Capsicum Oleoresin Essential Oil

Capsicum Oleoresin Essential Oil

Capsicum Oleoresin Essential oil is a concentrated extract derived from hot chili peppers. It is heat-producing, and is a powerful analgesic, mostly used to treat pain from sprains, arthritis, back pain, muscle strain, nerve pain (such as from shingles), or neuropathic pain.

Capsaicin is the ingredient in chili peppers that gives them heat. You may find Capsicum Oleoresin as a component of topical pain relief medications, such as ointments and rubs indicated for joint pain or muscle pain. It can also be a component of pain relief patches that you purchase in the pharmacy. For many, it is a drug-free solution to chronic pain that is both soothing and warming, providing deep relief when little else can. It acts on nerve cells in the body, reducing the amount of a neurotransmitter called Substance P, which is thought to be the messenger of pain signals to and from the brain. Substance P is found in the spinal cord and the brain, and is directly associated with pain as well as inflammatory response. Prolonged use of capsicum oleoresin can potentially lower the substance P response in people who suffer from chronic pain.

Capsicum Oleoresin essential oil is produced through solvent extraction from the ground and dried fruits of capsicum annum Linn, or capsicum fruitescens linn, producing a 40% strength liquid with a pronounced aroma of fresh ground peppers. It is then used to compound medicines, bacterial formulations and often as a flavoring for culinary use. It presents as a deeply colored, opaque and oily red liquid with a distinctly spicy aroma.

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Capsicum Oleoresin History

Most of the history of Capsicum Oleoresin relates to one specific product: pepper spray. Its use as a personal line of defense actually dates back to ancient China and India, when warriors used it to throw in the faces of their enemies. Its ability to completely incapacitate a person (at least temporarily) was well known to Japanese Ninjas, interrogators, and purveyors of torture as an instrument of pain. Its use as a protective device in the Americas dates is tied to postal workers, who would carry pepper spray to keep vicious dogs at bay. As of 1987, it was recognized as a chemical agent by the FBI, and it is still illegal (as pepper spray) in many countries. The method of extracting the capsicum oleoresin was not developed until the 1960s. Since then, it has been compounded into various different strengths for use as a medicine.

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Capsicum Oleoresin Oil Uses

Diarrhea: eases symptoms of diarrhea from illness, food poisoning, or dehydration.

Upset stomach: indicated for indigestion, dyspepsia, and for those whose stomach muscles do not contract or function well.

Anti-bacterial: whether used on household surfaces or in the gut, targets harmful bacteria that can cause illness and disease.

Sore throat: an excellent antiseptic for strep and other bacterial infections of the mouth and throat.

Rheumatism/arthritis: used topically to relieve joint pain caused by arthritic inflammation.

Neuralgia/lumbago/shingles (herpes zoster): acts as a counter-irritant in these debilitating neural pain syndromes.

Back pain: for localized back pain due to muscle strain, sprain or overuse.

Sprains and bruising: provides temporary relief from joint pain due to sprains or bruising.

Culinary: commonly used to flavor foods and add heat to sauces, such as might be typical in Mexican and Indian cuisine.

Contraindications

Do not use capsicum oleoresin if you are allergic to chili peppers, pepper plants, or if you have ever had an adverse reaction to any type of medication containing capsicum oleoresin. Avoid contact with eyes, mucous membranes, genitals, perianal region, open sores and wounds, and any sensitive areas of the skin. If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid capsicum oleoresin entirely. Capsicum oleoresin will cause intense heat in the area of application, which will likely lessen over time as you get used to it. If you experience redness or a prolonged burning sensation from using capsicum oleoresin, rinse thoroughly with soap and cool water. If blistering, pain, swelling, redness, or severe irritation occurs, or remains for an extended period, seek medical attention immediately. It is recommended to avoid if you are pregnant, as there is not sufficient research to support its safety to the unborn child. If you are breast feeding, do not apply capsicum oleoresin to your breast area before feeding. Do not use on children, babies, or pets. Avoid getting any on dentures, contact lenses, or any device that comes in contact with sensitive or delicate parts of your body. Do not inhale the odor of capsicum oleoresin, as it can cause shortness of breath, coughing, or choking, and can severely irritate the insides of your nose, sinuses and lungs. If you develop hives or any signs of severe allergic reaction (throat, tongue or lips swelling, difficulty breathing) go immediately to your nearest emergency room. Not recommended for internal use unless under the direct care of a qualified medical practitioner. Always heed recommended dilution ratios to avoid serious adverse effects.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

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