Cooking with chilli peppers has its drawbacks and can cause serious discomfort when you touch your eyes after having chopped your peppers. And washing hands often does not remove the hazardous heat from your fingers.
Recently, I discomfited myself thus. The eye, red, swollen shut and very painful had me sitting at dinner not at all looking my best. Rinsing it with water did not help! But divine inspiration struck: a couple of fresh peppermint leaves placed on my closed eye removed within minutes the heat, the pain and the swelling!
So when you cook with chillies, keep the fresh mint handy.
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