Chilli Plasters for Muscle Sprains

James Wong shows you how to make chilli plasters to help with muscle sprains.

• 200g orange Scotch Bonnet chillies
• 4 tablespoons mustard powder
• 200g coconut oil, non-fractionated
• 6 teaspoons beeswax
• 4 packs Melolin wound dressing pads, 10 x 10 cm
• 4 packs adhesive wound dressing, 12 x 12 cm

1. Wash and finely slice the chillies. Combine the chillies and mustard powder with the coconut oil in a saucepan. Cover to keep in the vapour and gently heat for 2 minutes. Leave to cool with the lid on.
2. Put the chilli mix 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.
3. Add the beeswax to the oil and heat very gently until dissolved; this will take less than 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
4. Soak the dressing pads in the oil mixture while it's still hot. When they are saturated, remove the pads and leave to stand for 10 minutes on greaseproof paper, or until set.
5. Once set and dry, the pads can be layered on top of each other, wrapped in clingfilm and stored in the refrigerator until needed.

USE: 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.
STORAGE: Keeps for 1 year in the refrigerator.

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