If you need help keeping your feet warm during winter, use an unusual but effective ingredient: cayenne peppers. (h/t to AskAPrepper.com)
You can buy cayenne salve, also called capsaicin salve or ointment, at the local pharmacy or supermarket. This product is used to relieve back and neck pain and it works by warming the muscles and loosening them up. (Related: Seven evidence-based medicinal properties of cayenne pepper.)
Cayenne salve can also be used to keep your feet warm. If you don't want to spend money on cayenne salve, use the homemade pepper remedies detailed below to warm your feet during the cold winter months.
You can use any peppers that contain capsaicin, but be very careful when using peppers that are very high on the Scoville scale because they could burn your skin. This also means that peppers at the low end might not be hot enough to be effective.
Another option is to use hot peppers from your home garden. Dry them first using a dehydrator or an oven to remove all water, then use a grinder to turn the peppers into powder.
Keep these tips in mind when using cayenne peppers to make home remedies:
Looking for an easy and cheap way to use hot pepper to warm your feet? Sprinkle a bit of cayenne pepper powder into your socks.
Just be careful not to use too much and spread it evenly over your feet. If it's your first time using cayenne powder on your feet, test a tiny amount first to see if you are sensitive to peppers.
Once you're used to the remedy, use more or less cayenne pepper powder depending on your sensitivity.
Limit the amount of pepper and get it evenly distributed by adding a small amount of pepper such as half a teaspoon into 1/4 cup of cornstarch or foot powder. Mix the ingredients well and add a teaspoon of the mixture to each sock. Move the sock around a bit to evenly distribute the powder.
Alternatively, you can shake the powder evenly onto your feet using a sifter or shaker jar. Sprinkle cayenne powder to keep your feet warm and dry on a cold, wet day or when working in the snow.
Eating hot peppers will also help warm up your entire body.
Hot peppers like cayenne contain an active ingredient called capsaicin and it makes your blood vessels dilate, which then makes extra blood flow and provides warmth to the hands and feet. You may feel the effect immediately, but other people feel the heat increase gradually.
As a bonus, eating hot peppers also helps add nutrients to your diet. Peppers contain beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds like potassium and magnesium, along with vitamins A, B6, C, E and K.
Try adding peppers to dishes to stay warm and healthy during winter.
Here are more ways to incorporate hot peppers into your regular diet:
Instead of buying commercially available salves with cayenne pepper, make some at home using only three ingredients. Cayenne pepper salve will warm your feet and help heal the skin, depending on what type of oils you add.
Some DIY cayenne pepper salve recipes call for a double boiler, but this recipe takes a shortcut by using a crockpot and a Mason jar for infusing the oil and melting the beeswax.
Homemade cayenne pepper salve
You will need:
Stay warm in cold weather by adding cayenne pepper powder to your socks or make a cayenne salve.
Watch this video to learn more about the health benefits of cayenne pepper.
This video is from the Holistic Herbalist channel on Brighteon.com.