This morning J. was complaining that while she was not cold, her fingers were. I started thinking about ways to try to open up some peripheral vasodilation, so that the fingers would warm up. I remembered a bottle of “warming tonic” a naturopath friend had concocted for me about a decade ago, and fetched that out– but decided it might’ve expired. I tried droppering some Tabasco under my tongue, and thought that might be having a good effect– but realized J. was never going to go for that.
Eventually I decided to try making some capsaicin candy. I followed this recipe, but doubled the cayenne. I’d never made candy before. [When I asked J. where her candy thermometer was, she gave me an extremely skeptical look and asked me why I wanted it. I said, “For an experiment”, which I guess confirmed in her mind that it was going to be dipped in gasoline or worse. When I added, “An experiment in making candy”, she said, “Yeah, right. I’d love to see you make candy.”] But it turned out quite well! J. not only ate the first piece I gave her, but went back later on her own and had more. She reported that her face felt warm while “using” the candy. I think it might be a winner.