Cayenne pepper does amazing things for one’s circulation, but it takes 45 minutes for one to really feel the effect.
This all started because my roommates & I are trying to save on our utilities and are keeping the house at a temperature to rival the Varykino Ice Palace in Dr. Zhivago. After too many days and nights of this, I finally googled “how to warm cold feet” and got all sorts of useful information like “wear socks” or “Don’t press your feet against your partner: it will warm your feet but cool the relationship.” Thanks, google, I never would have figured those things out.
And then… the only thing that intrigued me:
put a small amount of chili or cayenne pepper inside your socks.
So I did. Nothing happened. My feet felt gross. And they were still cold.
So I snuggled deeper under the blankets and tried to read. 45 minutes later, I realized that my feet were bursting with heat. I eventually had to take my socks off & wash my feet before falling asleep, since I was worried about the physiological effects of 8 hours of extremely high foot circulation.
Is this a long-term solution to living in an ice castle?
No, I don’t really want to smell like chili for the rest of the winter.
Is this a short-term solution?
No, because it doesn’t work quite fast enough for me (when my feet are cold I want them to be warm right now! Waiting 30-60 minutes isn’t that appealing).
But it was a fun science experiment… and there might be occasions when I will resort to it again…