How to IMMEDIATELY Stop A Hot Pepper Burn * The Homesteading Hippy

What Makes Peppers Burn

I know I blame the peppers but, in reality, peppers do not actually burn. They contain capsaicin which binds with a vanilloid receptor in our mouths which activate pain receptors. The pain receptors immediately send your brain the message, That REALLY burns!

Your brain sends the message to your mouth in the hopes that you will stop being silly, and opt for something safer, like a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk.

The capsaicin irritates your mouth, nose, skin, eyes, throats, and causes excess stomach acid – leading to acid reflux. You will experience anything from “Mmm… tasty” to FIVE ALARM FIRE.


Stop A Hot Pepper Burn in Your Mouth

In many restaurants, when you order something hot and spicy, it comes with a small bowl of sour cream. The reason for this is that the cream neutralizes the capsaicin.

In fact, all dairy products contain casein. It is the casein in dairy products that neutralizes the capsaicin.

The best remedy to the hellfire in your mouth is, therefore, dairy. Milk, yogurt, cream, sour cream, and especially ice cream work brilliantly, and immediately get rid of the burn.

Sugary products also work very well. Sugar absorbs the capsaicin oil rapidly, neutralizing the burn.

If you are out at a restaurant, you can use one of the sugar packets left on the table for tea and coffee. Sugar, honey, and candy all work well.

Starch draws the capsaicin oil out neutralizing th

Starch draws the capsaicin oil out neutralizing the heat well. The problem is that while chips, boiled potatoes, and boiled white rice all work well if you are not expecting the burn, cooking any of these will take longer than the burn will last.

If you are making something spicy, prepare for the pain by cooking some potatoes or rice with the spicy dish.

The countries that serve these extra tasty dishes usually do it with a bed of rice. They do this because they know the pain well.

✅ A simple starch that works well is the humble sl

A simple starch that works well is the humble slice of bread. If you have access to bread, eat a slice when the burn starts, or better yet, eat it while you are eating your hot peppery meal.

In South Africa, we have a dish called Bunny Chow. Well… it is not really a dish. It is a very tasty, curried, peppery stew, and can really burn if not for one crucial thing. It is served in a hollowed-out loaf of bread. It is yummy to eat, and the bread balances the sting really well.

✅ Eating acidic food like lemons, oranges, pineapp

Eating acidic food like lemons, oranges, pineapple, or tomatoes also neutralizes the capsaicin, bringing instant relief.

Avocadoes and bananas are also very good. They are very soothing because of their high-fat content.

Whenever I make chili or curry, I add sliced bananas and desiccated coconut on top of the dish. It makes the dish look interesting and very chef-worthy, and it balances the flavor of the peppers beautifully.

There is also the option of rinsing your mouth with olive or vegetable oil and spitting it out. I cringe when I make chips (fries) and a little oil gets in my mouth, I do not even eat butter or margarine because of the oily texture, so I cannot bring myself to even think that this is an option for me.

If I did not have access to any of the other resources listed, I would just die quietly wallowing in the agony of the peppers.

Referring back to my message about alcohol, high alcohol content drinks – specifically vodka or tequila – will immediately neutralize the burn.

I have left the two tastiest remedies for last…

✅ Peanut butter is great because it has the oil to

Peanut butter is great because it has the oil to neutralize the capsaicin, and it sticks everywhere in your mouth. To double the effect, have a generously thick peanut butter sandwich. The bread and oil will rid you of your agony immediately.

You can even get creative and add jelly, jam, or even bananas to really tackle the five-alarm fire.

✅ Last but not least, eat chocolate! Chocolate contains dairy – casein, plus the fat in the milk that forms an oily barrier – and sugar. Chew it quickly, then swirl it about in your mouth until it dissolves. Chocolate is the perfect dessert after a hot, spicy meal.

How do you know if your allergic to jalapenos?

With a spice allergy, there may also be other symptoms such as swelling of the lips, nasal congestion, hives, bloating, nausea, or diarrhea. Others still may experience a shortness of breath or develop a rash where the spice has come into contact with skin (known as contact dermatitis).

Stopping Jalapeno Burn In The Eyes

First off, don’t panic, you’ll be okay!

The first thing to know is that spicy peppers won’t blind you. Unless you’ve dumped pure capsaicin in your eyes, the burn will subside. So don’t go putting chemicals in your eyes trying to stop the burn. It won’t help, and you might cause more damage to your eyes than relief!

With the eyes, there is really only one method to help alleviate a jalapeno burn.

Use Milk

Once again, we call on the cow gods to help us. Soak a paper towel in high-fat, ice-cold milk. Squeeze out excess milk, and then lay the cold paper towel over your closed eye. This should provide some quick relief.

The paper towel will eventually get warm, and the relief will subside. Repeat the process until you can bear the pain.

Tip: Be sure to wash your hands before preparing your milk paper towel. If there is more pepper juice on your hands, you may end up making the eye situation worse.

Give It Time

Unfortunately, the only other cure for a chili burn in your eyes is time. Don’t expect the milk to completely fix the problem. Your eyes will water until the majority of the oil has been expelled.

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Make sure the rest of your body stays warm while running the cool water on the burn. If you don’t have access to running water or prefer not to use it, you can apply a cool compress for 10 to 15 minutes to the burned area.

Please keep the methods in mind these methods for stopping the chili pepper burn on your skin

Rubbing Alcohol

The oil that makes chili peppers hot, capsaicin, is more soluble in alcohol, so a quick rub down with rubbing alcohol (or even a high proof booze) can help wipe it from your skin.

Use Dairy

As mentioned above, dairy products contain the chemical “casein” that combats the effects the capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers hot) by stripping it from its receptor site on the skin.

Consider using milk, yogurt, sour cream or crema, or even ice cream to soak the burning skin.



Oils can be effective in helping to dissolve the burning chili oils. Dab some olive oil or any other vegetable oil onto your burning skin with cotton balls or a napkin. Soak or wipe the skin.

Dish Soap and Water

Dish soaps are meant to help clean oily plates, so they may be effective in washing away the chili oil from your burning skin.

Weak Bleach Solution

Weak Bleach Solution

This is according to Alton Brown of “Good Eats”. He says to douse your already burning hands in a mild solution of 5 to 1 water to bleach. The bleach helps wash away the capsaicin that hasn’t yet absorbed into your skin.

Baking Soda or Corn Starch Paste

Starches can help draw out the oil from your burning skin so you can wash it away and possibly neutralize it.

Hopefully this helps you find some relief with you

Hopefully this helps you find some relief with your burning skin.


What Is Jalapeno Pepper?

Jalapeno peppers originated in Mexico. Other names for the jalapeno pepper include Huachinango, Chile Gordo, Cuaresmeño, and Chipotle Pepper.

On average, it is a 2 to 3.5 inches long pepper but can grow as long as 6 inches. At present, jalapeno peppers are being cultivated worldwide due to their flavor and popularity.

Jalapeno peppers, on average, measure about 5,000 Scoville heat units as compared to bell peppers, which have zero Scoville heat units (SHU). Some chili peppers hotter than jalapeno include habanero, ghost pepper, and cayenne pepper.

It is said that the spicier varieties of peppers grow in hotter climates. Moreover, jalapeno peppers covered in vein-like skin are also said to be hotter than smooth ones. 

Green jalapeno peppers are usually the ones being served, but if you let it stand longer, it’ll turn red. The green ones are sweeter compared to the red jalapeno peppers.

Jalapeno peppers are available commercially in a dried or fresh form, as well as in the form of jams, chutneys, hot sauce, jellies, and pastes, among others. They are also commonly roasted or smoked to create different flavors.

You can substitute some diced jalapeno peppers in place of bell peppers to spice up recipes. Some ideas include incorporating them in salads, chili oils, or by smoking, pickling, or baking them along with other ingredients.

You can also stuff the insides with meat or cheese. Red jalapeno peppers are usually included in citrus salsas and tropical hot sauces due to their slightly sweet flavor.

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How do you stop the burning after eating chili peppers?

Eat Dairy

Because of the innate hotness of all chili peppers, they can burn not only the inside of your mouth, but your skin as well. If you find that you simply can’t bear the heat after eating a chile pepper, try to consume a dairy product, like milk, yogurt, or ice cream.

Dairy products contain a chemical called casein th

Dairy products contain a chemical called casein that combats the effects of chile peppers’ capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers hot) by stripping it from its receptor site on the skin.


I’ve also tried sugar and that seems to work in a pinch. Sugar can help absorb some of the hot chili oil and can reduce the burn.

Conclusion  Jalapeno Burning Skin? How Long Does I

Conclusion Jalapeno Burning Skin? How Long Does It Last?

So have you burnt your skin with jalapeno and are wondering how long the burn will last for? The burning sensation on your skin caused by jalapenos normally lasts only 24 hours or less if you take proper care of the burned skin.

The burn can last longer than 24 hours if your skin is overly sensitive or if you have an allergic reaction to the jalapeno.

To reduce how long the burn lasts for on your skin, follow these tips:

  1. Rub Your Skin with Oil
  2. Use a Dish Soap or Hand Grease Cleaner
  3. Alcohol or Baking Soda Paste Might Help
  4. Soak Your Skin with a Cold Dairy Product
  5. Soak Your Skin in Vinegar
  6. Soak Your Skin in a Water and Bleach Solution
  7. Cold Compress for Pain Relief
  8. Take Tepid Showers
  9. Soak Your Skin with Cornstarch

By following these tips, the jalapeno burn will last only a few hours, or possibly up to 24 hours. Remember to avoid jalapeno-burnt skin; wear gloves whenever you are slicing them or cooking with them.

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