Chile Plasters for Muscle Sprains

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Show: Grow Your Own Drugs

TOTAL TIME: 30 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 10 min
Cook: 5 min

LEVEL: Easy

INGREDIENTS:

7 ounces orange Scotch bonnet chiles, washed and finely sliced
7 ounces coconut oil, non-fractionated
4 tablespoons mustard powder
6 teaspoons beeswax
4 packs 4-inch-square wound dressing pads, such as Melolin
4 packs 4 3/4-inch-square adhesive wound dressing

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the chiles, coconut oil and mustard powder in a saucepan. Cover to keep in the vapor and gently heat for 2 minutes. Let cool with the lid on.

Put the chile mixture into muslin over a sieve and squeeze out the oil into a bowl below. Place the oil back into the saucepan and return to the heat. Add the beeswax to the oil and heat very gently until dissolved; this will take less than 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Soak the dressing pads in the oil mixture while it's still hot. When they are saturated, remove the pads and let stand until set on greaseproof paper, 10 minutes.

Once set and dry, the pads can be layered on top of each other, wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator until needed.

Place a pad on an adhesive wound dressing, then apply to the affected area. Keep the area warm (by covering with a blanket, for example) and leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

The plasters will keep for 1 year in the refrigerator.

NOTES:

The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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