the pain of osteoarthritis.
– 3 oz (85 g) fresh or dried hot peppers of any variety
– chopping knife
– latex gloves
1. Cut 3 oz (85 g) of dried or fresh hot peppers of any variety into thin slices using latex gloves.
2. Mix the sliced peppers with 1 cup of olive oil in a jar 12 oz ( 340 ml ). The oil should cover the peppers. Add more olive oil if necessary to keep them covered generously. Use a knife to stir the peppers and oil gently removing air bubbles.
3. Choose a jar with a tight lid. Heat the mixture of peppers and olive oil. Close the jar tightly. Place in a medium saucepan and pour enough water to reach half the bottle. Place the saucepan over low heat. Let the hot water over low heat, without boiling.
4. Cook the mixture of peppers and olive oil in the hot water bath for two hours. Add more water as needed to keep the water level up to half the bottle.
5. Chill the mixture of peppers and olive oil, which now infuse the oil. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the tea to cool within the same.
6. Dry the jar with a dish towel.
7. Label the infusion of oil. Write “peppers in oil” and the date on a sticker and put it on the bottle.
8. Save your peppers in oil. Close the lid of the jar tightly and store in a cool, dark place.