Introduction: Cheap and Quick Warming and Sore Muscle Relief
Its cold outside, even here in florida its dropping below freezing. Hands and feet are especially difficult to get/keep warm, here's a trick my granddad taught me many years ago and its as close as the condiment shelf of your refrigerator. It also works great on sore muscles and for those suffering from arthritus
WARNING: Use caution when using this method and be sure not to touch your eyes ! As with any home made remedys caution should be used in the preperation and use until you see how your body reacts
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Step 1: You Will Need
I usually keep a bottle of red water available, most of you will know this as tabasco, louisiana,franks, hot sauce but Im out so Im using a habanero hot sauce. You can use the red water straight from the bottle but using some sort of oil will make it easier to massage in and helps with skin dried from the cold. Your going to need.....
a bottle of Hot Sauce, tabassco or any thats in your fridge
Oil, olive oil works best but any cooking oil will do
a shot glass
Step 2: Mix It Up
fill the shot glass about half way with the oil, add anywhere from a couple drops to a couple teaspoons of the hot sauce you chose.. WARNING: the more hot sauce you use the hotter it will be on your skin so start out small. Now stir the 2 ingredients together
Step 3: Rub It in , Rub It In
all thats left is to use it, take a couple drops and rub onto your hands and feet or any sore muscles. (edit) To reverse the effect (if the heat is to much) wash the area with rubbing alcohol (or a --drinkable--alcohol) and soap and water
This will NOT replace heat packs or extreme weather clothing but works great when you get inside and just cant get your feet warm, again be VERY CAREFUL after using not to touch your eyes and use caution when going to the bathroom
(edit) as I mention in one of the comment replys below, there's an over the counter arthritis creme that contains cayenne pepper extract. I always thought granddad was special but now I realize he was 40 + yrs ahead of modern medicine ! !!! ! !
The amount of smell will depend on the type of oil used and the amount/type of hot sauce used but it shouldn't be any more than over the counter cremes like bengay(tm) give off.