The launch of this new blogging adventure sadly coincided, for me, with the loss of a beloved uncle. I traveled back to the hometown area for the funeral and will be here a bit longer to spend some time with mom and Aunt Betty.
I am at the very end of a botox cycle and having near constant daily headache that frequently transforms to migraine with the slightest stress. Yesterday was a long bittersweet day, with morning's grief of church and cemetery service tempered by sharing of food, memories, and some laughter the rest of the day at church hall and a family home, with all the gathered relatives.
Eventually the relatives began to take their leave, one by one, and only a small group was left. We gathered around Aunt Betty's kitchen table. And my cousin noticed the way I was rubbing my forehead, an odd look about my eyes, and a slowing of my voice. "You're getting a migraine," she said. "Do you want to try a pepper?'
Cousin J, up the street, has a garden with what I have jokingly called magic dirt for some time because of the luscious produce it bountifully produces in such a small area. He has been growing jalapeno peppers and has found some relief for his own headaches by biting right into them when he feels one coming on. We had one of his peppers in the house and my relative cleaned and sliced it for me, saving the pith and seeds for extra oopmh if the pepper itself should prove insufficient. I ate one slice - it was a delicious pepper. And dang! I felt a little better. I kept eating. Chewed a little of the more fiery pith. By the time I had consumed a whole pepper, the migraine which had indeed been descending had receded, and did not return that evening.
Zuskateers who also suffer from migraine, I ask you: anyone else ever had a similar response with really hot peppers? It quite surprised me - I was not expecting any noticeable response. If you try this, remember to wash your hands after handling the pepper - you don't want to rub your tired achy eyes with those jalapeno'd fingers!